If you’re new to private aviation or want to charter a jet for a short business trip, then the entry level Cessna Citation Mustang and the Embraer Phenom 100 jets are two of the most popular aircraft for charter.

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Cessna Citation Mustang v Embraer Phenom 100

VERY LIGHT JETS

The latest in aviation technology, these new generation jets known as ‘Air Taxis’ offer all the speed and safety of airline travel at a cost far below that of today’s private jets. Very Light Jets offer great rates in quiet, modern cabins seating up to four passengers in comfort.

Limited baggage space. Up to 3 hours flying time.

Phenom 100
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Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet

Cost: $4.4 million
Cost Per Hour:
Seats 4
Max Range: 1,178nm
Take Off Field Length:
Max Cruise Speed: 380 knots (437 mph)
Weight: 3,235 kg
Engine Type: Pratt & Whitney PW600
Citation Mustang
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Citation Mustang front view

Cost: $3.28 million
Cost Per Hour:
Seats : 4
Max Range: 1,200nm
Take Off Field Length: 3,110ft
Max Cruise Speed: 340 knots (391 mph)
Weight: 2,522 kg
Engine Type: Pratt & Whitney PW600
PHENOM 100

Phenom 100 has a strong presence on the ramp

The Phenom 100 is the best entry level jet for a couple who are looking for a short European city break. With excellent baggage capacity and a bright interior thanks to its large windows. The Phenom 100 also has the most spacious cabin in its class, affording you a relaxing journey.

The Phenom 100 interior is based on BMW design, giving you the feeling you are in a larger and more luxury cabin. It has the largest baggage compartment in its class, ideal for those weekends away. It also has the largest cabin and windows in its class, letting in more light and adding to the feeling of a spacious cabin.

Has a fully enclosed toilet which is better than the Mustang which only has a potty, placed behind the cockpit, so that’s not ideal.

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Phenom 100 interior forward facing view

Getting in and out of an entry level jet can be problematic if you’re tall, old or have any mobility problems so  having a sturdy air-stair door which is the best in its class, means it is much easier to board the aircraft.

The Phenom also has a refreshment centre behind one of the seats at the front of the cabin, so you can enjoy snacks and drinks during your flight. All in all the Phenom 100 justifies its slightly costlier price per hour. You won’t be disappointed.

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Phenom 100 entrance

On the ramp the Phenom 100 is the best looking small jet, it has a strong presence and doesn’t look out of place against bigger aircraft. The air-stair door is the best in its class.

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Phenom 100 cockpit

Falcona love the look and the capability of the Phenom 100 aircraft and feel that the extra you have to pay is worth it if you’re looking to charter a entry level jet.

 

CITATION MUSTANG 

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Citation Mustang on the ramp at Manchester

The Citation Mustang is ideal for passengers looking to get from A-B. It’s a no frills aircraft, designed to provide passengers with a cost-effective option. Perfect for short European hops.

From Manchester or London major financial cities such as Geneva and Paris are well within reach for business flights. The aircraft is extremely popular with businesses who need to do their business with a day trip. It can access many more airports that can’t be reached by other jets due to its ability to land on shorter runways. This gives it the edge on the Phenom 100.

The interior is comfortable and pretty spacious for what it is. The Citation Mustang offers a spacious and well-designed travel environment for this class of aircraft. • Four individual seats in a club seating arrangement. Two aft facing seats recline up to 25 degrees.

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Citation Mustang baby seat

Two forward facing seats are separated by a centre console with a storage compartment and fold down armrest • Standard RH forward, side-facing, non-belted toilet – can also be used for baggage storage on top of the lid. • Left and right hand storage cabinets aft of the pilot seats. • Two executive tables installed in the side ledges.

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Citation Mustang wing and engine

The Mustang can also reach small airports such as La Môle and Lugano. Allowing you to prepare for your meeting en route, the Mustang boasts a very quiet cabin compared to other aircraft in its class. Although small the Mustang has a decent size luggage compartment in the rear.

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Citation Mustang entrance

The Mustang is perfect for those who are more cost concious and just need to get from A-B with no frills. Bigger than you expect from the outside, although if four adults are travelling it can feel a bit cramped. Falcona recommend 2-3 passengers for flights which affects the range of the aircraft.

There is no enclosed lavatory just a potty behind the captain’s seat, so we always recommend clients to nip to the loo before take-off!

Fly from Manchester to Paris and Barcelona with two passengers and luggage comfortably. It has great luggage space for a small aircraft with space in the nose of the aircraft as well as the rear. Extremely quiet cabin.

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Luggage compartment of the Citation Mustang

Price

The Mustang does have a better hourly rate than the Phenom 100 and is the perfect aircraft for a trip for two to a near European destination such as Manchester – Paris. However when you need to be flying on slightly longer flights then the speed of the Phenom 100 would suit you better due to its faster flying speed.

If you’re looking for a cost effective charter flight then the Mustang would be the better option for you.

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Citation Mustang interior

Which is the best aircraft?

They’re both superb aircraft and different passenger priorities will determine the choice. The Mustang is perfect for those who are more cost concious and just need to get from A-B with no frills. Falcona recommend 2-3 passengers for flights on both aircraft which affects the range of the aircraft. Fly from Manchester to Barcelona with two passengers and luggage comfortably. Great luggage space for a small aircraft with space in the nose of the aircraft as well as the rear. Extremely quiet cabin.

From our feedback from clients and looking at the two aircraft in detail, Falcona would choose the Phenom 100. The interior of the aircraft and it’s look on the ramp makes it the ideal choice for private jet charter. The Mustang is a solid aircraft and will be the ideal jet for anyone looking to charter an aircraft at a low price and they just want to get to their destination.

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