The Highs & Lows Of Private Jet Travel

While private jet travel is often seen as the height of luxury transportation, sometimes the lows can be just as exciting.

We take a look at some of the most interesting extremes in aviation – from the highest soaring altitudes to the lowest fuel emissions.

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HOW HIGH CAN PRIVATE JETS FLY?

Private jets can fly up to 45,000 ft. high, however most tend to cruise around 41,000 ft. By flying higher than airlines (36,000 ft), private jets are allowed to increase their speeds and save you valuable time in transit.

The Global 6000 flies higher than most other private jets. (Image: Bombardier)

However, some private jets can fly higher than others. For example, the Global 6000 and the Gulfstream G650 both currently fly the highest with a service ceiling (aircraft’s maximum altitude) of 51,000 ft.

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?

Private jets have to fly low to take off and land of course, but just how low are they able to fly during the cruising phase of a flight?

Even for the shortest journey, private jets almost always fly about 10,000 ft, as the airspace below is more crowded with smaller leisure aircraft, microlights, and even paragliders.

The only exceptions to this rule would be short flights when the airspace between departure and arrival is controlled under Air Traffic Control. An example would be positioning legs (or empty legs) to different airports across London or New York City.

WHICH JET HAS THE HIGHEST CABIN?

The height of a private jet’s cabin can vary significantly from aircraft to aircraft. Cabin height is an important factor for consideration for many of our customers, especially when we are flying athletes who measure upwards of 7ft!

The Falcon 6X currently has one of the tallest cabin heights, coming in at 6′ 5″ tall.

Falcon 6X 600x400 (2)

The big windows also give the cabin a light-filled atmosphere, which helps it seem larger as well.

WHICH PRIVATE JET FLIES AT THE HIGHEST SPEED?

The race to fly the fastest is neck and neck in the private jet world.

Currently, the aircraft boasting the highest speed goes to the Citation X+, with a maximum speed of Mach 0.935. Before that, it was the Gulfstream G650ER, which could fly both the fastest and furthest, flying at Mach 0.925 with a range of 7,500 nautical miles.

The Bombardier Global 7500 is also in the mix – it has a range of 7,700 nautical miles, though it flies at the same speed as the Gulfstream G650ER.

Cessna’s Citation X+ flies at the highest speeds (image: Cessna)

WHICH PRIVATE JET HAS THE LOWEST FUEL EMISSIONS?

Although not technically a jet, the Diamond Twin Star aircraft is a popular choice for private flights.

The 3-seater DA-42 has one of the lowest carbon footprints, with its two turbo diesel engines burning just 11 gallons an hour at a cruise of 20mph, burning far less fuel than any other private commercial aircraft.  It’s also very low on noise due to its three bladed props.

The Diamond Twin Star is one of the greenest aircraft in the sky.

But this is eclipsed by a solar rival, which could pave the way for the sustainable future of aviation. The Solar Impulse 2 recently had to pause its attempt to circumnavigate the globe, but it can stay in flight for five days at a time due to its solar skin and a storage battery to keep it flying at night.

THE HIGHEST – AND LOWEST – AIRPORTS IN THE WORLD

The highest airport in the world is Daocheng Yading Airport, in China’s Sichuan province (China has breathtakingly high airports overall, with eight of the top ten highest airports in the world). At 14,470 feet, Daocheng Yading Airport is almost as high as the tallest mountain in the US, Mount Whitney.

Dassault staked a claim to have the first private jet land there, the Falcon 7X, in September 2014.

The Falcon 7X at the world’s highest airport, Daocheng Yading.

At the other spectrum, Bar Yehuda Airport is the lowest airport in the world at 1,240 ft below mean sea level. Located in the southern Judean desert, due west of the Dead Sea, the airport is based deeper than US Navy submarines are allowed to travel. (Read more: The Most Extreme Airports In The World)

HIGHS & LOWS OF PRIVATE JET PRICING

The most expensive private jet to charter is a supersize jet. VIP converted airliners such as the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) or the Airbus ACJ319 are customized to seat anything between 16-26 passengers and can include state rooms, marble bathrooms, and cinemas.

The charter price per hour for a BBJ is around $24,500. The price tag to buy a BBJ or an ACJ319 (wide body version) varies up to $428 million.

The Airbus ACJ319 is one of the most premium supersize jets (image: AIRBUS)

Entry point private jets are the very light jets (VLJ). The Citation Mustang is the most widely available to charter, at around $2,000 per hour, with a list price of $2.7 million.

We also love the highs and lows at PrivateFly. Our pricing is always low, while we take pride in the highest service standards.

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