Business jets, also referred to as private jets, are aircraft that are specifically designed for the use of transporting smaller groups of personnel. While often being employed for business transportation needs, business jets may also serve for the transportation of government officials and armed forces, evacuation of casualties, and for parcel deliveries. Mid-size jets in particular are business jets that are more optimal for longer distance traveling, including transcontinental flight operations, and for large passenger capacity requirements. As compared to other categories of business jets, mid-size jets typically range in weight from 20,000 to 30,000 lbs. There are many available mid-size jets that cater to differing needs, and two popular models include the Citation Excel and the Hawker 800.
The Citation Excel is a mid-range business jet designed and developed by Cessna
and Textron Aviation. Since initial production began in 1996, over 908 units have been built as of the present. There are also two variants of the Citation Excel, the XLS and the XLS+, each bringing various upgrades to areas such as the engines, cockpit, and noise levels. For the base model, the Cessna Citation Excel has a travel range of 1,704 nautical miles and can reach cruise altitude in 18 minutes.
The Hawker 800 is a mid-size business jet that was developed most recently by Hawker Beechcraft
before going out of production in 2013. Over the years between 1983 and 2013, 650 units were produced and have been used by entities such as the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Brazilian Air Force, and Royal Saudi Air Force. For flying, the Hawker 800 may be piloted by 2 crew members, also featuring an extra jump seat. Within the passenger cabin, 8 individuals may be situated and the Hawker 800 may carry a total payload of up to 2,000 lbs.
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