The private jet charter industry is never static. At Stratos Jet Charters, we are always focused on providing better service, safer aircraft, and more travel opportunities. But as we strive towards these goals, there’s value in measuring just how far we’ve come. If you are a regular private jet traveler, many of these changes have happened seamlessly in the background. And if you are new to private jets for charter, or haven’t flown in a while, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how far private jet travel has advanced.

Here is a brief history of private jets for charter, and what it means to you as a traveler.

The Foundation: 1960s-1990’s 

The 1960s ushered in the first golden era of private jets for charter thanks to two crucial factors. The first was a booming post-war economy, creating a demand for corporate and luxury jet travel. The second factor was the development of the Learjet 23 in 1963; a private jet aircraft capable of meeting the growing demand for high-speed jet travel. The sweet spot of supply meeting demand was the foundation of the modern jet charter industry.

If you are interested in more detail about this era, have a look at our previous blog article, “The Past, Present and Future of Air Charter”.

The Information Age: 1990’s and 2000’s

The charter aviation industry grew steadily in the 30 years since the first Learjet flight. Then in 1991, a new technology changed everything: the first web-page went live. The Internet was born. Travelers could now research routes and contact air charter providers. Charter services could access real-time weather data, scheduling info, and aircraft details. Thanks to the information revolution, providing private jets for charter became even easier. Consumers had more choice, and competition began to re-shape the industry. 

Sophisticated Growth: Today

In many ways, the 2020s are poised to become the second Golden Era of private jets for charter. Recent legislation has tightened the rules for the charter industry, reducing potential safety issues and fraud concerns. Aircraft developers have responded to the growth of the private jet industry by designing a new generation of safe, elegant, efficient jets. These new aircraft are like flying hotel suites, with luxurious work and living spaces to get corporate travelers anywhere on the globe in sublime comfort. For example, look at the Bombardier Global 7500, a long-range jet available to Stratos Jet Charter travelers.

Another technological breakthrough is on the horizon: Supersonic flight. Multiple developers are testing supersonic passenger jets that can cut travel times almost in half. As one aircraft developer proclaims, they will offer “the world in half the time.” And though there aren’t any supersonic charters yet, Stratos Jet Charters can offer travelers several of the fastest private jets currently available.

Stratos Jet Charters has been a leader throughout the industry’s growth. We take our aircraft safety and business accreditations seriously.  We will not compromise safety for cost-savings. We believe well-informed travelers have a better experience, so we’ve posted our aircraft types, common routes, pricing model and other crucial details on our website. Above all, we recognize that even in a dynamic, evolving industry like ours, knowledgeable personal communication is the core of good service. You can always call one of our agents with your private jet travel questions.


It’s the new Golden Era of jet travel! Book your next luxury charter flight anywhere in the world. Call Stratos Jets—888-593-9066.