Perfecting Your Journey: How to Choose the Right Private Jet

by Richard Zaher / Dec 27, 2019

Choose from Various Private Jets

When you opt for a private jet charter you have a great number of choices in front of you. The huge advantage of private charter is that you can adjust your aircraft for each journey, tailoring it to your needs. But how can you take full advantage of this possibility and find the best private aircraft for your next flight?

In some cases, the answer is obvious. For example, if you’re flying to small tropical islands, the tiny runways may only be able to handle a turboprop. In such instances, your hands are tied and the decision is a straightforward one. But what about the middling journeys where more than one jet would do the trick? Here are some tips to help you make the right choice next time you hire a private jet:

Count Your Passengers

This should be the starting point for any journey as it will immediately begin to shape the best jet category for your charter flight.

Business people next to a jet
Know how many passengers will be traveling to choose a jet that’s comfortable

Here’s a simple table to help you choose the right jet type based on the number of passengers:

Aircraft Type Number of Passengers
Very Light Jet 2-4
Light Jet 6-7
Super Light Jet 7-8
Midsize Jet 8-9
Super Midsize Jet 8-10
Large Jet 10-16
Ultra Long Range Jet 12-16

Research the Destination

Private Jet Airport Runway
The length between take-off and landing will play a huge role in deciding the best private jet

Range and jet types are strongly linked, so the length of your journey between your take-off and landing will play a huge role in deciding which private jet will be the best for you to charter.

How many nautical miles will you have to cover? Will you be able to stop to refuel, or are you aiming for a direct flight? How big is the runway at your destination? Can it accommodate your aircraft? These are some of the key aspects to think about when choosing the right private jet to charter.

Consider Your Priorities

Luggage next to private jet
Determine how much luggage will need to be transported

Each passenger is different and may give more importance to certain aspects of the journey. Do you want the cheapest price possible or the ultimate luxury? Will you be carrying a modest suitcase, or extra-large luggage such as a set of golf clubs? And do you want a flight attendant to wait on you, or is that something you see as expendable?

Take some time to think about what exactly you expect from your flight. For example, flight attendants are standard in midsize jet categories and above. That may add extra costs to the price of your trip. If you’re not sure, you can discuss all of these options with our team, and we can help you make an informed decision.

Check Out Your Options

Once you’ve narrowed down the type of jet you need for your journey, you’ll be shown a list of options that all fit your needs. In some cases, there may only be one single jet that fits the bill. Usually, there will be a handful.

Firstly, you may have a preference – and that’s completely fine. For instance, perhaps you’ve always wanted to fly in a Gulfstream G500. Our team will always talk you through the most practical options, but your journey is unique to you and should meet your expectations.

If you’re flexible, we’ll recommend a number of aircraft and you can take your pick. Let’s say you have seven or eight passengers for a three-hour journey. We may recommend a couple of midsize jets such as the Hawker 800 and the Citation XLS.

The Hawker has a higher range (1,850 nm vs 2,300 nm), but the Citation has a higher speed (400 kts vs 420 kts). Both jets fit the journey requirements, so the choice is yours.

Regardless of the purpose of your journey, the steps described above will help you when choosing the right aircraft for your private jet charter. And for any doubts or questions you might have our team is here to provide all the information to make this task easier for you.

About Richard Zaher

Richard Zaher Richard Zaher is the founder and CEO of Paramount Business Jets. He is a pilot and the President of Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA). Richard is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies. A seasoned international jet charter expert, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and the recipient of the Embry Riddle Eagle Excellence Award at the 2012 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. He is also an active member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as well as several safety and air charter organizations.

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