Benefits of Flying Private Air Charter
Private air charter has tremendous advantages over scheduled airlines. Whether you are planning corporate travel or group travel, private air charter provides the freedom to go where and when you need to go. Private air charter also affords an unparalleled margin of security. You and you alone decide who is onboard your aircraft. In the United States there are some 500 commercial airports to which scheduled airlines can fly. While private aircraft have access to these same airports, they also have access to some 4500 additional airports throughout the United States.
That gives private charters over 10 times the flexibility of destinations that scheduled carriers have. With private aircraft charter, you are in control of your schedule, you fly whenever and wherever you desire. On your trip, you select your favorite amenities including catering, entertainment and tools for maximum productivity. You’re never late or rushing to catch a plane. Your aircraft is there waiting for you and leaves when you get there.
How to Choose an Aircraft to Charter
First, answer these three questions:
- How many passengers will be traveling?
- How far are you going?
- How much baggage will you be carrying?
Generally, just talking distances, if you are traveling less than 500 miles, a turboprop may be a better option. Trips of more than 600 miles are almost always better served by jets.
Turbo Prop (4-30 Passengers)
Turboprop aircraft combine the low-cost advantages of a piston aircraft while sharing some of the performance and cabin comfort advantages of light jets. Turboprops are powered by turbine (jet) engines which turn a propeller. With average cruising speeds of over 250 mph and an average nonstop range above 800 miles, a turboprop can travel further, faster, and offer more comfort than piston aircraft while keeping charter costs below those of a jet aircraft. Popular for short to mid ranged flights (100-500 miles), turboprops can access runways that are often too short for jet aircraft, Turboprops often include amenities such as pressurized cabins for added comfort, safety, performance, and lavatories.
Light Jets (4-8 Passengers)
Light jets are the most economical choice for short to mid-range trips. Light jets can travel further and faster than non-jet aircraft while still operating in and out of airports not accessible by the major airlines. Trips of between 400-1000 miles are perfect for light jets.
Mid Sized Jets (5-9 Passengers)
Midsize jet aircraft optimally blend comfort, performance, and economy for medium length flights. With average cruising speeds over 500 mph and a non-stop range of about 2100 miles, a midsize jet can travel further, faster, and with more comfort than a light jet, while still operating out of airports major airlines cannot access. Most midsize jets have external baggage areas that will store a reasonable amount of baggage. Most midsize jets also have a private lavatory.
Super Mid Sized Jets
Super mid size jets offer wider bodies, providing more comfort. The speeds and range are faster and further than those of midsize jets. Super mid size jets have transatlantic ranges and offer private lavatories and large separate baggage/ storage areas. Most will have a galley, offering a microwave or oven and small kitchen area.
Heavy jets offer the most cabin as well as baggage space for longer trips (under a jet airliner). The range is much further than a super mid size jet. Private lavatories and galleys are on all heavy jets.
Jet Airliners (20-200+ Passengers)
Jet airliners can meet any size group and can travel to any destination. Depending on the amount of people traveling in your group, this can be very cost effective.
**Contact us to speak to one of our charter consultants, who will work closely with you to identify any unique requirements and help select the perfect aircraft for your trip.