The world of charter jet airplanes has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. In fact, changes in the last few years have transformed the way in which people travel. For most frequent travelers, whether for business or pleasure, trying to get through long lines, hassling with luggage, and dealing with all the hassles associated with commercial flights, chartering a private jet is a great alternative.
When you charter a jet, you rent the entire aircraft opposed to a seat. Although often referred to as "Executive charters", anyone with the money can rent a private jet. The benefits of using a chartered jet are tremendous. For instance, in addition to less hassle, this type of aircraft operation offers far more flexibility, privacy, and of course, efficiency.
After all, flying on a commercial aircraft means following THEIR schedule but with a chartered jet, they fly for YOUR schedule. Just imagine being able to fly when you want or need, usually having a plane within hours of needing it. Additionally, consider that airports for commercial flights are around 500 in the United States but with a chartered jet, you would have access to more than 5,000 destinations. For the traveler, this means getting to your actual destination is much easier.
The actual type of aircraft available would depend on the charter company but we wanted to provide you with some of the standard options. Additionally, charter jets offer a number of different levels of classes such as corporate, executive, business, private, charter, same day, and large group.
Piston Powered - 200 Miles Per Hour
This type of aircraft is non-pressurized. Designed to accommodate as many as six passengers, this plane can fly up to 500 miles distance. Because the price is inexpensive, many people will choose this option when on a tighter budget.
Small Turbo Prop - 230 Miles Per Hour
This smaller jet is pressurized and is one aircraft capable of flying over most weather types. Holding up to six people, the turbo prop can fly up to 700 miles, usually offers a private toilet area, and is comfortable.
Medium Turbo Prop - 275 Miles Per Hour
Similar to the smaller turbo prop, the difference with this aircraft is more room, holding up to nine passengers. Additionally, this aircraft is designed to travel up to 800 miles, can handle just about any weather, and offers a private, curtained toilet area.
Large Turbo Prop - 330 Miles Per Hour
As the largest of the turbo prop aircrafts, this pressurized plane offers stand-up cabins, as well as lavatories. Capable of flying up to 1,000 miles, this passenger plane can hold between 10 and 15 people.
Light Jet - 500 Miles Per Hour
This small jet holds up to eight passengers, most have a private toilet area, and are designed to fly between 1,200 and 2,300 miles non-stop depending on the make.
Midsize Jet - 500 Miles Per Hour
This aircraft offers a stand-up cabin, enclosed lavatory, and a meal gallery. Holding as many as nine people, the aircraft is designed to fly between 1,800 and 3,000 miles non-stop, again depending on make.
Large Corporate Jet - 500 Miles Per Hour
This large jet has maximum seating up to 19 passengers although it is most comfortable up to 14. The cabin is stand-up, lavatories are enclosed, there is a full meal galley, and even flight attendant quarters. This particular aircraft flies non-stop between 3,200 and 7,000 miles.
Airline Type Jet - 525 Miles Per Hour
As the largest option for chartered jets this aircraft is typically a B-747 or DC-9. Depending on the make, the aircraft can hold anywhere from 25 to 500 people. Cabins are stand-up, lavatories are enclosed, there is a fully galley, and flight attendant quarters. Flight range is between 3,200 and 7,000 miles non-stop. This particular option is also used as a standard commercial type aircraft.