Light Jet Aircraft Charter

Interior of an Embraer Phenom 300 light jet. Above banner: Bombardier LearJet 45.

Light Jets are are a good choice for 4-8 people traveling short to medium range distances. Don't let their size or weight fool you - the Light Jet category includes some of the fastest private jets in the sky. As a small aircraft, Light Jets will get you in and out of airports that commercial airlines cannot access. Their size does place restrictions on baggage capacity (you might have to leave the extra pair of skis at home) but these jets are ideal for many.

On this page:

  • Beechcraft Beechjet 400/ Hawker 400, Nextant 400XT, Beechcraft Premier 1A

  • Bombardier Learjet 31, 35, 40, 45, 70, 75

  • Cessna Citation II, Bravo, CJ2, CJ3, CJ4, Encore, V, Ultra

  • Dassault Falcon 10

  • Embraer Phenom 300

  • IAI Astra/ Gulfstream G100, IAI Westwind

  • Pilatus PC-24

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Beechcraft Beechjet
400 / 400A
Hawker 400XP/ 400XPR

Passengers (typical): 7-8
Cabin Height: 4.8 ft
Cabin Width: 4.9 ft
Cabin Length: 15.6 ft
Baggage Vol: 45-56 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 449 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 41,000 ft (400A) / 45,000 ft (all others)
Range Full: 1,140 / 1,180 NM (400A and 400XP) / 1,313 NM (400XPR)
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Limited

 

The original design of the Beechjet 400 emerged from Mitsubishi that sold its Diamond 2 aircraft program to Beechcraft in the 1980s. The Beechjet 400A has a higher max takeoff weight and greater operating ceiling along with improved performance. The aircraft became the Hawker 400XP under Raytheon’s ownership, with some minor changes. The Hawker 400XPR program provided new engines and winglets allowing the aircraft to climb and cruise faster, and increasing range.


Nextant Aerospace 400XT/ XTi

Passengers (typical): 7
Cabin Height: 4.8 ft
Cabin Width: 4.9 ft
Cabin Length: 15.6 ft
Baggage Vol: 56 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 450 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 1,852/ 1,527 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Limited

 

US-based Nextant Aerospace began offering a re-manufacturing process for the Hawker Beechcraft 400 series by upgrading the popular light jet. The Nextant 400XT is a Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP with new engines that greatly improve fuel efficiency, new cockpit technology, and a new cabin interior with reduced noise, plus added head and shoulder room. Four passenger range is touted at roughly 2,000 NM.


Beechcraft Premier 1/ 1A

Passengers (typical): 6
Cabin Height: 5.4 ft
Cabin Width: 5.5 ft
Cabin Length: 13.6 ft
Baggage Vol: 78 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 426 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 41,000 ft
Range Full: 850 NM
Lavatory: Limited
Galley: Limited

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The Premier I was the first all new aircraft design by the Raytheon Aircraft Beech/Hawker in three decades. First deliveries of this entry level business took place in 2001. The Premier IA began flying in 2005 and features enhanced cockpit technology and a redesigned, quieter interior.


Bombardier Learjet 31 / Learjet 31ER

Passengers (typical): 6
Cabin Height: 4.4 ft
Cabin Width: 4.9 ft
Cabin Length: 12.9 ft
Baggage Vol: 30 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 441 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 51,000 ft
Range Full: 1,211 / 1,480 NM
Lavatory: Limited
Galley: Limited

 

The Learjet is one of the longest running brands in business aviation, dating back to Bill Lear’s original design of the early 1960s. The 1980s Lear 31 evolved out of the Lear 35 a decade prior. It features a longer wing and winglets in lieu of the wing-tip fuel tanks common to early model Learjets. These changes helped improve handling and performance.


Bombardier Learjet 35A / 36A

Passengers (typical): 6 / 4
Cabin Height: 4.4 ft
Cabin Width: 4.9 ft
Cabin Length: 12.9 ft
Baggage Vol: 40 / 27 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 436 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 1,930 / 2,341 NM
Lavatory: Limited
Galley: Limited

 

The Learjet 35/ 36 were the last of the original Learjets to feature the shorter wing with wingtip fuel tanks. The Learjet 36 is a model 35 with the rear bench seat removed to make room for an auxiliary fuel tank. Few model 36s were produced however.


