by Dave Higdon
Whether you are looking for a jet to land on a short, dirt runway, need to transport a corporate team across the globe, or are an avid pilot looking for some thrills in the air, Elite Traveler has the top private jets suited to you.
Best jet for: Ringing in the New Year…on both coasts
There’s something appealing about the idea of ringing in a New Year on the East Coast, then hopping in a fast jet to toast the New Year again on the West Coast — and the G650ER delivers both the speed and reach to make it happen. With a range approaching 8,650 miles, the G650ER has earned accolades for its long reach. And its cruise speed — a smoking 652 mph — makes it just possible to drink the champagne toast in Boston and repeat the celebration less than four hours later in Seattle — but you may need to use the G650ER’s higher cruise speed of Mach 0.925, or 710 mph, to give yourself a little cushion on that leg. And why don’t you invite a load of friends to the fête — because in the G650ER, you can. If New Year’s Eve parties lack appeal, just stick a pin in a globe. There’s almost no place on the planet the G650ER can’t reach nonstop.
Range: 7,500 nm
Max speed: 710 mph
Landing distance: 3,000 ft
Operating cost: $4,848 per hour
Photos: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation