Making Sense of Business Jet Categories

 - April 1, 2008, 12:57 PM

With manufacturers adding a dizzying number of derivative models to their lineups, classifying the available crop of business jets is becoming harder than ever. In an attempt to make better sense of the groupings, AIN has decided to begin using cabin volume as the chief attribute defining the cutoff points for each category. According to the revised criteria, personal jets such as the Diamond D-Jet are on the bottom rung, compact jets in the category of the Eclipse 500 are next, followed by categories for small, midsize, super-midsize, large and, finally, bizliners. Classifications by weight, range and price will still be used to further define the categories, meaning AIN will continue to use terms like “very light jet” and “ultra long range” where appropriate, but interior room will be considered the top trait. We invite readers to review the revised categories and contact us with any comments or questions about the changes.