The Five Most In-Demand Private Aircraft for Charter Trips

by Hangar 7 Aviation

Selecting the right private plane for your next trip requires a balance of cost, amenities, space, and familiarity with today’s leading brands of aircraft. However, your list of options is likely to be long, as the number of available aircraft models expands every year. 

Make your decision easier with this shortlist of four of today’s most frequently requested private aircraft for chartered flights. A range of sizes are represented among these selections (arranged smallest to largest), and each airframe offers a unique value within its class. Read about the qualities that make each plane unique to help plan your next charter flight:

1. Pilatus PC-12/45

Passengers: 8

Luggage Capacity: 40 cubic ft.

Range: 1,742 nautical miles

Average Speed: 308 mph/268 kts

The Pilatus PC-12/45 is a top choice for many luxury travelers due to its combination of reliability, high performance, and a quiet cabin. Unlike the Phenom, it’s a turboprop and not a jet. While the airframe may look more compact than other private planes in its class from the outside, travelers will find that looks can be deceiving.

Swiss craftsmanship stands out throughout the remarkably large cabin with finely upholstered leather seats, hardwood cabinetry, and excellent storage for luggage, golf clubs, skis, or other personal items travelers may wish to bring along. For both short and medium-distance charter trips, this classic turboprop is also an efficient choice. A burn rate of just 150 gallons per hour means welcome cost savings on fuel efficiency. The Pilatus PC-12/45 can also go where many other private aircraft cannot, thanks to its ability to utilize runways as short as 2,485 feet. 

2. Embraer Phenom 100

Passengers: 5

Luggage Capacity: 18 cubic ft.

Range: 920 nautical miles

Average Speed: 427 mph/371 kts

The Embraer Phenom 100 has been called the ideal entry-level private jet on account of its compact size, efficiency, and affordability. It's an easy recommendation among the top choices in the Very Light Jet (VLJ) market, impressing travelers with both relatively high speed for the class and ultra-low cost per trip. 

Meanwhile, the Phenom 100 interior offers a surprisingly spacious cabin that can be configured in various ways for business or personal use and is equipped with the latest technology for entertainment and connectivity. Those new to private jet travel, taking a short trip with few passengers, or looking to save a bit of money won't be disappointed with this incredible (and popular) very light jet.

3.  Citation XLS

Passengers: 8

Luggage Capacity: 90 cubic ft.

Range: 1,501 nautical miles

Average Speed: 498 mph/433 kts

The Cessna Citation XLS continues to be a highly sought-after midsize business jet, celebrated for its exceptional versatility and operational efficiency. Striking an optimal balance between range, speed, and cost-effectiveness, the XLS remains a preferred choice for short to medium-haul flights. Beyond its impressive performance metrics, this aircraft is recognized for its adaptability in meeting diverse mission requirements. Whether deployed for corporate travel, executive transport, or charter services, the Citation XLS consistently delivers a promise of a comfortable and efficient air travel experience. Renowned for its reliability, extended range, and cost-effectiveness, the XLS has firmly entrenched itself in the midsize jet category, meeting the distinctive needs of both discerning private owners and charter operators with unwavering success.

4. Dassault Falcon 2000

Passengers: 8-10

Luggage Capacity: 134 cubic ft.

Range: 3,052 nautical miles

Average Speed: 528 mph/459 kts

Those looking to enjoy the features and range of a heavy private jet at the cost of a midsize plane have embraced the Dassault Falcon 2000 since it first came on the scene in the 1990s. At 283 gallons per hour, it has remarkably low fuel usage for its size. The average hourly rental rate of the Falcon 2000 — starting at the mid $5,000 — makes it a cost affordable upgrade from a smaller jet. 

Don’t be alarmed by the longevity of the jet, either. Still popular today, this classic airframe offers intuitive modern features like advanced avionics, spacious and well-appointed cabins, cutting-edge entertainment systems, and enhanced safety features. Between the low operating costs and the range and speed of a larger plane, it's easy to see why the Dassault Falcon 2000 remains among the best heavy private jets.

5. Gulfstream G550

Passengers: 14 - 19 

Luggage Capacity: 226 cubic ft.

Range: 6,750 nautical miles

Average Speed: 562 mph/488 kts

When it comes to ultra-long-range business jets, the Gulfstream G550 is highly favored among discerning jet setters. The Gulfstream G550 interior is a major draw, with spacious cabins that can serve as offices, bed rooms, lounges, and more. Large groups can comfortably fit with space for up to 19 passengers. 

The G550 also appeals to those in need of a long-distance jet for coast-to-coast travel. With record setting intercontinental range and the ability to cross nearly a third of the way around the globe without refueling, there's no domestic flight this impressive aircraft cannot make. Those who opt for the charter a Gulfstream G550 can also rely on industry-leading safety and high-tech features, from a redesigned flightdeck to international Wifi capability.

Book Your Next Charter Trip With Hangar 7

The five top models above, with options from large to small and a wide variety of amenities, are some of our most commonly requested models. However, there are many more that may be best suited to the individual needs of your trip. 

Book now with Hangar 7 and enjoy convenient, comfortable flights on some of the charter industry's most popular aircraft. We’re steadfast in our commitment to excellent service and ready to make personalized aircraft recommendations for your party size, itinerary, and destination.

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