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They fly through the air with the greatest of ease, these exceptional private planes that are well worth their fees. Whether a chic, personal model or a roomy one capable of transporting an entire boardroom of directors, there is a private plane to suit every need. And these are three that one should be looking at.
1. Entry Level - Embraer Phenom 100E
Price: Starts at US$4.2 million (RM18 million)
This single-pilot, twin-engine Embraer Phenom 100E, which the company began delivering in 2014, is an enhanced and more efficient version of its phenomenally successful predecessor, the Phenom 100. For the new version, the company tweaked the brakes and added spoilers to improve landing performance, but kept the roomy cabin and operating costs competitive. Embraer has also made several formerly optional features standard, including an enhanced takeoff package with extra thrust reserve, a 150kg increase in useful load, and synthetic vision for the cockpit. Embraer is based in Brazil, but the Phenom 100E is assembled in Florida, where clients can visit the design centre and choose from 11 new interior colour schemes. Five passengers can travel in the cabin, which offers a new refreshment centre and optional swivelling seats.
2. Midsize - Gulfstream G150
Price: US$15.7 million (RM67.3 million)
Its combination of speed and range enables the Gulfstream G150 to fly nonstop from Singapore to Beijing in just 6 hours. The cabin is 5.38m long and 1.75m tall, yet the oval shape of the fuselage gives the illusion of more headroom. A typical cabin setup seats as many as eight passengers and includes berthing for three. Advanced noise reduction systems and a continuous supply of fresh air contribute to a comfortable cabin experience. The heated external baggage area can hold six golf bags plus additional baggage, and there are two other storage areas inside the cabin.
3. Large - Dassault Falcon 900LX
Price: US$43.3 million (RM185.6 million)
The exceptionally powerful Dassault Falcon 900LX can climb to an initial cruising altitude of 11,900m in just 21 minutes, and it cruises comfortably at about 893km/hr, yet burns 30 to 40 percent less fuel than other jets in this category. The fuel efficiency gives the 900LX a range of nearly 8,800 miles, capable of flying from New York to Moscow or Kuala Lumpur to with fuel to spare. Ten-hour flights such as these are made comfortable in a 10.1m long cabin that typically accommodates 12 passengers in three seating areas. The 13.6 cubic metre baggage area is heated and pressurized, and it can be accessed in flight. The jet’s new avionics suite includes synthetic vision and an updated flight-management system.