While large-cabin jets are spacious, to begin with, the Gulfstream G650/650ER has the most passenger cabin space, followed by the Global Express
Large cabin jets vary in how much space they offer passengers ranging from the Dassault Falcon 2000 series at just over 1,000 cubic feet to the Gulfstream G650/650ER with 2,421 cubic feet. Of course, more than any other cabin size category, large jets – or sometimes referred to as heavy jets – have the most variance. Why? Whereas in light or midsize jets, most configurations are set options offered by the manufacturer. On these large aircraft, the owner will often customize their aircraft, not just with color schemes and design but also with the actual layout.
One large jet may have two club seats and a credenza, or even four club seats in the same space. Another large jet might have two facing couches, each capable of seating six people. In other words, on the same aircraft type, you might see between 10 and 15 seats.
In terms of the factors that go into space, it’s a calculation of cabin height, width, and length. While length and width will add to your impression of spaciousness, if you are tall, cabin height is something you will want to consider. According to data provided by Conklin & de Decker, the good news is all large-cabin jets have a cabin height of at least six feet, with the Gulfstream G650/650ER placing at the top at 6.4 feet. It also happens to have the widest cabin at 6.5 feet.
Large Cabin Jet Card Options
When buying from a jet card program that sells by cabin size – light, midsize, super-midsize, and large jet – you will be offered various aircraft types, so in terms of spaciousness, including height and seating, make sure to ask about specifics. We highly recommend that before you focus on jet card price, focus on writing out as much information about your upcoming trips, including how many people will be coming on each trip, so you can make sure the aircraft that will be provided meet your needs. Will the smallest jet in the large cabin category meet your needs? If not, will your provider source a jet that does at your fixed-rate, or will you be subject to on-demand charter pricing?
In terms of large jets, several programs offer the ability to select a specific jet type. OneFlight International offers fixed prices and guaranteed availability across more than two dozen specific large jet types. In contrast, NetJets, Magellan Jets, Star Jets International, and ProspAir all offer fixed rates and guaranteed programs available on both the Gulfstream G450 and Gulfstream IV/IVSP types and Dassault Falcon 2000.
Which large-cabin private jets have the most space? Compare over 45 heavy jets by cabin size below:
|Aircraft Name||Maximum Take-off Weight (lbs.)||Cabin Height (feet)||Cabin Width (feet)||Cabin Length (feet)||Cabin Volume (cu. ft.)|
|Bombardier Global Express||95,000||6.25||8.17||48.35||2,002|
|Bombardier Global Express XRS||98,000||6.25||8.17||48.35||2,002|
|Bombardier Global 6000||99,500||6.25||8.17||48.35||2,002|
|Bombardier Challenger 850||53,000||6.08||8.17||48.42||1,964|
|Bombardier Challenger 850 CS||53,000||6.08||8.17||48.42||1,964|
|Bombardier Global 5000||92,500||6.25||8.17||42.47||1,889|
|Gulfstream G500 (Old Model)||85,100||6.20||7.30||50.10||1,812|
|Gulfstream G V||90,500||6.20||7.30||50.10||1,812|
|Dassault Falcon 8X||73,000||6.20||7.70||42.70||1,695|
|Gulfstream G IV||73,200||6.20||7.30||45.10||1,658|
|Gulfstream G IV SP||74,600||6.20||7.30||45.10||1,658|
|Embraer Legacy 600||49,604||6.00||6.92||49.80||1,656|
|Embraer Legacy 650||53,572||6.00||6.92||49.80||1,656|
|Embraer Legacy 650E||53,572||6.00||6.92||49.80||1,656|
|Dassault Falcon 7X||70,000||6.20||7.70||39.10||1,506|
|Embraer 135 Shuttle||44,092||6.00||6.90||42.40||1,425|
|Gulfstream G III||69,700||6.10||7.30||41.30||1,306|
|Gulfstream G III Hushkit||69,700||6.10||7.30||41.30||1,306|
|Dassault Falcon 900||45,500||6.20||7.70||33.20||1,270|
|Dassault Falcon 900B||45,500||6.20||7.70||33.20||1,270|
|Dassault Falcon 900C||45,500||6.20||7.70||33.20||1,270|
|Dassault Falcon 900DX||46,700||6.20||7.70||33.20||1,270|
|Dassault Falcon 900EX||48,300||6.20||7.70||33.20||1,270|
|Dassault Falcon 900EX EASy||49,000||6.20||7.70||33.20||1,270|
|Dassault Falcon 900LX||49,000||6.20||7.70||33.20||1,270|
|Gulfstream G II||62,000||6.10||7.30||39.30||1,221|
|Gulfstream G II Hushkit||62,000||6.10||7.30||39.30||1,221|
|Gulfstream G II SP||62,000||6.10||7.30||39.30||1,221|
|Gulfstream G II SP Hushkit||62,000||6.10||7.30||39.30||1,221|
|Gulfstream G II B||69,700||6.10||7.30||39.30||1,221|
|Gulfstream G II B Hushkit||69,700||6.10||7.30||39.30||1,221|
|Bombardier Challenger 600||41,250||6.10||8.20||28.30||1,146|
|Bombardier Challenger 601-1A||43,100||6.10||8.20||28.30||1,146|
|Bombardier Challenger 601-3A||43,100||6.10||8.20||28.30||1,146|
|Bombardier Challenger 601-3AER||45,100||6.10||8.20||28.30||1,146|
|Bombardier Challenger 601-3R||45,100||6.10||8.20||28.30||1,146|
|Bombardier Challenger 604||48,200||6.08||8.17||28.40||1,146|
|Bombardier Challenger 605||48,200||6.08||8.17||28.40||1,146|
|Bombardier Challenger 650||48,200||6.08||8.17||28.40||1,146|
|Dassault Falcon 2000EX||42,200||6.20||7.70||31.20||1,028|
|Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy||42,200||6.20||7.70||31.20||1,028|
|Dassault Falcon 2000LX||42,800||6.20||7.70||31.20||1,028|
|Dassault Falcon 2000LXS||42,800||6.20||7.70||31.20||1,028|
Source: Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc., July 14, 2018. Seating is standard configuration, provided for guidance only, and may vary by owner.
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