Flying private is an obvious step-up from a traditional flight experience, but even the most well-versed can learn something new about chartering a private jet. Here are a few FAQs our team at Hangar 7 Aviation have encountered from new and veteran flyers alike.
Is it Cheaper to Charter a One-Way Flight?
When flying on a commercial airline, it’s almost always cheaper to book a round-trip flight. It’s more convenient, and the package deal will usually save you a decent amount of money. But that’s not often the case when chartering a private jet.
If you charter a round-trip private jet to take you to Chicago for a weekend excursion, then you will be paying for the cost of the flight, a weekend’s worth of aircraft parking fees, crew accommodations and more. This can easily add up. For example, if you’re flying from New York to Chicago on a midsize private jet, the cost of a round-trip flight would average around $40,000.
As you can see, round-trip flights are packed with a litany of extra fees and expenses that can increase the trip's overall price. Instead of covering the cost of parking and crew for the entire duration of your stay, you would only pay for the time you spend in the air. This is why chartering a one-way flight may be your best bet. While you would have to charter a second jet to take you home, advanced planning will alleviate any stress and eliminate unwanted worry. It also can be quite easy to do especially if you’re flying out of a popular destination.
What Types of Aircraft Are Available For Private Charter?
A private jet broker like Hangar 7 Aviation can offer you plenty of flexibility to suit your needs. Jet setters prefer private charter for access to a fleet of state-of-the-art aircraft across a range of sizes and styles. When chartering a private jet, you’ll find on-demand options like these:
- Helicopters: Great for short-distance travel or business commuting for up to 7 passengers within an hour’s range.
- Turboprops: Up to 8 passengers often prefer these comfortable aircraft for short-distance travel (average range of 2.5 hours).
- Light Jets: A light jet is similar in size to a turboprop, but with better range (average 3.5 hours) and less average luggage capacity. Light jets like the Embraer Phenom 300 are incredibly popular for both business and personal travel.
- Midsize Jets: Take up to 10 passengers on non-stop cross-country flights (average range 5 hours) that make coast-to-coast trips simple and convenient.
- Heavy Jets: Groups of up to 16 select heavy jets for comfortable international flights and generous luggage space. Consider a Gulfstream G550, which is among the most technically advanced heavy private aircraft available.
- Executive Airliners: These luxurious aircraft can accommodate 50+ passengers with an average range of 8 hours on non-stop domestic or international travel—ideal for simplifying group travel so you can focus on what matters most.
Where Can I Fly?
Anywhere in the world! When chartering a private jet (or other aircraft), you can land anywhere—larger commercial airports, smaller, more exclusive airports, or even remote, private landing strips and helipads. Jet setters often prefer smaller executive and private airports because they can save valuable time. Commercial airports tend to involve longer waits in security and potential delays due to high volumes of arriving or departing aircraft.
You can charter aircraft for a short-notice business meeting in Aspen, a much-deserved vacation in Maui, a quick helicopter commute into the city, or a week-long visit to relatives in Europe. Simply book a trip on an aircraft with the range and size to accommodate your journey.
Get in touch with us as you prepare for your trip! We’ll be happy to offer guidance on aircraft selection, travel destinations, and answer any questions you may have.