When most people think of private jets, they imagine millionaires and celebrities sipping champagne in first-class seats. But the truth is, private jets are becoming more and more popular for business travelers and everyday people alike. With the increased popularity and more efficient aircraft, overall charter prices have dropped, making private jets even more accessible.
If you're considering renting a private jet for your next trip, you're probably wondering how much it will cost. The answer, of course, is that it depends on a number of factors. Here's a look at some of the things that affect the price of private jet charters, as well as some example routes and prices for different types of private jets.
Private jet charter pricing depends on a number of factors. These include the type of aircraft, length of trip, airport landing fees, and time between flights. Supply and demand also impact the price level, as well as any possible passenger taxes.
The type of aircraft is one of the most important factors in determining the cost of renting a private jet. For example, a smaller, lighter jet will be a cost-effective solution for smaller groups and short flights, while a larger and heavier jet will be better suited for longer trips with larger groups.
The length of the trip is another key factor. Obviously, the longer the trip, the more it will cost. If your trip requires the aircraft to make one or more fuel stops, this can also increase the total cost of your trip. But there are other factors to consider as well, including airport landing fees and time between flights. When it comes to landing fees, it’s important to keep in mind that some airports charge higher fees than others. As a general rule, smaller airports will usually have lower landing fees, while larger airports will have higher ones, usually combined with more expensive handling fees as well.
The time between flights can also impact the cost of renting a private jet. For example, if you are flying back and forth between major cities for meetings or other business-related activities, it might be beneficial to schedule your return flights closer together in order to prevent the aircraft and crew from having to wait on the ground for longer periods of time. This way, you can avoid increased costs as a result of higher crew costs and potentially increased airport parking fees.
When traveling on longer distances, or with extended time in-between flights, you may also have to account for any additional crew overnight stays.
Finally, supply and demand also play a role in determining private jet charter prices. At times when lots of people travel by private jet, such as during the Covid-19 pandemic, for example, fewer aircraft were available at any given moment, resulting in higher average charter prices. The same is true for locations where private jet travel is more popular, such as the Saint-Tropez or Ibiza during the summer months, or with important events, such as the Superbowl or the Cannes Film Festival.
If you are planning to rent a private jet, it is important to take all of these factors into account when calculating the total price. But no matter what type of aircraft or trip you are looking for, there are many different options available to help you find the right private jet at a price that works for your budget.
The experienced brokers at The Aviation Factory will be able to let you know when is the ideal time to book your next trip!
Now that we’ve answered some of the key questions you might have about private jet charter pricing, let’s take a look at some actual numbers for the different types of private jets.
In general, private jets can cost anywhere between €1,000 to over €6,000 per hour of flight time. Of course, as we’ve mentioned before, there are many different factors that can impact the total cost of booking a private jet, but this should give you a general idea of what you can expect to pay.
A very light jet is a cost-effective solution for small groups (4-6 passengers) traveling on shorter trips. Depending on the specific aircraft and model, you can expect to pay anywhere from €1,000 to €1,500 per hour of flight time.
Example routes and prices for a Very Light Jet:
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Slightly larger than the Very Light Jet are the Light Jets. A popular choice for small groups of up to 8 passengers, Light Jets offer a bit more space and comfort for a slightly higher price tag (but with a comparable cost per seat). You can expect to pay between €1,500 and €2,000 per hour for a Light Jet.
Example routes and prices for a Light Jet:
Mid-range jets, such as the Citation XLS, are another popular choice for groups of 6 to 9 passengers, with plenty of cabin and luggage space. Prices can vary from €2,000 to €3,500 per hour depending on the specific aircraft and other factors.
Example routes and prices for a Midsize Jet:
As the name implies, Super Midsize Jets are larger and more luxurious aircraft that can seat 12-14 passengers in excellent comfort. With a price tag of €3,000 to €4,500 per hour, they are one of the most popular choices for longer journeys and improved comfort.
Example routes and prices for a Super Midsize Jet:
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Heavy business jets offer even more cabin and luggage space than super-midsize jets, and can seat up to 19 passengers. These jet aircraft can cost between €4,000 and €5,500 per hour of flight time. At this price point, they are often used for longer journeys up to around 9 hours or 6,000 km of flying.
Example route and price for a Heavy Business Jet:
Finally, Ultra Long Range jets are the most luxurious and expensive options for those traveling long distances. Ultra-long range business jets can cost between €5,000 to €6,000 per hour of flight time and often have a maximum range of up to 12 hours non-stop (around 10,000 km).
Example route and price for an Ultra-Long Range Jet:
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The above categories only include jets, but there are other options such as turboprops. Designed specifically for short-haul flights and unpaved and/or shorter runways (such as Courchevel altiport), these aircraft offer excellent operating economics compared to jets and depending on your destination, they can be a viable option. They are generally not suitable for long-distance trips though.
Example routes and prices for a Turboprop:
Once you have considered all of the cost-related factors mentioned above, the next step is to start researching different private jet options and their associated price. There are usually many different options available, depending on your specific needs, route and dates.
Here are some tips for making sure you get a good deal.
A private jet broker can help you save both time and money when arranging your private flight.
A good private jet broker is worth their weight in gold.
Thanks to professional relationships with private jet operators, brokers are often able to get their clients discounts on aircraft charter rates, especially for frequent flyers. They know the market inside out and can help you get the best deals on aircraft, catering, and other amenities.
Besides, brokers take all the guesswork out of the entire booking process. They are familiar with all the different types of private jets and operators, so they can quickly find one that meets your specific needs.
Another way to save money when flying private is by booking a so-called empty leg flight.
An empty leg is what its name implies: a one-way private or business jet flight that doesn’t have any passengers on it. It’s what happens when someone books a one-way trip, and the aircraft has to position before or after the 'live' flight.
Empty leg seats are frequently a cost-effective alternative for booking private jet travel due to the fact that these flights have some requirements determined by the live leg. This results in less flexibility, but also a lower charter cost.
You can read more about empty leg flights, and their advantages and disadvantages here.
Finally, there are many other ways to save money when renting a private jet. Here are some additional tips:
A private jet broker like The Aviation Factory will be at your side during the entire booking process to help you find the best deals and offers when booking private jet travel.
If you are interested in learning more about private jet charter pricing, or if you want to calculate the cost of your own trip, we invite you to use our private jet charter cost calculator.
Our easy-to-use tool will help you get an estimate of the cost to rent a private jet based on your desired aircraft type and route. It’s a great way to see what kind of price range you are looking at for your intended trip.
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As you can see, the cost of renting a private jet can vary depending on a number of factors. However, by doing some research and working with a reputable private jet broker like The Aviation Factory, you can be sure to get the best deals and offers on your next private jet charter.
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