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What factors affect the cost of private jet charter?

Flying by private jet is a bespoke experience, crafted to the individual’s needs – but what factors can affect private jet charter pricing?

In our previous pricing post, How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Private Jet, we presented some example routes and aircraft to give an idea of what to expect when chartering a private jet. Flying private is a bespoke experience crafted to the individual’s needs, and its pricing fluctuates all the time – but what factors can affect private jet charter pricing?

  1. Aircraft
  2. Airports
  3. Empty Legs
  4. Onboard Equipment
  5. The Owner
  6. The Details


The type of aircraft you choose to charter will certainly impact the final quote, but other factors, such as its age and refurbishment status, can also make a significant difference.

Interestingly, a newer, more modern private jet may cost less than an older one, particularly if the older jet has a unique configuration. Additionally, market demand for a particular type of aircraft can influence pricing.

If the aircraft has a base airport, operators may be able to offer better prices for return journeys from the base using the same jet and crew. For one-way trips, floating fleets (which have no fixed base) can be a more cost-effective option.


When booking a private jet for your travel needs, it’s important to keep in mind that there may be additional costs associated with repositioning the aircraft to your desired departure location. Additionally, airports may charge handling and landing fees that can vary depending on your chosen arrival and departure locations.

It’s always best to consult a knowledgeable charter expert to ensure you receive the most professional and accurate quote for your private air travel needs.

Empty Legs

One opportunity to save on the cost of private flights is by taking advantage of empty legs. These flights occur when a private jet needs to reposition without any passengers on board. Operators often offer these empty legs at a discounted rate, providing a more cost-effective option for those seeking to fly privately. While you may not receive a fully customised experience, empty legs can offer a chance for more individuals to access private air travel.

Onboard Equipment

When chartering a private jet, it’s important to communicate any specific onboard requirements ahead of time. This includes oversized luggage for things like musical instruments, the need for WiFi or medical equipment, and accessibility accommodations. These details can impact the cost of your charter, so it’s best to be clear and upfront about your needs.

The Owner

Private jet operators typically do not own the aircraft themselves. Instead, they rent these privately owned assets for a fee. Some restrictions may apply to those who rent private jets, such as a ban on smoking or bringing animals on board. These restrictions are understandable, given the high costs associated with repairing and maintaining private jets.

The Details

The more detail you give on your private jet charter requirements, the more accurate the cost will be, so be detailed and specific and get exactly what you want agreed for the best possible private jet charter experience.

Remember, you can control everything about your flight: food, drinks, transfer services, additional helicopter charter – even bespoke in-flight entertainment and branding. The more detail you give, the more control you’ll get.

And we’ll be there every step of the way, helping you to build your perfect flight.

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