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How much does it cost to charter a private jet?

How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Private Jet?


We’re often asked ‘how much does a private jet cost?’ and it’s not an easy question to answer. There are so many variables involved in chartering a private jet, such as the aircraft type, number of passengers, and journey distance, and each factor will have an impact on cost. In this guide, we’ll explain just what goes into the process of determining private jet quotes.

Firstly, how much does it cost to buy your very own private jet? Well, if you’re a celebrity or a member of a royal family, you could get a customised luxury airliner for upwards of £78 million. Something smaller like a brand new Gulfstream G650 will cost you £51 million, or the even smaller Cessna Citation X will set you back £15 million.

What Affects the Cost of Private Jet Charter?

Renting, rather than buying a jet is a much more cost effective way to fly privately, but prices will depend on a range of factors. Here are some of the key variables that affect the cost of chartering a private jet.

  • Jet type and size
  • Aircraft availability
  • Journey distance
  • The amount of passengers and luggage on board
  • Refuelling costs for long journeys
  • Charges such as airport landing fees, passenger taxes, and parking fees
  • Jet repositioning costs.

Private Jet Charter Prices in the UK

Size is one of the key cost factors when selecting a private jet. Aircrafts fall into many categories, from turboprops and light jets to midsized jets and executive airliners. Each category is mainly based on size, which determines passenger number, luggage space, and what distance the aircraft can travel. We have a range over 100 private jets, here’s a look at the main types and how much they cost to charter.

Light Jets

Piper Seneca and Cessna Citation
Piper Seneca and Cessna Citation

Turboprop aircraft – these jets are a great option for groups of up to six people with minimal luggage making a short trip. A one-hour flight from London to Manchester in a Piper Seneca would cost from £3,800.

A very light jet – is perfect for three-to-four hour flights and can seat four passengers. The Embraer Phenom 100 is one of the most spacious in its class with a lavatory and plenty of room for luggage. A two-hour charter in a Phenom from London to Nice costs from £8,000.

Light jets – are economical with a range of up to 2,300 miles and the capacity to seat up to eight passengers. The most popular light jet is a Cessna Citation CJ3, which could fly six people from London to Moscow in three hours 40 minutes from £17,500.

Medium Jets

Cessna Citation X left and Gulfstream 200 right
Cessna Citation X left and Gulfstream 200 right

Midsized jets – such as the Bombardier Learjet 60XR have a longer range of up to 2,771 miles and can seat from seven to nine people. A flight from New York to Los Angeles takes just under six hours and costs from £30,300.

Heavy Jets

Bombardier Challenger 850 left and Airbus A319CJ right
Bombardier Challenger 850 left and Airbus A319CJ right

A heavy jet – is ideal for groups of up to 16 or more flying transatlantic routes. A charter from London to New York in a heavy jet such as a Bombardier Challenger 850 costs from £76,400 and takes seven and a half hours. A heavy jet with an ultra-long range like the Gulfstream G550 can fly even further, making a twelve and a half hour journey from London to Hong Kong from £132,300.

VIP/executive jets – want extra luxury? Then a VIP jet like the Airbus A319CJ seats up to 19 and has an office, bedroom, bathroom, and entertainment centre. A flight from London to Cape Town would take eleven and a half hours and cost from £143,900.

Empty Legs

Save up to 75% of the cost of a regular charter with Empty Legs
Save up to 75% of the cost of a regular charter with Empty Legs

If it sounds like this is getting out of your budget, don’t stop here. It is possible to book a private charter flight at up to 75% off. When Air Charter Service has a one-way charter, the aircraft is sometimes empty when it repositions to its base, or when it continues on to another location. This is called an “empty leg” flight. You can book these flights for an extraordinarily low cost, as the plane would be flying empty otherwise. Our empty leg flights are regularly updated but here are some examples of past flight prices.

Fly from Glasgow to Luton, which takes around one hour, in a Hawker Beechcraft 900XP at an empty leg cost of £2,500. Normally, this journey would cost from £9,900.

Fly eleven hours from London Biggin Hill to Sidney, Canada in a Bombardier Challenger 300 for an empty leg price of £8,000. This flight usually costs from £73,300.

So next time you find yourself asking, “what does it cost to charter a private jet?” you’ll know just what to say. If you want to charter a private jet yourself, why not get in touch with one of our advisors and see how much your journey would be or visit our private jet charter prices page to get an estimate.

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