Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas Empty Legs

Christmas Empty Legs Happy holidays from! Christmas is a time of sharing, and we are sharing our best empty leg offers for the days leading up to Christmas day. Christmas is also the time to share time with family and friends, and there is no easier and cost effective way to travel by private jet than our premium empty leg offers. Flying an empty leg means you only pay for the flight hours you use, and not the empty trip to return the aircraft to base; by flying on empty legs, your estimated price is approximately half of the traditional cost. These are the 9 hottest empty leg offers for the christmas season, but thousands more can be found here: Empty Legs     Our top 9 selections of christmas empty legs! Aircraft: Falcon 900B From: KPBI - Palm Beach, FL To: KHPN - White Plains, NY Date: Dec 21 Price: $18,500 Aircraft: Falcon 2000EX From: KVNY - Van Nuys, CA To: KTEB - Teterboro, NJ Date Range: Dec 21- 23 Price: $36,000 Aircraft: Challenger 300 From: MMUN - Cancun, Mexico To: CYYZ - Ontario, Canada Date Range: Dec 21 - 22 Price: $10,500 Aircraft: Hawker 800XP From: KMKE - Milwaukee, WI To: KBJC - Broomfield, CO Date Range: Dec 22 - 23 Price: $13,500 Aircraft: Falcon 2000LX From: KVNY - Van Nuys, CA To: KHPN - White Plains, NY Date Range: Dec 22 -25 Price: $33,500 Aircraft: Citation I-SP From: KFMY - Fort Myers, FL To: KMDW - Chicago, IL Date: Dec 23 Price: $12,000 Aircraft: Falcon 2000EX From: KOPF - Opa-locka, FL To: KPWK - Wheeling, IL Date: Dec 24 Price: $23,000 Aircraft: Legacy 600 From: KVNY - Van Nuys, CA To: KTEB - Teterboro, NJ Date Range: Dec 24 - 25 Price: $31,000 Aircraft: Hawker 800XP From: KPBI - Palm Beach, FL To: KTEB - Teterboro, NJ Date Range: Dec 25 - 26 Price: $13,500   Consult our Empty

Falcon 8X rolled out in in Mérignac

Falcon 8X Roll-Out in in Mérignac Christmas came early this year when Dassault Aviation rolled out the Falcon 8X yesterday at Aéroport de Bordeaux-Mérignac (BOD) in Mérignac, France. The aircraft has been sufficiently ground tested and was ready to be unveiled in all of it’s glory. In the first quarter of 2015, the Falcon 8X should make its maiden flight, meaning the Falcon 8X will be joining the Dassault Falcon family very soon. The Falcon 8X is based off of the already successful falcon 7X, which is a large cabin aircraft capable of nearly 6,000 nautical mile range at a decent speed. The Falcon 8X offers a slightly longer cabin as well as new engine upgrades and an extended range brought about by aerodynamic modifications and a larger fuel capacity. The Falcon 8X also takes other attributes from the Falcon 7X, it is capable of much shorter takeoffs than jets of its size, and is of course very fuel efficient for a large cabin jet. The Falcon 8X offers 3 Pratt & Whitney Canada turbofan engines that deliver more thrust but also lower fuel consumption, these engines allow the Falcon 8X to take off in under 4,000 ft (which is a figure seen by light jets and other small aircraft). Along with takeoff requirement improvements, the Falcon 8X is capable of flying a maximum of mach .90 and a range of 6,450 nautical miles (albeit at a lower speed of mach .80). Internal space is refined as compared to the Falcon 7X, the cabin is now 42.67 ft excluding the cockpit and designated baggage area we have come to love by Dassault. The cabin is 6.17 ft high and 7.67 ft wide, making for a

Advantages of Private Flights

Advantages of Private Flights Whether you’re flying for business or recreational purposes, you can choose to travel on private flights or fly with commercial airlines to get to your desired destination. With many executives looking at elegant private air charters as the most relaxed and dependable form of transportation, here is a glance at the pros and cons of commercial flights vs private flights. Private flights have many advantages. While it’s true that private jet can be lavish and pricy, the actual advantages of soaring on a private aircraft are convenience and efficiency. For instance, you can choose to fly out of any airport you’d like as long as the runway is sufficient for your jet, and as long as there are no restrictions. This is a perfect substitute for having to go through a busier airport. This doesn’t only benefit you in a way to avoid all the busier hubs, if your residence or office is around a general public airport, you can simply choose to take off from there, avoiding all traffic. Another example of how flying private could benefit you would be that you won’t need to arrive an hour or even a half hour before flight time. The jet departs on your order. If you prefer a 7PM departure, no need to arrive at the airport before 6:53PM. And if you are running late, the plane will always wait for you. In many larger metropolitan areas, jets take off and land from minor close-in airports so the commute time is shorter. At FBOs, you are allowed to drive your car onto tarmac up to your aircraft, (in some cases without a security check) and get on while the team loads your baggage into the aircraft. Valet services are available to take your

