Which Size of Private Jet is Right for Your Mission?



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Which size of private jet is right for your mission?
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My Name is Anastasia and I am your private jet insider. As usual the information and analysis are provided by TapJets with their amazing on-line private jet platform and data analytics for fliers, brokers, and operators.

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Dear Jetsetters,

The beauty of on-demand jet travel is in the ability to pick just the right jet for the mission that you are trying to accomplish. Light jets for example can get into smaller airports and are a great way to get from point A to point B while Heavy Jets work as great client entertainment platforms. So, what is the right jet for your mission?

On-Demand Private Jets are broken down into categories. Categories include Turboprops, Light Jets, Midsize Jets, and Heavy Jet category. To make it more interesting aircraft marketing folks have added a couple more categories such as VLJ (or Very Light Jet), Super Light, Super Mid, and Extended Long Range.

Each of the categories have 3-4 aircraft options from several aircraft manufacturers. So, picking the right aircraft becomes an interesting exercise. Here are my suggestions on how to pick the right plane:

If you are traveling with less than 5 people and your flight covers no more than a quarter of the USA territory, a light jet may be the right option for you. It is designed to get you from point A to Point B with flights of about 2.5 hours. So, you can be landing in the nearest airport to your business meeting and head back home the same day. They typically will not have amenities such as internet and their lavatories may be limited. I will leave a link for the lavatories video in description below. Think of this option as your “I need to get there for a meeting” plane.

Now, if you are bringing a team of 5 to 8 people, and you like to work on the way to a client, or maybe you want to have a dinner while on board of the aircraft, you should consider a Mid-Size Jet. In most cases they are equipped with Wi-Fi, nice galley, and entertainment system for you to enjoy while being in the air for 3+ hours. This is a great option for a family travel, skiing trips, and a platform where you can get things done while in the air. It is also the entry level platform for client entertainment. Enjoy a catered meal on board but don’t plan on ordering ice cream or a full course meal. There are not enough galley capabilities to make this an entertainment platform. Last, but not least, Midsize Jets can cover one half of the US continent and are designed to stay in the air for up to 5 hours.

Now, if you are trying to cross the country coast to coast which puts you in the aircraft for 5+ hours you may want to opt in for a Heavy Jet. With galleys designed for meal preparations, wider and taller cabin and seats that convert to beds, these are the ultimate machines of the private jet fleet. With seating capacities of up to 14 people they make great client and friend entertainment platforms. Enjoy Wi-Fi, personal spaces, full size beds, and on-board prepared meals. Your flight across the continent will be beyond the first-class experience and in most cases will include a personal flight attendant for the trip.

I will quickly touch on the other mentioned categories. VLJ Stands for a Very Light Jet and is a category of small jets with less than 4 seats that were designed for a single pilot flying or self-flying for business folks. They have great fuel economy but limited headroom and very limited baggage area. Turboprops are similar to SUV’s in the sky. With great payload they make awesome options for in-state travel. They are slower than jets so cross state options may make for a long flight.

Super Light and Super Mid options are slightly larger versions of Light Jets and Midsize Jets discussed above. Think of it as an opportunity for additional luggage and a bit more of a range.

I hope that this quick overview of the jet categories will help you in making your decision on which aircraft is right for your mission.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t forget to let us know or leave a comment below.

October 26, 2019