The most popular private jets of 2020 revealed

Gulfstream G450

Gulfstream bumped Bombardier as the most used large private jet in 2020 while holding onto the top spot in super long-range private jets, according to Argus TRAQPak

Textron Aviation’s Citation Excel/XLS, Mustang, and King Air 200 were the most flown aircraft in their respective categories

Gulfstream Aerospace had the most popular large cabin and super long-range private jets in 2020, according to just-released data from Argus TRAQPak.

At the same time, Textron Aviation saw three of its business aircraft take the top spot in three of the eight categories. Its Beechcraft King Air 200 was the most flown multi-engine turboprop. The Cessna Citation Mustang was the most popular very light jet. Its Citation Excel/XLS/XLS+ won the midsize private jet category.

Cessna Citation XLS+

Cessna Citation XLS

Citation XLS+ profile, including current pricing, manufacturing dates, cabin size and passenger capacity, range, speed, baggage space, fractional ownership and jet card options

Cessna Citation XLS+ Facts

This midsize Citation XLS + (from 2008 and ongoing) follows the Citation XLS (2004 to 2009) and Excel (1998 to 2004), and popularity is in its fleet size. There are over 800 of the types active today, according to Amstat.

On the used market, used XLS+ models can be found starting at $9 million while the Excel variety goes for under $2 million.

Manufacturing Dates

Production Start: 2008

Production Ends: Ongoing

Cabin Category

Midsize although NetJets sells the XLS it as a light jet in its jet card and fractional programs

Fleet Size

As of December 2019, Amstat lists 246 Citation XLS+ in service, 328 of the XLS, and 369 of the Excel variety.

Citation XLS+ Cabin Size and Passengers

Cessna Citation XLS
Cessna Citation XLS in NetJets’ seven-seat configuration

Height: 5.7 feet

Width: 5.5 feet

Length: 18.5 feet

Seating Capacity: 8


Full: 1,528 nautical miles

Four Passengers: 1,976 nautical miles


Normal Cruise Speed: 506 mph

Maximum Cruise Speed: 429 mph

Baggage Space

80 cubic feet exterior space

10 cubic feet of interior space


Fractional Ownership – Yes

Dedicated Jet Card – Yes


New price is approximately $12 million

Other Cessna models currently in production

Compare over 150 private jet models in the Private Jet Performance Guide.

Citation Latitude

Citation Longitude

Citation Longitude+

Citation CJ4

Citation CJ3+

Citation M2

NetJets launches security services for customers


The new offering comes via subsidiary QS Security Services

NetJets has launched a new subsidiary with QS Security Services. It’s a global network of security partners with superior expertise in personal protection.

The unit of Berkshire Hathaway “will protect high-profile travelers by leveraging decades of unmatched security expertise gained from federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well the U.S. military.” offers December discounts on jet cards

Hourly rates start at $5,188 for a light jet and range up to $10,588 for a large cabin aircraft

December generally means jet card deals, and is continuing that approach.

Through the end of the year, has reduced both prices and the number of hours customers need to buy.

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