All manufacturers of private jets
Chartering a private jet is one of the most widely used services for business commuters, business groups, politicians, and celebrities.
If it was once considered impossible to easily charter a private jet, nowadays, it is more accessible than it has ever been. Above all, it gives you an opportunity to fly completely relaxed, and give you the space you need to concentrate.
If you are thinking of buying a private jet, you will probably want a good overview of the different types of jets, and primarily, the different manufacturers.
Knowing this, we took the time to gather all the information you need. But first, let's see what are the two most distinctive elements of private jets.
The engine of a private jet
A fundamental and essential component of any respectable private jet is, surely, the engine.
It was in the 1920s, that the first private two-seater, or slightly larger, aircraft were produced with turbo-propeller engines.
These made use of the propeller rotations, which set in motion a mass of air for propulsion. Though very efficient in terms of consumption, this was accompanied by a strong limitation on speed.
The 1930s, due to a research impetus given by the context of war raging in Europe, saw the introduction of two types of engines that are still widely used.
The first is the turbojet engine, wherein the intake of air convolves, compressing in several stages, finally channeling into the combustion chamber.
In the combustion chamber, the air mixes with the fuel, resulting in efficient engine propulsion.
The second is the turbofan engine, also still being used by airliners like Boeing.
Only the turbojet propeller is used these days for private jets.
From the end of the Second World War up until now, this engine has been perfected and redesigned countless times. More recently, seen in a significant push to overcome the sound barrier (set at around 1200 kilometers per hour).
Types of Private jets
Beyond the engine, private jets are subdivided into different classes, or categories.
Depending on the size of the aircraft they can range from very light jets, almost only capable of seating pilots and co-pilots, to heavy jets that can accommodate over 60 passengers.
The class with the widest variety to choose from is medium-sized jets (also called mid-size jets). On average, they can seat 10 passengers, pilots and flight attendants not counted, and represent the best compromise in terms of exclusivity and comfort.
The manufacturers of private jets
The very first business jets were produced by the US company, Cessna (now Textron Aviation), which primarily dealt in two-seat and small-sized jets, some seating a maximum of 10 passengers with the Cessna Citation CJ-4 and Citation Excel.
When it comes to the more luxurious and modern models, we cannot omit one of the most authoritative companies dedicated to the business jet: Bombardier Aerospace.
This Canadian company first started in the late 1980s, by taking over Canadair, and has since continued its "career" with continuous acquisitions of companies in the sector that were experiencing heavy losses, these were soon reverted to assets.
Their star model is the ultra-modern Bombardier Global 8000, capable of reaching the speed of sound with an autonomy of over 14,000 kilometers, it supersedes any other existing jet.
Bombardier uses turbojet engines produced by General Electrics.
Remaining in the class of high-end jets, we move to France, where Dassault Aviation has been at the forefront of innovation for over ninety years in the aviation sector.
Their aircraft currently in production is the Dassault Falcon 8X, which first flew in 2015.
This French company does not make speed its priority, preferring to focus on autonomy (almost 11 thousand kilometers with the Falcon 8X), and the interior size of the cabins.
Currently the Falcon 6X model is in development, projected to provide further enlargement of the interior.
Dassault aviation usually integrates the engines of the Canadian company, Pratt & Whitney Canada.
Getting back to the American continent, we find Gulfstream Aerospace again.
Active since the end of the 50s, it is currently overseen by one of the most active companies in the military field, and which has the exclusivity on multiple supplies of vehicles for armed forces, General Dynamics.
The latest addition to the Gulfstream line, is a model dating back to 2009, known as the G280.
Despite its very luxurious interiors, the G280’s features do not excel over the competition. With a flight range just under 7000 kilometers, and an average speed just over 800 kilometers per hour.
One point in favor of this American manufacturer, however, is the average price of its aircraft, several million dollars lower than the models of both Bombardier and Dassault.
Gulfstream integrates American Honeywell engines, from a company specialized in the aerospace and defense sectors.
These three companies alone represent almost the entirety of the business jet market.
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Beyond there however, are many other models produced by other manufacturers.
Occasional jet manufacturers ... and not too many
Even Boeing, the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of civil aircraft, has developed a line dedicated to business jets called the "BBJ" series (from Boeing Business Jet).
The models in this series are modified versions of Boeing airliners, such as the 737, intended to cater to the wealthiest customers and the state flights of ministers and presidents; with definitively interesting features.
The aircraft of reference is probably the Boeing BBJ3, whose production began in 2006 and has not yet ended.
It has the ability to comfortably cater up to 50 passengers and still have a conference room.
The average range reaches 10 thousand kilometers at a speed of around 850 kilometers per hour.
All this comes at a high price in its category, which varies based on the interiors you choose, and is not less than 74 million dollars.
The BBJ3 is equipped with two turbofan engines from the French company CFM International.
Onto the next distributor: the European Airbus.
This company from the old continent has created a line dedicated to private jets, called ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jet), and is achieving impressive results.
The series was created, essentially, to compete in the business jet sector with Airbus’ ever-rival, Boeing.
Although its most recent model is the ACJ320neo, its "star model" still remains the Airbus ACJA380.
Introduced back in 2005, withdrawal from the market for this model is expected only in 2021.
With an estimated capacity of 853 passengers and a maximum speed of over 1100 kilometers per hour, it is for all intents and purposes, a colossal aircraft.
Even the autonomy is impressive: it can exceed 15 thousand kilometers at full capacity on board.
Equipped with four engines to choose from the British Rolls Royce Trent-900, or the American Engine Alliance GP-7000.
However, the cost could be considered a limitation: at around 445 million dollars.
Honda, making its own way, has decided to venture and produce a small jet, taking on the name of Honda HA-420 (more commonly known as the HondaJet).
Presented in 2003, it is capable of reaching speeds of 800 kilometers per hour with its two Honda engines.
Its small size does not allow for more than six passengers, and the range is just over 2,000 kilometers.
Its price is approximately 4.5 million dollars.
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