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The Types of Corporate and Business Jet Aircraft

There are approximately 11,000 business jets in the world-wide fleet made up from 5 categories.


The five categories are based on several criteria, gross take off weight, range and cabin space.  The largest of these being heavy and large cabin jets.  The heavy jets are based on or converted into business use from airliner aircraft: large cabin jets are designed and built with this purpose in mind.  The super mid-size jet is the elite of the business class jets.  Mid size jets are suitable for transcontinental flight.  Light jets are the staple of the business aircraft industry.  Very light jets are suitable for small airport access.

Heavy and large cabin jets are suited for large numbers of passengers.

Heavy jets are mainly utilized for large groups of passengers such as sports teams or celebrities with large entourages.  Heavy jets will offer amenities such as living rooms, bedrooms, work spaces, full service galleys and lavatories with showers.  With a 6,000+ range, they are well suited to intercontinental flight in the ultimate of luxury.  Examples of these are the Boeing Business Jet line and the Airbus.  Large cabin jets offer less in the way of amenities for a like number of passengers but can be just as luxurious.  Also capable of similar range, they offer a comfortable way to experience transcontinental flight.  Examples of this class of jet are the Bombardier Global, the Dassault Falcon 7x or the Gulfstream G500.

Super mid-size jets are the quick way to get there in luxury.


Capable of high altitude, speed and the ultimate in range, these aircraft also offer wide body comfort offering room to move around.  Outfitted with a robust engine system, this is the way to arrive quickly in luxurious comfort.  Some examples of this class are the Dassault Falcon 900DX, the Cessna Citation X, Embraer’s Legacy 600 and the Hawker 4000.

The mid-size jet offers long range for a large group of people.


Built for transcontinental flight with a range of 2000+ miles, these aircraft are built for long hours of flight for a large group of passengers.  These aircraft are well suited for business or corporate aircraft applications.  Some examples are Cessna’s Citation Columbus, Bombardier Learjet 60 XR or the Gulfstream 150.

Light jets offer a versatility not offered in larger aircraft.

The light jet class offers the ability to land at much smaller airfields than its big sister ships.  Offering unmatched speed by propeller driven aircraft, this is a good answer for intra-continental flight.  This aircraft came onto the market in the 1960’s and has been a mainstay ever since.  Well suited as business aircraft or private jets, some examples are Bombardier Learjet 40 XR, Embraer’s Phenom 300 and the Cessna Citation CJ1.

Very light jets are the smallest of the fleet.

Sometimes referred to as microjets or VLJ’s, these aircraft are especially well suited to landing at small community airports.  The newest addition to the fleet, several models exist only as prototypes with production models only on paper.  The VLJ has a maximum take off weight of 10,000 pounds.  Some examples of this class are the Cessna Citation Mustang, Cirrus’ Vision SF50 and the Honda Hondajet.

The ownership of any of these aircraft can be an expensive endeavor.

For this reason, many of these are owned by a multiple companies or individuals.  This relationship is called fractional ownership and lends itself well to the expense of hangerage, maintenance and staffing of this type of aircraft.  This is true if there is little need for full time ownership by these companies or individuals.  Maintenance can be an expensive part of aircraft ownership and the need to ensure that value is received for this cost.  Covington Aircraft services and sells engines for corporate and business aircraft.  We are a world-leading aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility.

Founded in 1972 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, located near the Tulsa (TUL) International Airport, they have developed core values of integrity, dependability, quality service and the lower prices.  We know, after all, it is the bottom line that counts.  A Pratt and Witney Canada certified distributor and designated overhaul facility, specializing in the PT6A turbine engine and R-985 and R-1340 radial engines, they can provide complete overhaul and repair services for corporate and business aircraft.  To learn more about Covington Aircraft, please click here.  To read more about various types of aircraft, visit their blog site by clicking here.

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Which Celebrity Owns the Most Expensive Business Jet?

Information about the highest-priced jets owned by celebrities  is not easy to find.

The answer to this question will have to be a multiple answer because the price paid for a business jet can add up to a good deal more than the price of the jet. With the price of customization of an aircraft as an unknown, it is hard to determine which high-flying palace cost the most.  The concession will be a listing of who owns what and let your imagination run wild from there. One thing is for certain, there are people out there who own some beautiful aircraft.

If we are going to list the most expensive business jets, why not start with the biggest?

The biggest of the business jets we found belongs to Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the co-founders of Google.  Their Boeing 767-200 wide body is by far the biggest. During the customization of the interior, there was a legal issue with the designer, so the total cost of refurbishment included legal fees.  This flying penthouse features two private staterooms, seating for fifty and, of course, a kitchen.

John Travolta loves to fly his Boeing 707-138B.

QANTAS-John-Travolta-707-100B-N707JT-59-V-JetGrd-MIA-BDLRThe price of this plane comes into question. John received his 707B from Quantas Airlines as payment for his continued ambassadorship for the airline. Built in 1964, the 138B was a model only purchased by Quantas. This model is 10 feet shorter in the rear fuselage, making it the shortest of the 707’s and helping to give it an increased range. Purchased by Quantas new, it has since been through a number of owners, including Frank Sinatra from 1972 to 1975.  It shares its home with a vintage Gulfstream IISP and the Travolta family. Yes, the family lives in a home near Ocala, Fla., off of John’s 1.4 mile private airstrip.  The planes are both berthed in carport-like structures that are attached to the home.  The Travolta home resembles a squat control tower. The 707 is the family vehicle while the Gulfstream is John’s sports car.

Oprah cruises around at Mach 0.85.

Oprah-JetThe leathery interior of the Bombardier Global Express XSR was purchased by the production company, HARPO, for Oprah Winfrey.  It’s touted as the most expensive business jet at $49.3 million just for the jet, excluding interior furnishings.  With a 94-foot wingspan and a 99-foot, 5-inch length, it is not as large as the commercial liners, but it will leave them behind.  Cruising at Mach 0.85 (Mach 0.89 top speed) it will travel 6,150 miles with a ceiling of 51,000 feet.  Designed to seat nine and a crew of four, the cabin sports 6 foot, 3 inches of head room and a floor-line width of 6 foot, 11 inches with a length of 48 feet. This aircraft has been in production since 2005.

What will power your flying penthouse?

When considering a power plant for a corporate aircraft, three things should come to mind: dependability, versatility and the latest technology.  Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6A can provide the power to ensure you are receiving the value your investment in an aircraft should deliver.  The reason to own a private or business jet is to ensure you can get where you need to go, when you want to go there.  Covington Aircraft is a Pratt & Whitney Canada authorized distributor and designated overhaul facility.  Founded in 1972, Covington Aircraft has seen a lot of overhauls, knowing what makes the PT6A the most popular engine in its class.  Offering state-of-the-art engine testing facilities and new engine installations, Covington Aircraft maintains a complete line of engine parts and accessories so they can get you back in the air in the shortest time possible.  Competitive pricing on aircraft engine services ensures that what is important to you is important to them, especially your bottom line.