Charter Flights to Phoenix Deer Valley Airport

Charter Flights to Phoenix Deer Valley Airport One of the busiest airports for private jet charter is Phoenix Deer Valley Airport, located approximately 17 miles north of Phoenix, AZ. It is about a 30 minute drive from Phoenix Deer Valley Airport to the center of Phoenix via I-17N, though much farther away than Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix Deer Valley Airport is an executive airport which includes 2 runways of 4,500 ft and 8,200 ft respectively, the 4,500 ft runway can easily accommodate all pistons and turboprops, as well as most light jets and a few mid sized jets, while the 8,200 ft runway can accommodate aircraft as large as widebody airliners without a hitch. With around 1,000 aircraft based at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport, and over 350,000 aircraft takeoff and landings per day, this makes Phoenix Deer Valley Airport one of the top 5 highest private aircraft airports in terms of private air traffic density. With 2 FBOs (fixed based operators) on site, Phoenix Deer Valley Airport offers ground based gourmet catering, as well as rental car and limo service and many other ground amenities offered by FBOs such as VIP lounges and the ability to simply walk or drive up to your aircraft after a very brief security check. Though not open 24 hours a day like the aforementioned Sky Harbor International Airport, Deer Valley Airport is open from 6 am to midnight, which are realistically decent hours, as very few private flights are flown between midnight and 6 am. In the rare case that your flight may arrive between those hours, Sky Harbor International Airport, which is only about 20 miles away, though Sky Harbor International Airport is traditionally an airport

Private Jet Cost of Ownership vs Private Jet Charter

Private Jet Cost of Ownership versus Charter  Many customers wonder what are the costs of owning or chartering a private jet. Very few realize that a private jet's cost of ownership for is not only a one time payment, but a large challenge. Upkeep costs, fuel costs, parking, registration, refurbishment costs, and of course regular mechanical upkeep can be valued at hundreds of thousand dollars a year, and can quickly add up. Below we will explain a few different scenarios by giving real world examples of three different private jet cost estimation calculations. This learjet 45 is an extended range variant of the lear 40. With a purchase price of $11.5 million, it is in the same price range as its lear 40 counterpart. Firstly, let’s look at a Bombardier Learjet 40. A light jet well known for its range, and a great jet to own for regular travelers. The Learjet 40 usually is configured for 7 or 8 passengers and is very comfortable to fly in, and is known for being a mechanically reliable aircraft. Many prefer the Learjet 35A but the Learjet 35A has been discontinued for 10 years now, which makes buying a new jet is no longer possible. A new Learjet 40 costs approximately $9.5 Million. Where as chartering one costs approximately $2900 an hour, a much more manageable aircraft rate. We must remove the cost of fuel, because a private owner would of course have to pay for his/her own fuel. A standard fuel burn rate comes to approximately $700 an hour, leaving us with a $2200 an hour private jet cost. A basic calculation tells us if one were to fly over 4,318 hours, purchasing the Learjet 40 would be a better option. But realistically, even then,

Gulfstream G5 Jet

Gulfstream G5 Jet The Gulfstream G5 Jet or Gulfstream G-V is a long range enabled large jet first made by Gulfstream Aerospace in 1998. The Gulfstream GV Jet was one of the very first jets to hold the title of “ultra long range aircraft” with a massive 5,800 nautical miles. 5,800 nautical miles was nearly unheard of at the time, and it outperformed the majority of widebody airliners at the time, and is also capable of nonstop flights between New York and Tokyo, or New York and Moscow, or nearly any other pair of cities imaginable. The Gulfstream G5 not only offered  huge range capabilities, but also a cruise speed of mach .85, much faster than commercial airliners, and even now only beaten by a handful of aircraft in terms of speed. The Gulfstream G5 can be configured for up to 19 passengers in a very comfortable VIP configuration, or less passengers for more cabin room, or a few seats in club configuration and a divan, allowing more freedom to move about the cabin. The Gulfstream G5 Jet quickly became an important aircraft for business aviation. It not only allowed amazing range and speed capabilities, but also a huge cabin at over 50 feet long, basically unheard of at the time for a private jet of this class. With a breathtaking interior design, the Gulfstream G5 Jet’s cabin was one of the first to be large enough to allow unseen cabin amenities, everything was easy to implement on this aircraft, from video screens to beds and full sized galleys and lavatories. The Gulfstream G5 Jet later evolved into two very important aircraft as well, which were both constructed from the original Gulfstream G5, out of

