Aircraft categories

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Turboprop

A ‘turboprop’ or ‘propjet’ is a propeller aircraft powered by a jet engine.

Although turboprop aircraft generate a lower speed than their jet-engined equivalents, they are more economical and offer greater accessibility to smaller airports with limited runways due to their short take-off and landing distance capabilities.

Turboprops are available in all capacities, but when it comes to business and private aviation, we talk about turboprops having a pressurised but small cabin for between 4 and 7 passengers, mostly without a stand-up cabin.

Range limitations and relatively high cabin noise profile turboprops more for the use of flight legs of up to 2 hours.

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      Examples

      • BEECHCRAFT King Air Series 90, 100, 200 and 300
      • EMBRAER Xingu
      • PIAGGIO Avanti I/II
      • SWEARINGEN Metro II/III
      • PIPER Malibu/Meridian
      • PILATUS PC-12
      • SOCATA TBM

       

      Characteristics

      • Low speed (400 km/h) but cost efficient
      • Short range (750 – 1.250 km | 1 – 2,5 h flight time)
      • Small cabin (4 – 7/19 pax; no stand-up)
      • Short take-off and landing distance potential

       

      Pricing

      Indication of charter rate: € 850 – 1.150 per hour

      Average value when new: USD 2.0 – 4.5 mill.

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Very Light Jet

The ‘very light jets’, also called ‘VLJs’ and previously known as a microjet is a quite recent business aircraft category. It is a category of small jet aircraft approved for single pilot operation, seating 4 to 6 people, with a maximum take-off weight of under 10,000 pounds (4,540 kg). They are lighter than what is commonly termed business jets and are designed to be flown by single pilot owners. VLJs are intended to have lower operating costs than conventional jets, and to be able to operate from runways as short as 3,000 feet (914 m) either for personal use or in a point-to-point air taxi service.

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      Examples

      • CESSNA Citation Mustang
      • CIRRUS Vision SF50
      • ECLIPSE 500
      • EMBRAER Phenom 100
      • HONDA HA-420 HondaJet

       

      Characteristics

      • Low jet speed (600-700 km/h)
      • Short range (2100 km – 1.150 nm | 1 up to 2,5 h flight time)
      • Small cabin (4 – 6 pax; no stand-up)

       

      Pricing

      Indication of charter rate: € 1,000 – 1,250 per hour

      Average new value: USD 2.5 – 4.5 million

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Light Jet

The ‘light’ or ‘small’ jets are the entry-level jets for short to medium range trips, combining jet comfort

and speed with affordable economics. Cabin sizes (and baggage capacity) are mostly well-appointed and adequate for trips of up to 3 or 4 hours flight time that light jets are constructed for. Typical
seating is for 6 up to 8-9 passengers, with no stand-up capacity in the cabin.

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      Examples

      • BOMBARDIER Learjet 40, Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45, Learjet 45 XR, Learjet 70/75
      • CESSNA Citation CJ1, CJ2, CJ3, CJ4, Bravo, Encore
      • DASSAULT Falcon 10/20
      • EMBRAER Phenom 300
      • BEECHCRAFT HAWKER Premier I, Hawker 400
      • SINO SWEARINGEN SJ30-2
      • PILATUS PC-24

       

      Characteristics

      • Jet speed (700 – 800 km/h)
      • Short to medium range (750 – 2.000 km | 1,5 – 3 h flight time)
      • Small cabin (4 – 8/9 pax; no stand-up)

       

      Pricing

      Indication of charter rate: € 1,250 – 2,000 per hour

      Average new value: USD 4.5 – 8.9 million

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Midsize Jet

The ‘medium’ or ‘midsize’ jet category is conceived for medium range flight legs of between 3 and 5 hours, typically coast-to-coast in the US. A comfortable cabin typically accommodating 8-9 passenger seats with improved headroom and a separate washroom are typical for this category. Some models offer a flight attendant, whilst the later models also have much-improved luggage space.

