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There is nothing like traveling in a group. If you want to fly private, here are a few planes that can accommodate up to 50 passengers in style and comfort.

Flying on a private jet is no longer an experience exclusive to the super rich. When you are traveling as a large party, private charter becomes even cheaper, plus you get to skip the long waits, security checks, and hassles associated with commercial travel.

However, when most people think about private jets, they picture a cabin that can take only a handful of passengers. While many business planes cater to fewer than twenty passengers, there are still a number of jets that can take 50 or more passengers.

If you need a plane that can carry your sports team, corporate crew, or extended family, here are our best picks for you.

Embraer ERJ-145

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When it was first made, the Embraer was actually intended for regional travel. However, it soon became a highly sought-after private plane. The ERJ-145 is one of Embraer’s most successful regional jet airliners - and for good reason. It has a capacity for 50 passengers and two flight crew, which makes it great for group charters.

The aircraft has two Roll-Royce engines that can fly at a maximum speed of 833km/h. The long-range version, the ERJ145LR, is equipped with a Rolls-Royce AE 3007a1 engine that provides up to 15% more power. It also has a luggage capacity of 1000kg. The ERJ-145 is rated as one of the safest aircraft in the world.

Bombardier CRJ Series (CRJ 700, 900 and CRJ 550)

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The Bombardier CRJ series is arguably one of the most popular regional jets in aviation. It is said that “Every five seconds, a CRJ Series regional jet takes off or lands somewhere in the world”.

All CRJ aircraft combine beauty, performance, and size in a captivating capsule that will make you want to stay on board long after the flight is over.

The CRJ family has a few jets, each with its distinct features. However, for group travels of up to 50 passengers, three models are worthy of note.

  1. CRJ 700: The Bombardier CRJ-700 has a seating capacity of 78 passengers. It was designed as an upgrade to the successful CRJ 100/200 models. Powered by two General Electric CF34-8C5 turbofan engines, it has a cruise speed of 860km/h.
  2. CRJ 900: The Bombardier CRJ-900 is a stretched version of the CRJ-700. With a seating capacity of 76-86 passengers, the CRJ-900 offers extra legroom and superior comfort, making it the most ideal seating layout of any regional jet in North America.
  3. CRJ 550: Launched earlier this year, the CRJ550 is the newest member of the CRJ series. Bombardier refers to it as its first triple class 50 seat aircraft in the world. The CRJ 550 has more legroom than any other 50 seat jet in the world, even though it shares a commonality with its predecessors in terms of its exterior design.

Time is running out to charter the Bombardier CRJ planes, however, as Mitsubishi is eager to acquire the brand.

ATR 42

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Another popular plane in the 50–seater category is the ATR 42 turboprop. It is a functional plane ideal for short-haul trips. However, if you are looking to get to your destination in a hurry, you might be disappointed by its 556km/h cruise speed.

The ATR 42 has received several modifications and upgrades over the years. The resulting variants are the ATR 42-300, ATR 42-500, and the ATR 42-600 which has just recently been reintroduced to the US market.

SAAB 2000

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Hailed as the “perfect plane for intra-European travel” and seating up to 58 passengers, the SAAB 2000 is one of the fastest turboprop planes in the world. An upgrade of the popular SAAB 340, the aircraft is designed to combine turboprop fuel and cost efficiency while nearly reaching jet cruise speeds.

SAAB 2000 has a spacious interior, pressurized and air-conditioned cabin, plenty of headroom and cabin stowage, as well as quiet engines that help maximize the comfort of passengers.

The SAAB 2000 is an excellent option for group travels and is much faster than the ATR 42.

Boeing 737-500VIP

Last but absolutely not least, we have the Boeing 737-500VIP jet. Not to be outdone by the competition, Boeing made a business jet like no other. The Boeing 737-500VIP jet offers plenty of legroom and business class-like seating arrangement for all 56 passengers.

The Boeing business jet is a beauty to behold – inside and out – and has the cargo space for just about anything. If your group wants to travel in opulence, then the Boeing 737-500VIP jet might just be the ideal aircraft to for you to charter.


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