From Bombardier and Dassault to Pilatus and Cessna, all the major business jet manufacturers have a presence in South Africa. Here’s our round-up of the most popular private jets to charter there.

The most popular private jets to charter in South Africa

According to the 2019 Bart International Fleet Report, South Africa is home to 30% of Africa’s owned private aircraft, ranging from mid-size and long-range jets that can reach the continent’s northern nations to turboprops and speedy light jets for shorter regional trips. Here’s our round-up of the most popular private jets to charter in South Africa.


Beechcraft King Air 200

The Beechcraft King Air 200 is a great all-rounder that’s ideal for business, cargo and leisure charters. Designed to carry six passengers, this versatile turboprop has a 1,580-mile range and a top speed of 310 mph. Well-suited to Africa’s vast landscapes, it can access remote airstrips that larger jets can’t reach.

If you want to charter a newer aircraft, the upgraded King Air B200 is a faster alternative thanks to powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42 engines, while the B200GT offers better runway performance and fares better in hot and high conditions.

Arrange your charter on a Beechcraft King Air 200 today.

Dassault Falcon 900

The triple-engined Dassault Falcon 900 is a versatile heavy jet for larger groups and long-distance flights, lauded for its excellent short-runway capabilities and an 8,800km range that can connect Johannesburg with Sao Paulo. The original model entered service in 1986 and subsequent upgrades have included the 900B, 900C, 900EX, 900DX and 900LX.

The aircraft’s long cabin typically features three separate living areas including an office. Seats for eight to 12 passengers are arranged in a double-club configuration, with a three-person divan and a full-size private lavatory and galley.

Book your next charter of a Dassault Falcon 900 today.

Pilatus PC-24

Combining the versatility of a turboprop with the performance of a business jet, the Swiss-built Pilatus PC-24 is ideal if you need to quickly reach a smaller airfield. Short take-off and landing distances mean this nimble aircraft can land at more tarmac airports than other similar-sized jets.

Slightly larger than its predecessor, the Pilatus PC-12, the PC-24 has a range of 2,340 miles and can seat six to 10 passengers in a stylish cabin with generous headroom. A full-sized cargo door and the ability to land on unpaved runways and grass strips make it popular for air ambulance and humanitarian missions.

Learn more about chartering a Pilatus PC-24.

Bombardier Learjet 45

Offering mid-size comfort at light jet prices, Bombardier’s Learjet 45 is a cost-effective option for your South Africa private jet charter. Launched in 1998, this long-standing favourite has stood the test of time by working new technology into a classic older design and the upgraded Learjet 45XR offers improved take-off weight, cruise speed and climb rate.

Two Honeywell TFE731-20 turbofan engines give the aircraft a range of almost 2,000 miles and a typical cruise speed of 534 mph. The cabin usually features a double-club formation with eight swivelling recliner seats and four fold-away tables, while the heated baggage compartment can hold seven suitcases. 

Contact one of our team today to book your next private jet charter on a Learjet 45.

Cessna Citation Sovereign

The Citation Sovereign’s impressive range, fuel efficiency and runway performance make it perfect for intra-Africa trips. With a maximum range of almost 3,700 miles, it can fly non-stop from Cape Town to Nairobi or Johannesburg to Lagos.

Offering excellent power-to-weight characteristics and an innovative wing design, this popular private jet also boasts one of the largest external baggage compartments in its class, big enough for 10 suitcases or six golf bags. Inside, the Sovereign is usually configured to seat up to nine people with plenty of legroom.

Contact one of our team today to charter a Cessna Citation Sovereign or learn more about the private jets available to charter.

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