Your whole life is packed into boxes—the family photo albums next to the bubble-wrapped vinyl collection, the suits and dresses in garment bags draped over luggage—and soon it will be time to say goodbye.

With rooms filled with all of your favourite things, coordinating a move across the country or overseas is never easy. But there is a way to make it more manageable and get the peace of mind you need knowing your prized possessions are taken care of: relocating by private jet and booking a cargo air charter.

Imagine loading your most valuable possessions into a storage room accessible from the cabin where you, your family, and your pets are free to sit back and enjoy the flight. And, while you’re soaring in comfort, the bulk of your belongings are on their way to your new home in an air freight charter. That’s what’s possible when you choose to relocate by private jet.

Here’s everything you need to know about moving away with the help of cargo air charters.

How do you relocate by private jet?

You’ve made the decision to move. But before you go—whether you’re retiring in the Florida Keys and spending your days fishing for Blue Marlin or relocating to the concrete towers of Hong Kong for business—you have to map out your move. That’s where your private flight advisor comes in.

At Stratos Jets, our team of friendly private flight advisors can help you find the best private jet and cargo air charter for the mission. While you focus on planning your future, whether it’s in Florida or Florence, our team will work with you to coordinate your private flight and your air freight charter so there’s no jet lag between you and your belongings.

And, once you touch down, our Trip Support team can have a car ready to pick you up and take you to your new home.

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Cargo Air Charter FAQs

What is a cargo charter?

A cargo air charter is used to transport anything too large or too delicate to be carried by commercial aircraft. If you book an air freight charter for relocating, that charter would be full of your personal belongings, artwork, and even your vehicle if you choose to bring it to your new home.

At Stratos Jets, we’ve built a reputation around finding cargo planes that meet your specific cargo charter needs. Whether you need to transport several tons of cargo at once or just find a small jet to bring your boxes to your new home, our private flight advisors are here to help. And, with more than 5,000 air cargo options, we can send you and your cargo wherever you need to go.

To help protect your belongings in the air, we can also arrange added cargo liability insurance for your cargo air charter.

How much does it cost to fly a cargo plane?

The cost to relocate your items via a cargo air charter varies widely depending on the type of aircraft and how far you’re going.

Typically, a smaller aircraft will cost less than a larger aircraft. A smaller aircraft starts at about $10,000 per hour, while a larger aircraft such as a Boeing 767-200 starts at around $18,500 per hour.

When you’re booking a cargo charter, talk to your private flight advisor to ensure you get the best—and most cost-effective—aircraft for the mission.

What can you send on a cargo air charter?

At Stratos Jets, we can connect you with a cargo plane that is qualified to help you carry just about anything. Some of the more common items we help our clients carry include:

  • Heavy and oversize items
  • Oil and gas equipment
  • Automotive cargo
  • High-value commodities
  • Aerospace equipment
  • Peacekeeping support
  • Humanitarian relief cargo
  • Dangerous goods
  • Aircraft on Ground (AOG) situations

Can you move with a private jet?

Absolutely. Depending on how far you’re going and how much you’re taking with you, you may be able to bring your most cherished belongings on your own private flight while the rest of your belongings follow you in a private air freight charter.

Can passengers ride on cargo planes?

No. There are no seats for passengers on cargo planes. In place of seats, these highly specialized planes feature rollers and latches to secure your cargo for safe transportation. If you’re moving and sending your items on a cargo air charter, consider chartering a private jet for a safe, reliable, and comfortable ride to your new home.

How much does it cost to charter a 747 cargo plane?

After more than 50 years in production, Boeing’s last 747 rolled out of the factory in December 2022. It was the 1,574th and final 747 ever made. While our carriers don’t have any 747s available, we can offer the massive 414-seat Boeing 777X and the distinguished Boeing 767-200, with prices varying depending on your aircraft of choice, your origin, and your destination.

What are the benefits of an air charter?

A charter flight is not part of a published schedule or regular airline route. When you charter a plane, you rent the entire aircraft and can choose your departure and arrival locations and times.

Cargo air charters work in much the same way. You rent the entire cargo plane and determine your departure and arrival locations and times. Like with personal private jet charters, Stratos offers exceptional customer service when handling your air freight charter and can help arrange everything from the transportation of your items to pickup and delivery, loading and unloading, warehousing, and courier service.


Want to learn more about how you can relocate by private jet? Reach out to our private flight advisors today at 888.593.9066 to talk about cargo air charters.