What Are “Ultra Long-Range Jets”?
The Ultra Long-Range aircraft category encompasses the largest models among private jets. They are the optimal choice when you have a larger party of 10 to 19 passengers, or need to take a long-haul flight – such as travel between continents and hemispheres.
The average specs of these ultra long range jets are impressive. Most have a range of between 6,000 and 6,500 nautical miles, with some having the capability of traveling even further. This category of aircraft is the fastest in civil aviation, with average cruising speeds of 500 knots (Mach 0.776) against even some of the strongest headwinds. The service ceiling of these aircraft typically exceeds 50,000 ft, and flying at such high altitudes gives this class of jet the advantage of utilizing a less busy flight level, and also the opportunity to avoid turbulence zones that other jets cannot. As expected, these cutting edge aircraft also feature the latest, most advanced avionics, navigation and safety technology. Because of their high performance specifications, there are many governments and military operators of these aircraft worldwide, including the United States Air Force, Army and Navy (in this case, the Gulfstream G550).
When called into service for jet charter, these aircraft naturally feature top-notch interiors and provide the absolute highest levels of comfort and convenience available to air charter consumers. This is important since passengers typically spend many hours onboard the plane. Ultra long range jet aircraft also provide the wide variety of multi-media and entertainment options you would expect – or a quiet work environment with ample room to spread out or break into teams – depending on your individual needs. Two full lavatories are just one of the many other conveniences typically available. We should note that this category of jets does include at least one limitation; as noted most aircraft in this class have a capacity of 10-19 passengers, so parties of 20 or larger must move to a commercial charter jet.
A good example of an ultra long range jet is the popular Gulfstream G550 noted above. This aircraft certainly turned heads when less than two weeks after it entered service it flew nonstop from Seoul, South Korea, to Orlando, Fla., covering the 7,301 nautical mile distance in just 14.5 hours and setting a city pair record. In fact, the G550 went on to establish 40 city-pair records in its first five years of service. Even when called to take off from a 6,000 ft runway, and despite its 96 foot length, the G550 can still carry enough fuel to carry 8 passengers from New York to Los Angeles.
In basic terms, ultra long range jets can travel farther, faster and with more comfort than any other aircraft available. When flying with Stratos Jets, you will be provided with the safest, most well-maintained aircraft, with a full third-party audit from Wyvern or ARG/US, at the best available price. We also only work with the most experienced and professional crews in the industry (see our recent blog post on ATP Rated Pilots for more information).
When looking for a partner for your next intercontinental or large party flight, we encourage you to contact one of our expert private flight advisors who can detail all of your various ultra long range jet charter options. Call us today and experience the Stratos Jets difference for yourself.