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.


Aircraft charter has been around for a long time. It allows you to make use of a given plane for a given journey without any other long term commitment. There are thousands of aircraft available for charter, covering all sizes of planes from single engine turboprops to large executive jets. There are also a large number of air charter companies, who each provide their own level of service.

There are many reasons to use private jets. The main general reasons that we hear most often are listed below. The specific pros and cons of the different forms of private aircraft travel are discussed in our articles on each travel type.

When you buy a fractional jet share you are paying for part ownership of a specific plane. You will be allocated an amount of time in the aircraft. This usually ranges between 50 - 400 hours of flight time per year. The number of hours depends on the size of the share.

The 2007 American Express Global Business Travel Forecast predicts that air fares worldwide are expected to increase next year.

American Express predicts a three to five percent increase in domestic economy fares, and a three to seven percent rise in international business-class fares. These come after several years of increasing airfare prices.

The companies below all provide fractional aircraft ownership. You'll find companies offering ownership in all types of planes from heavy executive jets to single engined turboprops. The table includes the geographic area that the fractional program is available in.

Yesterday Bombardier and Jet Solutions announced the pricing for the Flexjet Jet Cards. The price varies with:

  1. the aircraft you want to fly,
  2. the number of days in the year you would like to be able to travel. So with a smaller number of days you essentially say you're willing to avoid the peak travel days and the price drops.
  3. the number of hours of travel you would like to purchase.