Bombardier Learjet 40 / Learjet 40XR

Passengers (typical): 6
Cabin Height: 4.9 ft
Cabin Width: 5.1 ft
Cabin Length: 17.7 ft
Baggage Vol: 56 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 434 KTAS / 465 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 51,000 ft
Range Full: 1,573 / 1,778 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

The Learjet 40 is a shortened version of the Learjet 45. Designed to replace the Learjet 31, the cabin is 4.5 feet longer than the 31 and has more head and shoulder room. The Learjet 40XR has a higher take-off weight and engine improvements that allow for better take-off performance on hot days and at high airport elevations.


Bombardier Learjet 45 / Learjet 45XR

Passengers (typical): 8
Cabin Height: 4.9 ft
Cabin Width: 5.1 ft
Cabin Length: 19.8 ft
Baggage Vol: 65 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 450 KTAS / 465 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 51,000 ft
Range Full: 1,423 / 1,685 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

The Learjet 45 was Learjet’s first completely new model in three decades, and first with Bombardier as owner of Learjet. The cabin is seven feet longer than the Lear 31 and has more head and shoulder room. The cabin has a double club seating arrangement, a galley and a full aft lavatory. The Learjet 45XR features higher ramp and takeoff weights and different engine variant.


Bombardier Learjet 70

Passengers (typical): 6
Cabin Height: 4.9 ft
Cabin Width: 5.1 ft
Cabin Length: 17.7 ft
Baggage Vol: 65 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 460 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 51,000 ft
Range Full: 1,849 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

The Learjet 70 is an improvement on the Lear 40 with more fuel efficient engines, canted winglets and new cockpit technology. The new engines allow the Lear to climb faster and improve airfield performance. Passengers will enjoy an entertainment system with 7” monitors at each seat.


Bombardier Learjet 75

Passengers (typical): 8
Cabin Height: 4.9 ft
Cabin Width: 5.1 ft
Cabin Length: 19.7 ft
Baggage Vol: 65 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 459 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 51,000 ft
Range Full: 1,805 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

The Learjet 75 is an improvement on the Lear 45 with more fuel efficient engines, canted winglets and new cockpit technology. The new engines allow the Lear to climb faster and improve airfield performance. Passengers will enjoy an entertainment system with 7” monitors at each seat.


Cessna Citation II / SII (Cessna 550/ S550)

Passengers (typical): 7
Cabin Height: 4.4 ft
Cabin Width: 4.9 ft
Cabin Length: 16.0 ft
Baggage Vol: 77 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 355 KTAS / 386 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 43,000 ft
Range Full: 1,220 / 1,430 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

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The Cessna 500 Citation and 501 Citation I were Cessna Aircraft's first entries into the light business jet market in 1969 and 1976 respectively. The Citation II, the first stretched version of the Citation, was introduced in the late 1970s. The cabin was lengthened by a little over three feet and the center aisle was dropped 4.8 inches.


Cessna Citation Bravo (Cessna 550B)

Passengers (typical): 7
Cabin Height: 4.7 ft
Cabin Width: 4.7 ft
Cabin Length: 16.0 ft
Baggage Vol: 74 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 385 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 1,290 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Limited

 

The Citation Bravo is a mid 1990s stretched version of the Citation 500. The fuselage was extended by almost 4 feet to increase maximum seating capacity.


Cessna Citation CJ2/ CJ2+

Passengers (typical): 6
Cabin Height: 4.8 ft
Cabin Width: 4.8 ft
Cabin Length: 13.7 ft
Baggage Vol: 65 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 393 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 1,075 / 1,194 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

The Citation “CJ” family was designed to offer more room, more speed, more range and more power to Cessna's flagship light jet family. The CJ2 is a CJ1 with an almost three-foot stretch to the cabin length allowing seating for six. The CJ2+ includes upgraded flight deck technology, engine enhancements, LED cabin lighting and redesigned seats among other cabin updates.


Cessna Citation CJ3/ CJ3+

Passengers (typical): 6
Cabin Height: 4.8 ft
Cabin Width: 4.8 ft
Cabin Length: 15.7 ft
Baggage Vol: 65 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 386 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 1,374 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

The CJ3 is a CJ2 with a two-foot stretch to the cabin length. The CJ3 can also have a private lavatory with pocket doors, made possible by the lengthened fuselage. The Citation CJ3+ is basically the same as the CJ3 except the CJ3+ comes with advanced cockpit technology and all new cabin layout.


