From long-range private jets to single-engine turboprops, new data reveals the most-used private aircraft for 2019

The most popular private jet in the U.S. for 2019 wasn’t a jet.

The Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop was the most popular private aircraft clocking 244,217 flights in 2019, according to Argus Traqpak.

Second most popular was the King Air 200, a twin-engine turboprop that fleetwide made enjoyed 180,219 flights last year.

Most Popular Private Jets by Category

CategoryAircraft Type2019 Flights
Super Long Range JetGulfstream 55049,534
Large Cabin JetChallenger 600 series80,313
Super Midsize JetChallenger 300 series95,644
Midsize JetCitation Excel/XLS series161,323
Light JetPhenom 300117,339
Very Light JetPhenom 10032,582
Multi-Engine TurbopropKing Air 200180,219
Single Engine TurbopropPilatus PC-12244,217

The most popular private jet was Textron’s Citation Excel/XLS series which ruled the midsize category with 161,323 flights.

In terms of super long-range private jets, the preferred chariot of private fliers is the Gulfstream G550, with 49,534 flights.

Bombardier’s Challenger 300 topped activity in the super-midsize market while Embraer’s Phenom 300 and Phenom 100 ruled the light and very light jet segments.

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