TOP 5 most popular private jets in 2022 in Europe.

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The EBAA counts over 1.4 million private jet flights in Europe in 2022. The most popular private jets alone accounted for 30% of the flights in 2021. What are the most popular private jets? That’s what we’ll tell you in this article. AEROAFFAIRES presents the TOP 5 most popular private jets in 2022.

 

1- Cessna Citation Excel /XLS: the most popular private jet in 2022

 

Jet privé Cessna XLS en vol au dessus de la mer - top 5 des jets privés les plus populaires en 2022
Cessna XLS

How many flights did the Cessna Citation XLS make in 2021 ?

 

This light private jet made 53,501 departures in Europe and 53,502 arrivals, or 107,003 flights. In 2021, its number of movements increased by 2%.

 

The history of the Citation XLS ?

 

Designed by the Cessna Aircraft Company, the Citation XLS made its first flight on 29 February 1996, under the name Citation Excel. It was only two years later that the aircraft was officially put into service and could take passengers on board. In 10 years, Cessna recorded 700 sales of XLS aircraft. It was renamed the XLS after several upgrades were made by the manufacturer.

 

Features of the Citation XLS ?

 

The Cessna Citation XLS is 16 m long and 5.23 m high and can carry up to 9 passengers. It has two engines and a range of 3,852 km.

In addition to the passengers, it can carry 4 pieces of luggage in the hold and 3 suitcases in the cabin.

 

Intérieur jet privé Cessna Citation XLS
Cessna Citation XLS

What makes the Citation XLS so popular ?

 

What makes the Citation XLS the most popular private jet is its many advantages. This is because it offers :

    • excellent value for money, which is considered exceptional
    • its range, which allows it to fly all over Europe.
    • Its adaptability. The Citation XLS is able to adapt to runways and land on so-called ‘short runways’. It can also accommodate up to 10 passengers if required.
    • high quality comfort.

 

2- King Air 200 : second most popular private jet in 2022

 

King Air 200 - top 5 des jets privés les plus populaires en 2022
Beechraft

How many flights did the King Air 200 make in 2021 ?

The turboprop achieved 53,074 departures in Europe and 53,071 arrivals, or 106,145 flights. In 2021, its number of movements increased by 6%.

The history of the King Air 200 ?

 

Also known as the Beechcraft 200, it was designed in 1970. A year later, in 1971, the aircraft made its first flight, piloted by Bud Francis. Certified in December 1972, the King Air 200 has been carrying passengers since April 1974. Today, there are 2,350 of these aircraft in the world.

Characteristics of the King Air 200 ?

 

The King Air 200 is 13.34 m long and 4.57 m high and can carry up to 9 passengers. It has two engines and a range of 3,340 km.

The King Air 200 turboprop can carry, in addition to the passengers, 2 pieces of luggage in the hold and 2 suitcases in the cabin.

 

What makes the King Air 200 so popular ?

 

What makes the King Air 200 so popular are the advantages it offers to passengers. Indeed, this aircraft :

    • offers a quiet, spacious and comfortable cabin
    • allows take-off after runway closing times.
    • is environmentally friendly thanks to its low CO2 emissions.

 

3- The Pilatus PC-12 : the Swiss Army knife in third place among the most popular private jets in 2022

 

Pilatus PC-12 - en vol - top 5 des jets privés les plus populaires en 2022
Pilatus, PC-12

How many flights did the Pilatus PC-12 make in 2021 ?

As a turboprop aircraft, the Pilatus PC-12 has made 48,485 departures in Europe and 48,484 arrivals. This represents 96,969 flights in Europe. In 2021, its number of movements increased by 25%.

The history of the Pilatus PC-12 ?

 

Designed in 1987 and manufactured by the Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft, the Pilatus PC-12 entered service in 1991. There will be 1,700 aircraft in service by 2021. It is only in 2017 that it will be approved as a “Public Transport” aircraft in France and that it will be authorised to carry passengers.

