Aircraft Comparison: Praetor 600 vs Gulfstream G280 vs Challenger 350 vs Dassault Falcon 2000 vs Cessna Citation Longitude
First, the disclaimer: “A paper aircraft can always beat a real aircraft when you compare them,” says the head of one aircraft manufacturer. “Until an aircraft is flying, it is unfair to compare it with an aircraft that is still being designed.”
He is right. But in reality this is exactly what potential aircraft buyers do.
Embraer has launched two new aircraft: the Praetor 500 midsize jet and the Praetor 600 super-midsize business jet. The Praetor 600 is expected to be certified and enter service in the second quarter of 2019, followed by the Praetor 500 in the third quarter of 2019. Two Praetor 600 prototypes are already undergoing flight tests.
The super-midsize market is already one of the most competitive segments, with Bombardier, Cessna Embraer, Dassault and Gulfstream all competing for buyers. The means that the Praetor 600 is up against stiff opposition from the Gulfstream G280, Bombardier Challenger 350, Dassault Falcon 2000 and the Cessna Citation Longitude (which is in certification now). A Praetor 600 will cost $20,995,000 putting the aircraft below the official list prices of its competitors.
“Range always sells aeroplanes,” said Oliver Stone, managing director at Colibri Aircraft Ltd. “So the more, the longer, the better off you are.
“This is a pretty compelling product in reality. I think they (Embraer) are going to do very well with it. Its got a lot of the numbers to it, its got a great cabin to it, it’s got the long range.Now you can open things up like London/New York or Dubai/London. That makes a big difference.
“I think it’s an interesting product. We’ll see how they do. See how they sell.”
Bombardier’s Challenger 350 aircraft is generally regarded as the market leader – especially in terms of deliveries – but all the manufacturers have their supporters. Many aircraft buyers are also very brand loyal. Many buyers of G280s also own larger aircraft for example. This is why Textron has chosen to enter this larger aircraft market with the longitude.
The new Praetor 600 – which is a significant improvement on Embraer’s Legacy aircraft – give buyers even more choice in this already competitive market.
Embraer Praetor 600 vs Gulfstream G280/Bombardier Challenger 350/Dassault Falcon 2000/Cessna Citation Longitude
Cessna Citation Longitude: Up to 12
Embraer Praetor 600: Up to 10
Gulfstream G280: Up to 10
Bombardier Challenger 350: Up to 10
Dassault Falcon 2000: Up to 10
Max Range (miles) with four passengers
Embraer Praetor 600: 3,950
Gulfstream G280: 3,600
Dassault Falcon 2000: 3,350
Cessna Citation Longitude: 3,500
Challenger 350 (eight passengers): 3,200
Take Off Distance (ft)
Dassault Falcon 2000: 4,325
Gulfstream G280: 4,750
Embraer Praetor 600: 4,800
Bombardier Challenger 350: 4,835
Cessna Citation Longitude: 4,900
Max Speed (maximum mach operation)
Gulfstream G280: 0.85
Dassault Falcon 2000: 0.85
Cessna Citation Longitude: 0.84
Challenger 350: 0.83
Embraer Praetor 600: 0.83
Maximum Operating Altitude (ft)
Praetor 600: 45,000
Gulfstream 280: 45,000
Challenger 350: 45,000
Dassault Falcon 2000: 45,000
Cessna Citation Longitude: 45,000
Cabin Length (ft)
Embraer Praetor 600: 27ft 6in
Gulfstream G280: 25ft 10in
Dassault Falcon 2000: 25ft 17in
Bombardier Challenger 350: 25ft 2in
Cessna Citation Longitude: 25ft 2in
Cabin Height (ft)
Gulfstream G280: 6ft 3in
Dassault Falcon 2000: 6ft 2 in
Cessna Citation Longitude: 6ft
Embraer Praetor 600: 6ft
Cabin Width (ft)
Dassault Falcon 2000: 7ft 8in
Gulfstream 280: 7ft 2in
Bombardier Challenger 250: 7ft 2 in
Praetor 600: 6ft 10in
Cessna Citation Longitude: 6ft 4in