Chapter 10:

Where Can You Go On a Private Jet?

Flying by private jet can be one of the most convenient ways to fly. Beyond the luxurious experience, private jets boast an impressive “private jet range” that can take you to destinations that commercial carriers simply can’t reach.

The old saying in the aviation industry is “A mile of highway will take you a mile, but a mile of runway can take you anywhere”. Whether you’re flying a long range private jet from Los Angeles to a Caribbean Island’s beach, or crossing the Atlantic to bask in European culture, a private jet can take you much further than you think.

So what does private jet range look like, and what routes can you travel in one? Let’s take a closer look at the different types of private jets by range, plus exciting dream destinations you can travel to with Stratos Jet Charters, Inc.

A private jet flying over an island in the Caribbean.

Where Can You Go On a Private Jet?

What Are the Average Flight Distances of Private Jets?

Personal preferences will help you determine which private jet is right for you, but the distance of your trip plays a major role in jet type as well. If you’re wondering how far you can fly in a private jet, the answer is fairly far in a plane with a long range.

The following are good estimates for what to expect for private jet range when flying with Stratos.

First, a word about measurement. Most airplane ranges, and private jet range comparisons, are given in NM, or Nautical Miles. This is a slightly different measurement to the standard mile. A nautical mile is 6,076 feet, while a standard mile is 5,280 feet.

(There is some slight difference: the air mile is 6076.115 feet, while the nautical mile is 6076 feet. The difference is negligible, and almost all airplane ranges are listed in nautical miles (nm).)

  • A turboprop jet generally has the shortest range, with most turbo’s coming in somewhere between 1000 to 1300 nautical miles (nm).
  • A light jet, which is one of the most commonly used private jets, their typical range falls between 1000 and 1800 nm.
  • The midsize jet jumps up to 2000 to 3000 nm.
  • A super midsize is between 3000 to 4000 nm.
  • While large cabin jets, the longest range private jets, have ranges of more than 4000 nm and some up to 7500.

What Are Some Common (and Uncommon) Routes of Private Jet Travel?

According to an article in CNN Travel, the most popular global destination for jet travel is London, and the London to Paris flight is one of the busiest routes for private jets. (Paris is the second most popular global destination for private jet travel.) The third most popular global destination is Los Angeles, California.

When it comes to the United States, New York to Washington DC is the busiest route, with more than 5000 private flights on this specific route per year. There is also a very busy route in the United States between Miami and Nassau, The Bahamas. Another popular Caribbean destination from Miami is Anguilla. Telluride, Colorado, as well as Vail, see a lot of private jet tourism.

However, when it comes to the busiest private jet airports, Teterboro, NJ, leads the pack with more than 36,000 departures in 2020. (Teterboro serves private air travel for New York City.) Palm Beach, FL, comes in next with 27,000 departures. Next come Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; White Plains, NY; Denver, CO; Las Vegas, NV; and Miami, FL.

A private jet landing in a winter wonderland.

Can a Private Jet Land in Any Country?

A private jet must follow the rules and guidelines of international treaties, but in general a private plane can land in almost any country that a commercial plane can land in (there are only limitations in some countries due to insurance coverage). The air charter may have to make special arrangements for the flights if they’re going to less-frequently-visited countries, but it can be done.

What to Expect: Chartering a Private Jet with Stratos Jets

What Can I Expect on a Private Jet?

The type of private jet you book with Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. will depend greatly on your desired flight times, destination and distance. Frequent private jets that our passengers choose to fly with are the Gulfstream G650er, the Bombardier Global 6000 and Challenger 350, the Cessna Citation X and Longitude, As well as the Dassault Falcon 7x, and many other business jets.

While it is absolutely possible to get a private jet that can go 5000 nm at speeds of mach 0.925, these are long range jets, the larger Gulfstreams and Globals. Most private aviation, at least for trips within the United States, or even across the Atlantic doesn’t need this type of range for their airplane.

However, it is good to know that should the need arise, there are planes that can fly direct from New York to Dubai, from London to Bangkok, and from Shanghai to Los Angeles. While you might think that these distances are only in the realm of commercial jets, private jets like the G650s and Global 6500 do this routinely.

What Does It Feel Like To Fly on a Private Jet?

A private jet has a lot of flexibility, generally speaking. Aside from turboprops and light jets, which have less power and speed, private jets will often fly at higher altitudes than commercial flights. This gives these planes a lot of latitude to get around spots of turbulence, as there is less air traffic at those altitudes.

A smaller private jet will feel turbulence, as will a commercial jet (and even those larger private jets that can fly higher can’t avoid all interference).

Generally speaking, flying a private jet is a comfortable experience, with all the luxuries you wish to have aboard–you get to select the catering, the decor, the entertainment. Whether you’re flying for business or pleasure, flying by private charter is a big step up from flying commercial.

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Private Jet Business Models: An In-depth Look at the Private Aviation Industry

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