Private Plane Charter Cost

Aircraft Hourly Charter Rates – Piston

Piston Aircraft Hourly Charter Rates
Piston aircraft are smaller and generally have a slower maximum speed than their turboprop alternatives. Generally configured to seat between 2 and 6 passengers, these piston aircraft are nearly all certified for single pilot operation even though all flights conducted by Aircharter have two pilots by default. the maximum range of a piston aircraft is around 1,000 nautical miles, but often will be much less as piston aircraft are more sensitive to onboard weight of passengers and luggage. A piston aircraft is defined as an aircraft that uses a piston engine in place of a turboprop (turbofan) engine. Piston engines require maintenance less often than turboprops, and lead to less routine maintenance. Pistons are very common for small amounts of precious cargo that needs to be delivered quickly, and for smaller flights with under 6 passengers.
Piston aircraft are able to takeoff and land in even the smallest airports, and even unpaved landing strips, making pistons the most versatile aircraft in terms of airport requirements. Piston aircraft cost approximately $500 to $1,500 an hour to charter depending on the size of the aircraft in question as well as location. Pistons tend to be very easy to locate in the United States, but tend to be more scarce in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Piston aircraft are the best way to travel very short distances with minimal passenger counts, but are much smaller aircraft than turboprops and light jets and do not offer as much cabin room. For more details visit our Aircraft Guide where you will find everything on all makes and models of aircraft for charter.

Cessna Skyhawk 172
$300 – $400 phrWhether your motivation is to fly farther without refueling, or to simply have […]

By |January 9th, 2015|Categories: Private Plane Charter Cost|0 Comments

Private Plane Charter Cost – TurboProps

Private Plane Charter Cost – TurboProps
Turboprop aircraft are powered by turbine engines, unlike piston engines, these aircraft can fly much faster and farther than pistons. Generally configured for around 8 passengers, these aircraft have cabins that most closely resemble light jets in size. Modern day turboprops are just as comfortable as light jets, most seating around 6-8 passengers, exactly like a light jet. The interiors can be customized in every possible way a light jet’s interior can, and the onboard amenities such as TVs and satellite phones are also available in turboprops.As for the range concern, turboprops are in the same ballpark as light jets in terms of range, with a few exceptions of course, a traditional turboprop will fly for around 1,500 nautical miles, which is right in light jet territory. Though the turboprops maintain one game-winning lead on light jets, and that is the ability to take off and land on much smaller airstrips, and in some circumstances, can land or takeoff without a paved runway. This opens up tens of thousands landing/takeoff areas worldwide. Turboprops generally have an hourly private plane charter cost of between $1,000 and $3,000 an hour, which depends entirely on location, as locations with more turboprops have more competition in terms of hourly pricing. Below are price ranges for turboprop aircraft:

Cessna Grand Caravan
$800 – $1,900 phrA 4 feet (1.2 m) stretch of the Caravan I, the 208B features a more powerful PT6A-114A engine. The Cessna Caravan is an unpressurized single-engine …

Britten-Norman BN-2A ISLANDER
$1,000 – $1,400 phrThe latest version of the Islander includes enlarged baggage bay door options, 3-bladed scimitar propellers, low drag fairings, modern interior, all new ergonomically designed leather …

Piper Cheyenne IIXL
$1,000 – $2,500 phrOn April 17th 1967 Piper started to deliver the […]

By |January 8th, 2015|Categories: Private Plane Charter Cost|0 Comments

Private Jet Charter Cost – Very Light Jets

Private Jet Charter Cost – Very Light Jets (VLJ)
Very light jets are a marvelous method of private air travel, allowing a smaller number of passengers than a light jet, and slightly reduces range. These Very light jets are perfect for small flights under 1,500 nautical miles. Normally configured for 4-6 passengers, very light jets are very easy to classify. Any jet aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of under 10,000 lbs is considered a very light jet. While only capable of flights under 1,500 nmi, these very light jets can takeoff and land at smaller, municipal airports and have much lower operating costs than light jets do. Even though the operating cost of these aircraft are much lower, they still manage to fly at cruise speeds very close to those of a light jet. This opens a great deal of options if traveling smaller distances with a reduced passenger count. In terms of the private jet charter cost, a 1,000 nautical mile flight with 3 passengers on a light jet would cost approximately $3,000 an hour whereas on a very light jet, the cost comes down to a much more manageable $2,200 an hour. Both aircraft would take the same amount of time to complete the trip, and would be equally comfortable for the selected passenger count.

