It is with the first flight of a private jet in 1963, the Learjet, that business aviation appeared. Since then, a number of private jets manufacturers have come along to bring ever faster, more efficient and more comfortable private jets to passengers.
AEROAFFAIRES invites you to discover the main manufacturers of private jets.
Bombardier Aerospace is a Canadian aircraft manufacturer belonging to the Bombardier Inc. group. Founded in 1937 by Joseph-Armand Bombardier, the company marketed airliners such as the CRJ-1000 and the Dash 8. In 1990, the company entered the business aviation market.
After major restructuring in 2019, Bombardier Aerospace decided to focus solely on the business travel segment.
The Canadian manufacturer has three product lines: Learjet, Challenger and Global, enabling it to offer private jets in most segments of business aviation.
Bombardier was the first to enter the very long-haul segment. The Global Express range enabled it to fly between New York and Tokyo or Paris and Singapore without any stopover.
The latest additions are the Global 7500 and 8000. The Global 7500 can cover a distance of 13,705 km and fly at up to 1,143 km/h (mach 0.925), making it one of the fastest private jets on the market.
Founded in 1932 as Hawker Beechcraft by Walter H. and Olive Ann Beech, Beechcraft Corporation is an American aircraft manufacturer located in Wichita, USA. Initially specializing in light and affordable turboprop business jets, it has expanded its range with the Hawker jet. Since 2013, the company has been a member of the Textron Aviation group, which also owns Cessna.
The King Air 350 is one of Beechcraft’s most successful aircraft. Put into service in 2009, the twin-turboprop can accommodate up to 9 passengers, has a range of 2,778 km and can land and take off on short runways. It is an aircraft appreciated for its low rental cost and its versatility. It can be used as a medical aircraft or on regular commercial airlines.
Hawker’s turbojet engine range consists of several medium-haul private jets. The Hawker 800XP, which is one of them, has a range of 4,260 km and can accommodate up to 8 passengers.
Cessna Aircraft Company is an American company belonging to the Textron Aviation Group and based in Whichita, Kansas, the aeronautical capital of the United States. Initially specializing in single-engine and light turboprop aircraft, the manufacturer wanted to expand into private jets.
Today, Cessna has a wide range of private jets marketed under the Citation brand name, including numerous models.
The Cessna Citation Mustang, a 4-seater private jet with a range of 2,235 km, is highly appreciated by AEROAFFAIRES customers for its comfort and low rental cost.
Cessna is also known for the Citation XL, XLS, XLS+, three versions of the same 8-seater jet with a range of 3,900km.
The latest Cessna’s are the Citation Latitude and Longitude, derivatives of the Citation Sovereign. These are concentrates of technology that can carry up to 9 passengers for the first and 12 for the second.
Founded in 1929 by François Marcel Dassault, the Dassault Aviation Group is a world-renowned company in aeronautics. The company made a name for itself in fighter aviation with the Mirage 2000 and the Rafale. It was in 1963 that the company decided to enter business aviation with the Falcon 20. Dassault Aviation is now recognized as one of the best manufacturer among all the private jets manufacturers.
The Falcon range was then developed with the Falcon 2000, a 10-seat private jet capable of flying up to 5510 km. It is one of the most popular aircraft among travelers in the private jet rental market.
The two most recent additions to the fleet, which are the current flagship of the brand, are the Falcon 7X and 8X tri-jets.
The Falcon 7X, which entered service in May 2015, has a very long range of 11,000 km and can carry up to 16 passengers. This makes it one of the flagship aircraft for very long-haul business aviation. The Falcon 8X model, the latest flagship to enter service in 2016, is a version that can carry up to 19 passengers for the same performance.
The private jets manufacturer Embraer has been in existence since 1969, making it the youngest manufacturer in the industry.
As requested by the Brazilian government, the company has designed military aircraft such as the KC390 carrier, and airliners such as the E170, and in 2002 decided to build its own private jets with the Legacy model.
The Legacy 500 is Embraer’s first flagship private jet model. Introduced in December 2013, the aircraft can carry up to 12 passengers and has a range of 5,790 km.
The Phenom 100 and 300 are Embraer’s latest arrivals. Designed for short and medium-haul flights, they are much appreciated by passengers who travel with them.
The Phenom 100 can embark 4 passengers and has a range of 2182 km. The Phenom 300 can carry 6 passengers and has a range of up to 3650 km.
Gulfstream Aerospace is a private jet manufacturer that emerged in 1957 when its parent company, Grumman, first designed a turboprop military aircraft, the Gulfstream I. The Gulfstream I was the first military turboprop aircraft to be built by the company’s parent company. The success was such that Grumman decided to build a new model in private jet version with turbojet engines, the Gulfstream II. Today, Gulfstream Aerospace is a subsidiary of General Dynamics, and is located in Savannah, USA.
Gulfstream is a brand that customers love. Its private jets are recognizable by the elongated oval shape of their windows and the very luxurious cabins they offer.
The Gulfstram V (G5) was the first very long-haul private jet on the market. This was followed by a few models such as the G550 and the G650, both of which are models that customers love.
The major American manufacturer of private jets unveiled its latest model, the G700, at the 2019 NBAA show.
Piaggio Aerospace is one of the oldest manufacturers of private jets. Founded in 1915 by Rinaldo Piaggio, it is the only aircraft manufacturer in the world that produces aircraft, engines and structural components. In particular, it supplies mechanical parts for Pratt & Whitney engines.
It was also Piaggio who launched the production of the famous Vespa scooters in the 1950s. Today, the two companies are separate and it is Piaggio & C. Spa which deals with the production of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds.
Piaggio is known for its P180 Avanti model. Put into service in 2000, the Avanti is a twin turboprop business jet. It has a very special fuselage, with a small duck-shaped front wing and a very rearward-facing main wing. This makes it one of the most atypical business jets on the market. It can carry up to 7 passengers and has a range of 2,795 km.
The latest model, the Avanti NEO, was put into service in 2015 and can fly at up to 745 km/hour.
Pilatus Aircraft is an aircraft manufacturer based in Stans, Switzerland, since 1939. Specializing in turbine engines, the company is today the world leader in single-engine turboprop aircraft.
The business aircraft manufacturer is today known for its flagship model, the Pilatus PC12.
Versatile, safe and reliable, the PC12 is one of the most popular aircraft among business travelers. With a cabin that can accommodate up to 8 passengers, it has a range of 2,500 km and can land on very small unpaved runways. An improved and more modern version was unveiled in December 2019, the PC12 NGX.
Pilatus has revolutionised the private jet market by introducing the PC24 Super Versatile Jet in 2017. This business jet, which can carry up to 11 passengers and has a range of 3769 km, is capable of landing on very short runways and all types of runways. This capacity allows it to access more than 20,000 airports worldwide. It also has a very wide cargo door, a unique feature for this type of private jet. This allows it to be transformed into a cargo plane or even a medical evacuation plane.
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