Private Jet Charter Q & A – Week 1: How much do private jet charters cost?
How much will my private jet charter cost? Where can my private jet land? How much luggage can I bring on my charter flight? These are just a few of the questions we receive here at Stratos Jet Charters. It comes as a surprise that so little information is available about private jet charters, considering the growing popularity of private air travel. At Stratos Jets, our mission is to educate and inform air charter consumers about the most important information and topics in private aviation. Recently, we launched a new “Private Jet Charter Question & Answer” series to help answer some of the most common questions in the air charter industry. Each week in the series, our expert air charter consultants will answer one question concerning private jet charter that will help our air charter buyers make educated, informed decisions each time they fly private.
How much does a private jet charter cost?
One of the most frequent asked questions we receive at Stratos Jets is how much private jet charters cost. For many of our clients, price is the determining factor in deciding which aircraft to book for their charter flights. While Stratos Jets agents can always provide a rough estimate for charter flights, the actual cost of your individual flight depends on the specific needs of your request, aircraft availability and several important factors.
The standard method for providing a rough estimate for your charter flight is to calculate flight costs by hourly rate. There are six different categories of private aircraft available for private charter and each has its own standard price range. These categories include helicopters, turboprops, light, mid-size and heavy jet aircraft and airliners. Using this standard hourly rate method, helicopter typically charter for about $1,000 to $5,000 per flight hour and turboprops charter from about $1,550 to $2,500 per flight hour. Light jets range anywhere from $2,250 to $3,450 and mid-sized jets charter for about $3,450 to $5,000 per flight hour. Heavy jets charter from $5,000 to $9,000 per hour and airliners start at $6,500 per hour.
As we mentioned earlier, the actual cost of your flight ultimately depends on several key components. These factors include aircraft age, safety procedures, operational costs, aircraft category, length of stay, repositioning and landing fees as well as added catering costs. Any number of these factors could combine to increase your charter flight’s price from a couple thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. A charter flight on a brand new Gulfstream heavy jet, for example, will cost thousands more than a private jet charter on an older Citation Jet. A charter flight to Oakland International Airport instead of the San Francisco International Airport, could save you as much as as $1,200 in landing fees.
As you can see, determining the actual price of your charter flight requires a thorough understanding of the charter market and extensive market research. The best way to receive the best, possible price for a jet charter flight is to hire an expert air charter agent to conduct the necessary research for your flight. At Stratos Jets, our air charter consultants can find the safest and most comfortable aircraft that can meet the specific needs of our your flight.