See Inside the $2 Million Cirrus Vision SF50 Jet That Costs $3K an Hour

The company started with three planes, but in two years has expanded to 40. VeriJet has also built a crew of 18 skilled pilots in under two years. To be hired, the aviators need 1,500 hours of flight time and an Airline Transport Pilot certificate.


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The Cirrus SF50’s safety and high efficiency are why the company chose the single-engine business plane, VeriJet founder and CEO Richard Kane told Insider.

VeriJet Cirrus Vision SF50.


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With a list price of $2 million, the SF50 is the cheapest private jet on the market, but, despite its low cost, the plane does not skimp on comfort and performance.

VeriJet Cirrus Vision SF50.


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According to Kane, the SF50 can fly at Mach 0.53 and has a range of 1,277 nautical miles (1,470 miles). This means it can easily connect small cities in the US that commercial airlines can’t.

VeriJet Cirrus Vision SF50.


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This is because major airlines typically fly to a central hub before continuing on to smaller markets, like Huntsville, Alabama, or Cody, Wyoming. In fact, Kane told Insider that one of his customers lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is not served by any airline.

Delta Air Lines Embraer 170 regional aircraft.

Delta Air Lines Embraer 170 regional aircraft.

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Instead of driving an hour northeast to Birmingham and flying out via a hub, they use VeriJet to travel directly from Tuscaloosa to their destination. Moreover, the client can fly out to a meeting and back on the same day.

Tuscaloosa Airport during University of Alabama football games.

Tuscaloosa Airport during University of Alabama football games.

Tuscaloosa Airport


Kane told Insider that VeriJet charters cost $3,000 per hour, but that is lowered to $2,750 with the company’s jet card when the buyer commits to 100 hours.

VeriJet Cirrus Vision SF50.


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While VeriJet may be more expensive than flying commercial, those that can afford it find the convenience and time saved worth the money, according to Kane.

VeriJet Cirrus Vision SF50.


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Insider took a demo flight on one of VeriJet’s Cirrus Vision SF50 Jets with Kane as the pilot to see what passengers can expect — take a look.

VeriJet Cirrus Vision SF50.


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I met up with the CEO at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Friday for the demo.

Bridgeport Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Connecticut.

Bridgeport Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Connecticut.

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We departed out of Three Wing Aviation, which is one of the airport’s fix-based operators (FBO) that provides things like fuel and maintenance to general aviation planes.

VeriJet Cirrus Vision SF50.


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Kane emphasized that the single-engine is safe and that the system emails status information to the pilot after every flight, indicating if the engine is perfect or needs maintenance.

VeriJet Cirrus Vision SF50.


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