2018: Year of the Business Jet

2018 will be a memorable year for many, for a myriad of reasons.For aviators and those in the aviation industry, it will be remembered for the sheer amount of business jets that were released. That’s right, 2018 is seemingly the year for the business jet. This year has seen 6 brand-new jets release, and the world’s elite have taken notice. As an aviator and professional in the aviation industry, I absolutely love seeing what features and abilities aircraft manufacturers can come up with, and this year has been a doozie.

With that being said, I figured I would highlight some of the standout jets and point out some of their most enticing features.

Bombardier Global 6500

The Bombardier features one of the year’s most striking designs, with a double-winged tail that’s sure to catch anyone’s eye almost immediately. It can also travel quite the distance, with a maximum range of 7,595 miles; that’s 690 miles further than its predecessor, all thanks to the brand-new Rolls-Royce-manufactured engine. It also features some of the swankiest amenities you could ask for, including a Nuage chaise that can be converted into a luxurious bed, and a high-definition entertainment system, complete with a high-speed Internet connection.

Bombardier Global 7500

The Bombardier Global 7500 (the step up from the 6500) is one of the best private jets any business person can buy. While its eccentric amenities are certainly welcome (i.e. the club suite, master suite, entertainment lounge and kitchen) the 7500 truly stands out with its power and efficiency. The 7500 can travel a maximum range of 8,861 miles (that’s 1,266 miles more than the 6500). The jet’s only downside is its steep price tag of $72.8 million, however, if you’re in the market for private jets, the extra range and comfort are certainly well worth the price bump.

Cessna Citation Longitude

While the Cessna Citation Longitude can’t compete with either of the previous entries’ range or amenities, it can offer certain comforts that the Bombardier series of jets simply can’t. More specifically, the Citation’s cabin is one of the quietest cabins in its class. If you’re looking for a reliable, quiet and affordable (relatively speaking) jet, then look no further than the Citation Longitude.

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Dave Pflieger is currently the CEO of Island Air and previously the President and CEO of Silver Airways. Previously, Dave Pflieger was the CEO & Managing Director of Air Pacific (later Fiji Airways). Before joining Air Pacific, Mr. Pflieger was a Founding Officer and Senior Vice President at Virgin America from 2004 to 2010.