Private Plane Charter Rates

Private Plane Charter Rates Various types of aircraft are available for charter, and therefor each category of private plane has significantly different private plane charter rates. The smallest type of propellor given aircraft, or pistons can start at $400 an hour as an hourly rate, while the larger intercontinental long range large jets can cost upwards of $14,000 an hour, and can cost as much as $28,000 an hour for large ultra VIP configured airliners. The general prices to be expected as are follows: A domestic flight with 8 passengers or below will cost a total of $3,500 an hour for a light jet and all other costs included for simplicity. These other costs include airport fees, fuel fees, segment and FET taxes, crew fees, and additional fuel fees (if any). At approximately $3,500 an hour we can estimate a flight from New York to Florida (a 3 hour flight) to cost approximately $10,500. But we must not forget that the aircraft would have to return to base, making the estimated price around $21,000. Now these are very basic estimations for a very specific type of aircraft, other aircraft can cost less or more to charter. The way that a charter flight works is by having customers simply use the airtime they are using, as opposed to buying an aircraft in full or partially with a group of others. While the customer may have to traditionally pay for both parts of the flight, this still remains a cheaper option than other method of buying private jet time. Now in the case of an already returning aircraft, it would be possible to only pay the $10,500 originally proposed as the aircraft would essentially already be headed

The Most Expensive Private Jets Available

The Most Expensive Private Jets Available   Ultra VIP 747 The Boeing 747 is known for being the one of the notoriously fuel consuming aircraft, with a very high cost of operation. A brand new 747-8 can cost upwards of $350 million in a standard configuration. It is technically possible to spend over $80 million building a custom ultra VIP interior easily making it the most expensive private jet of all time. Boeing 747s are becoming increasingly difficult to find for private ownership, as many of the 747s in circulation have been moved to the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Since the Boeing 747 offers near-unparralleded cabin space, as well as massive intercontinental range, it makes the Boeing 747 VIP one of the greatest private aircraft to have, as well as the title for most expensive private jet. Boeing BBJ3 The BBJ3 is technically the most expensive private jet, as it is built for ultra VIP configurations right off of the assembly line, while the larger 747 is configured with a standard 1-3 class configuration including hundreds of seats. The BBJ3 is based on the preexisting Boeing 737-900ER, an extended range variant of the 737-900, this makes the BBJ3 capable of flying nearly 5,500 nautical miles, a tad shorter than the range of the BBJ2, but with a much larger cabin and higher airspeed. Costing anywhere from $75-90 million, this widebody easily makes the list of most expensive private jets. Gulfstream G650ER Gulfstream’s latest and greatest ultra long business jet is capable of flying 7,500 nautical miles, utterly destroying the competing long range business jets and even commercial airliners. Costing a hefty $64.5 million, this jet is the most expensive private jet in it’s category

How to Choose the Best Private Jet

How to Choose the Best Private Jet for Charter Choosing the best private jet for your trip can make a huge difference in airtime, comfort, and price. The basics of private jet charter involve receiving an online price on our booking engine displaying the best possible matches by price per category. The results returned often include the best private jet, but making the choice of best private jet depends on category, destination, range, and availability. We start first by choosing the correct category, choosing the best private jet can sometimes involve not using a private jet at all, but a piston or turboprop. For short range flights, under 1000 nautical miles, very often if air speed is not an issue and you don’t mind leaving slightly earlier to make it to the destination on time, a turboprop or piston is a great alternative. Cabin noise levels are comparable to a jet with new advances in turboprop technology, and turboprops and pistons alike can be very comfortable for a small flight with under 5 passengers. Though at this category of short distance flights, a VLJ (very light jet) would be the best private jet for the trip if flight time is of the essence. A VLJ would be able to maintain up to two times the speed of a turboprop or piston. For small or mid sized domestic flights, light jets are the best private jet available for up to 8 passengers, while some light jets might be tight for 8 passengers, other alternatives are available for large groups. Most light jets are capable of flying up to 1500 nmi without an issue (depending on passenger load and wind speed) and are usually configured with seating

Private Jet Charter Guide Part IV

Private Jet Charter Guide -  Part IV Welcome to part IV of our private jet charter guide. In this section we will summarize all of the factors that go in to building a private jet charter trip, and what sort of things can impact your trip both positively and negatively. In part I of our private jet charter guide, we went through the steps through which our example customer (John) and example trip would take. We started off with Johns request to and followed the trip from there. We discussed when it is beneficial to book and secure your aircraft (approximately 5-7 days for private jets and 60 days for large scale airliner-sized trips with over 200 passengers). We noted how John was able to secure an online price very similar to the final price he received in his hard quote. We also discussed how behind the scenes, the Aircharter Charter Team was setting up fallback aircraft in case of any point of failure. Going back to empty legs and how empty legs work, for a round trip such as the one John requested in our example trip, there is almost no benefit to flying on an empty leg, as another aircraft will have to be chartered for the return trip (and said aircraft would have to go back to base, negating the saving brought about by flying an empty leg) but for one way flights, we came to conclusion that the earlier you can request and book your trip, the more of a chance there is for finding an empty leg. Of course high traffic city pairs such as New York to Los Angeles almost always have available aircraft for empty legs due