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.

JetSuite burned through at least $100 million in cash before filing for Chapter 11

JetSuite bankruptcy

In addition to over $50 million in jet card deposits, grounded private jet charter operator JetSuite received over $57 million from affiliates since 2016

Flight delays caused by President Trump, stolen silverware, broken coffee makers and ‘race to the bottom’ pricing’ increased the losses

Is a JetSuite 2.0 in the works?

Court documents from the bankruptcy proceedings of Superior Air Charter, LLC, better known as JetSuite, show a company that was burning through cash since at least 2016.

During that time both JetBlue Airways and Qatar Airways made investments into the parent company JetSuiteX, Inc. Additionally, JetSuite used $50 million in unredeemed deposits from jet card customers towards operations, something its contracts permitted. The company, like other key players in the market, did not offer an escrow account.

NetJets updates COVID-19 Coronavirus impact on operations

NetJets Europe

The world’s largest private jet operator has released a summary of both precautions it is taking as well as current travel restrictions

As more and more airlines cut back on their flight schedules due to government restrictions and plummeting demand, NetJets and other private aviation providers continue to offer critical links in these challenging times.

In an update posted yesterday on its website, the world’s largest private jet operator wrote, “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a constantly changing landscape at NetJets. We will continue to issue operational updates as they become available, but we wanted to take a moment to provide reassurance that we are taking all necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus and continue to keep our owners and our employees safe.”

Embraer Phenom 300

Embraer Phenom 300

Embraer Phenom 300 profile, including current pricing, manufacturing dates, cabin size and passenger capacity, range, speed, baggage space, fractional ownership and jet card options

Embraer Phenom 300 Facts

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer’s Phenom 300 held the title of the best-selling light private jet in the world seven years in a row 2011 to 2018 providing seating up to eight (although configurations include six and seven-seat plans) and extended range. The final numbers for 2019 haven’t been announced.

It is now succeeded by the Phenom 300E with advanced avionics and cabin systems, although both share the same dimensions.

The Phenom 300 is widely available in both fractional ownership and leases and jet cards with NetJets, Magellan Jets, and Alliance Aviation all adding membership programs this year.

The price for a used Phenom 300 begins at around $5 million, according to Controller, although as of Jan. 2020 only 16 were on the market.

Manufacturing Dates

Production Start: 2009

Production End: 2017

Last Delivery: 2017

Phenom 300 Related Models

The light jet Phenom 300 followed the Phenom 100 very light jet and is now succeeded by the Phenom 300E in the Embraer family.

Fleet Size

Embraer has delivered 530 Phenom 300s as of January, of which 70 are Phenom 300Es

Cabin Category

Light Jet

Phenom 300 Cabin Size and Passengers

Phenom 300
The best selling Embraer 300 light jet configuration above as offered by NetJets.

Height: 4.92 feet

Width: 5.08 feet

Length: 17.17 feet

Seating Capacity: 6 to 9 varies by operator

Range

Full: 1,811 nautical miles

Four Passengers: 2,077 nautical miles

Speed

Maximum Cruise Speed: 444 mph

Normal Cruise Speed: 430 mph

Long-Range Cruise Speed: 383 mph

Baggage Space

19 cubic feet internal; 66 cubic feet external

Access

Fractional Ownership – Yes

Dedicated Jet Card – Yes

Pricing

Used Phenom 300s are listed starting at $5.5 million. The current list price for the Phenom 300E starts at $9.65 million.

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