Private Jet

With the well documented issues in commercial flying more and more people have found reasons to turn to private aircraft.

There are a variety of options to consider. The starting point is how often you want to fly privately.

If you only fly a few hours a year then on demand aircraft charter is probably the best way to go. As your number of hours of private flying increases look at charter cards and fractional cards.

Once you reach about 50 hours of flying a year then fractional aircraft ownership can start to make sense and above 300 or so hours per year whole ownership is worth looking into. Here is some core information to help you understand the options.

All of the major providers have expanded over the last few years. Many now offer a wide range of products and solutions to meet the needs of various clients. If you're looking at the different options then download our Guide to Private Aviation, which compares the products and providers. 

The latest news and research on private jets and aircraft is included below.


Global aviation company VistaJet continues to go from one success to another. Recent figures indicate impressive growth in multiple markets around the world. Formed in 2004 by Swiss financier Thomas Flohr, the VistaJet fleet is now 71 strong, with both Bombardier Challenger and Global aircraft.

California-based airline company Surf Air recently announced that it has bought RISE, headquartered in Dallas. The acquisition is part of Surf Air’s goal to expand their all-you-can-fly membership service across the US and Europe.

As an aircraft broker, it’s not unusual for a buyer to expect you to find them a “distressed” aircraft and there are still plenty of buyers out there who think that every seller is desperate. However, the reality is that the market has changed and there are far fewer owners who want to sell “at any price” but there are some great buys available.

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Many of the large fractional jet providers also offer a leasing option. Which one is better for you depends on personal circumstances including investment plans and actual travel needs. SherpaReport talked to some leading providers and advisers to get some different perspectives.

The Dassault Falcon 7X took its first flight in 2005, and was first delivered to a customer in 2007. This large cabin business jet has a range of almost 6,000 nm. Here’s a breakdown on the costs to buy and operate one.

Private jet cards have become increasingly popular. There are a variety of providers who issue the cards and each issuer has somewhat different features. So it is important to spend a little time comparing what is available and choosing the one that best suits your needs. Below are some points to consider when purchasing a jet card.

Sales data from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) shows deliveries in 2016 were lower than for several years. The annual databook reported 661 new business jets sold worldwide in 2016 compared to 718 unit sales in 2015. Here are some of the highlights and the sales by manufacturer.

Jet Linx, a Nebraska-based private jet company, finished 2016 on a high note and expects to see continued growth in 2017.

Omaha businessman Denny Walker founded Jet Linx in 1999. He saw a need for a private jet company, one that could provide more localized service than the existing offerings, which tended to be based on either the East or West coast. Still headquartered in Nebraska, Jet Linx now has 13 additional locations, including Atlanta, Washington D.C. and several Texas locations. Since its founding, Jet Linx planes have flown more than 58 million miles.

On the first Saturday in May, thousands of people will flock to Louisville, Kentucky to watch “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” SherpaReport spoke to executives at three private aviation companies to find out about demand for flights to this year’s Kentucky Derby.

When a charter operator needs to reposition an aircraft for its next charter flight, that flight leg often is flown empty—without paying passengers—thus the term, empty leg (aka “deadhead”). The outbound flyer typically already paid for the repositioning leg, so any revenue generated by the empty leg is found money for the operator. Thus, operators often offer these flights to the public at somewhat reduced pricing. By some estimates, as much as 40% of all private jet flights are empty legs. Now, more than ever, third party brokers utilizing the internet have gotten into the game, aggregating empty legs from various operators and offering them for public consumption.