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Whether you’re taking off for work, pleasure or both, these jets will certainly lift your spirits. We present the best midsized, large, and ultra-long range jets of 2016.
1. Bombardier Challenger 350
Best Midsized Jet
The Bombardier Challenger 350 was the second most-delivered business jet in 2015 (68 examples were delivered last year), which speaks volumes for its versatility, ability and value for money. An improved version of the Challenger 300, the new jet boasts updated avionics, more powerful engines, better aerodynamics with winglets that enhance fuel efficiency and a more comfortable cabin. On that last point, its cabin has space for eight to 10 passengers and is furnished with fully reclining seats. On the entertainment front, the Challenger 350 has connectivity ports for laptops/phones and a pair of bulkhead-mounted 22-inch monitors.
2. Dassault Falcon 2000LXS
Best Large Jet
The Dassault Falcon 2000LXS may be classed as a large-sized business jet, with a wingspan of 19.33m and an overall length of 20.2m, but its short-runway capabilities allow it to take off and land at smaller airfields, such as London City Airport. The Falcon 2000LXS is powerful, too, climbing to its cruising altitude of 41,000 feet in 20 minutes, yet its engines have 40 per cent lower emissions than other jets of its size, Dassault says. It has cabin space for up to 10 passengers, will fly from New York to Paris non-stop and has an entertainment system that can be controlled via smartphones or tablets.
3. Gulfstream G650ER
Best Ultra-long Range
There are jets, then there are jets. The Gulfstream G650ER is clearly one that falls into the latter category. Depending on configuration, the G650ER can seat up to 18 passengers, has a range of nearly 14,000km (13,888km to be exact), flies over one-and-a-half times as high as commercial airliners and has a top speed of Mach 0.8. It follows that the G650ER also has amenities commensurate with its high-flying stature – its cabin features wireless Internet connectivity and high-definition audio-visual equipment. Should its owner choose to do so, the G650ER’s cabin can be outfitted with a private office or a boardroom. It’s quite possibly the last word in business jets, or at least, until its successor arrives.