Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions About Private Jet Charter Flights
Are there additional costs per private jet rental passenger?
There are no additional costs per passenger. At Stratos Jet Charters, we base our private jet rental prices per hour, not per guest. The Stratos Pricing Estimator If you would like to estimate the cost of a private jet charter, use our Stratos pricing estimator page. It lists the most…Read more
Can I bring my pets on planes with me?
Yes, we strive to accommodate all travelers, even pets. Here are some considerations for pets on planes: Pets on Domestic Flights We recommend looking at the whole trip, not just the flight. Your pet may need: additional ground transportation accommodation in a pet-friendly hotel travel crate, food, water and toys…Read more
Can I bring weed on a private jet charter?
No. Flying with marijuana is illegal. If weed on a private jet is smoked in flight, the circulating air can affect the pilots, which can impair their flying ability. This creates an unsafe environment for both the crew and the passengers. Marijuana & the Law As of January 2020, nearly…Read more
Can I make last-minute changes to my itinerary?
If your plans need to change, we will do everything in our power to accommodate the changes. One of the benefits of hiring Stratos Jet Charters is that we have much more flexibility than commercial airlines and can provide many more air charter services. We have two teams that can…Read more
Can I transport weapons on an international or domestic private jet charter?
In some cases, you may be able to transport weapons on your private jet charter. However, if you’ve got a weapon to transport, whether concealed or stowed away in your luggage, it’s important to understand the rules and regulations of flying with weapons. Rules and Regulations for Weapons at Domestic…Read more
Can unaccompanied minors charter a private jet?
Yes. Stratos Jet Charters can accommodate minors who need to charter a private jet; however, there are some guidelines that need to be followed to ensure everyone has a safe, comfortable flight. For an unaccompanied minor to fly on a Stratos private jet charter, BOTH parents must sign and notarize…Read more
Do I still follow customs/immigration when traveling on an international jet charter?
When travelling on an international jet charter for the first time some passengers wonder whether or not the process is the same as it is when flying commercially. The short answer is: yes, you must still go through customs/immigration when flying internationally on a private jet charter. One Country to…Read more
Do I still need a passport when travelling privately?
Travelling on an international private jet charter may be one of the most envied luxuries available in the travel industry. It’s all about flying somewhere conveniently and comfortably. It may seem that this ultra-lux way of travelling is exempt from certain regulations and procedures, but that’s not the case. When…Read more
Do private jet charters use the same airports as commercial airlines?
Yes, jet charters use the same airports as commercial airlines. However, most commercial air traffic occupies about 300 airports worldwide, while passengers flying on private jet charters have access to more than 7,000 airports! This includes the major commercial airports and an extra 6,700 smaller, specialized airfields that are not…Read more
How do I choose the right aircraft for my mission?
As charter brokers, we do more than simply book your charter flight. At Stratos Jets, our air charter associates are highly trained personnel capable of matching our clients with the appropriate aircraft for their travel needs. Once we determine how many passengers you’re travelling with and how far you’re flying, we…Read more
How do I get to my jet charter flight?
Compared to traveling with a commercial carrier, getting to your jet charter flight is relatively straight-forward. Stratos Jets can help It all starts with a conversation with one of our talented booking agents. Once we’ve determined which aircraft type you will need and where you wish to depart, we can…Read more
How far in advance do I have to arrive at the airport?
If you’ve ever flown with a commercial airline before, you know the drill: arrive at the airport a couple of hours early, check in and drop off baggage at the airline booth, shuffle over to the security checkpoint line-up, then wait until it’s your turn to drop off your items…Read more
How many pilots will fly my private jet charter?
Stratos Jet Charters requires two pilots to crew the aircraft, even if it’s certified for single-pilot operation. Our goal is to provide the safest private jet charter flights possible. Safety in the Skies Before Stratos hires a pilot for any private jet charter flight, the following safety protocols must be met: First,…Read more
How much do private jet charters cost?
When you first call one of our private flight advisors, you’ll be asked a series of questions that will help us determine exactly what your trip requirements are. There are many factors that go into securing jet charter prices, including: type and age of aircraft repositioning fees length of trip…Read more
How much luggage can I take with me on a jet charter?
The amount of luggage you can bring on a private jet flight depends on the type of aircraft you are chartering, and the type of luggage. Stratos Jet Charters can book a private jet flight on anything from a 5-seat turbo-prop to a 525-seat airliner. Obviously, with such a range…Read more
How quickly can I book a private jet charter?
If you need to book a last-minute charter flight, you’ve come to the right place. Stratos Jets charter agents have the resources to arrange a private charter flight with just four hours’ notice. The easiest way to get started with a private jet booking is to call us directly at…Read more
How Safe Are Private Jet Charters?
Stratos Jets strives to provide the widest safety margin possible for our clients. Since our company started more than 10 years ago, we have maintained an exemplary safety record. We take a proactive approach to air charter safety. It begins with our in-house due-diligence program, known as the Approved Vendor Program.…Read more
I’m pregnant. Can I hire a private jet?
Yes, though we recommend a consultation with your health care professional before you hire a private jet. Typically, flying by private jet while pregnant is easier and more comfortable than traveling on a commercial airliner. Here are 2 key considerations if you plan to travel while pregnant: 1. Health and…Read more
What can I eat on my jet charter flight?
Depending on your flight duration and aircraft amenities (i.e. galley), you can choose from a range of inflight catering options. The Stratos Jets Trip Support team will be happy to help you select meal options from our inflight catering menu. If you have specific dietary requests—such as religious observances or vegetarian…Read more
What do I need to know about flying on jets with kids?
