Elite Traveler, the world’s leading private jet lifestyle magazine, is proud to present the latest version of its comprehensive database containing key information on 80 of the top private jets currently available to order.
Building on the success of last year’s database, Top Jets 2024 includes recently revealed models such as the Cessna Citation Ascend and the HondaJet Elite II. The profiles now contain even more information about each jet, allowing you to filter for your exact needs from passenger capacity to cabin height.
The Top Jets database is the perfect complement to our Winter issue, which includes our in-depth state of the industry feature (available here). This year, renowned expert Doug Gollan reveals how the biggest private jet providers are adapting to the ever-changing post-pandemic market.
While most private jet providers have gained and retained scores of customers following the pandemic, flight activity is down from its 2021-22 peak. Providers have responded by offering innovative incentives and lowering the barrier to entry.
The Top Jets database, presented by Textron Aviation, offers those interested in private aviation the opportunity to search for their perfect aircraft, from superlight jets such as the HondaJet to huge customized commercial airliners capable of carrying 75 passengers.
Top Jets is not only designed for those looking to purchase a business aircraft but also for those weighing up which operator is best for them. Some operators specialize in superlight jets while others offer transcontinental capabilities and endless possibilities.
Whether you are looking for the fastest jets in the sky or simply the biggest, our database can be filtered down to exactly the type of aircraft you are looking for.
Cessna Citation Ascend
Revealed at EBACE 2023, the Cessna Citation Ascend is the fifth generation of the popular Citation 560XL model and is due for delivery in 2025.
Listed at $16.725m, the Citation Ascend has been designed to take the midsized business jet into the future with state-of-the-art efficiency and an improved interior from its predecessor, the XLS Gen2.
The interior has been reimagined with the choice of a flat floor or dropped aisle configuration and bigger windows, all while staying in the same 560XL airframe. The flat floor improves legroom and makes it easier to stretch out. The windows are almost 15% bigger than on the Gen2, and come with wireless shade control and an optional illuminated window ring.
The jet has nine seats on standard configuration but can take a maximum of 12 passengers. It has a maximum range of 2,100 nm and a four-passenger range of 1,900 nm. That will maintain the jet’s position as the go-to for short business trips and day-trippers.
This is also the first jet to contain Textron Aviation’s redesigned high-tech seat, said to be the most comfortable the company has ever built. Seats can swivel at the touch of an electronic button, a feature implemented from customer feedback.
There are also more USB-C ports, with each seat having at least one, and two universal charging points within the cabin.
Customers will have Gogo US Avance L3 Max Wi-Fi as standard but can upgrade to L5 and Aviaiator 300 if desired.
HondaJet Elite II
Revealed in late 2022, the HondaJet Elite II has been designed to replace both the S and original Elite model, meaning the company will only produce one jet – but what a jet it will be.
When it hits the skies, the Elite II will be the fastest jet in its class with a top speed of 485 mph. It will carry four passengers 1,547 nm and can take off on runways as short as 3,699 ft, putting even the most provincial of airports within its capabilities.
Its $7m price tag makes it a viable option for both small charter companies and private owners. Volato, the launch customer, has already ordered 25 for a cool $174m and expects to take delivery in 2025.
Inside, the technology is just as advanced. HondaJet has implemented a speakerless system, instead placing sound devices throughout the cabin for a more immersive audio experience. This means every passenger hears the audio just as clearly.
Other standout features include a pull-out workstation between the four executive seats and a fully enclosed bathroom. Both features are rarely seen in the very light jet category.