Private Airplane Charter

  • Typically, there are six different aircraft sizes available for private airplane charter; turboprops aircraft, light jets, midsize jets, super midsize jets, heavy jets, and airliners
  • Depending on flight distance and passenger count, each aircraft serves its respective purpose

If you are looking for an economical aircraft option for shorter flights, Propeller Aircraft (also known as Turboprops) are the best and most convenient option. They are able to take off on shorter runways, making more airports available for usage. These aircraft can reach cruise speeds of 300 knots with a range of around 1,200 miles. This brings the average flight time to about 3-4 hours total.

Light jets are also a great choice for short to mid-range flights while also providing the amenities of a jet aircraft. Typical cruise speeds average at about 400 knots and they can fly without a fuel stop for around 1700 miles or around 3-4 hours. While Turboprops may be more economical, light jets are able to go further faster making them more efficient.

Midsize jets are most popular among private flyers. They are able to provide cost effective options for up to 4 hours of flying at a max range of approximately 3,000 miles. In addition, midsize jets typically seat 8 people allowing larger groups to be transported.

Super Midsize Jet aircraft offer similar size, comfort, and performance compared to midsize jets, but have the capability to fly further. These are most convenient when taking a longer range flight (up to 4,000 miles or 7 hours) with up to 8 passengers.

Heavy Jets tend to have large cabins seating up to 13 passengers and are mostly used for ultra-long range flights (over 4,000 miles or 10+ hours). These aircraft can also include converted VIP airliners, some of the best aircrafts available for chartering. Airliners can also be chartered for private flights. This is mostly to rid customers of the hassle of transporting large numbers of clients and employees through public airport terminals. Convenience is key when flying private airliners.

Technological Challenges in Private Aviation

Key points

  • Private Aviation has taken a long time to adapt to modern technology.
  • Many Private Aviation companies don’t use technology or the internet to their advantage in their marketing or internal operations.
  • Regardless of what industry leaders are doing, Private Aviation will evolve with the use of technology, and those who don’t adapt will be left behind.
Technology will soon disrupt the Private Aviation industry

The Private Jet Clubs (PJC) team has analyzed services ranging from fractional ownership and lease programs to jet cards. While our postings have been infrequent, the PJC team has a number of working drafts concerning various trends in the private aviation industry.

One phenomenon we noted began as topical research on marketing-strategies, before developing into an insightful thesis. When our analysis team researches a service provider, we make note of the “marketing-strategy” portrayed by each company.

Not all private aviation service providers engage in active marketing campaigns. For those who did, we noticed a binary-division.

We recognize the presumption in assuming marketing is indicative of internal operations. That said, the internet is a marvelous resource. A majority of our content was found on each providers website (and vetted with various research resources).

Established companies illustrate sophistication, push partnerships with major corporations, and market the familiarity of their services.

Startup companies appeal to the modern consumer by demonstrating advanced technology, social media engagement, and unique service offerings.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”


The most well established private aviation service, NetJets, was founded in 1964. FlexJet, another noteworthy service, was founded in 1994. While it is undeniable these companies have significant resources and market share; much of their business is moored to antiquated operating practices. This may seem a trivial issue, yet when companies operate inefficiently; they often pass the cost to their customers.

The history of private aviation is written, but there are no limitations on what is yet to come. The future depends on today, and private aviation is changing rapidly. Jet Companies that rest on their laurels will fall behind. Private aviation services that evolve with technological progression will quickly outpace those unwilling to change.

Jets of the future

Private Jet Services of the Past

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Private Aviation Solutions of the 20th Century

For the past century, if you wanted to fly private; you needed one of the following:

Outright Ownership

Fractional Ownership

Ownership through leasing

Outright Ownership

This one is fairly straight forward. In order to fly private in the past, it required owning your own private jet to fly on. This is the most expensive and the most tiring option, as you must maintain the aircraft on your own.

Fractional Ownership

If you wanted to travel on a private jet in the 20th century, you had extremely limited options. If you weren’t wealthy enough to own an aircraft, you had limited options for private travel. One of those options was fractional ownership.

To directly quote Wikipedia:

Fractional ownership is a method in which several unrelated parties can share in, and mitigate the risk of, ownership of a high-value tangible asset, usually a jetyacht or piece of resort real estate.”

Fractional Ownership is often compared to time-share programs. While the two concepts are similar, they are 100% distinct. Time-share participants make a down-payment and get allotments of time. Fractional ownership participants make a down-payment and actually own part of the asset (in question).

NetJets is the oldest private aviation service provider in the US. Richard Santulli (of NetJets) was instrumental in the inception of the fractional ownership model. Santulli, a former Goldman Sachs executive, is largely responsible for the success of NetJets. Check out PJC Review’s NetJets Review for additional analysis.

Aircraft Leasing

An alternate option is an aircraft leasing program. Aircraft leasing differs from fractional ownership in several ways. Fractional ownership has a significantly higher down-payment than lease programs. When you’re a fractional owner, you legitimately own a portion of the aircraft. When you’re leasing, you have the right to use the aircraft (with restrictions) for a recurring cost. When the term of the lease ends; there’s no value remaining. One of the most well established services for leasing aircraft is FlexJet.

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For Private Jet Card Review analysis of FlexJet: Visit our Review of FlexJet. FlexJet was founded as a division of Bombardier Aerospace in 1995. FlexJet’s current owner is a private aviation holding company called: Directional Aviation.