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Airbus ACJ319
Airbus ACJ319
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 4:15pm

As soon as its first owner departs from the manufacturer’s delivery center, a new airplane technically becomes used (or preowned). For various reasons, however, 10 years after an aircraft’s final production date is generally considered the milestone separating “newer” used business aircraft from “older” ones.

In deciding which aircraft to cover, we went well past this 10-year mark to provide information on all business airplanes and helicopters manufactured since 1996. This means our list includes some models manufactured before that year, as long as they were still being produced as recently as 1996. As a rule, a long production run is indicative of a successful aircraft.

We have not listed new models that, at press time, had yet to receive final certification.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy