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A Guide to Choosing the Right Jet for Your Mission

One of the primary advantages of flying XOJET (and flying smart) is the complete control our clients have over aircraft selection. Unlike fractional owners who are locked into one class of aircraft, you as an XOJET client can choose between dozens of modern jets through out Preferred Partner Network—including turboprop, light, mid-size, super mid-size, and heavy jets—specifically tailored to the distance, speed, cabin, and storage space required for your trip.

To help you decide which aircraft is best suited for your missions in 2017, here is our high-level guide to select options available within XOJET’s owned and extended fleet. Welcome aboard.

Turboprops

Suitable Routes:
Los Angeles > Las Vegas
New York > Boston
San Juan > St Barths
San Francisco > Los Angeles

King Air 350

Exterior View of a King Air 350 at an FBO

Range: 2,077 miles
High Cruise Speed: 360 mph
Takeoff Distance: 3,300 feet
Landing Distance: 2,692 feet
Rate of Climb: 2,731 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 35,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 416 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 71 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: With available seating up to 11, the King Air 350 sets the class standard for comfortable cabins—featuring luxurious seating, noise-dampening ride technology, and luminous natural lighting thanks to large, rounded windows. It’s the cabin you’d expect from a jet aircraft.

What You Need to Know: Though still a turboprop aircraft, the larger King Air 350 is more comparable to light jets than the Pilatus PC-12. Positioned as such, the 350 offers style, comfort, and small-jet versatility for an operational cost vastly lower than its competitors. A proven classic since its first model in 1974, we recommend it as a more fuel-efficient, economical option for both business commuters and leisure travelers flying short-to-mid-range distances—and those who want a faster, more luxurious aircraft than the PC-12.

Light Jets

Suitable Routes:
Denver > Scottsdale
Miami > New York
Los Angeles > Seattle

Embraer Phenom 300

Exterior View of an Embraer Phenom 300 on a runway

Range: 2,268 miles
High Cruise Speed: 521 mph
Takeoff Distance: 3,138 feet
Landing Distance: 2,621 feet
Rate of Climb: 3,335 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 45,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 324 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 76 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: Seating between 6 and 10 passengers, the sophisticated Phenom 300 offers stylish leather seats with recline and movement capability, ample leg and head room, and the largest windows and galley in its class.

The Bottom Line: The world’s most-delivered business jet for three years running, the Phenom 300 offers a top-tier blend of range, speed, climb, and field performance. Combined with an elegant interior, the largest baggage compartment in its class, and surprising fuel efficiency, it’s a smart choice for both business and leisure travelers who want to travel faster and longer than most light jets can—all without sacrificing style or comfort.

Hawker 400xp

Exterior View of a Hawker 400xp on a runway

Range: 1,726 miles
High Cruise Speed: 517 mph
Takeoff Distance: 3,950 feet
Landing Distance: 2,960 feet
Rate of Climb: 3,770 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 45,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 305 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 53 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: The Hawker 400xp seats up to 8 passengers and offers the most spacious cabin in its class. Notable features include comfortable reclining club seats, a square-oval, flat-floor design, and extended head and shoulder space.

The Bottom Line: Besides being one of the fastest aircraft within the light jet class, The Hawker 400xp is also one of the most comfortable. Known for its soundproof cabin and exceptionally smooth ride, it’s our recommendation for sophisticated business travelers who operate on tight schedules and seek a productive environment for meetings and executive functions.

Citation Encore

Exterior View of a Citation Encore on a runway

Range: 1,940 miles
High Cruise Speed: 490 mph
Takeoff Distance: 3,490 feet
Landing Distance: 2,439 feet
Rate of Climb: 4,620 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 45,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 307 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 69 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: Boasting the longest cabin in its class, the Citation Encore holds up to 8 passengers and features fully reclining, swiveling pedestal seats, a refreshment center in the forward cabin, and a fully enclosed toilet/vanity area in the rear.

The Bottom Line: A capable aircraft with above-average range, versatile runway performance, and impressive cabin comfort and storage capacity, the Citation Encore provides one of the best overall values within the light jet class. Its operating cost is reasonable and caters to both short and mid-range distances, making it a popular choice for business and leisure travelers alike.

