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How to fly from California to Pennsylvania by private jet


California is located on the west coast of the USA, bordered by Oregon, Nevada and Arizona as well as Mexico's Baja California. As the most populous state in the US and home to the rich and famous, California is a popular departure city for travelers who charter private jets. If you need to arrange a private jet from California to Pennsylvania, this travel guide will help you plan the perfect journey.

Private jet airports in the state of California

View of downtown Los Angeles with palm trees and skyscrapers
View of downtown Los Angeles with palm trees and skyscrapers

There are many cities in California with private jet airports. Below are the top five cities in the Golden State where you can hop onto a private charter for a discreet departure in style.

1. Los Angeles

Home to Hollywood’s glitterati, Los Angeles is not only the largest city in the state, but easily ranks as one of the top cities for private jet travel in the US. There is a range of LA airports that offer exceptional facilities for private jet travelers, including Van Nuys Airport, located in the San Fernando Valley region; Bob Hope Airport, which sits three miles from downtown Burbank and 12 miles from downtown LA; Santa Monica Municipal Airport, just a few miles from Malibu, Beverly Hills; and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which offers two incredibly well-equipped private jet terminals that are removed from the hustle and bustle.

2. San Francisco

Beautiful San Francisco is the cultural, commercial and financial heart of northern California. If you want to avoid the crowds of San Francisco International Airport, charter a private jet from the slightly further-out but much quieter Metropolitan Oakland International Airport. If you need a luxury private transfer to the airport, simply contact our team and we’ll arrange everything.

3. Sacramento

Departing from Sacramento? Sacramento International Airport, located 10 miles northwest of the state capital’s central business district, achieved the highest customer satisfaction rating in the United States in 2017. Alternatively, you can catch a private charter from Sacramento Mather Airport, nine miles east of Sacramento’s central business district; or Sacramento Executive Airport, which is just over seven miles away near the neighborhoods of Florin and Vineyard.

4. San Diego

Sunny San Diego, which is widely celebrated as “America’s finest city”, offers its private jet passengers a range of airports to choose from, including San Diego International Airport (also referred to as Lindbergh Field), located just over two miles from downtown San Diego. Another option is Gillespie Field, located 10 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, which isn’t served by any scheduled passenger airlines but is home to over 960 aircraft. Should you wish to arrange private airplane charter from Gillespie Field or any of the other airports servicing the area, contact Air Charter Service and a consultant will gladly assist.

5. Fresno

Fresno is located at the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, a leading agricultural area and the closest major city to Yosemite National Park. If you would like to charter a private jet from Fresno to Pennsylvania, Fresno Yosemite International Airport is a great option as it’s only six miles from Fresno central business district. Alternatively, you can hire a private jet at Sierra Sky Park Airport, located seven miles northwest.

Top 5 cities with private jet airports in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Skyline at dusk with skyscrapers and bridges
Pittsburgh Skyline at dusk with skyscrapers and bridges

Pennsylvania can be found in the northeastern part of the country. Air Charter Service can arrange private airplane to all major cities in Pennsylvania including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Erie and Reading.

1. Philadelphia

Boasting 67 historic national landmarks that mark its long history, Philadelphia is known as the “Cradle of the Nation” and the largest city in the Keystone State. Famous for its arts, culture and history, the city attracts millions of tourists every year. If you are heading to Philadelphia, you can charter a private jet to Northeast Philadelphia Airport or Philadelphia International Airport, the major airport in the city of Philadelphia and also the biggest in Pennsylvania.

2. Pittsburgh

Having reinvented itself from a gritty industrial past, Pittsburgh has become the corporate headquarters of some of America's largest companies. Add to this attractions like the Andy Warhol Museum, Heinz Field football stadium, PNC Park baseball stadium, award-winning restaurants and world-class accommodation, and you have a city buzzing with visitors. Private charters to Pittsburgh typically land at Pittsburgh International Airport, located 20 miles west of Downtown, but you can also arrange to arrive at Rock Airport (also known as Pittsburgh Northeast Airport) or Pittsburgh Monroeville Airport, located one mile north of Monroeville’s central business district.

3. Harrisburg

Harrisburg sits on the Susquehanna River. The state capital attracts thousands of people to live, work and play. Whether you’re heading there for a business meeting or a culture-packed vacation, be sure to arrive in comfort and style. Contact Air Charter Service and we will arrange a flight to Harrisburg International Airport, Capital City Airport or any of the other airports in the Harrisburg area.

