Baggage Allowance for Private Aircraft

Depending on the type of aircraft you charter, you may want to pack light. Most light jets are a little cramped for space in the baggage compartment. It’s not just the space either. If every seat is filled, the weight of the suitcases can become an issue as well. I’ll cover the spectrum from turboprops to heavy jets.

Turboprops can have some advantages when it comes to baggage. In the venerable King Air 200, if every seat is filled, baggage is usually not an issue. I’m talking about roll-away suitcases here, not that plus a golf bag for eight people. Switching to light jets makes things a bit more complicated. Light jets were designed for short day or overnight trips for executives and in the 70s and 80s, it was the norm not to need any luggage space. With light jets being used more and more for leisure purposes (especially when filling every seat), the 40 cubic feet of space available in some jets can become quite a problem when it comes to baggage. Compared to a King Air 200’s 54 cubic feet, you can see the disadvantage.

Midsize jets offer more seating and legroom, but depending on the aircraft, baggage woes may continue. For instance, the Hawker 1000 has room for 9 people, but still less trunk space than a King Air 200 at 50 cubic feet. Heavy jets have more of everything, and here we get a bit of relief from the confines of cramped luggage compartments where the Gulfstream G-650 has 194 cubic feet of space. See the table below for a comparison.

Aircraft SeatsBaggage Space (Cu. Ft.)Baggage Space / Seat (Cu. Ft)
King Air 2007547.7
Learjet 31A8405.0
Hawker 10009505.6
Gulfstream G-6501819510.8