The VLJ category of jets is very small, and is only home to a handful of aircraft. Many other very light jets are in development due to the success of the VLJs already in production. The most popular VLJs in development are: The HondaJet, Diamond D-Jet, eclipse 400, and the Cirrus Vision SF50. All of these aircraft have an estimated range of approximately 1,200 nautical miles and will be […]

By |December 29th, 2014|Categories: Private Plane Charter Cost|0 Comments

Hourly Private Jet Prices – Light Jets

Hourly Private Jet Prices – Light Jets
Light jets are the backbone to the private jet charter industry. Light jets account for the largest portion of aircraft, narrowly beating turboprops and piston aircraft. Hourly private jet prices for the light jet category of private jets depend on location primarily, and tend to have a higher hourly charter rate outside of the United States. Since the United States is home to approximately 70% of the light jets available for charter, there is much more demand, and therefor much more competition in the industry. Light Jets can differ in hourly rate depending on the year of manufacture and the amount of flight hours on the aircraft in question, but generally cost approximately $2,000 to $5,000 an hour to charter. For shorter flights under 1,800 nautical miles, light jets are the best choice in terms of aircraft hourly charter rate, and generally seat 7 or 8 passengers comfortably. The in cabin-amenities differ from model to model and year from year, but generally include an in flight entertainment system, which may be comprised of both audio and video playback, as well as a partial lavatory and occasionally a partial (though hidden) galley. In-flight WiFi can be found on many newer light jets.

In terms of the total cost to charter an aircraft, hourly private jet rates account for the majority of the costs, but other costs such as landing and takeoff fees, as well as standby and overnight fees (if applicable) can all play a large role in determining the actual cost of chartering a private jet. Using only the hourly rate for an example trip from New York to Florida, we can assume a total of 6 hours of total […]

By |December 26th, 2014|Categories: Private Plane Charter Cost|0 Comments

Private Jet Cost Per Hour – Mid Sized Jets

Private Jet Cost Per Hour – Mid Sized Jets
Mid sized jets account for a surprisingly large portion of jets in operation, though outnumbered by light jets. Mid sized jets are built for trips between 2,000 and 4,000 nautical miles, which is just able to make intercontinental flights possible. Boasting a much larger interior than light jets, and generally configured for the same amount of passengers, mid jets are much roomier and comfortable to fly in than nearly any light jet. The private jet cost per hour of these jets is usually $2,500 to $8,000 depending on model and location. The Bombardier learjet 45 for example, is a very small mid jet and is better categorized as a super sized light jet by many. Keep in mind, chartering a private jet in the United States will almost always guarantee a price on the lower end of the scale due to immense competition in the private jet charter market. Mid jets are no exceptions to this rule and can be easily rented for a decent fee. The costs per hour mentioned below are accurate, but do not include other fees such as airport take off or landing fees, crew fees, overnight and standby fees (if any) as well as much more. The pricing here is meant to give an estimated figure for chartering a specific jet compared to another jet in it’s category. For accurate pricing, you may use our booking engine by simply inputing your planned trip’s itinerary. The booking engine should be able to provide a very accurate web price that you may act on.
Mid sized jets have a hourly private jet charter rate roughly double that of a light jet, and roughly half of […]