Cessna Citation CJ4

Passengers (typical): 7
Cabin Height: 4.8 ft
Cabin Width: 4.8 ft
Cabin Length: 17.3 ft
Baggage Vol: 77 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 428 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 1,667 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

The CJ4 is the largest in the family of light Citation Jets and normally seats 6 or 7 but can seat up to 8 passengers. Interior compliments include a lavatory and refreshment center.


Cessna Citation Encore (Cessna 560 Encore) / Encore+

Passengers (typical): 7
Cabin Height: 4.8 ft
Cabin Width: 4.8 ft
Cabin Length: 17.4 ft
Baggage Vol: 71 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 402 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 1,410 / 1,494 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

The Citation Encore is a Citation Ultra with upgraded engines that consume less fuel and reduce operating costs. The Encore+ increased the maximum takeoff weight of the aircraft.


Cessna Citation V / Ultra (Cessna 560 / Cessna 560 Ultra)

Passengers (typical): 7
Cabin Height: 4.4 ft
Cabin Width: 4.9 ft
Cabin Length: 17.3 ft
Baggage Vol: 67 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 400 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 1,220 NM / 1,259 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

The Citation V is a late 1980s development based on the Citation II, but with more powerful engines, a slight fuselage stretch, and greater wing span enabling it to hold more fuel. The Citation V Ultra arrived in the early 1990s. Its engines produce addition thrust which permits an increase to gross takeoff weight, increased range, and higher cruise speed.


Dassault Falcon 10 / Falcon 100

Passengers (typical): 6
Cabin Height: 4.9 ft
Cabin Width: 4.8 ft
Cabin Length: 12.7 ft
Baggage Vol: 41 cu ft / 40 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 452 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 1,520 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

 

The Falcon 10 and Falcon 100 series are a shortened version of the Falcon 20, the first business aircraft conceived by French manufacturer Dassault in the late 1960’s. The Falcon 10 and 100 are among the fastest of the small business jets. The first Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) instrument panels in business aviation were installed on the Falcon 100 in 1983.


Embraer Phenom 300

Passengers (typical): 7
Cabin Height: 4.9 ft
Cabin Width: 5.1 ft
Cabin Length: 17.2 ft
Baggage Vol: 85 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 417 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 1,811 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

The Phenom 300 developed by Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer is the larger of the Phenom family and a best seller among light jets in recent years. In a typical two pilot operation the cabin can seat up to 9 passengers (depending on the configuration) making it one of the more versatile aircraft in the light jet category.


IAI Astra SP

Passengers (typical): 7
Cabin Height: 4.5 ft
Cabin Width: 4.2 ft
Cabin Length: 17.1 ft
Baggage Vol: 64 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 448 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 2,330 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

 

The IAI 1125 Astra is a 1980s development based on the IAI Westwind II jet fuselage. A new wing design helps increase cabin headroom. The Astra SP features a revised cabin interior, upgraded cockpit technology and some minor aerodynamic refinements.


IAI Astra 1125 SPX/ Gulfstream 100

Passengers (typical): 7
Cabin Height: 4.5 ft
Cabin Width: 4.2 ft
Cabin Length: 17.1 ft
Baggage Vol: 64 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 474 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 2,550 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

 

The last version of the IAI Astra was the SPX, featuring more powerful engines, winglets and further cockpit technology enhancements. Gulfstream acquired the program in 2001 and renamed the Astra SPX the Gulfstream 100.


IAI Westwind 1 /
Westwind 2

Passengers (typical): 7
Cabin Height: 4.9 ft
Cabin Width: 4.8 ft
Cabin Length: 15.5 ft
Baggage Vol: 63 / 49 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 424 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 2,030 / 2,150 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

 

The IAI Westwind started out as the Rockwell Aero Commander 1121 Jet Commander in the early 1960s. The program was later sold to IAI and after several variants the aircraft became the Westwind I in the 1970s. A new wing centre-section and the addition of winglets were hallmarks of the Westwind II in the early 1980s.


Pilatus PC-24

Passengers (typical): 8
Cabin Height: 5.1 ft
Cabin Width: 5.7 ft
Cabin Length: 23.0 ft
Baggage Vol: 90 cu ft
Avg Cruising Speed: 440 KTAS
Max Cruise Altitude: 45,000 ft
Range Full: 1,525 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

 

The PC-24 is Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland first jet powered business aircraft. Versatile, the PC-24 is certified to operate on unimproved airstrips such as grass and gravel and has a flexible cabin arrangement. Typically seating 8, the PC-24 can be quickly reconfigured to seat up to 10 passengers, 4 passengers and more cargo, or even all cargo.