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Types of Aircraft For Private Flying

Types of Aircraft For Private Flying - The Early Air Way

When you charter a private jet, you have the opportunity to experience many types of aircraft. 

Each jet provides you with a comfortable amount of space, a unique layout, and luxurious amenities. What’s more, each comes with its own set of specs, such as how fast and how far it can fly. It’s safe to say that there is a jet that is perfect for every air travel need. 

To help you prepare for your next flight, this article explores the types of aircraft for private flying. 

What Types of Aircraft Are Available? 

With so many different aircraft available, it can be tough to know just which one will give you everything you need. Which one has room for your passengers? Which private jet can go the distance? 

Below are a few types of aircraft you may want to consider when flying private. 

Very Light Jets

Very light jets are some of the smallest private aircraft in the sky. However, don’t be misled — they are not that small and they don’t lack in performance. Rather they are very efficient and they are cost effective. 

Very light jets can travel between 1,000 and 1,500 miles and can usually carry around 4 to 5 passengers comfortably.  They come equipped with amenities to make your trip more enjoyable, too. Because they are often used for short trips, these jets may or may not have a lavatory and galley. 

As part of a charter fleet, the following are commonly sought very light jets: 

  • Eclipse 500
  • Cessna Citation Mustang
  • Embraer

Each offers all the perks of flying private in a fast, high-performing manner. 

Light Jets

Light jets are slightly bigger, offering you room for more passengers — and a greater traveling distance. You will even find more amenities onboard this aircraft as you can be in flight longer, traveling distances from about 1,400 to 2,500 miles. 

The interior of light jets will vary from one to the next, but you can expect to see comfort and luxury for an average of 8 passengers. You will have plenty of room to kick back and relax. 

A few examples of light jets you won’t want to miss include: 

  • Beechjet 400A
  • Hawker 400XP
  • Citation I
  • Citation II
  • Citation Encore
  • Falcon 10
  • Lear 35
  • Lear 40
  • Premier 1A

Types of Aircraft For Private Flying - Early Air Way

Midsize Jets

Another type of aircraft is a midsize jet. These are one of the most commonly used by travelers as they give you the perfect combination of range, size, and luxury. They can get you from one destination to the next without having to stop for fuel — within about 2,000 to 3,000 miles.

Midsize jets are perfect for those quick trips and for those that are a bit further away. They are often very spacious with room for 9 or so passengers to move about the cabin freely. You can always count on inflight entertainment, refreshments, and amenities on these jets. 

So, what type of midsize jets should you look for? Don’t miss out on a flight on these: 

  • Astra SP and SPX
  • Cessna Citation III
  • Cessna Citation VII
  • Falcon 20
  • Gulfstream G150
  • Hawker 800
  • Lear 45, 55. And 60

Did we mention midsize jets often have a great amount of baggage capacity? 

Super Mids

Just as their name suggests, super mids are like midsize jets — but better. They come with a lot of features and amenities that make your travel experience nothing short of luxurious. 

You can expect room for about 9 to 12 passengers, though this always depends on the specific jet. It can travel an average of 3,000 to 4,000 miles. In other words, it can cross the continent without stopping to refuel. This is great for those going the distance. 

These jets are just as popular as midsize, if not more. You will always find the most comfortable seating that can often be transformed into nighttime configurations perfect for sleeping. There will be inflight entertainment and connectivity, too. 

Some super mids you should look for include: 

  • Citation X
  • Falcon 2000
  • Falcon 50EX
  • Gulfstream 200
  • Challenger 300
  • Citation Sovereign
  • Hawker 1000

Are you ready for this experience? 

Heavy Jets

Heavy jets, sometimes called business jets, are one of the most glamorous types of jets you can charter. They are very large with room to hold 15 or more passengers, on average, and travel distances beyond 5,000 miles. 

Heavy jets are perfect for international travel as you can sleep, dine, and enjoy inflight entertainment. Thanks to inflight connectivity, you can even stay in touch with those on the ground, too. 

Check out these heavy jets: 

  • Challenger 601 and 604
  • Falcon 900
  • Global Express
  • Gulfstream G-IV
  • Gulfstream V

Heavy jets will almost always have a flight attendant onboard, as well, to ensure you have the most enjoyable experience. 

Advantages of Flying Private

Are you ready to give one of these private jets a try? Getting to your destination shouldn’t come with a lot of aggravation and wasted time — especially when there are options available to elevate your overall experience, like private travel.  

As you book your next flight, consider a charter on one of the many types of aircraft found at The Early Air Way. Taking advantage of private flying has never been easier or more rewarding. 


Air travel can be an unforgettable experience when you book the right private charter. Once you know where you are headed and who is traveling with you, you can narrow down the perfect jet to get you there. 

The Early Air Way has an extensive charter fleet with all types of jets for private flying. Contact them today to book your next flight and discover the ultimate in luxury and convenience.

And don’t forget to explore our jet hedging program and empty leg specials!

Types of Aircraft For Private Flying - Early Air Way

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