With some preparation, flying on jets with kids can be an enjoyable family travel experience. Here are some tips, based on the age of the child: Babies and Toddlers Babies can be held by their parents, or travel in an approved baby carrier. When traveling with toddlers, you can choose…Read more
What does a mechanical delay mean?
When you book an on-demand charter, you may run into mechanical delay issues. Here’s what it means and what you can do about it. On-demand Jet Charters In order to articulate how we resolve mechanical delays, we must first communicate the way the on-demand charter model works. An on-demand charter…Read more
What does repositioning mean?
In regards to private jet charters, repositioning refers to moving a jet from one location to another in order to provide service for a requested charter flight. Often, a passenger who is chartering a private jet needs to fly from a location where a suitable aircraft is not available. In this…Read more
What is a Charter Flight?
A charter flight is an unscheduled flight that is not part of a regular airline route. When you charter a plane, you rent the entire aircraft and can determine departure/arrival locations and times. There are several types of charter flights. Private Charter Single Entity Affinity Public Charter What to Expect…Read more
What is a fixed-base operator?
When you charter a private plane, you may depart from a fixed-base operator (or FBO for short). A fixed-base operator is a service center for aircraft. An FBO may be a private enterprise or a subsidiary of the airport or local municipality. Since they are a separate entity, the FBO is…Read more
What is ARGUS?
Founded in 1996 by Joseph J. Moeggenberg, Aviation Research Group, United States (ARGUS) is a safety-auditing firm relied upon by companies that manufacture, finance, operate, maintain and market business jet charter aircraft. What does ARGUS do? Their primary focus is on providing reports for Part 135 operators on safety, operating…Read more
What is cabotage?
In an era of private jet flights, the term “cabotage” may seem antiquated, but it is still a crucial legal concept. Cabotage refers to the transport of cargo or passengers from one destination to another, for a fee, within the same country. The term originated in France, and once meant domestic…Read more
What is clearance void time?
Air Traffic Control (ATC) issues a clearance void time when an aircraft departs a non-towered airport under instrument flight rules (IFR). The clearance void time gives the pilot a deadline to get the private jet airborne before the clearance is voided, meaning the jet can no longer take off. Clearance…Read more
What is the Client Services Fee?
I’m glad you asked! This fee allows Stratos Jet Charters to provide best-in-class trip support with a global operations team of highly disciplined and seasoned professionals. Trip Support’s chief function is conducting all coordination and organization of your trip. What does Trip Support do for me? Trip Support generally secures…Read more
What is the Private Standard Security Program?
The Private Standard Security Program is designed to keep private jet and airplane charters safe. The program applies to all Part 121, 125 and 135 operators that charter prop airplanes and jets. The program requires that all flights on privately chartered airplanes that weigh more than 45,500 kg, or fly with more…Read more
What is the Stratos Jets Approved Vendor Program?
Stratos Jet Charters has developed strong working relationships with private plane charter operators all over the world. But before we recommend a private plane charter operator, they must first demonstrate their ability to meet the conditions of our Approved Vendor Program. The Stratos Approved Vendor Program Stratos Jets imposes several of…Read more
What is Wyvern?
Established in 1991, Wyvern has set the standard for ensuring safety of Part 135 charter jet service operators, aircrew and aircraft. Wyvern is recognized as a global leader in aviation safety auditing, consulting and information services. Passing the Wyvern PASS Report Long respected in the charter industry for its high…Read more
What kind of private jet rental do I need for my trip?
At Stratos Jet Charters, we believe the best private jet rental is the one that meets your specific travel needs. It may not necessarily be the fastest, biggest or most expensive aircraft in its category. When you talk to one of our expert Private Flight Advisors, they will determine the…Read more
What safety precautions are being taken on private jet charters to protect against COVID-19?
In recent months, news of Coronavirus has changed nearly every aspect of the economy. For some, it was a welcome reminder to slow down and spend more time with family. From shelter-in-place orders and non-essential businesses closing their doors to a nearly complete ban on both commercial and private jet…Read more
What’s faster: a jet charter or an airline?
The quick answer is a charter, but let’s look at the concept of faster. It is not realistic to look at just the airspeed numbers, because big fast jets will always fly faster than smaller aircraft in a pure “miles-per-hour” comparison. A more meaningful measurement would be “Which method is faster…Read more
Why choose a charter broker over fractional ownership?
The greatest benefit of a jet charter over fractional jet ownership is flexibility, whereas, with fractional ownership, you’re limited to the aircraft in your pool. Stratos vs. Fractional Ownership Charter companies like Stratos Jets have access to a global network of strategically located operators and more than 5,000 aircraft worldwide. That far…Read more
Why should I hire an air charter broker when I can do it myself?
Hiring an air charter broker will save you time, money and stress in these important ways: We build strong relationships. An air charter broker such as Stratos Jet Charters has developed relationships with air charter operators both in the US and internationally. These relationships allow a broker to secure significant…Read more
Why should I hire Stratos Jet Charters?
At Stratos Jet Charters, we strive to deliver the highest standard of value and service for every private plane rental we organise. From the first phone call When you first reach out to an agent at Stratos, your needs are our first concern. Before rushing you into a booking, we want to…Read more
Will my private jet pilots wear a mask during the flight?
One of the most common COVID-19 recommendations is using a face mask to prevent the spread of the virus. While this is certainly a precaution worth considering, there are limits to how long crew members aboard your flight can safely don their mask. At this time, and to protect crews,…Read more