 

Characteristics of the Pilatus PC-12 ?

 

Single-engine, 14 m long and 4.26 m high, the Pilatus PC-12 can carry up to 9 passengers. It has a single engine and requires two pilots to fly it. It has a range of 2,750 km.

The Pilatus PC-12 turboprop has the capacity to carry, in addition to the passengers, 3 pieces of luggage in the hold and 3 cabin cases.

 

Pilatus PC-12 - intérieur
Pilatus PC-12

What makes the Pilatus PC-12 so popular ?

 

The Pilatus PC-12 has made its way into the TOP 5 most popular private jets of 2022 thanks to several special features:

    • It is one of the few private jets that can land on short runways. Its playground extends to more than 2,500 airfields in Europe.
    • The Pilatus PC-12 is all-terrain and can land on grass runways.
    • It offers excellent value for money. It is even considered “economical”.

 

4- Embraer Phenom 300 takes fourth place on the podium of most popular private jets

 

Phenom 300 - top 5 des jets privés les plus populaires en 2022

How many flights did the Embraer Phenom 300 make in 2021 ?

 

The Embraer Phenom 300, which belongs to the light private jet category, made 32,379 departures in Europe and 32,376 arrivals. This represents 64,755 flights in Europe. In 2021, its number of movements increased by 22%.

 

The history of the Embraer Phenom 300 ?

The Embraer Phenom 300 first flew in April 2008. It will enter service one year later, in 2019. This aircraft is the product of the Brazilian manufacturer: Embraer. There are currently 600 Phenom 300s in the world.

 

Characteristics of the Embraer Phenom 300 ?

 

The Embraer Phenom 300 is 15.91m long and 5.10m high and can carry up to 8 passengers. It can be flown by a single pilot, but the cockpit is built to accommodate two. It has a range of 3,600 km.

The Embraer Phenom 300 turboprop has the capacity to carry, in addition to the passengers, 3 hold luggage and 3 cabin luggage.

 

Interieur du jet privé Phenom 300, Embraer
Embraer Phenom 300 intérieur

What makes the Embraer Phenom 300 so popular ?

 

The Embraer Phenom 300 owes its place in the TOP 5 most popular private jets of 2022 to :

    • its design
    • the comfort of its ergonomic seats
    • its competitive price

 

5- Cessna Citation CJ2 rises to fifth place

 

Cessna Citation CJ2 sur le tarmac - top 5 des jets privés les plus populaires en 2022
Cessna, Citation CJ2

 

How many flights did the Cessna Citation CJ2 make in 2021 ?

 

As a light private jet, the Cessna Citation CJ2 achieved 26,995 departures in Europe and 26,993 arrivals. This represents 53,988 flights in Europe. In 2021, its number of movements increased by 8%.

 

The history of the Cessna Citation CJ2 ?

 

An upgraded version of the Cessna CJ1, the Citation CJ2 was delivered in 2000. Its predecessor made its first flight on 29 April 1991 and entered service on 30 March 1993 as the CitationJet.

 

Characteristics of the Cessna Citation CJ2 ?

 

The Cessna Citation CJ2 is 14.53m long and 4.27m high and can carry up to 6 passengers. It has a range of 2,987 km.

In addition to the passengers, the Cessna Citation CJ2 can carry 3 pieces of luggage in the hold and 6 suitcases in the cabin.

 

Cessna Citation CJ2 Interior
Cessna, Citation CJ2

What makes the Cessna Citation CJ2 so popular ?

 

The Cessna Citation CJ2 owes its popularity to

    • its spacious payload bay
    • its excellent value for money
    • its comfort on board
    • the fact that there is a toilet on board

 

Comfort, value for money and the ability to land on racetracks are all features that appeal to passengers who hire private jets. It is therefore no surprise that the Citation XLS, the King Air 200, the Pilatus PC-12, the Phenom 300 and the Citation CJ2 feature in the Top 5 most popular private jets.