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.


We’re approaching the end of the year and that means there are several special offers available for anyone buying a new jet card or membership. Here’s a run through some of the offers that we’ve heard about.

Magellan Jets

Magellan Jets offers jet card memberships and on-demand charter flights. Their current offers include a complimentary 5 hour Hawker 400 XP card with the purchase of a 50 hour membership on a super-midsize Challenger 300. The Hawker 400 XP is a light jet with seating for 5-7, a range of 1,465 nm and a max speed of 518mph.

They are also offering the following rates on heavy jets of $11,272 per hour on a Gulfstream GIV-SP and $12,477 on a Gulfstream G450 with the purchase of 25 hour memberships. Both of these rates have daily flight minimums of 3 hours.

In the mid-size category, the offer is on a Hawker 800 XP, where new 25 hour members can get a 25% discount on the fuel rate, dropping the all in hourly charge to $7,207, and they also get 2 complimentary upgrades into a super-midsize aircraft.

Air Partner

All new members who purchase a 15+ hour JetCard from Air Partner, receive an additional complimentary one hour. So 16 hours for the price of 15.

The all-inclusive pricing on Air Partner light jets starts at $4,700 per hour, which are reduced to $3,760 per hour for round trips. The Air Partner cards feature hours that never expire, no peak day restrictions and fully refundable balances.

Delta Private Jets

Purchase of a $250,000 or greater jet card with Delta Private Jets and they will give you two business class round-trip tickets on Delta Air Lines between the U.S. and Europe. Hourly rates are as low as $5,250 per hour which includes fuel and taxes and the rates are locked for up to two years.

In addition, you’ll receive SkyMiles Diamond Medallion Status with Delta Air Lines and be able to use your card balance for both private jet and commercial flights. The close relationship with Delta Air Lines also provides transfers between commercial and private flights in a Porsche vehicle in select markets and airports.

Sentient Jet

The limited edition SJ25+ card provides access to six of the most popular super-midsize jets, including Challenger 300, Citation X, Citation Sovereign, Falcon 50EX, Falcon 2000, and Gulfstream 200, all of which are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi.

The all-inclusive rate is $8,971 per hour with a 1.5 hour minimum and 15% discounts on hourly pricing for qualifying round-trip travel.

Jet Suite

The special holiday offer from JetSuite provides bonus flight credits on all new memberships, with up to $18,000 bonus flight credits available. As a starting point a $50,000 membership deposit will gain $3,500 of flight credits, in other words, a member will have $53,500 to spend and the funds never expire. Current rates at JetSuite are $3,875 per hour (plus taxes + landing fees) on the Phenom 100 for a $50,000 deposit, with lower hourly rates for larger deposits. JetSuite also has Citation CJ3s and Phenom 300s in its fleet, with rates starting at $5,405 per hour for a $50,000 deposit.

While these are special offers that are currently available, we always advise people to ask about any offers at whatever time they are buying a jet card or membership. As you can see there may be hourly discounts, or bonus hours or credits, or we’ve also heard of additional catering credits.

It’s the middle of November and holiday decorations are already popping up. Private jet providers, like many businesses, are pushing to get deals done by the end of the year. Salespeople have their eyes on quotas and bonuses. As a result, they may urge you to, “Buy now to take advantage of the end of the year incentives,” while email offers encourage potential customers to “Beat the 2018 Price Increases.”

The founder and CEO of Wheels Up had lots to say at this years NBAA private aviation conference in Las Vegas. He has just raised new investment funds and is growing his fleet and his membership base.

Pilatus announced the development of the PC-12 at the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in October 1989. Pilatus believed that the PC-12 would fit a new market not served by existing aircraft, namely the King Air series aircraft, and it would be the first single-engine, turbo-prop aircraft capable of a large cabin volume, flying at high speed across long distances.

With some of the emotions from last years US election having died down – at least a little bit - we decided to take a look at how the Presidential candidates used private jets. The election spending filings show all the major candidates made use of private aviation. With the final candidates flying hundreds of hours and spending millions of dollars as they crisscrossed the country.

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.

G500

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.