After countless hours of traveling with a commercial airline in cramped quarters, you may be wondering if the cost to charter a jet would be more efficient for you and your company. There are a number of factors to consider outside of the cost of a charter flight, including scheduling, weight limits on luggage and amenities. Let’s compare the differences between flying commercial and chartering a private plane.
How much does it cost to rent a private jet?
It is important to understand that when chartering a private plane, the cost is not priced per person like you would pay for a ticket on a commercial flight. You are paying for the use of the aircraft and the amount of time you fly. Not the individual people flying on it.
The cost of charter flights will depend on several things. Hourly rates will vary depending on the size of the plane you require. For instance, the charter flight cost of a small to mid-sized aircraft that can comfortably seat 4-9 passengers runs on average AUD$2800-$5000 per flight hour. The average cost to charter a jet of a large, or wide-body size, which is spacious enough to seat up to 12 passengers, can cost anywhere from AUD$8000-$12000. A charter sales representative can help you determine the exact cost and the right plane for you, depending on your needs.
How much does it cost to charter a plane during high or low season?
When flying commercial you are bound by the airlines fluctuating pricing due to certain times and seasons throughout the year. The advantage to renting a plane is that these factors do not apply. You will know the cost up front, and it will not change. This applies, as well to passengers who cancel prior to the flight. Adding or canceling passengers up to thirty minutes before the flight will not change the price.
How much does it cost to charter a private jet during heavy midday air traffic?
Another great advantage to chartering a private flight is that your trip revolves around your schedule and not that of the airline. You can choose exactly when you would like to arrive to your destination, and the price will not change. With a private aircraft you have the option of landing at many more airports than the larger hub locations. This means you are able to travel a more direct route and can get to your destination much faster, without the hassle of long airport lines, baggage claims or the worry of connecting flights.
Are there weight limits on my luggage?
Just like a commercial flight, private aircrafts also have weight limits to ensure the safety of everyone on board. For example, items such as golf clubs or skis are acceptable, as long as they are within the weight and dimension limits of that plane. Depending on the size of the plane you charter will depend on its specific weight limits. You should always check with your charter representative if you plan to bring extra items and are not sure it they exceed weight limits.
What types of special services can I expect?
There is no more waiting in long airport lines. When you charter a plane you will have your own private terminal. The crew will be there to greet you and get you on your plane safely. The flight is on your schedule. Even if you are running late the plane will wait for you and be ready to go when you are.
Feel free to work while you fly. Many private jets are equipped with internet, Wi-Fi and the choice to use your cell phone when you wish. Or rest and enjoy the flight with reclining seats and temperature control.
You will enjoy a flight free of crying infants and constant passenger conversations. Upon request your aircraft can be stocked with magazines, in-flight movies and relaxing music. You may enjoy fine-dining on gourmet meals along with a well stocked bar.
The convenience of personal service, a no-hassle flight schedule and first-class amenities definitely makes chartering a private plane an advantage to flying commercial.