Every superyacht owner knows that there's no better way to travel to your yacht than by private jet. Of course, there are a number of ways to fly private but there's nothing quite like having your own private plane for business or pleasure. Find your perfect match with our edit of the best private jets to invest in now...
Buyers' guide: the private jets worth investing In
Boeing BBJ MAX 7
Anyone considering “going large” on a private jet will probably have contemplated the Max 7 from Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), the more economical and eco-friendly version of the original. Deliveries began at the beginning of 2019, with a further 20 orders on file for the ultra long-range, narrow bodied aircraft. The impressive size of the Max 7 enables it to be configured in a variety of ways – the 2.7 metre model by design firm Alberto Pinto included a six-seat dining table, a master bedroom with queen-sized bed, nightstands and dressing table, and a two-person shower with teak floorboards. There are also five- and seven-seat lounges. Interest in private aircraft like the Max 7, which has Dubai to New York range, has increased hugely in recent years, particularly from Far Eastern buyers.
With the longest range and fastest speed of any business jet in its class, the Gulfstream G650ER will have you going places in record time. Gulfstream sent one of its G650ER aircraft from New York to Tokyo in 2017, an 11,000-kilometre trip that it accomplished in 12 hours and 40 minutes – only to fly back the other way two days later, then leave New York again for Paris (five hours and 59 minutes), Moscow (two hours, 40 minutes) and Las Vegas (10 hours, 10 minutes). If you are seeking evidence that the G650ER can cope with your own hectic travel schedule, that should put your mind at rest. Beyond that, it can accommodate 19 passengers and sleep up to 10 at a maximum altitude of 15,500 metres. The luxurious interior can be designed to individual needs and includes “connected” controls that allow passengers to alter temperature, lighting, window shades and entertainment devices through an app. Full onboard connectivity is also available. With a plane like this, you might never need to go to the office again.
Dassault Falcon 8X
Dassault has a long history of designing and producing military and commercial aircraft; Falcon is its business jet arm. The ultra-long- range 8X can comfortably make it non-stop from LA to Beijing, but is also sufficiently versatile to make multiple short-haul landings and take-offs from runways that are short or have steep approaches. That versatility is down to the powerful three-engined “tri-jet” set-up, which, combined with a larger-but-lighter fuselage, offers improved speed, efficiency and nimbleness over the previous model. The enlarged fuselage also enables the interior of the plane to be configured in more than 30 formats depending on whether seating or “loungability” is the priority. The interior is one of the quietest in its class and, like the Embraer Phenom, promises to leave passengers and crew feeling fresher after a flight thanks to a cabin pressure altitude of 1,200 metres at a cruising height of 12,500 metres – compared with the standard airliner 1,800- to 2,400-metre cabin pressure.
Bombardier Global 7500
Measuring in at 33.9 metres, the superyacht-sized Bombardier Global 7500 became the world's largest business jet when delivery began in 2018. Its 16.64 metre cabin provides seating for 17 and is divided into four zones: a master suite with full-size shower, formal dining area for six, full galley and entertainment space. As the first aircraft to be powered by General Electric's new Passport turbofan engine, the Global 7000 will have a range of 7,400 - enough to fly non-stop from London to Singapore - with low fuel burns and low emissions. Order yours now for $73 million.
Airbus ACJ 319/320 NEO
Jet aviation is all about efficiency, which is why the long-standing ACJ 319/320 NEO (New Engine Option) has quieter and more economical engines. The new planes also get aerodynamic upgrades such as “Sharklet” wingtip devices that help to reduce fuel consumption by up to 15 per cent. The basic design of the cabin has been overhauled although, as with most private aircraft, the world is more or less your oyster when it comes to deciding how it should be fitted out. When configured as a commercial airliner a 319/320 can carry up to 160 passengers. Most private versions, however, are designed to seat around 18, with the remainder of the space being taken up by options such as conference/ dining tables and a VIP suite featuring a bedroom with en- suite shower room and adjoining office. Airbus claims its 319 series aircraft offers 65 per cent more interior volume and 20 per cent more head height than most competitors.
Cessna Citation Longitude
The big brother to the hugely popular Citation Latitude, the Citation Longitude is the jet of choice for anyone looking to stay ahead of the curve. The Longitude exceeded expectations in its 2016 debut flight and promises a range of 3,500 nautical miles with a full-fuel payload of 1,600lbs. Seating is for 12 in a wide cabin that allows full height headroom and a walk-in baggage compartment accessible during flight. State-of-the-art tech also allows passengers to control their environment and entertainment with any mobile device using a special app while high-speed internet comes as standard.
Embraer Phenom 300E
When talk turns to aviation pioneers, most people think of the Wright brothers – but it’s often forgotten that it was the Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont who made the first controlled flight in an engine-powered “aircraft” – the Hydrogen Dirigible No 1 of 1898. It wasn’t until 1969 that former Brazilian Air Force major Ozires Silva founded Embraer, which has since delivered more than 8,000 aircraft to become one of the biggest players in the field. In 2017, Embraer’s Phenom 300 was the bestselling light business jet for the sixth year running – an accolade that gives the newer E version (E for enhanced) quite a bit to live up to.
The Phenom 300E is just as gorgeous as its predecessor, but now benefits from next-generation avionics and a completely overhauled interior that provides better ergonomics, more space and greater comfort. The “clean sheet” design has resulted in a cabin that’s awash with natural light and offers one of the best pressurisation levels in the business, reducing fatigue for passengers and crew. Like the 300 before it, the 300E can be operated by a single pilot, but now incorporates next-generation avionics with a state-of-the-art touchscreen flight deck.
You don’t need to be an aircraft enthusiast to notice that the HA-420 is a bit different. Its twin turbofan engines sit on pods on top of the wings rather than under, and its windows are larger than usual, making for a bright interior. Capable of carrying seven people in comfort, the HondaJet is intended to be flown by professional pilots and amateur owners, all of whom will appreciate its slick and (relatively) minimalist control panels, large display screens and colour-coded switchgear. The HondaJet is replete with advanced features, such as a sensor that causes it to descend to a safe height automatically in the event of a drop in cabin pressure.
Piaggio Avanti Evo
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Designed by Italian aviation firm Piaggio Aerospace, the Avanti Evo mixes classic good looks with cutting edge technology in an unusual twin turboprop package. Utilising rear-facing propellers and forward fins, the Avanti Evo boasts impressive green credentials resulting in a fuel consumption 40% lower than traditional private aircraft as well as a production process which actively works to reduce its impact on the environment - ideal for the eco-trendsetter superyacht owner. Get yours for $7.8 million.
If you're the type of superyacht owner who travels with an entourage and hates missing a daily yoga or gym session then the new SportJet from Russian aviation firm Sukhoi could be for you. Designed with elite sports teams in mind, the 100-seater jet is based on the company's popular SSJ100 and is split into four 'zones' to cater for all your athletic needs including physiotherapy, exercise machines, treatment tables and a smart toilet and wearable monitors to alert passengers to their hydration and energy levels. Designed for post-match analysis, a space kitted out with high-resolution screens and luxurious leather chairs could easily double up as a business meeting space or office. The Russian Olympic Team has already snapped one up as its official aircraft - follow suit for $600 million.