4. Erie

Erie, the fourth-largest city in Pennsylvania, is situated on Lake Erie. This picturesque city is just a quick drive from one of the state’s most scenic summer attractions – Presque Isle State Park, a peninsula with beaches and trails that curves around Presque Isle Bay. Fly to this destination in style by chartering one of our luxurious private jets. We offer tailor-made charter service to Erie International Airport, just five miles out of Erie, as well as a range of smaller airports.

5. Reading

With a population of over 87,000, Reading is the fifth-largest city in Pennsylvania. Nearly 400 companies are headquartered in the greater Reading area, making it a regular destination for business travelers. If you are traveling from California to Reading, contact Air Charter Service to arrange your private jet charter to Reading Regional Carl A Spaatz Field or any of the other smaller airports in the area.

How long is a flight from California to Pennsylvania?

Blue Sand running through the bulbs of an hourglass measuring the passing time
Blue Sand running through the bulbs of an hourglass measuring the passing time

The air travel, or shortest “bird fly” distance, between California and Pennsylvania is 2,271 miles. If you travel in an aircraft with an average speed of 560 miles per hour from California to Pennsylvania, it will take roughly four hours to arrive.

A light jet like the Hawker Beechcraft Premier I IA will take just over five hours to get from San Diego International Airport to Pittsburgh International Airport; while a slightly greater distance from Sacramento International Airport to Philadelphia International Airport takes just over five-and-a-half hours in a heavy jet like the Embraer Legacy 600 650.

Below is a flight duration comparison on three different aircraft types from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Harrisburg International Airport.

  • Very Light Jet: 6h 11m
  • Midsize Jet: 5h 20m
  • Heavy Jet: 5h 20m

To book your private jet charter from California to Pennsylvania, contact Air Charter Service or use our aircraft guide to compare different aircraft options.

How much does it cost to charter a private jet from California to Pennsylvania?

So how much does it actually cost to hire a private airplane? The cost of a private jet charter from California to Pennsylvania depends on a range of factors, such as the type of aircraft, the number of passengers and the distance between your chosen airports.

Below are examples of the cost chartering a private jet from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Philadelphia International Airport, based on three aircraft types:

Light Jets like the Hawker Beechcraft Premier I IA: $41,200 - $65,700

  • Can take up to six passengers
  • Offers a unique stand-up cabin, considerably spacious for a light jet aircraft
  • Has a partitioned lavatory

Midsize Jets like the Embraer Legacy 450: $35,900 - $88,100

  • Can take up to seven passengers
  • Top speed of 621 mph
  • Fully reclinable seats for a relaxing journey
  • Can deliver long-haul flights from Moscow to Dubai and New Delhi to Beijing, for example
  • Has an enclosed lavatory, entertainment center and flight attendant

Heavy Jets like the Embraer Legacy 600 650: $87,200 - $155,100

  • Offers three distinct cabin zones where passengers can work, sleep or dine
  • Can take up to 13 passengers
  • Fully berthing seats
  • Low cabin noise
  • Superior baggage hold
  • Excellent option for any mid- to long-haul flight
  • Has a flight attendant and entertainment center

For cost estimations on other routes, use our pricing guide or speak to a consultant to charter a private jet from California to Pennsylvania.

Top 2018 events in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a lineup of exciting events for 2018 – from world-class sporting events to prestigious business summits and more. If you’d like to attend one of these top 2018 events, speak to one of our consultants to arrange a private airplane.

  • Tailor Swift wows the crowd at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh on August 7th. VIP packages are available here.
  • The 9th Annual Cap Classic® is held annually in the Pittsburgh area. Considered to be one of the largest baseball tournaments on the east coast, the event takes place from June 21st – 24th.
  • The 2018 Economic Forecast Summit happens on February 15th at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey, Harrisburg.
  • From September 15th – 19th, the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) – Professional Forum 2018 takes place in Philadelphia. IAMC is the leading association of industrial asset management, corporate real estate executives and economic developers. The event presents networking opportunities with many real estate executives, partners and consultants.

Whether you’d like to attend one of Pennsylvania’s top events or disappear from the crowds and enjoy a private vacation somewhere exclusive, chartering a private jet is your passport to freedom.

For help with booking a private jet charter from California to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Erie, Reading or any other city in the state, simply contact our charter specialists for a personalized private jet quote.

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