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Why Use An Aircraft Charter?

In this day and age, while most people have had the experience of traveling on a commercial airline, either for business or pleasure, fewer have had the pleasure of chartering a private jet for executive travel. The experience of flying on the major carriers can at times be very trying due to the new security regulations and the erratic performance of the airlines but when you choose a professional charter broker to secure your executive jet you and your companions will be treated to VIP service and a level of convenience and privacy not available anywhere except on a charter flight.

An aircraft charter gives you complete flexibility and convenience to fly when, where, and how you want. Unlike flying on commercial airlines, a charter flight allows you to choose a private jet aircraft or turboprop aircraft that fits your specific needs and requirements for your charter flight. Additionally, you can choose to depart from and fly to over 5,000 airport locations nationwide, something you simply can't do with commercial travel, which services considerably fewer airports.

Convenience : The hallmark of charter travel

Charter flights are typical to commercial flights in regard to actual flight time to reach your destination; however, the real advantages to chartering executive jet aircraft become exceedingly apparent when you consider the conveniences provided. When you utilize charter services, you fly on a private aircraft, on your schedule, direct to your destination, when you want, and where you want. Catering and amenities are provided at your request by your charter services broker. You drive directly to your private jet aircraft, your luggage is loaded and you board your aircraft. You can fly in and out of small private airports or large metropolitan airports when utilizing charter services. The advantage to this type of executive travel is that you can conduct business during the flight or simply sit back and relax as the seats and cabins are large and comfortable on a typical private aircraft charter. You avoid the hassles of parking, baggage, long lines at the ticket counter, delayed flights, layovers in crowded airports, and cancelled flights. Executive charter services provide the ultimate in service and convenience for business travel.

Air Charters & Safety

When utilizing the services of a professional air charter broker, you travel by private jet aircraft with passengers you know, eliminating “the unknowns”. You travel with your belongings and your baggage. The pilots of your chartered business jet receive extensive training from the company operating the jet and their safety record and experience is tracked and recorded by Aviation Research Group (ARGUS). All of our executive jet flights are flown only with pilots flying for charter operators that have received a “gold” or “platinum” rating from ARGUS.

How much does it cost to charter an aircraft?

Aircraft charter travel costs are based on the operational costs of the turboprop or jet aircraft you choose to utilize and typically range from $700 to $1,150 per hour for a turboprop, and $1,550 to $5,200 per hour for a business jet. The aircraft charter hourly rate is charged for the time that the aircraft is in operation. Other costs you might incur include wait time, overnight fees, positioning fees, and short-leg fees. Since every aircraft charter is unique, we prepare cost estimates based on your specific service requirements. We can provide you with an immediate quote through our on-line custom quoting service or you can call us at 800-205-6610 for air charter services.

How fast can a chartered aircraft travel?

A turboprop aircraft travels between approximately 280 mph and 320 mph and is perfectly suited for flights up to 3 or 4 hours. Turboprops can easily handle short landing strips and heavy loads. Business jets can travel anywhere from 460 mph to over 550 mph and are ideally suited for long and short trips alike, opening your options to literally thousands of airports worldwide.

Where do air charter flights operate from and what is an FBO?

Most executive jet charters operate at the general aviation part of the airport at the FBO. FBO stands for Fixed Based Operator, a vendor of services at an airport or airfield. They provide aircraft maintenance, fuel, car rental, flight instruction, aircraft sales, and comfortable passenger lounges and services. Most FBO’s are built to cater to the needs and requirements of charter operations and their passengers. They specialize in handling VIP aircraft with a high level of service that is one of the many benefits of executive travel.

How many people can fly on a charter aircraft?

The number of passengers that can fly on a charter will vary depending on the type of aircraft being used; however, typically, anywhere from 1 to 150 passengers or more is the range available to you. That's the convenience of private airplane charters; it revolves around your travel requirements! Air Charter Team will choose the aircraft that is appropriate for your group size, ensuring the maximum in comfort and safety.

How much luggage space is available on private airplane charters?

Generally, the aircraft we offer charter services on carry between 40 cu. ft. to nearly 127 cu. ft. of baggage. In practical terms, 40 cu. ft. of baggage means the aircraft can carry two or three large suitcases and several duffel bags; however, the number of passengers flying must be considered when determining exactly how much baggage you can bring. Some aircraft have room to carry snow skis or other odd sized items. Since every aircraft has a specific weight limit, we will assess your baggage requirements and will help you find the type of aircraft that best suits the needs of your air charter. It is very important to determine the passenger count and luggage needs prior to your charter flight, so that your pilot can accurately plan your trip. The range of the aircraft is directly affected by the plane’s overall weight.

What is a deadhead?

A "deadhead" is when an aircraft flies without passengers or cargo. Deadheads are typically flown when repositioning an aircraft chosen for a charter flight to an airfield convenient to the customer. Legs flown on charter services without passengers or cargo are also called "empty legs".

Turboprops and Jets: What’s the difference?

A turboprop is a propeller driven aircraft that has a highly efficient jet turbine engine powering the propeller rather than a piston engine. The propeller provides the thrust to move the aircraft. Available in single or multi-engined types and carrying anywhere from two to eight passengers, executive turboprop aircraft are typically used for charters that are shorter in length.

In terms of the powerplant, turboprop and jet aircraft share some similarities in the basic way their engine(s) operate; however, jet aircraft eschew the propeller and rely purely on the thrust produced by their engine(s). Business jet charters usually consists of jet aircraft capable of carrying anywhere from two to several hundred passengers. Jet aircraft make destinations anywhere in the world possible for your executive travel.

Learn more about the turboprop and jet aircraft charters we offer.