How much does it cost to charter a private jet?

A QUESTION I GET ASKED EVERYDAY IS, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CHARTER A PRIVATE JET?

THERE ARE MANY FACTORS THAT EFFECT THE COST OF HIRING A PRIVATE JET, OF WHICH THE MAIN ARE:

SIZE OF AIRCRAFT

DISTANCE OF FLIGHT

ONE WAY OR RETURN

AIRPORT LANDING & HANDLING FEES

EMPTY LEGS

SIZE OF AIRCRAFT

THE SIZE OF THE AIRCRAFT IS KEY WHEN CHOOSING THE CORRECT PRIVATE AIRCRAFT FOR YOUR TRIP! IT WOULDN’T MAKE SENSE TO SEND TWO PEOPLE FROM LONDON TO PARIS ON A 16 SEAT ‘ULTRA LONG RANGE’ ‘GLOBAL EXPRESS’, THE COST WOULD BE DISPROPORTIONATELY LARGE. IT MIGHT BE SURPRISING TO FIND THAT THIS HAPPENS MORE OFTEN THAN MIGHT BE EXPECTED, PURELY DUE TO A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING.

A MORE APPROPRIATE AIRCRAFT FOR THIS KIND OF SHORT RANGE TRIP COULD BE A CITATION MUSTANG. FAST, INEXPENSIVE IN COMPARISON, AND WITH PLENTY OF LUGGAGE SPACE TO BRING BACK ALL YOUR CONTINENTAL PURCHASES.

DISTANCE OF FLIGHT

THERE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS BECOMES IRRELEVANT WHEN DECIDING ON THE SIZE OF THE AIRCRAFT REQUIRED FOR A JOURNEY. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE REQUIREMENT IS FOR TWO PEOPLE TO TRAVEL FROM LONDON TO NEW YORK, A LARGER AIRCRAFT IS REQUIRED PURELY DUE TO THE FUEL NEEDS.

THE USE OF A LARGER AIRCRAFT WILL ALSO GENERALLY RESULT IN A REDUCED FLIGHT TIME. AIRCRAFT USAGE IS CHARGED AT AN HOURLY RATE, SO THE LONGER AN AIRCRAFT IS AIRBORNE, THE MORE IT WILL COST.

ONE WAY VS. RETURN

IT MIGHT SEEM LOGICAL TO ASSUME THAT A ONE WAY TRIP WOULD COST LESS THAN A RETURN, HOWEVER THERE ARE FACTORS THAT MEAN THIS IS NOT THE CASE. GENERALLY IT WILL ONLY COST SLIGHTLY MORE, OR PERHAPS EVEN THE SAME TO RETURN ON THE SAME AIRCRAFT.

THIS LACK OF DIFFERENCE IN PRICE IS BECAUSE THE AIRCRAFT STILL NEEDS TO RETURN, EVEN IF THE PASSENGERS ARE NOT, SO THE COST OF THIS RETURN LEG WILL NEED TO BE RECOUPED FROM THE SINGLE OUTBOUND JOURNEY.

LANDING AND HANDLING FEES

LANDING AND HANDLING FEES ARE COMMONPLACE AT EVERY AIRPORT IN THE WORLD. EACH AIRPORT WILL CHARGE A FEE FOR THE LANDING AND HANDLING OF THE AIRCRAFT. THESE COSTS WILL VARY BASED ON THE WEIGHT OF THE AIRCRAFT AND WHERE IN THE WORLD YOU ARE LANDING.

AIRPORTS LIKE LONDON FARNBOROUGH ARE FAIRLY COSTLY TO LAND AT, BUT MORE THAN MAKE UP FOR THE COST WITH ITS PROXIMITY TO CENTRAL LONDON, AND DEDICATION EXCLUSIVELY TO PRIVATE AIRCRAFT.

THE OTHER FACTOR TO CONSIDER IS THE PARKING COST ASSOCIATED WITH THE AIRPORT IN QUESTION. PARKING A PRIVATE AIRCRAFT CAN BE A VERY EXPENSIVE ORDEAL. PARKING CAN BE SO EXPENSIVE IN FACT THAT IT CAN OFTEN BE MORE ECONOMICAL TO FLY THE AIRCRAFT BACK TO ITS HOME BASE IN ORDER TO AVOID THESE PARKING CHARGES, THESE ARE REFERRED TO AS ‘EMPTY’ LEGS.

EMPTY LEGS

EMPTY LEGS PRESENT A SIGNIFICANT MONEY SAVING OPPORTUNITY, AS OPERATORS WILL OFFER THESE LEGS TO PAYING CUSTOMERS AT A SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED RATE. THE DOWNSIDES TO THIS ARE APPARENT: THE ROUTE IS SET (HOWEVER OPERATORS CAN USUALLY BE PERSUADED TO MAKE MINOR DETOURS IF DESIRED), AND THE DATE AND TIME OF THE FLIGHTS ARE NOT ADAPTABLE, SO YOU WOULD NEED TO ALIGN YOUR SCHEDULE WITH THE MOVEMENTS OF THE AIRCRAFT.

ANOTHER SITUATION WHERE AN AIRCRAFT WILL HAVE AN EMPTY LEG, WOULD BE WHEN PASSENGERS ARE WANTING TO BE COLLECTED FROM ANYWHERE OTHER THAN ITS HOME BASE. THIS WILL ALSO BE OFFERED OUT AT A REDUCED RATE.

I KNOW THAT WAS QUITE A LOT TO GET THROUGH, BUT HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE FOUND IT HELPFUL AND INFORMATIVE!

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