By |December 24th, 2014|Categories: Private Plane Charter Cost|0 Comments

Super Mid Sized Jets – Private Plane Charter Cost

Super Mid Sized Jets – Private Plane Charter Cost
Each type of aircraft has it’s own price range for it’s hourly cost. A super mid sized jet private plane charter cost can vary greatly, as many aircraft are put in to the super mid sized category. Super mid sized jets are of course smaller than large jets, but in which way? Large jets are generally configured for up to 19 passengers, or most commonly in the range of 12-16 passengers in a much more spacious cabin environment. Super mid sized jets are built on a mid sized jet architecture and are more closely related to mid sized jets than their large jet counterparts. Generally, a super mid sized jet can seat up to 14 passengers, but are most commonly configured in 7-9 seat configurations. Mid sized jets tend to have narrow cabins and can get cramped quickly, but super mid sized jets offer a larger cabin in almost every case. The approximate range of super mid sized jets starts at approximately 2,200 nautical miles, and stop short of 4,000 nautical miles. Keep in mind, for transcontinental flights and even longer domestic flights, a super mid sized jet is sufficient in range to make your trip without a fuel stop.
Super mid sized private plane charter costs can be anywhere between $3,000 to $9,000 an hour typically, with some outliers such as the Dassault Falcon 50 which is an older aircraft and can be found for much more competitive prices in the United States. The cost of chartering a super mid sized jet is best suited for longer range trips (over 2,000 nautical miles) for around 8-9 passengers. Any longer itinerary or larger amount of passengers would instantly […]

By |December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Private Plane Charter Cost|0 Comments

Large Jets – Private Jet Cost per Hour

Large Jets – Private Jet Cost per Hour
One of the advantages of private jet charter is paying for the hours you fly. Your private jet cost per hour can easily be used to estimate the cost of a trip, though other tools can give a much more accurate estimate; our booking engine for example can calculate with near flawless accuracy nearly every itinerary you can think of. Large jets account for a major part of the private jet workforce, and have a reputation for being a very comfortable way to travel. Some long ranged jets offer the same in-cabin space and features as long range jets, but lack in range. For domestic trips or even standard international flights, a large jet is usually more than sufficient in terms of range, speed and comfort. Large jets typically cost between $4,000 and $10,000 an hour to charter. Keep in mind that this rate is for actual airtime, and also the airtime for the aircraft to fly to pick you up at your departure location, as well as the cost of ferrying the aircraft back to it’s base are are included in the calculations. Though as previously noted in the previous article about long ranged jets, finding an empty leg is not difficult given enough warning and time to search for a suitable aircraft, in which case, you would only be responsible for the airtime you personally use.
Large jets as a whole have a reasonable hourly cost for charter, while long range jets start at approximately $8,000 an hour, large jets offer that starting at half of the price. Large jets traditionally have a range under 4,000 nautical miles, which is still more than enough for most intercontinental […]

By |December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Private Jet Charter, Private Plane Charter Cost|0 Comments

Super Long Ranged Jets – Private Jet Cost per Hour

Super Long Ranged Jets – Private Jet Cost per Hour
We begin our multi-part article about the approximate private jet cost per hour for each major aircraft category. We will begin with Long Ranged Large Jets or heavy jets. Afterwards, we will discuss large jets, mid sized and super mid sized jets, light jets and very light jets, turboprops and pistons, and finally widebody airliners and VIP airliners. We begin with long ranged jets as they are a tightly knit category, where there majority of the aircraft have the same cabin size and allow very long ranged flights. Notable heavy jets are the Gulfstream G650, the Bombardier Global Express 5000, 6000, and XRS, Dassault’s Falcon 7X, as well as many others. More in depth information can be found on our aircraft guide by choosing Long Range Jet from the categories. The private jet cost per hour for long range jets is usually, if not always $8,000 to $19,000 per hour. This may be quite a range, but keep in mind these rates vary greatly depending on wether these aircraft are chartered in the united states or elsewhere in the world, the hourly rate for private aircraft in the united states is usually less costly than chartering in Europe or Asia due to a large amount of available jets in the united states which creates competition in terms of aircraft’s hourly rental rate. Also, aircraft such as the Gulfstream G500 date back to the 1990s, and while well maintained and completely refurbished on the interior, these remain older aircraft, which make them less costly to charter per hour.
These are real world figures from our database of over 10,000 aircraft worldwide. The cost per hour will almost always […]

By |December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Private Jet Charter, Private Plane Charter Cost|0 Comments

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.

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, with a frequent flyer who averages two hours of flight per day, every single day, would mean the accumulation of those flight hours would take nearly 24 years. No private owner would ever keep a jet […]

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Private Jet Charter, Private Plane Charter Cost|0 Comments