Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
With a private charter, you are buying time on an aircraft, vs buying a seat on a commercially-scheduled airline flight. Aircraft are usually chartered by the hour for which you have use of the entire plane. You pay the same price for the plane, be it for 1 passenger, or filled to capacity.
Most private jets tend to be faster and more fuel efficient than their commercial cousins, some flying at speeds of well over 500 MPH, which can cut significant time off of cross-country flights.
If there’s a storm, a private jet is easily able to fly around it, giving passengers a smoother and more comfortable journey. Commercial airlines are not able to do this with as much ease. The amount of air traffic at their altitude lessens the likelihood that they’ll be able to change course.
As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or 50 lbs.
There are smaller jets with a total passenger capacity of as few as six. Others will accommodate as many as eight. You’ll find the largest private charter jets have room to seat up to 18 passengers comfortably.