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Ways to Charter a Private Jet Flight

Ruben Spiker
13 Mar 2024

For many, chartering private jet flights conjures images of luxury and exclusivity. But behind the scenes, a complex business ecosystem caters to a variety of needs and budgets. We will guide you through the different business models that power private air charter, helping you understand how this industry operates.

There are several ways to charter private jet flights, and chartering the whole jet is undoubtedly one of them. But you don’t need to book an entire jet every time. We’ll explore how you can utilize private air charter services, from on-demand charter flights tailored to your specific needs on an individual basis to membership programs and even co-ownership options. By understanding these models, you’ll be better equipped to choose the private jet travel solution that best aligns with your flying habits and financial considerations.

Choosing the right business model

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Private jet flights rental and on-demand chartering

This option offers the most flexibility for occasional private jet travelers. You charter a jet on a per-trip basis, paying a one-time fee for each flight. This model is ideal for those who fly infrequently and don’t require guaranteed access to a specific private aircraft.

On-demand chartering allows you to tailor your travel to your specific needs, choosing the most suitable aircraft for your route and passenger count. However, unlike other models, pricing can fluctuate depending on market demand and aircraft availability. Be prepared for potentially higher costs during peak travel times or for last-minute bookings.

Private jet membership

This program provides guaranteed access to a fleet of private jets in exchange for a fixed monthly or annual fee.  Similar to a subscription service, you pay a set amount upfront and receive a set hourly rate for flight time. Unlike fractional ownership or outright ownership, jet card programs require no large capital expenses upfront. 

This predictability is ideal for frequent flyers who travel with a consistent schedule and want to avoid the surge pricing of on-demand chartering.  Jet memberships often go beyond just flight time, offering additional benefits like expedited security procedures and access to private terminals for a more seamless travel experience.

Private jet card

This program offers prepaid hours of flight time on private jet flights. You purchase a block of flying hours at a discounted hourly rate upfront, providing a fixed cost per flight hour and guaranteed availability on short notice. Unlike fractional ownership, jet cards don’t lock you into a specific aircraft, allowing you to fly on a variety of jets depending on your needs and the operator’s availability. Jet cards are ideal for flyers with a good idea of their annual flight needs who want to avoid the per-trip negotiation process associated with on-demand chartering and secure predictable pricing.

Fractional ownership

This option allows you to co-own a private jet with other individuals. You purchase a share of the aircraft, typically based on a predetermined number of flight hours per year. This grants you access to the jet for your designated hours, while sharing the ongoing maintenance, hangar, and operational costs with the other owners. Fractional ownership is ideal for frequent flyers who want the benefits of private jet flights without the full financial burden of sole ownership.

Tips to consider when choosing an operator or broker

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Now that we have explored the various business models in private flying, it’s time to translate that knowledge into action. This chapter will equip you to identify your travel needs and navigate the selection process with confidence. We’ll also explore the benefits of using a broker for your private jet travel needs.

Understanding your needs

Before diving into specific programs, take a step back and ask yourself what kind of private traveler you actually are. This will help you filtering the options that you can choose from. Here are some key questions to ask yourself:

  • Frequency: How often will you be flying privately?
  • Destination: Are you traveling to specific destinations regularly, or will your routes vary?
  • Passenger Count: How many people will typically be flying with you?
  • Budget: What is your comfortable spending range for private travel?
  • Flexibility versus Predictability: Do you prioritize flexibility in scheduling, or is guaranteed access and predictable costs more important?

By answering these questions, you’ll gain a clearer picture of the ideal private jet travel solution for you.

What to ask when choosing a private jet provider

Once you have a better understanding of your needs,  armed with the knowledge of different business models, you can start exploring providers. Here are some crucial topics to to ask questions about:

  • Model Availability: Does the provider offer the specific business model you’re interested in (membership, jet card, fractional ownership, etc.)?
  • Fleet Composition: What types of private jet aircraft do they have available? Does their fleet cater to your typical passenger count and route needs?
  • Guaranteed Availability: For membership and jet card programs, inquire about guaranteed flight availability and notice periods.
  • Hourly Rates: Compare pricing structures across different models and providers.
  • Hidden Fees: Be sure to understand any additional costs associated with your chosen program, such as repositioning fees or landing charges.
  • Membership Benefits: For jet memberships, explore additional perks like expedited security or lounge access.
Comparison chart of various private jet business models providing information about on-demand chartering, private jet memberships, jet cards and fractional ownership. The chart indicates the differences in subscription fee, cost per flight hour, booking flexibility, payment commitment, aircraft availability and if the business model is best suited for occasional flyers, variable flyers or frequent flyers.

Why not use a private jet broker?

Private jet travel can be a complex landscape. Using a broker can be a strategic decision  that offers several advantages:

  • Expertise: Brokers have in-depth knowledge of the industry and can match you with the most suitable program based on your needs.
  • Negotiation Power: Brokers leverage their relationships with operators to negotiate the best possible rates on your behalf.
  • Access to a Wider Network: Brokers have access to a broader range of providers, including smaller operators that may not be readily accessible to the public.
  • Streamlined Process: Brokers handle the intricacies of booking and communication with operators, saving you valuable time and effort.

By utilizing a broker’s expertise and connections, you can ensure a smoother, more efficient private jet travel experience.

Remember: The information you gather from these questions will empower you to make informed decisions. As a provider of private jet solutions, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, clarification or additional details to your personal travel needs. At FA Jets, we will make sure that your private jet travel solution seamlessly integrates into your lifestyle and budget.

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