Gulfstream IV
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Know Your Private Jet

GULFSTREAM IV: Long-range jet of choice for bicoastal moguls; known for plush interiors that can seat up to 19.

PILATUS PC-12 NG: Short-range, super-reliable turboprop with up to nine seats; the extra-small bathroom is best avoided.

CESSNA CITATION X+: Rolls-Royce-powered long-range jet with room for 12; the fastest corporate jet in the skies.

The Players

A cheat-sheet to the new single-seat private-jet membership clubs.

Surf Air: Flies out of seven airports in California, as well as Las Vegas, with four more coming. Cost: Entry-level members ($1,750 per month) start with two one-way reservations each month.

Rise: Weekday flights between Houston, Austin, and Dallas; weekend service to Vail and Seaside, Florida. Cost: From $2,000 a month for two one-way reservations at a time and $750 companion tickets.

Beacon: Daily flights between N.Y.C. and Boston; seasonal ones to Nantucket and the Hamptons. Cost: $2,000 a month for four one-way reservations at a time; add a family member for $1,200.

ClipperJet: Currently flies between N.Y.C. and L.A. (with six more city pairs in the works). Cost: From $9,700 a month for four guaranteed oneway trips, plus unlimited spaceavailable seats.

BlackJet: Flies customers between N.Y.C. and Florida, as well as the L.A.– San Francisco– Las Vegas triangle. Cost From $5,000 a year to join, plus the cost of flights (approximately $1,600 to $2,600).