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Top 5 lowest cost private jets available today


Owning a private jet might sound like the domain of the uber-wealthy, but the cheapest private jets might surprise you. Whether you’re shopping – or window shopping – for a short, midweight or heavy jet, the most affordable private jets can be a fraction of the price of the most expensive. We’ve listed the cheapest private jet in each category.

Very Light Jet: Cirrus Vision Jet

The tiny Cirrus Vision Jet landing
The tiny Cirrus Vision Jet landing

The cheapest private jet is the small but mighty Cirrus Vision Jet at $1.96 million. The Vision Jet is the world’s first single-engine private jet, powered by a Williams International FJ33-5A turbofan engine that produces 1,800 pounds of thrust. The aircraft is designed to be piloted by the owner, but a pilot can be hired instead. The Vision Jet has the capability to cruise at 345 mph at a maximum altitude of 28,000 feet. The cabin is quite spacious for its size at 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide with large windows and seating for up to five adults and two children.

Light Jet: Cessna Citation CJ3+

A Cessna Citation CJ3+ on a runway
A Cessna Citation CJ3+ on a runway

If the Vision Jet sounds a little tight, you can buy a brand new Cessna Citation CJ3+ for $8 million. Launched in 2014, the CJ3+ is a new and improved version of the CJ3 that offers a more comfortable cabin and upgraded avionics. The Citation CJ3+ has a maximum range of 2,040 nautical miles and a luggage capacity of 1,000 pounds. The cabin, which can accommodate up to nine passengers, is 4 feet 10 inches wide, 4 feet 10 inches tall and 15 feet 8 inches long with 14 large windows, swing-out seats and a standard lavatory. In 2011, Robb Report voted the Cessna Citation CJ3 the "Best of the Best" in the light jet category.

Midsize Jet: Cessna Citation XLS+

The Cessna Citation XLS+ on the runway
The Cessna Citation XLS+ on the runway

The world’s best-selling business jet can be yours for $12.8 million. The Cessna Citation XLS+ is a very versatile aircraft, delivering high performance on short- and long-haul flights. The XLS+ has a maximum cruise speed of 507 mph and a transcontinental range of 2,100 nautical miles. The cabin is the largest in its class at 5 feet 6 inches wide, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 18 feet 6 inches long with fully-reclining leather seats, foldaway tables, seating for up to nine passengers and a galley for food preparation.

Super Midsize Jet: Cessna Citation Sovereign+

A Cessna Citation Sovereign+ taking off in a cloudy day
A Cessna Citation Sovereign+ taking off in a cloudy day

Cessna does it again. Their powerful Cessna Citation Sovereign+ is the most affordable super midsize jet available today at $17.9 million. With a maximum range of 3,200 nautical miles, passengers can fly from Bangkok to Dubai nonstop. The Sovereign X+ is known for its excellent runway performance, with the shortest takeoff among private jets in its class. The cabin is 5 feet 6 inches wide, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 25 feet 3 inches long and can accommodate 12 passengers in comfort. Even more remarkable is the best-in-class external baggage compartment, which is able to carry up to 1,435 pounds of luggage.

Heavy Jet: Embraer Legacy 650E

A luxurious Embraer Legacy 650E taxis on the runway
A luxurious Embraer Legacy 650E taxis on the runway

While the cost of a heavy jet almost always elicits sticker shock, the cheapest private jet in this category may surprise you. The luxurious Embraer Legacy 650E comes in at $25.9 million, a relative bargain when compared to the similarly-sized, $61.5 million Gulfstream G550. The Embraer 650E has seating for 12-13 passengers in three separate cabin zones so passengers can work while others sleep or lounge. The 3,900 nautical mile range allows travelers to fly from New York to Munich nonstop.

No matter how “affordable” these private jets may sound, these prices do not include the many costs that affect private plane owners, including safety inspections, insurance, hangar space, pilot expenses and any interior customization. Thankfully, you can avoid most of these costs by chartering private jets instead. Contact us and we’ll assemble a personalized quote in the aircraft of your choice.

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