Citation Excel

Exterior View of a Citation Excel on a runway

Range: 1,961 miles
High Cruise Speed: 450 mph
Takeoff Distance: 3,590 feet
Landing Distance: 2,909 feet
Rate of Climb: 3,500 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 45,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 461 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 90 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: Known for its spacious cabin with enough vertical room to comfortably stand up, the Citation Excel seats up to 9 passengers and offers luxurious leather seats with fold-out tables and sliding headrests.

The Bottom Line: The Citation Excel offers the comfort and amenities of a mid-size jet, including an oversized cabin, expansive storage space, and extended flight range. But its pricing and performance qualifies within the light jet class, thanks to its low operating cost and takeoff/landing performance compatible with shorter runways. The result: great value for those seeking comfortable travel across longer distances, often to smaller, less accessible airports.

Mid-Size Jets

Suitable Routes:
Los Angeles > Dallas
Scottsdale > New York
Seattle > Aspen

Hawker 800xp/900xp

Exterior View of a Hawker 800xp on a runway

Range: 3,200 miles
High Cruise Speed: 515 mph
Takeoff Distance: 5,032 feet
Landing Distance: 2,295 feet
Rate of Climb: 2,176 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 41,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 735 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 40 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: Often referred to as a “Boardroom in the Sky,” the ultra-spacious Hawker 800xp/900xp combines luxurious interior designs with more stand-up headroom than any other jet in its class. Configurations vary from the high-density 15-passenger layout to the 8-passenger layout featuring expansive executive seats, a leather divan, and a full refreshment center.

What You Need to Know: The Hawker 800xp/900xp is the cream of the crop amongst mid-size jets combining in-flight comfort and raw speed. Factor in a flight range of 3,200 miles—enough to connect any two cities in the U.S.—and it’s easy to see why many executives favor it as their jet of choice.

Citation Latitude

Exterior View of a Citation Latitude on a runway

Range: 3,280 miles
High Cruise Speed: 513 mph
Takeoff Distance: 3,580 feet
Landing Distance: 2,480 feet
Rate of Climb: 4,000 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 45,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 840 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 127 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: The Citation Latitude accommodates up to 9 passengers with an oval interior design featuring flat floors, comfortable stand-up headroom, and oversized windows. Seating is usually arranged as four executive club seats—each of which can be fully reclined into flat beds—followed by two fully adjustable seats and a two-person divan across from the entry door.

What You Need to Know: Though Cessna’s Citation Latitude is slightly slower than other Citation models, it compensates with some of the best in-cabin comfort and overall field performance within the mid-size class. The result: Business and leisure travelers enjoy a luxurious ride—plus ample storage space—as well as greater access to airports with shorter runways and trickier terrain.

Super Mid-Size Jets

Suitable Routes:
Los Angeles > New York
San Francisco > Miami
Boston > Carlsbad

Citation X

Exterior View of an XOJET Citation X on a runway

Range: 3,982 miles
High Cruise Speed: 693 mph
Takeoff Distance: 5,140 feet
Landing Distance: 3,400 feet
Rate of Climb: 3,650 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 51,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 538 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 72 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: The Citation X offers a double arrangement of executive club seats—which can be converted into beds—to accommodate up to eight passengers with ample leg and stand-up head space. The jet is luxuriously appointed with fine leathers and exotic woods, creating one of the most elegant interior designs in the super mid-size class.

What You Need to Know: If your goal is to get there fast, go with the Citation X. Powered by extraordinary Rolls Royce engines originally intended for commercial aircraft, the fastest business jet in history travels one mile every six seconds. Its awesome combination of speed, range, and altitude is a game-changer for business executives, who can comfortably travel from coast to coast in four hours—and return home that very evening.

Challenger 300

Exterior View of an XOJet Challenger 300 Flying Over the City

Range: 3,526 miles
High Cruise Speed: 540 mph
Takeoff Distance: 4,810 feet
Landing Distance: 2,600 feet
Rate of Climb: 4,240 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 45,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 860 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 106 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: A cabin height of over six feet and width of over seven feet ensures the Challenger 300 ranks as one of the roomiest jets within the super mid-size class. Bombardier’s typical interior comfortably accommodates up to nine passengers, who enjoy luxurious club and divan seating with leather and wood finishes, a state-of-the-art entertainment system, and an industry-leading, in-flight sound cancellation technology.

