For private air charter trips up to 3,000 miles carrying less than 7 passengers the ideal type of private charter aircraft is a light jet. This type of private jet was created for short to medium-distance flights such as air charters between New York and Miami, or Atlanta to Houston. These private jets are not made for coast-to-coast travel.
The most popular types of light jets for private air charter are the Lear jet 35, Beech Jet, the Citation series, and the Falcon 10.
These private jets can comfortably accommodate their passengers on a North to South air charter such as Ft Lauderdale to Boston, or a Palm Beach to Aspen private air charter. The average cost of chartering a light jet ranges between $2,300/hr to $2,800/hr.
The price for these individual private jets varies according to the safety ranking of the aircraft, its type, year of manufacture, and year of refurbishing.
Additionally, if the private jet operator has agreed to the additional scrutiny of the added safety ranking, through independent third-party air charter certifiers such as Wyvern or ARG/US, the cost of these safety rankings is transferred to the customer.
The light jet is a good and economical solution for private jet charter for less than 3,000 miles, however, it is important to keep in mind that the most economical private air charter solution is usually not the most comfortable one. Light jets are characterized by low cabin height and limited baggage capacity.
The typical light jet will have about 5ft in interior height and usually will not have an enclosed lav -a must-have feature in every luxury private jet. That’s why a large crowd of private jet travelers typically charter a mid-size private jet to accommodate their private air charter needs.