Charter Jet Information: What You Need to Know About Chartering a Plane
When it comes to flying, you have the option to choose between traveling with a commercial airline and flying private in a jet. But you don’t necessarily have to purchase a private aircraft outright to reap the benefits of private aviation. Charter flights offer the opportunity to take advantage of traveling by jet without investing in your own private plane.
What’s a Charter Flight and How Does It Work?
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. When you choose a private charter, you get the entire aircraft to yourself and the others traveling with you. This allows you to pick the aircraft of your choice, customize your route and have complete freedom of your departure and arrival times.
- Single Entity. With a single entity charter, we can find you the right aircraft type to accommodate your corporation or organization.
- Affinity. An affinity charter option allows you to pay for a single seat on a private jet among other like-minded travelers. You’ll also split the cost of the flight with these individuals.
- Public Charter. Public charter options are operated by a charter company, but follow a set schedule and route similar to commercial flights.
What’s the Cost to Charter a Jet?
The cost of a flight on a private jet varies greatly based on a number of factors, such as the type of aircraft, departure and arrival destinations, and amenities deserved onboard. Most private flight prices are determined by the hourly rate of the aircraft, but you can generally expect a light jet to be more cost effective than a heavy jet. Connecting directly with a charter company can give you the best idea of what to expect for a private jet rate.
What’s Included? Here’s What to Expect When Flying on a Charter Flight
Flight Schedules and Routings
Because a charter flight is not part of a scheduled service, the flight will depart when you want it to. You are also able to choose which cities you fly to and from. Charter flights are particularly convenient when you need to travel to a city where a scheduled airline service may require multiple connections or layovers before you reach your destination.
Depart from the FBO – Your Own Private Terminal
Privacy is one of the main advantages of a private charter flight. Unlike a commercial flight, where travelers are herded through a crowded airport and having to undergo an intrusive security screening, passengers on a charter flight depart from a private facility known as an FBO. At most private airports, passengers can pull their cars right up to the plane.
Stay Connected at 30,000 Feet – Inflight Meals, Entertainment and WiFi
On a Charter Flight, passengers aren’t limited to one of 2 or 3 entrees being served. They can literally design their own meal or order from a restaurant of their choice to be enjoyed while traveling in supreme comfort. There is also a wide variety of entertainment options on a charter flight. Many aircraft used for charter flights have free WiFi, high end sound or entertainment systems with iPhone/Android hook-ups and even satellite TV.
It’s Not Where You’re Going. It’s Who You’re Going With.
Probably the greatest benefit of a charter flight is that you select who is traveling on the plane with you! This gives you a comfortable cabin setting to relax in or the privacy needed for confidential business discussions.
Ready to take the skies with Stratos? Learn more information about what it costs to book a private jet charter flight, or contact us at 888.478.7286 to get your questions answered. You can also submit a request for a quote on a private jet.
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