Most Common Private Jet Questions Answered

Gulfstream G550 Cockpit

How much does it cost to charter a private jet?

The quick answer, it depends. There are many factors that will influence the price of a private jet charter. However, in 99% of cases it will cost more than a commercial airline ticket. As a general rule expect to pay between $2,350 to $15,900 per flight hour.

Typically, the smaller the aircraft, the cheaper the charter. You can find the average cost per hour for in production aircraft by looking at our search feature here.

Flying from London to Manchester in a Cessna Citation Mustang you can expect to pay just under £3,000. A flight from London to Edinburgh in a typical mid-size jet will cost upwards of £7,000. Getting even bigger, a heavy (large) jet flying from London to Glasgow will cost between £10,000 and £15,000. A flight from Chicago to London in an Embraer Legacy 500 you can expect to pay around $75,000. Finally, a return flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in an Embraer Phenom 100 will cost $10,000.

If you are looking for cheaper private jet charter options, then be sure to look at available empty legs. With some patience and flexibility, you can find some incredible deals – just remember to book the return flight!

Here are some factors that will influence the price of a private jet charter:

  • Aircraft type and size
  • Number of passengers
  • Passenger taxes
  • Aircraft availability
  • Journey distance
  • Amount of luggage
  • Airport landing and handling fees
  • Crew salaries
  • Refuelling costs
  • Repositioning costs

What is the cheapest private jet to purchase new?

The cheapest private jet to purchase from new is the Cirrus Vision Jet costing $1.96 million.

Two Cirrus Vision Jets Flying in Formation
Cirrus Vision Jet

How much is a new private jet?

The price of a new private jet depends on the model that you want to buy. For example, a brand new Cessna Citation M2 will cost around $4.5 million before options, a Bombardier Learjet 75 will cost around $13.5 million at the base price and a Gulfstream G650 starts from $64.5 million.

If these numbers seem a little out of your price range then there are some excellent deals to be had on the used market. One of the best places to look is AvBuyer or Globalair. Just be careful, you can easily end up spending the whole afternoon looking at used jets!

Are private jets safe?

Short answer – yes. Private planes are equipped with the latest technology, and often have more advanced technology than commercial airliners. It is hard to say whether private jets are safer than commercial airliners but they are at least on the same level.
Typically private jet fleets are younger than commercial airlines and private jets are held to the same air safety and maintenance regulations as commercial airliners. Provided you have a crew who know what they are doing, you will be in safe hands.

What is the safest private plane?

This is a hard question to answer as in order to judge the safety of an individual aircraft one must remove any accident that has involved pilot error or poor maintenance. You have to judge it based on failings from the design/factory (think Boeing 737 Max). Fortunately, we are living in a world within private aviation that out of current production aircraft, you will be using safe machinery no matter which option you opt for.

Boeing 737 Max in Right Bank
Boeing 737 Max

Is a private jet worth it?

This depends on who you are. If you are working to a tight schedule, flying to remote destinations that aren’t serviced by airlines or have security concerns, a private jet is absolutely worth it. Private jets can currently land at approximately 5,000 airports in the USA, while airlines only service 500. Private jets are worth it if the value of your time working is greater than that of cost to charter a private jet.

Do you need a passport to fly in a private jet?

Yes. If you need a passport to fly on a commercial airline then you will need it for flying on a private jet as you still have to pass through immigration.

Are private jets faster than commercial airliners?

When it comes to cruise speed it is marginal and depends on the model of the aircraft. The real time saving comes on the ground – less time at the airports (as little as 15 minutes on the ground) and flying closer to the final destination is where time is really saved. Additionally, not having the work to the airlines schedule helps to save time.

Can you fly a private plane internationally?

Yes. A private plane can fly (almost) anywhere with a runway. All aircraft can fly internationally depending on your origin.

How much does it cost to land a private plane at an airport?

As with so many things in private aviation, it depends. When looking just at landing fees you can expect to pay between $100 and $500. There are some airports that charge in the thousands for the privilege of landing at their airport, such as Tokyo Haneda Airport which will cost you $6,850 to land.
Gulfstream Jet Landing

What is the best private jet to buy?

What are your requirements? We have created Compare Private Planes to help you answer this question. Click here to use our easy sort & filter feature to find your ideal private jet.

Can a private jet fly across the Pacific/Atlantic?

Yes – if the range is adequate. In order to make these crossings you should be looking at large jets, such as your Gulfstreams and Dassault Falcons.

Do private jets need two pilots?

The larger ones do. VLJs, such as the HondaJet, can be operated by a single pilot, as can some mid-size jets, such as the Pilatus PC-24. When booking a charter flight with these aircraft you can expect to have two pilots, despite their single pilot certification.

Pilots in a Private Jet Cockpit
Dassault Falcon 8X Cockpit

Do private jets have Wi-Fi?

Most modern private jets do, and many older ones have Wi-Fi retrofitted. Vistajet, JetSuite, WheelsUp and XOJet ensure that all their planes have Wi-Fi. If you are chartering an aircraft be sure to mention your need to have Wi-Fi. For example, Air Partner and Private Jet Services Group (PJS) will only source private jets with Wi-Fi is specifically requested.

Do private jets get turbulence?

They can do. However, modern aircraft are designed to handle turbulence, so while it may be uncomfortable there is no need to worry.

Do private jets fly higher than commercial aircraft?

Yes, private jets fly higher than commercial aircraft. The average cruising altitude for commercial airliners is about 35,000 feet. The average cruising altitude for private jets in about 41,000 feet. Many new private jets can fly as high as 51,000 feet. The benefits of flying at a higher altitude is less traffic and a smoother ride.

Do private jets have beds?

Many large private jets do have beds. Mid-size private jets will typically have lie-flat beds, such as the Cessna Citation XLS+ and the Embraer Legacy 500. The Gulfstream G550, G650 and G650ER has seating that can be converted into roughly the size of a European Queen bed. Among large jets, such as the Dassault Falcon 8X, will have an entire zone that will be prepared as a bedroom.

Bed in a Dassault Falcon 2000S
Dassault Falcon 2000S Bed

Can private jets land anywhere?

If the runway has tarmac (with exception to the Pilatus PC-24), and adequate runway length, then the simple answer is yes. There are certain airfields, such as military or large commercial airports (such as London Heathrow) that private jets can’t land at, unless it is due to an emergency.

Pilatus PC-24 Landing on a Dirt Runway
Pilatus PC-24 Landing on a Dirt Runway

Can private jets be carbon neutral?

Providing that the charter company offsets the emissions or the individual offsets their emissions for each flight, in the future we may start to see a more carbon neutral industry.

Use our simple carbon emission calculator here.

For the past decade or so, manufacturers have been looking at using bio-fuels to power their aircraft, with Gulfstream being at the forefront of this mission.