Private Jet Categories – What’s the Difference?
When it comes to flying on a private jet, it is far from “one size fits all.” In fact, there are four main types or categories of private jet: heavy, super-mid, mid, and light. Which is best for you depends largely on where you are flying and how often you fly via private jet.
The Types of Private Jets Explained
Heavy jets are designed for flyers that tend to fly with large groups of passengers, those who need to fly internationally, or coast-to-coast nonstop, or just desire the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Heavy jets have the longest range of all classes of private jet. They can easily carry up to 12 passengers in complete comfort, can achieve speeds of nearly 600mph, and have more than a 5,000-mile range. A heavy jet can fly non-stop New York to Paris, or Los Angeles to Moscow. The most well-known private jets in this category are the Gulfstream G450 and Gulfstream GIV.
Super Mid-Size Jets
This is a very popular class of private jets. Super-mids are ideal for intermediate to large groups of passengers. They have been designed to be a very fast and cost-effective way to fly between routes in the 3,500 – 4,000-mile range. This makes them ideal for flights such as from Boston to LA, or Seattle to Tampa. Super Mid-Size jets can accommodate up to nine passengers and are very fast. In fact, the most popular private jet in this category, the Cessna Citation X, is known as the the fastest airplane in the world for civilian use.
Mid-size jets are designed for smaller groups, accommodating usually about 3 – 5 passengers in comfort. They are somewhat slower than mid-size jets, with a top speed of about 530mph. Their range is about 1,300 – 1,500 miles. The most prominent jet in this category is the Hawker 800XP.
Light jets are the typical “executive jet.” Light jets are small, and speedy, designed for the business traveler who needs to do regular “city to city” hops such as New York to DC, or Boston to Atlanta. They have a range of about 700 – 2,000 miles. The Hawker 400 XP boasts great performance and one of the most spacious cabins in the category
Why Is It So Important to Know the Differences Between the Classes of Private Jets?
It is important for anyone who is a regular traveler on private jets - or think they would like to be - to understand the differences between these categories. Not only so you have a better understanding of your travel needs, but mainly because most methods of private air travel, other than JetSmarter, lock you into a particular class of jet.
Of course, if you buy a private jet for corporate or personal use, that’s it, you are locked into using that particular jet. But, did you know that other, more cost-effective methods such as fractal ownership, or Jet Cards, also lock you into a single aircraft? That is all well and good if a heavy jet suits all of you travel needs, but what about times when you may not need one? With a Jet Card you will still be paying the top hourly rate for a heavy jet, even when you can fly on a mid, or light jet.
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