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Whether you’re taking off for work, pleasure or both, these jets will certainly lift your spirits. For any size you want, from a small light aircraft to a colossal ultralong range jet, these are the planes for you.
1. Ultralong Range
There are jets, then there are jets. The Gulfstream 650ER is clearly one that falls into the latter category. Depending on configuration, the G650ER can seat up to 18 passengers, has a range of nearly 14,000km (13,888km to be exact), flies over one-and-a-half times as high as commercial airliners and has a top speed of Mach 0.8. It follows that the G650ER also has amenities commensurate with its high-flying stature – its cabin features wireless internet connectivity and high-definition audio-visual equipment. Should its owner choose to do so, the G650ER’s cabin can be outfitted with a private office or a boardroom. It’s quite possibly the last word in business jets, or at least, until its successor arrives.
Dassault Falcon 2000LXS
The Dassault Falcon 2000LXS may be classed as a large-sized business jet, with a wingspan of 19.33m and an overall length of 20.2m, but its short-runway capabilities allow it to take off and land at smaller airfields, such as London City Airport. The Falcon 2000LXS is powerful, too, climbing to its 41,000 feet cruising altitude in 20 minutes, yet its engines have 40 percent lower emissions than other jets of its size, Dassault says. It has cabin space for up to 10 passengers, will fly from New York to Paris non-stop and has an entertainment system that can be controlled via smartphones or tablets.
Bombardier Challenger 350
The Bombardier Challenger 350 is the second most-delivered business jet in 2015 (68 examples were delivered last year), which speaks volumes for its versatility, ability and value for money. An improved version of the Challenger 300, the new jet boasts updated avionics, more powerful engines, improved aerodynamics with winglets that improve fuel efficiency and a more comfortable cabin. On that last point, its cabin has space for eight to 10 passengers and is furnished with fully-reclining seats. On the entertainment front, the Challenger 350 has connectivity ports for laptops/phones and a pair of bulkhead-mounted 22-inch monitors.
Embraer Phenom 300
Beloved by owner-pilots and their backseaters for its innovative design, comfort and performance, the Phenom 300 has set the industry standard for range, cabin comfort and short-field capability, becoming the world’s go-to light jet. So popular is the model that in 2015, the Phenom 300 was the world’s most delivered business jet, with 70 units sold. With a range of nearly 3,653km and a maximum cruising speed of 838kph, the Phenom 300 also has plenty of design credentials – the cabin was designed in partnership with BMW Group Designworks USA, with a standard configuration that seats up to six passengers comfortably.
5. Entry Level
Cessna Citation M2
A reincarnation of the old Cessna CJ1+, the M2 is the best entry-level jet on the market. While deriving many cues from the heritage model, the M2 comes into its own with its superior range and competitive performance versus other contenders in this category. It has proven immensely popular, with over 100 examples delivered over the first two years of its life. The cockpit is designed for a single pilot, featuring Cessna’s Intrinzic flight deck, which includes high-resolution, multi-function touchscreen displays powered by Garmin G3000 avionics.