Wheels Up: A Guide to Choosing A PJ
Utmost comfort, time saving and privacy are just some of the perks of flying via a private jet.
Cozy sleeping areas, contemporary showers, lavishly appointed board rooms, and plush seats with an abundance of legroom– these are the additional features you can enjoy depending on the private aircraft you choose.
Whether you are planning to buy a business jet, or wish to charter one, it is best to know the type that will suit your needs and preferences to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable travel, every time.
Executive Liners/ Bizliners
Let’s start with the crème de la crème of private air travels. Executive liners, or Bizliners are commercial aircraft modified for business travel or private use. Featuring a high level of customization, these are the most expensive private jets in the market.
From luxurious and custom-made interiors, to spacious private suites, en-suite shower and on-board cocktail lounge, this aircraft class takes elite travel on a whole new level. Even with all these exclusive amenities, Bizliners offer plenty of space for dining areas, conference rooms, overhead storage compartments, walk-in cupboards and full-service galleys manned by flight attendants.
As these private jets can navigate higher altitudes, they can operate in most weather conditions and cover great distances, making them the ideal choice for intercontinental flights or trips that last up to 10 hours or more without a stopover.
Depending on how the aircraft is customized, it can seat around 19 to 48 passengers in first-class comfort and pure elegance. Both Airbus and Boeing offer wide-body and narrow-body Bizliners, such as Airbus ACJ380, Airbus ACJ319, Boeing B747-8 and Boeing BBJ.
First-class seats, very spacious legroom, and pull-out table-tops are just a few of the benefits that heavy jets offer elite travellers. Boasting large cabin sizes, heavy jets can accommodate 10 passengers or more in a high level of aviation comfort and elegance, with all the privacy and exclusivity available in private travel.
Standard heavy jets can easily accommodate two flight attendants to manage full in-flight catering, while still having more than enough space for entertainment facilities, enclosed bathrooms and dedicated sleeping areas. In-flight productivity is guaranteed with convenient Wi-Fi and phone capabilities.
These king-size private jets pack in power too, with a superior flying capacity of up to nine hours non-stop and a range of 4,000 miles. Bombardier Challenger 605, Gulfstream 450 and Dassault Falcon 900 are a few top-of-the-line models in this class.
Ultra-Long-Range Heavy Jets
If you are looking for something even better than heavy jets, then the ultra-long-range heavy jet class is probably the right choice for you. Renowned for offering the best in private travel, ultra-long-range jets provide generous cabin space with different areas dedicated to dining, work, entertainment and relaxation.
Complete with enclosed bathrooms, lie-flat beds, full-service galley and a roomy luggage area, this segment of private jets is designed to offer the highest levels of comfort and extravagance for the most discerning travellers.
With lavishly appointed interiors and ultramodern amenities, these jets also ensure a relaxing and enjoyable trip, comfortably accommodating an average of 14 to 17 passengers. It’s capable of flying distances of 6,000 to 6,500 miles, ultra-long-range jets are the optimum choices for long-distance travels.
If you are looking to patronize an ultra-long-range jet, these are some top models you can checkout; Gulfstream V, Dassault Falcon 7X and Bombardier Global 6000.
Midsize Cabin Jets
With an average range of 2,200 nautical miles – or around five hours of non-stop travel – mid-size jets can easily manage short-haul and long-haul flights, ensuring transcontinental capacity thereby making it an optimum choice for travellers.
It is ideal for passengers who want more headroom, full standing capacity and additional space for luggage. Mid-size jets also offer more stylish interiors and can provide utmost comfort and convenience for five to 10 passengers.
Mid-size jets generally have enough room for two pilots, a flight attendant, a service galley and an on-board lavatory, while some can even be outfitted with an enclosed shower and fold-out divans. Equipped with Wi-Fi and phone capabilities, mid-size jets are perfect for those who prefer to stay connected and productive during flights.
Mid-size private jets can still use smaller airports and are more cost-efficient to operate in comparison with heavy jets. If you are ogling a mid-size private jet for your next travel, take a look at Gulfstream 150, Cessna Citation Latitude and Learjet 60.
Very Light Jets
Very Light Jets (VLJs) are the smallest type of private jet. They are cost-effective to operate and ideal for short-haul distances with a maximum of three hours of flight time.
Also known as Compact Light Jets, they can use shorter runways and fly into areas that are often inaccessible to commercial airlines. These jets typically accommodate four to seven passengers and carry a reasonable amount of luggage, but they have no room for a cabin attendant.
Popular types of VLJs include Embraer Phenom 100, Eclipse 500 and HondaJet HA-420.
Small Light Jets
Offering better passenger capacity, small light jets can comfortably seat up to eight people, making it widely popular among business travellers. These jets also have a higher average flight distance, ranging from 1,400 to 2,500 nautical miles with a maximum speed of 500 miles per hour. These capabilities make them ideal for two- to three-hour flights, even for intercontinental routes.
Like their smaller counterparts, small light jets can access small airports and runways, giving business travellers more flexibility and freedom to use less busy airports instead of crowded commercial airports.
Although most small light jets do not have room for a cabin attendant, they can be equipped with a lavatory, unlike most VLJs.
Hawker 400 XP, Cessna Citation CJ2 and Dassault Falcon 10 are some of the popular small light jets.
Super Light Jets
Super light jets offer enhanced size, range and comfort compared with the small light jet class. With a more spacious cabin and luggage compartment, super light jets can accommodate an average of eight passengers in guaranteed comfort.
Though larger in size, super light jets can easily navigate short runways at private airstrips and small airports, so travellers who want to avoid the crowds at major airports can have alternative options for departure and arrival.
Notable aircraft in the super light jet class include Gulfstream G100, which can up seat up to nine people, and Embraer Phenom 300, which can carry a maximum of 11 passengers.