What You Need to Know: The Challenger 300’s unique combination of coast-to-coast range, nimble runway performance, cabin comfort, and efficient operating cost appeals to all types of travelers within mid-to-long-range distances. Though you may not get there as fast as with the Citation X, you gain access to a wider selection of airports and enjoy supreme in-flight comfort,

Heavy Jets

Suitable Routes:
New York > London
Los Angeles > Paris
Dubai > Milan

Challenger 604

Exterior view of a challenger 604 flying

Range: 4,634 miles
High Cruise Speed: 541 mph
Takeoff Distance: 5,840 feet
Landing Distance: 2,777 feet
Rate of Climb: 3,849 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 41,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 1,150 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 115 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: The Challenger 604 boasts one of the widest cabins of any heavy jet, complemented by six feet of standing space, flat floors, and a passive noise insulation system. It holds anywhere from 10 to 19 passengers, all of whom are comfortably accommodated in extra-wide club seats which can adjust, swivel, and recline.

What You Need to Know: The Challenger 604 offers solid speed and an impressive combination of climbing ability and takeoff/landing capacity. But what sets it apart as the best-selling jet in its class is its sophisticated, in-cabin comfort and smooth, quiet ride—ideal for business and leisure travelers making long journeys internationally.

Dassault Falcon 2000

Exterior View of a Dassault Falcon 2000 on a runway

Range: 3,452 miles
High Cruise Speed: 555 mph
Takeoff Distance: 5,585 feet
Landing Distance: 2,640 feet
Rate of Climb: 2,300 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 47,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 1,024 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 131 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: Known for its spacious widebody design, the Falcon 2000 can hold up to 19 passengers though typically defaults to an 8-person layout with middle club seating and two rear and forward lounge areas. The interior design is sleek, stylish, and allows passengers to move around comfortably while enjoying one of the quietest cabins in its class.

What You Need to Know: Economy, speed, and comfort make the Falcon 2000 one of the most well rounded jets in its class. The secret lies in its fully slatted, innovative wings, increasing the jet’s field performance and range while maximizing overall fuel efficiency. In short: a smart, reliable option for both business and leisure passengers traveling internationally.

Gulfstream V

Exterior View of a Gulfstream V on a runway

Range: 6,905 miles
High Cruise Speed: 562 mph
Takeoff Distance: 5,910 feet
Landing Distance: 2,770 feet
Rate of Climb: 4,188 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 51,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 1,669 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 226 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: Typically holding 15 passengers (though it can be configured to hold more), the Gulfstream V cabin is a sanctuary in the sky featuring luxurious leather and wood designs, expansive space to move and walk around, luxurious seats with full range of motion, and fold-out beds. Passengers have access to a full-sized galley, running water, power outlets, fold-out work tables, a complete range of entertainment options, and much more.

What You Need to Know: Truly one of the superior options available in the competitive class of ultra-long-range jets, the Gulfstream V combines utmost comfort with quick, efficient flight capability. It is designed for sophisticated international businesses requiring a high-performance heavy jet with a proven track record for reliability and dependability.

Bombardier Global 5000

Exterior View of a Bombardier Global 5000 on a runway

Range: 5,984 miles
High Cruise Speed: 560 mph
Takeoff Distance: 5,540 feet
Landing Distance: 2,207 feet
Rate of Climb: 1,433 ft/min
Max Operating Altitude: 51,000 feet
Cabin Volume: 1,889 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 195 cubic feet

Cabin Highlights: The Global 5000 cabin leaves no stone unturned, impressing in every detail from cabin width (the widest in its class by a foot) to amenities (including custom china sets, a Rockwell Collins Cabin Electronics System, espresso machines, food facilities, and more) to sound insulation (noise levels never exceed 52 dB). The jet typically holds eight passengers (maximum 17) and features five separate compartments: an entry area with forward lavatory, a forward cabin with 4 single executive seats, a mid cabin with a club conference grouping, an aft cabin with a 3-place divan and 2 executive seats, and an aft lavatory with a storage area.

What You Need to Know: The Global 5000 sets the gold standard for performance, speed, comfort, and reliability amongst international heavy jets. Exceptionally spacious and equipped with state-of-the art technology and design, it feels like an extravagant living space with the capabilities of a high-tech modern office. The bottom line: a five-star choice for companies chartering international flights of ten hours or less.