Coming soon: four brand new private jets worth waiting for

Hold it! If you are just about to buy yourself a brand new private jet, it may be worth waiting for one of the new models coming on to the market in the next few years.

Despite a tough market, manufacturers have invested in new aircraft and have upgraded existing ones to give prospective buyers plenty of options. Corporate Jet Investor has rounded up a list of new private jets coming in the next year or two that we think are well worth waiting for.

Cessna Citation Hemisphere

The pitch: Finally, a Citation that will take you further than 4,000nm.

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The background: The biggest and farthest-flying Citation to date was unveiled during the 2015 NBAA show in Las Vegas. The announcement didn’t give a lot away about the aircraft, just some very basic stats and a picture. Cessna did take a mock-up of the aircraft cabin to the show, saying that it was looking for feedback from potential customers.

The buzz:

How much will it cost? No fixed pricing for the Hemisphere has been released, however it’s believed that it will cost $30-33 million.

Who wants it? According to Cessna, its customers have been asking for a larger Citation for some time.

When can I have one? Not for a while, as the first flight is due in 2019.

Gulfstream G500

The pitch: Following on from the 400+ selling Gulfstream G450, the G500 is an all-new, clean sheet designed, twin-engine business jet offering more range than the aircraft it will (finally) replace.

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The background: After years of speculation about Gulfstream’s mysterious P42 project, the company finally announced the G500 in October 2014, having seemingly forgotten that it had already used the G500 name a decade earlier.

The G500 saw Gulfstream finally moving towards fly-by-wire, with the traditional yoke replaced by a side-stick. And while the G500 and G600 may not have gotten brokers and financiers too enthused, the new Honeywell Symmetry Flight Deck with its ten touch-screen controllers and head-up-displays is a work of art.

The buzz:

How much will it cost? $43.5 million

Who wants it? Loyal Gulfstream customers who have operated Gs since the Gulfstream IV days.

When can I have one? Certification for the G500 was due in late 2017, with the first aircraft due to be delivered before the end of the year. Gulfstream planned a single delivery in 2017, for use as a demonstrator, so deliveries will begin properly in 2018.

Bombardier Global 8000

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The pitch: Fly the world non-stop.

The background: Bombardier’s 750+ selling Global family was first introduced, with the original Global Express, in 1993, followed in 2001 with the shorter-range (and smaller) Global 5000.

Although minor changes have been made to both original models, with associated name changes as well, Bombardier went back to basics with the design of both the Global 8000 and its larger stablemate the Global 7000.

But out of the two, it is the Global 8000 that has created the most buzz. Although it’s slightly smaller than the 7000 and can carry four fewer passengers, it can fly 600 nautical miles further.

The buzz:

How much will it cost? The price for a fully outfitted Global 8000 is currently estimated to be $71 million.

Who wants it? People who regularly fly long distances, who want to do it non-stop, including Australians who want to reach the US west coast non-stop.

When can I have one? Entry into service for the Global 8000 is scheduled for 2018.

Aerion

The pitch: Fly faster than the speed of sound, and arrive before you left.

The background: Until Concorde was retired in 2003, it was possible to leave London in the morning and arrive in New York before you’d left.

But Concorde’s main problem was that it was confined to routes almost exclusively over water, as the sonic boom created when it broke the sound barrier created an enormous amount of sound energy. There have been many studies in how to mitigate this, but so far nothing has worked.

This means that the AS2 will only be able to travel at full speed over water. At other times it will have to fly subsonic. This does mean, however, that it will be able to speed across the Atlantic from London to New York in just three hours.

The buzz:

How much will it cost? It is going to cost a cool $120 million.

Who wants it? People who are in a hurry.

When can I have one? It is going to take a while – the first flight is not scheduled until 2023.

Alud Davies
By Alud Davies December 20, 2017 13:00

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