In the world of private chartered planes, there are many different categories of aircraft, each with its own amenities, specialties, and specifications. When booking a private plane, it is important to know the differences, so that you are well versed and make an informed and cost-effective decision. This article will help distinguish between the different categories of aircraft available, and highlight the differences, benefits, and harms caused by each of them.
1. Ultra-light jet aircraft – also known as Microjets or VLJs, are very light single-pilot aircraft, which accommodate 4-8 people, and have a maximum take-off weight of 10,000 pounds. Most VLJs do not have a toilet on board, and are generally used by travelers looking for relatively short distances ranging from 300 to 500 miles (duration 40-80 minutes). Despite the lack of amenities, these planes are very comfortable, cost-effective and a good option for flights between small local airports. Examples of VLJs include Cessna Mustang and Eclipse 500.
2. Light Jets – Light Jets is also designed to reach small airports, and is an essential component of the private jet industry. With a cabin larger than VLJs and greater freight / weight capacity, Light Jets is an industry standard for comfortable short trips. Examples of light jet aircraft include Learjet 45 and Citation CJ4.
3. Mid-size aircraft – larger than light aircraft, medium-sized aircraft, including Cessna Citation XL and Gulfstream 250, are intended for longer travel, and can handle intercontinental flights with a passenger capacity of 7-9 people and a cruising speed of 510- 590 miles per hour. These planes provide amenities like toilets and are ideal for longer trips with a non-stop range of 2,100 miles.
4. Medium sized jet aircraft – With wide body cabins, increased height, launch speeds and wide range, medium sized jet aircraft are class elite medium aircraft. The Gulfstream G350 and Hacker 4000 are extremely luxurious aircraft that are the first means of travel for parties from 7 to 10. The wide structure provides more cab space, which increases the options and facilities available.
5. Large cabin aircraft – larger than their mid-size counterparts, and large cabin aircraft such as the Gulfstream G500 and the Global Global 5000, offer a greater range of continents, cabin space, and capacity. With the ability to transport 10 passengers and their luggage up to 4,000 miles non-stop for refueling, the Large Cabin Jets are a great option for large parties looking to craft luxurious long-distance travel plans.
6. Jumbo Jets – The height of luxury and size alike, Jumbo Jets offers the most exclusive transportation available in the sky. Luxurious cruisers like Boeing Business Jet can be configured to transport up to 50 people to transcontinental destinations, all in first-class seats. Jumbo Jets are ideal for sports teams or corporate outings, and often feature conference and dining areas, bathrooms, and key living rooms.
As you can see, the differences in private jets are stunning, and knowing the pros and cons of each can make you better informed the next time you book a flight. For more information, contact Aero Jet Services, the world's leading private jet charter company.