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      Examples

      • BOMBARDIER Learjet 70, Leasjet 75
      • CESSNA Citation XLS/XLS+, Citation Latitude
      • DASSAULT Falcon 50
      • EMBRAER Legacy 450, Legacy 500
      • GULFSTREAM G150
      • BEECHCRAFT Hawker 750, Hawker 850XP, Hawker 900XP

       

      Characteristics

      • Jet speed (800 – 900 km/h)
      • Medium range (‘US coast-to-coast’): 1,250 – 3,000 km | 2 – 4 h flight time
      • Medium cabin (8 – 9 pax; limited stand-up)

       

      Pricing

      Indication of charter rate: € 2.250 – 5.500 per hour

      Average new value: USD 11.5 – 17.5 million

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Super Midsize Jet

The ‘super midsize’ jets can be considered as a separate category as kind of compromise between midsize jets and long range jets; although bit more restricted long range capacity, they offer many benefits of the long range jets but at more competitive rates. Increased range up to 7 hours, full standing headroom, great luggage capacity and spacious cabins make this category a popular choice. Seating varies from 8 to 10.

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      Examples

      • BOMBARDIER Challenger 300/350
      • CESSNA Citation X/X+, Citation Longitude
      • DASSAULT Falcon 2000/2000S
      • EMBRAER Legacy 500/600/650
      • GULFSTREAM G280, G350
      • BEECHCRAFT Hawker 4000

       

      Characteristics

      • Jet speed (800 – 925 km/h)
      • Medium range (‘US coast-to-coast’): 5.000 – 7.000 km | 3 – 7 h flight time
      • Medium cabin (8 – 9 pax; stand-up cabin)

       

      Pricing

      Indication of charter rate: € 2,750 – 7,500 per hour

      Average new value: USD 17.5 – 25.0 million

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Long Range Jet

The ‘long range jet’ category comprises private and business jets conceived for luxury long-distance travel. Some large jets are 3-engined for transatlantic intercontinental range operations. Long range jet aircraft feature spacious cabins, offering 6 to 10 hours range and seating for 8 to 16 in first class executive style. Full standing headroom and galley for full inflight service are standard. Many large jets feature sleeping accommodation facilities.

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      Examples

      • BOMBARDIER Challenger 605, Challenger 850
      • DASSAULT Falcon 900EX/LX, Falcon 5X
      • GULFSTREAM G450, G550

       

      Characteristics

      • Jet speed (850 – 950 km/h)
      • Long range (intercontinental: 7.000 km – 10.000 km)
      • Spacious cabin (8 – 15 pax | stand-up)

       

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      Indication of charter rate: € 7.500 – 10.500 per hour

      Average new value: USD 30.0 – 50.0 million

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Long Range Large Cabin Jets

Long range large cabin jets may be the wave of the future. They represent the most important segment of the market for the aircraft manufacturers as customer demand for jets capable of making non-stop flights across continents and across oceans continues to grow, even though the prices of these aircraft can exceed $70 million. But corporations are making the investment, presumably because the range plus their spacious cabins and communications systems enable them to serve as mobile offices as well as bedrooms for high level managers during 14-hour flights.

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      Examples

      • BOMBARDIER Global 5000, Global 7000, Global 8000, Global Express
      • DASSAULT Falcon 7X, Falcon 8X
      • GULFSTREAM G650

       

      Characteristics

      • Jet speed (850 – 950 km/h)
      • Long range (intercontinental: 10.000 km – 15.000 km)
      • Spacious cabin (8 – 15 pax | stand-up)

       

      Pricing

      Indication of charter rate: € 10.500 – 15.500 per hour

      Average new value: USD 30.0 – 50.0 million

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Bizliners

Bizliners are a contraction of business aircraft and airliners, as these are (mostly short-haul) airliners converted to luxury VIP-configuration and extended range capabilities to accommodate intercontinental long-distance travel. The spacious cabin hosts between 15 and 35 passengers, depending on the configuration.

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      Examples

      • AIRBUS A318 Elite, A319CJ
      • BOEING Business Jet – BBJ
      • EMBRAER Lineage 1000

       

      Characteristics

      • ‘Airliners’ converted to VIP configuration
      • Extended range (intercontinental)
      • Very large cabin (16 – 35 pax)

       

      Pricing

      Indication of charter rate: € 12.500 – … per hour

      Average new value: USD 45 – … million

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