Did you know that business aviation contributes $150 billion annually to the US economy, and employs more than 1.2 million people in the US? While private jets may seem like nothing more than a luxury perk for high-profile executives, they do contribute to a much bigger picture.
Let’s take a look at the three most popular business jet manufacturers, their most popular business jets for 2013, and why they’re important for the United States.
When it comes to business jets, Cessna is usually flying high. In 2013, Cessna delivered 139 business jets, with the most popular delivered being the Citation CJ4, which had a total of 33 deliveries last year.
Capable of carrying 10 passengers, the Citation CJ4 has a maximum cruise speed of 519 mph, and a max range of 2192 nautical miles. The CJ4 boasts the most stylish and ergonomic cabin of all the Citation Jets, with a wider floor area that allows for larger, more comfortable seating. The aircraft features advanced entertainment equipment such as DVD/Blu-Ray players, individual monitors, moving maps and input stations for MP3 players. The jet also features an advanced food-preparation area and separate lavatory.
2013 was a great year for Gulfstream. With 144 business jet deliveries, 2013 was Gulfstream’s second-best year on record thanks to the help of the Gulfstream 450, 550, and 650.
The Gulfstream 450 has the ability to carry eight passengers, travel 3800 nautical miles at Mach 0.8 and cruise at 45,000 feet. The cabin offers fully reclining chairs or divans, forward or rear lavatory, fully sized galley, and a large in flight accessible baggage compartment.
The Gulfstream 550 is one of the original long range jets, offering excellent flight range and passenger comfort. It can complete trips of over 14 hours, easily flying a trip from Tokyo to New York. The cabin has extra-wide oval windows and can seat between 14-19 people.
And of course, the Gulfstream G650 (also known as the G6) is one of the most exclusive private jets on the charter market. With its combination of incredible flying range with the ability to use most private jet airports, the G6 is one of Gulfstream’s most reliable business jet choices.
With 180 business jet deliveries, Bombardier had one of the highest business jet deliveries in 2013, thanks in part to 62 deliveries of its Global 5000 and 6000 jets.
The smaller version of the Global Express XRS, the Global 5000 offers a long flight range of up to 5000 miles, while remaining more cost-effective than its larger stablemate. Designed to be comfortable for the duration of a long transoceanic flight, the Global 5000 cabin is typically divided into three areas, which can include a VIP bathroom or a stateroom.
The Global 6000 implements the latest technological enhancements by Rockwell Collins, to provide an improved version of the original Global Express design, providing enhanced cruise performance, updated cabin layout and lighting, plus a completely newly designed flight deck. With a range of over 6000 nautical miles, and maximum flight duration of 12.6 hours, the Global 6000 can easily connect a passenger from Moscow to Los Angeles without the requirement to refuel.
BY ELC ADMIN