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The cheapest private jet in the world

Although Airbus A380 superjumbo seems to be the next big thing in private jets, the tiny Cirrus Vision Jet is the most affordable private jet on sale, at $1.96 million – almost half the price of its nearest competitor.

The Cirrus Vision Jet has been 10 years in the making, as Ben Kowalski, Cirrus’ vice president of marketing and communications, Ben Kowalski, told Business Insider. It mate its first flight in May 2016. After a few months, it received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Vision Jet’s target markets are private owners and regional commercial air service, according to Kowalski. The jet is a natural progression for owners of the company’s popular line of high-performance piston-engine aircraft, as the Independent reports.

This is the cheapest private jet in the world
Photo: Cirrus Aircraft

The aircraft features a distinctive V-tail. It is the first private jet to have a single engine – a Williams International FJ33-5A turbofan producing 1,800 pounds of thrust – which enables the jet to cruise at 345 mph with a maximum operating altitude of 28,000 feet. The plane can take off in only 2,036 feet.

The cabin is quite spacious, being 4.1 feet tall and 5.1 feet wide, enough for five adults and two children. Every seat has USB charging ports. The plane can be operated by a single pilot, who will benefit from the great visibility offered by the panoramic windshield in the cockpit.The jet comes with a parachute system for emergencies. Other models of Cirrus have saved more than 100 lives, due to their signature parachute system.

This is the cheapest private jet in the world
Photo: Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus believes the Vision Jet will be one of its most popular products. The company has taken 600 orders for the plane that amount to more than $1 billion. In the first year, 40 aircrafts will be produced. In the future, the production might stabilise between 100 and 125 planes a year.

Daisy Wilder