Chartering a jet is fast, convenient, comfortable and infinitely more efficient than ever before. Travelling private is an experience that is simply unmatched compared to any other means of travel. However, one can easily get swayed when scrutinizing the aircraft options, the first few times, due to the overwhelming number of aspects to consider and alternatives available.
There are a large number of private jets available and choosing the right one is definitely not a foolproof task! Here are some questions to ask yourself to help narrow down the options:
Who? How many people are travelling? Is it a small or a large group?
What? What will I be doing on board – working, resting, spending time with other travelers in my group?
Where? Where are we going? Local, regional, transcontinental or transatlantic? Do I want a non-stop flight or am I fine with refueling stops?
How? How quickly do I need to get to the destination?
Any particular interior space, cabin configuration, mobility, catering and baggage needs?
Do I have any requirements for speed, amenities, cabin noise level, smooth ride at high altitude, etc.?
What’s my budget?
What is the advice of my charter broker?
Types of Aircraft
Aircraft Category Examples of Aircraft Seating Capacity Range in miles
Max Cruise Speed (mph) Benefits Other Info
Turboprop Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200/350/F90. Cessna C421 Golden Eagle, Piaggio Avanti P180, ATR 42/72, Bombardier Q400. 5-9 <1000 450 Shorter runway landings than jets. Great short-field performance. Efficient at the right altitude & airspeed since they burn less fuel than most light jets thus reducing the aircraft hourly rate. Very competitive for up to 500 miles. Limited in-cabin amenities. Most efficient at low altitudes. No lavatories.
Very Light Jet (VLJ) Cessna Citation Mustang, Cessna Citation Jet, Embraer Phenom 100, Eclipse 500. 5-9 1,000 480 Shorter runway landings. Small airports accessible. Offers great rates in quiet & modern cabins. Limited in-cabin amenities. Lavatory possible.
Light Jets Bombardier Learjet 40 XR, 45XR & 70/75, Hawker Beechcraft 400, Embraer Phenom 300, Dassault Falcon 10, Cessna Citation CJ1-CJ4. 5-9 1,400
480 Shorter runway landings, access to less busy airports. Cost-effective solution for same-day round trip. In-cabin comforts – reclining seats, AC, electronics usually included.
Midsize Jets Cessna Citation XLS Embraer Legacy 450/500, Bombardier Learjet 60 XR/85, Dassault Falcon 20, Hawker Beechcraft 750/850XP/900X, Gulfstream 150/250. 5-10 3,000 590 Suitable for longer-range travel and transcontinental flights. Two pilots mandatory. In-flight business work. Lavatory facilities.
Super Midsize Jets Dassault Falcon 2000S & 900DX, Cessna Citation X, Embraer Legacy 600, Gulfstream G250/200, Bombardier Challenger 300, Hawker Beechcraft 4000. 8-10 3,600 590 Fast and fuel-efficient. Suitable for longer-range travel. Luxurious and elite. Ample baggage space. Lavatory facilities.
Large Business Jet & Heavy Jet (Bizliner) Bombardier Global & Challenger models; Dassault Falcon 7x, Gulfstream G500, G550, G650. Embraer Legacy Shuttle. 10-20 6,000 560 Can operate in almost all weather conditions by cruising at higher altitudes. Business can operate as usual on-board. State-of-the-art aircraft. Highly customizable.
VIP Airliners Airbus ACJ318/ACJ319/ACJ320 Corporate Jetliner, Boeing BBJ, Boeing B767, Boeing B757, Boeing 777-200LR VIP, Lineage 1000 16-50 6,100
620 Ideal for group charter for corporations, sports teams, royal families, meetings, conferences, events, international delegations, etc.
Suitable for long-haul & international exclusive travel.
Plenty of room for luggage & oversized items.
Luxurious & stylish. Short & ultra long-range options available. Usually offer unparalleled private suites, bedrooms, boardrooms, business amenities, showers etc.
However, operating costs are higher.
We at Delta World Charter wish you good luck with your private-jet travel. Contact us if you have any questions. You’re in for a treat. Bon Voyage!