How much does a private air charter cost?

These figures are typical hourly cost of operating the private jet in 2017. They should be considered a base price since there are additional costs such as excise taxes (7.5% in the U.S.), daily minimums imposed by the aircraft operator, any fuel price surcharges, and your personal options such as gourmet catering, flight attendant, etc..

Private jet charter is more expensive than airline travel but for many travelers cost is only one factor. The ROI of business jet travel changes significantly when you include convenience, privacy, comfort, productivity, and your own schedule.

Typical Private Jet Charter Rates
Aircraft Type Hourly Range Common Models
Turboprop $1,200 – $1,800 King Air, PC-12, Cessna 208 Caravan
Light Jet $1,900 – $2,600 Citation M2, Citation Cj2, Phenom 100
Small Midsize Jet $2,500 – $3,800 Phenom 300, Hawker 800/900 series, LearJet 45XR/75, Citation CJ4, Citation XLS, Gulfstream G150
Large Midsize Jet $3,800 – $4,800 Citation X, Falcon 2000, Challenger, Hawker 1000/4000
Large Jet $4,000 – $8,000 Gulfstream, Global Express, Falcon 950, the larger Challenger and Legacy models

What’s the difference between an Air Charter Operator and an Air Charter Broker?

A broker like PlaneViz connects customers seeking air charter with the aircraft and itinerary that best meets their travel needs. Air charter brokers are free to choose from any number of operators to find the best solution for the customer. That does not mean we choose any operator; we always first work with ARGUS and/or Wyvern Wingman approved operators.

An air charter operator has one or more aircraft they operate to deliver air charter service. The aircraft in the operator’s fleet may consist of their own airplanes or those owned by companies who make them available for charter when not in company use, or both. The operator typically hangars and maintains the aircraft in addition to rendering the services of meeting passengers at the airport, preparing the airplane for flight, and flying them to their destination.

Catering. Soft drinks, bottled water, beer, liquor and snacks are provided on all flights at no charge. Special catering is available with prior arrangements.

Pilots & flight attendant. All charters we arrange are crewed by 2 pilots. Most charter flights do not have a flight attendant; one can be arranged at additional expense for trips on larger aircraft.

Security. There is no TSA screening for private air charter. Come to the airport, meet your pilots, board the airplane and go. The one exception is flying into Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA).

Facilities. On-demand private jet and executive charter is operated from the general aviation area of the airport. The facilities are run by one or more FBOs (for Fixed Base Operator). The facilities at popular charter and corporate airports are usually in excellent condition and outfitted for corporate visitors (conference rooms, WiFi, etc.) and air crews. FBO facilitates at smaller airports may not be as spacious but they are perfectly comfortable for a brief stay while awaiting your airplane. PlaneViz will provide you with the exact location of your FBO.

Is smoking allowed? It depends on the air charter operator and aircraft owner policy. If you wish to smoke be sure to advise us when requesting a quote.

Pets. Common, domesticated pets are usually welcomed.

Safety Standards
Charter operators must hold FAA Part 135 certification, which means achieving Pt 135 safety and operating standards. Among the aspects it covers are aircraft and crew operations and standards. The FAA does not have the resources to monitor all Pt 135 operators and they tend to leave operators alone once they achieve certification.

Two private organizations have arisen to provide ongoing auditing of charter operators. ARGUS awards qualifying charter operators with Gold, Gold Plus, and Platinum ratings per their evaluation criteria. “The main components that comprise the ARGUS Ratings include: historical safety analysis, aircraft validation, pilot background checks, and onsite safety audits…”

Wyvern awards its Wingman certification to operators that pass an onsite audit covering Adherence to ICAO standards for Safety Management Systems, Emergency Response Plans, and internal evaluations. Two day on-site, recurring audit every 24 months to verify compliance. Flight time, recency of experience in aircraft type, and full-motion simulator training for pilots required.