Which aircraft would you choose?

Cessna Citation XLS+ vs Embraer Phenom 300

With it’s stand-up cabin and longer range, it’s no surprise the Citation XLS+ has become the world’s best-selling business jet – and a popular choice among Victor members. Its large luggage compartment makes it an ideal aircraft for the ski season, as it easily accommodates six pairs of skis with soft bags or four pairs with medium-sized suitcases (25kg per suitcase).

The Phenom 300 first entered the market in 2009, since when it has become one of the more popular aircraft in its class. Compared to the Citation, the Phenom 300 is a clean-sheet design, and Embraer has done an excellent job with improved aerodynamics and a more streamlined look.

The Phenom 300 has excellent takeoff performance, making it great for a quick hop to shorter runways in the Alps with more than two passengers. A brand-new BMW Designworks interior and larger windows offer a sense of elegance and space, even though it is not a stand-up cabin. Another key feature is the folding staircase, which is rare on a Light Jet and makes passenger access much easier. (One can also be found on the Citation XLS.)

Another development in the Phenom is the flat floor in the luggage compartment, making it easier to stack suitcases, skis and other bulky sports equipment. The hold in the Citation is made up of levels but there is more space overall.

Whichever you prefer, Victor offers a good selection to choose from – check www.flyvictor.com/aircraft-operators to find your perfect aircraft.

The choice is yours.

Aircraft features

Cessna Citation XLS+

Embraer Phenom 300

Type of aircraft Very Light Jet Light Jet
Range with 4 passengers* 03h 30min 03h 15min
Number of seats 6 individual seats + 2-seater sofa 6/7 individual seats
Cabin height 5’8″ / 1.73m 4’8″ / 1.42m
Cabin width 5’6″ / 1.68m 4’9″ / 1.45m
Length 18’6″ / 5.64m 14’1″ / 4.29m
Luggage space (cubic metres) 90ft / 2.55m 79ft / 2.24m
Speed 500mph / 800kph 521mph / 839kh
Takeoff length 3,560ft 3,138ft
Best for A week’s skiingwith all the family A quick weekend on the slopeswith two couples

Conclusion: Ludwig’s Lowdown

Both aircraft are ideal for a getaway to the slopes, and share many of the same characteristics even though they are not in the same aircraft category. So, if it’s a week’s skiing with all the family, I’d go for the Citation but if it’s a quick weekend with two pairs of adults then the Phenom gets my vote.

Aircraft interiors

Cessna Citation XLS+

Embraer Phenom 300

Aircraft exteriors

Cessna Citation XLS+

Embraer Phenom 300


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