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For many travelers, the commercial airline experience is a nightmare of long lines, delayed flights and crowded cabins full of stressed passengers. Many probably dream of flying in a private jet, with its short lines, comfortable seats, and classy amenities.
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However, if you don’t have the money to spend it, it will remain just that: a fantasy. Although the price of renting or chartering a jet has come down in recent years — and in some cases is on par with what you pay for first or business class commercial airline tickets — you can still expect to spend thousands of dollars.
The cost of chartering a private jet depends on a number of factors ranging from the type of aircraft to the destination. However, according to Paramount Business Jets, a private jet charter service, you can typically expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $11,000 or more per billable flight hour. “Billable” flight time refers to the time the jet is in the air and does not include taxi time on the runway.
The cheapest private jets — turboprops, very light jets, and executive light jets — typically cost around $2,600 to $3,500 per hour. Mid-size or super-mid-size jets range from $3,200 to $6,000 per hour.
For large, ultra-long, and heavy jets that travel longer distances, costs typically range from $5,600 to $11,000 per hour within the United States and possibly internationally.
Air Charter Service, another private jet booking company, lists an hourly rate of between $4,450 and $6,400 per hour for midsize jets made by companies like Bombardier, Cessna, Hawker, and Embraer. The flight times of these jets are between three and seven hours.
For heavy jets, rates range from $6,250 to $12,400 per hour. Some of these aircraft are manufactured by commercial airline manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus. Flight times range from five to 14 hours.
The prices you pay to hire a private jet cover basic things like fuel, landing fees, airport taxes and labor costs. There may be additional charges for everything from onboard catering and concierge services to Wi-Fi fees, cleaning fees (if you make a big mess), and overnight crew accommodation costs.
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In case you were wondering whether private jet travel follows the same rules as commercial air travel, in many cases it does. Depending on where you’re departing from, you may have to go through private jet terminals for security and customs reasons, but the process is quicker than commercial airlines, according to the Private Jet Charter website. Depending on the destination, you may also need to bring an ID card, passport or visa.
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