There’s a huge range of jet aircraft on the open charter market so plenty to consider, depending on where you’re travelling to, what size aircraft you’re looking for, how many fellow passengers you’re travelling with and of course, how much you want to spend.

What are your options? In order to make your decision a little easier, we’ve pulled together a rough guide to the various categories of jet aircraft and the some of the unique features of each.

Very Light Jets

Very light jets (or VLJs) are the least expensive to run of private jet aircraft, so often they’re the perfect choice for those looking for cost-effective convenience. VLJs are ideal for a short-haul city break (up to 1200 nautical miles) for usually no more than 4 passengers – akin to a taxi in the sky.  VLJ’s like the Cessna Citation Mustang, only require a short runway for take-off and landing, there’ll be no flight attendant and usually the toilet on board is no more than a belted ‘potty’ seat. Luggage holds are limited but usually enough for 4 small cases plus hand luggage.

Passenger capacity: 4-5
Typical Flight range:
Up to 2.5 hours
Examples:
Cessna Citation Mustang, Eclipse 500, Embraer Phenom 100, HondaJet HA-420

Light / Super-Light Jets

Light Jets are what we find ourselves chartering to our clients the most, offering reasonable comfort and value for money. Reaching speeds of up to 550 mph, they’ve the ability to make journeys of up to three/ three and half hours and typically seat 6/7 passengers. Light Jets don’t often include the luxury of a flight attendant, but despite having a fairly basic interior, nearly all have an enclosed bathroom and the ability to serve light catering.

Passenger capacity: 6-8
Typical Flight range: Up to 3.5 hours
Examples: Cessna Citation CJ1, CJ2, CJ3, CJ4, Citation SII, Citation V Ultra, Citation Bravo, Citation Encore, Dassault Falcon 10, Hawker 400XP, Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1A, Learjet 75, Learjet 31A, Learjet 35, Learjet 40XR, Learjet 45, Citation Excel / XLS, Embraer Phenom 300.

Mid-Size Jets

Mid-size jets offer the best of everything; with a range of options when it comes to their performance and how much room and comfort you want on board in the cabin. A mid-size jet aircraft is more cost-efficient than the larger, heavier jets, but offers more flexibility than the smaller counterparts. Jets within this category tend to have much more room for luggage often with designated internal and external luggage compartments. They all come with an enclosed bathroom and most feature a two/three-person divan and the comfort of wide ‘captain’s’ chairs. All midsize aircraft have galleys and usually full stand-up cabins. Plus, on most – include the luxury of a flight attendant, there to ensure passengers journey are as comfortable as possible.

Passenger capacity: 7-9
Typical Flight range: Up to 5 hours
Examples: Citation III, Citation VII, Citation XLS, Citation Excel, Embraer Legacy 500, Falcon 20, Gulfstream G100, Gulfstream G150, Hawker Beechcraft 800XP, Hawker 900XP, Learjet 45XR, Learjet 55, Learjet 60, Learjet 60XR, Phenom 300

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Super Mid-Size Jets

If you’re looking for something a bit bigger than your average mid-size jet, then a ‘super mid’ could be just right for you. They are typically super fast machines, reaching speeds of over 600mph and with fantastic range too. This makes them ideal for everything from slightly larger groups in need of a cost-effective domestic transfer, right up to those booking a transatlantic crossing. All super mid-size jet aircraft include a galley and an enclosed toilet, plus in some cases, ample room to make use of the featured sleeping arrangements. They’ve got all the comfort and amenities you could possibly need for the longer journeys that they’re capable of making.

Passenger capacity: 8-9
Typical Flight range: Up to 7 hours
Examples: Bombardier Learjet 35, Bombardier Learjet 60XR, Challenger 300, Cessna Citation Sovereign, Citation Latitude, Citation Sovereign, Citation X, Falcon 50, Gulfstream G200, Gulfstream G280, Hawker 1000, Hawker 4000, Legacy 500

Heavy & Long Range Jets

Heavy and Long Range jets are designed to get you and a larger group of people to wherever you need to be in the world, in maximum comfort.  Capable of non-stop Trans Atlantic flights, this jet aircraft is cut-out for the longer intercontinental journeys, providing plenty of room aboard the aircraft for lots of baggage and space in the cabin to fold seats down into a bed when passengers need to sleep. All feature an enclosed, luxury bathroom on board, plus a mini kitchen and serving area (galley) and plenty of room to walk around. Most heavy jets also provide a hot meal service and a flight attendant too. Use of Heavy / Long Range aircraft provide the ultimate luxury flying experience.

Passenger capacity: 12-18
Typical Flight range: Up to 12 hours
Examples: Challenger 605, Challenger 850, Challenger 601, Challenger 604, Falcon 900EX, Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX Easy, Falcon 2000LX, Falcon 2000S, Falcon 7X, Global 5000, Global 6000, Global Express XRS, Gulfstream Aerospace, Gulfstream GV, Gulfstream G300, Gulfstream G450, Gulfstream G500, Gulfstream G550, Gulfstream G650, Gulfstream GIV, Gulfstream GIV-SP, Legacy 600, Legacy 650, Lineage 1000

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