Private Jet Comparison: Pilatus PC 24 V Citation XLS

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Super Light Jet Comparison: Pilatus PC 24 Vs Cessna Citation XLS


The Super Light Jet category provides passengers with a wide range of route options due to their surprising range and affordability. Jets such as the Pilatus PC24 and Cessna Citation XLS have transformed how many business leaders optimise their time and efficiency and how pleasure travellers can enjoy the benefits of convenient luxury.

Here, we take an in-depth look at two of the best examples, both offering business and pleasure private jet charter passengers the utmost luxury and convenience.

Pilatus PC 24

Every Pilatus aircraft is dedicated to technological evolution and passenger experience, and the PC-24 embodies that fastidious focus on quality.

The vast majority of the jet’s components have been carefully crafted to give the PC-24 increased performance, range, and payload capabilities over many of its current competitors.

Not only does the Pilatus PC-24 offer exceptional performance and aesthetics, it also delivers class-leading practicality. Combining the versatility of a turboprop with the cabin size of a medium-light jet, Pilatus bills the PC-24 as the only “super versatile jet” on the market.

With a range of 3,610 km, the Pilatus PC-24 can comfortably complete non-stop flights from London to Athens and New York to Dallas.

Pilatus's engineering expertise has also resulted in a jet that boasts a larger cabin than other Super Light jets on the market and uses comparatively less fuel. This can often result in lower private jet charter costs.

Also of vital importance to business travellers and those flying for pleasure is the fact that the PC-24 is one of the only jets capable of landing on unpaved runways. This ensures it is able to reach up to 21,000 airports worldwide to provide passengers with the utmost convenience.

The Inside Story:


Inside the cabin, the PC-24 offers passengers the exceptional levels of space, comfort, and quality. With a cabin volume greater than many other Super Light business jets, it provides enough room for six executive seats plus an extended aft divan, an amenity usually only seen in much more expensive intercontinental business jets. And the PC-24’s class-leading cargo capacity, passengers can travel with up to 10 suitcases which can be accessed from the cabin itself.

In standard form, the cabin of the PC-24 business jet offers seats for 8 passengers in either a double club formation or a single club with four forward-facing seats in the rear. However, such is the sophistication of the PC-24’s design that it is possible to reconfigure the interior layout very easily.

For business travellers this offers valuable flexibility, and for those flying for pleasure, the premium materials, 13 large windows and reclining seats always ensure an unforgettable journey.

Cessna Citation XLS

With the same cruising speed, less luggage capacity but slightly greater range, the Cessna Citation XLS is one of the most popular private jet charter options in the world and an exceptional alternative to the Pilatus PC-24.

Its ability to fly in and out of smaller airports while offering all the amenities and comfort of a larger business jet is a compelling proposition for a wide range of passengers.

The XLS can fly for up to four hours, depending on load and flying conditions. It can complete routes like Switzerland to London and New York to Miami for passengers flying privately for business or pleasure.

The Citation XLS is one of the world’s most popular private jets thanks to its spacious interior, generous luggage space, advanced performance and ability to access short runways.

While other aircraft in the XLS’s class might fare better in one or two categories, the jet’s all-around runway performance, speed, range, altitude, fuel efficiency, and comfort mean it remains a popular choice for private jet charters.

The Cessna Citation XLS is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW545B engines delivering a combined 7,950 lbs of thrust. This allows the XLS to climb to 43,000 feet in just 25 minutes.

The Inside Story:


The Citation XLS’s standard configuration seats seven or eight passengers, and the 80-cubic-foot baggage hold ensures that each passenger has space to bring a large suitcase.

The ergonomically designed leather seats, enhanced lighting, and updated cabin technology make it the perfect option for travellers who need to work throughout the flight.

Its highly configurable nature and 18-foot-long cabin mean it can be set up to provide seating for up to 12 passengers with stand-up headroom while providing a full-length aisle and 11 windows to let in plenty of natural light. The Citation XLS can also be fitted with a refreshment centre at the front.

Both the Pilatus PC-24 and the Citation XLS are extremely good options for private jet charter, no matter where and why you are travelling. Here at SHY Aviation, we have access to the finest aircraft on the market, and our team of global private aviation specialists are available around the clock to provide you with a solution tailored to your individual requirements.

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