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Private Jet Types: How Do I Choose the Right Jet?

Ruben Spiker
4 Jul 2024

Private jets are typically categorized into multiple classes: Air Taxi, Turboprop, Entry Level, Light, Midsize and Heavy. Each category is designed to excel in specific areas, offering a range of capacities, ranges, and operational costs.

The Private Jet Charter Hierarchy: Understanding the Differences

Air Taxis

The most economical option, Air Taxis are ideal for short hops or quick getaways. These nimble aircraft typically seat 3 to 4 passengers and have a range of up to 1,800 kilometers. Unlike traditional private aircraft, Air Taxis can access smaller airports and landing strips, bringing you closer to your final destination. They are the perfect choice for regional travel to remote locations. They are also often flown by a single pilot, further contributing to their efficiency and potentially lower costs.

private jet planes types: small white private air taxi with one propeller engine


Turboprops offer the perfect blend of propeller-powered efficiency and jet-like cabin amenities. These comfortable aircraft come in a large variety of sizes, typically accommodating between 6 and 19 passengers depending on the specific model. A key advantage of Turboprops is—just like Air Taxis—their ability to operate out of smaller airports with shorter runways, opening up a world of possibilities for reaching remote destinations. Additionally, compared to jet-powered charter aircraft of a similar size, turboprops generally boast lower operating costs, making them a budget-friendly option.

Turboprop private jet type: an executive white and blue painted turboprop airplane with two engines parked on the airport

Entry Level Jets

When it comes to jet-powered aircraft, the smallest category are the Entry Level Jets, offering a surprisingly spacious cabin for 4 to 6 passengers. Despite their size, these smaller jet aircraft boast impressive performance, comfortably landing on shorter runways. This versatility allows them to access not only major international airports but also smaller regional airports with limited commercial service, significantly expanding your travel options. Entry Level Jets are known for their efficiency, making them a cost-effective option to experience the speed and convenience of private jet travel.

private jet plane type: entry level jet flying over sea and mountainous coastline during sunset

Light Jets

Offering a step up in passenger capacity and cabin space, Light Jets comfortably seat up to 7 passengers, making them ideal for both small group travel and business trips. Their slightly larger size compared to Entry Level Jets still allows Light Jets to access a wide range of airports, including the smaller regional airports. While their range may not match that of larger jet categories, Light Jets remain fuel-efficient and a cost-effective option for private jet travel.

private jet aircraft type: light jet parked at airport

Midsize Jets

Midsize Jets combine comfort and practicality for business and leisure trips. Seating up to 9 passengers, they provide a peaceful cabin environment with ample legroom for productivity or relaxation. Many even offer stand-up headroom for added comfort. Midsize Jets stand out in range, enabling non-stop travel across most of Europe. Depending on the operator, these type of private aircraft offer you an in-flight entertainment systems, options for hot meals and even feature dedicated cabin attendants for a touch of personalized service during the flight.

Private jet types: a white private midsize jet flying over sea

Heavy Jets

Considering an intercontinental trip that goes beyond the borders of Europe? Heavy Jets reign supreme for the ultimate in long-range travel and luxurious comfort for up to 19 passengers on direct transatlantic connections. Heavy Jet cabins are the epitome of luxury, offering a spacious and serene environment tailored to your needs. Think private bedrooms, entertainment systems, conference areas, and ample space to work, relax, or socialize during your flight.

Types of private jets: a white heavy private jet of the type Dassault Falcon 6X

Choosing Your Perfect Private Jet Type: The Selection to Your Needs

Now that you have a better understanding of the various private jet categories, here are some key factors to consider when selecting the perfect aircraft for your next trip:

  • Number of Passengers: Determine how many people will be traveling with you. This will help narrow down the categories to those that can comfortably accommodate your group.
  • Trip Distance: Consider the distance of your planned trip. Light Jets are ideal for shorter hops, while Midsize and Heavy Jets are better suited for longer distances.
  • Destination: Not all airports are created equal! Some destinations may have limitations on runway length or operating hours. Ask your private jet broker or operator for the alternative options when your preferred destination is not suitable.
  • Budget: Private jet rental costs vary depending on the size, range of the aircraft, and factors like fuel prices and demand. Establish a budget upfront to help guide your category selection.
  • Desired Amenities: Do you require a spacious cabin for work or relaxation? Are there specific amenities, such as in-flight entertainment systems or conference areas, that are important to you? Considering your desired amenities will help determine which category offers the best fit.

FA Jets can assist you in selecting the perfect aircraft to ensure a smooth and comfortable private jet experience that goes beyond the aircraft itself.

FA Jets Belgium

Main office – Antwerp

Luchthavenlei PB2
2100, Deurne, Belgium

  +32 3 500 9082

FA Jets Netherlands

Office – Rotterdam

Hoefsmidstraat 41
3194 AA, Hoogvliet, Netherlands

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