4 Questions Frequently Asked About Private International Flights
There’s something to be said about leaving the country. From booking a private international flight to arranging accommodations to heading out to catch your flight, the anticipation of visiting a foreign country can be intoxicating. For some, the return flight and the anticipation of getting home again is the most thrilling part of traveling.
Whether you’re leaving the country for business, leisure, or both, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about flying a private jet internationally.
How do I book a private international flight?
Just reach out. It’s that simple. You can call us, email us, or simply click Start a Quote on our website. Once you’ve gotten in touch with one of our private flight advisors, we’ll ask you a few simple questions and then get to work on sourcing the more suitable aircraft available at the best rate for your trip.
Some of the questions you’ll be asked include:
- Where are you heading?
When do you need to be there?
- Do you need a return flight as well, and if so, when?
- How many passengers are traveling with you?
- Do you have any special needs or requirements we should know about?
Once we’ve determined your needs, our Trip Support will step in and verify the chosen aircraft to make sure its safety records hold up to our high safety standards. Trip Support can also help you arrange a hotel room, restaurant reservations, car rentals, and so much more.
What international security protocols should I be aware of?
With the current times being as unpredictable as ever, it’s important to make sure you understand the travel restrictions in place at your destination. Of course, our private flight advisors will work with you to make sure you don’t run into any issues when you land, but it’s always good to check before booking your flight.
The IATA TravelCentre has created a really helpful resource and interactive map, so you can see what, if any, restrictions are in place at the international country you intend to visit.
Though you don’t have to file through the airport security line-ups that same way you would if you were flying commercially, you still must produce the same documentation and paperwork. However, one of the main perks of flying privately is that you can produce these documents at an FBO (Fixed Base Operator) instead of the security checkpoint in the international airport.
When booking a private international flight, your private flight advisor will let you know what’s required of you in terms of documents and paperwork so you can be as prepared as possible to prevent travel delays.
How much does a private international flight cost?
There are a lot of different factors that go into pricing international charter flights, however, you can expect to pay roughly $8,000 to $20,000 per hour, in most cases.
The three major factors to consider are:
- The type of the aircraft
- The availability of the preferred aircraft
- The location of that aircraft relative to its departure location and the post-flight positioning requirements
Some other factors to consider include the potential for de-icing services in colder climates and taxes. For a look at how taxes affect the cost of your charter, see our previous blog article: How do Taxes Affect Jet Charter Rates?
For a quick idea of what you can expect to pay, we offer an easy-to-use online calculator on our website. Simply input your:
- Departure airport
- Arrival airport
- Departure date
- Number of passengers
Click the Show My Price Estimates button, and you’ll have instantly see how much each aircraft category will cost.
Are private jet international flights safe?
Flying privately is one of the safest methods of transportation, especially when booking a charter with a reputable broker.
At Stratos, we put emphasis on safety. Client safety is a top priority, and we strive to provide our clients with the safest, most appropriate aircraft for every leg of their journey with us. To do this, our private flight advisors leverage their extensive aircraft performance and operator capability knowledge to:
- Efficiently analyze the intended mission profile
- Evaluate every potential risk and hazard
- Select and book the aircraft that is the best match for the trip
Of course, we only work with the best operators to make sure the flights we book are the safest in the skies. It’s something we’ve spent decades working on. By strengthening these relationships, we’ve put ourselves into the position of an industry leader, and our clients are the ones who benefit the most.
For a look at all the other things we do to keep our clients safe, we encourage you to read our Air Charter Safety page.
Top International Destinations to Visit
Machu Piccu, Peru
Experience the best of South America! This world-famous city features legendary ruins of the Incan Empire, the breathtaking Andes Mountains, the sacred Urubamba River Valley, and so much more.
Lounge upon some of the most famous beaches in the world while you enjoy the epic sunsets people flock to the seashores to see. You’ll also find ultra-luxurious hotels, five-star restaurants, and a thriving art community.
This gorgeous Italian island is a vacationer’s paradise. Hike up craggy hills, admire the brightly colored architecture, and swim off the shores of the Emerald Coast. Sardinia has it all.
A Few of Our Most-requested Private Planes
Here’s a sample of some of the aircraft available for private international flights:
$12,000 – $16,000
$11,500 – $15,000
$15,000 – $18,500