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 incredibly fuel efficient and relatively cheap to own compared to other private aircraft. This new generation of very light jets are technologically amazing, offering cutting edge avionics and safety features, as well as in-cabin amenities traditionally offered exclusively in larger private jets. Average VLJ charter per hour is in the range of $2,000 to $4,000 an hour with all costs included,where your choice of aircraft sits on that range depends entirely on the aircrafts make, type, age, as well as in-cabin amenities. It is generally agreed upon that chartering in the United States is much less costly than chartering a VLJ in Europe or Asia, as the US market has room for much more competition, as the United States is home to over 70% of the very light jets in the world.


Private Jet Charter Cost

Embraer Phenom 100

$1,900 – $3,700 phr

The Embraer Phenom 100 is a great VLJ for private ownership and charter alike, the low cost of ownership and cost of operation allows this jet to …

Eclipse E500

$1,700 – $2,700 phr

The Eclipse 500, a VLJ (Very Light Jet), is in many ways equal to larger, more expensive light jets: it can fly at 41,000 feet …

Cessna Citation Mustang

$1,950 – $4,550 phr

The speed- and range-inspired performance of the Mustang will tackle the sky like only a jet can while delivering the efficiency of a lighter aircraft. …

Cessna Citation I

$1,950 – $5,100 phr

Anyone familiar with the private jet industry knows about Cessna’s line of Citation business jets: economic, private jets that consistently stand out in the market. …

Eclipse E550

$2,300 – $2,500 phr

The Eclipse 550, the new production twin-engine jet from Eclipse Aerospace, features best in class performance, economics, and safety. With the ability to fly at …



$2,300 – $4,787 phr

Aircraft Company’s HondaJet HA-420 is the first aircraft developed by Honda Aircraft Company. The light business jet was designed in Japan and then developed and manufactured in Greensboro, North Carolina in the United States…

Beechcraft Premier IA
$2,900 – $4,787 phr

Featuring superior cruise speeds and the largest cabin in its class, the Beechcraft Premier IA is a high–value single–pilot business jet that excels in efficiency…

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