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The cost of flight on a private jet in the USA

Thanks to the many benefits of private jet hire, more people are traveling by private jet charter than ever before. You could spend upwards of $100 million on the customized luxury airliner of your dreams, or you could find out how much cheaper it is to rent a plane with this guide.

Why you’d want to rent a plane

Luxury white leather interior of a private jet with wooden table centerpiece
Luxury white leather interior of a private jet with wooden table centerpiece

Flying on a private jet may actually be more cost-effective than you think – saving you airport time, minimizing travel fatigue, optimizing work productivity while onboard, and getting you close to your destination at a time of your choosing.

If you’re on the “Forbes Richest” list or an A-list celebrity, your next few paychecks should cover your own private jet – the new Cessna CJ4 is going for about $9 million. Pocket change, right? But for the majority of travelers, a private jet rental is a better option. Private jet charter offers all the benefits of owning a private jet without the hefty price tag and the hassle of continual maintenance.

There’s also no need to settle for one airplane. Hopping over to the Hamptons for the weekend requires a different plane for the journey than if you were taking your boardroom overseas. When you rent a jet, you select the most cost-effective aircraft that’s just right for your needs every time you fly.

To book a private jet for a vacation, business trip or special occasion, please visit our private jet charter page.

How much is a charter flight on an air taxi or light jet?

White Cessna Citation on tarmac at a side angle
White Cessna Citation on tarmac at a side angle

Whenever there’s a headlining game in town, you’ll see private jets parked wing-to-wing on the apron at the nearest airport. A private helicopter rental (or air taxi) will help you beat the airport scrum. The Sikorsky S-76 has been transporting three passengers in comfort to their business and leisure destinations since the 70s. Regular enhancements have made the S-76 a seriously impressive travel solution at a lower cost.

For a weekend in the Hamptons, consider a private jet charter turboprop like the Piper Aztec. This popular commuter plane costs around $2,900 to fly from New York to Montauk, while a 40-minute flight from Montauk to White Plains comes in at a private jet rental cost of around $2,800 aboard a Piper Seneca.

If you’re bringing family and friends along (all that extra baggage!), you could upgrade to a Cessna Citation CJ3 light jet, which can complete the journey in under 30 minutes for a private charter flight cost of around $3,900.

Turboprops and light jets are perfect for short journeys from, say, Los Angeles to Las Vegas. A Cessna Citation Mustang will get you and three additional passengers to the City of Lights in about an hour at a cost of around $4,100.

Now for a look at a selection of popular light jets and turboprops, and the private jet cost per hour:

Aircraft Range Capacity Cruising Speed Cost per hour Max flight time
Cessna Citation Mustang 1,343 mi / 2,161 KM 4 Passengers 630 KM/H / 391 MPH $4,000 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Cessna Citation CJ3 2,157 mi / 3472 KM 6 Passengers 773 KM/H / 480 MPH $5,500 3 Hours
Beechcraft King Air 200 1,818 mi / 2,926 KM 6 Passengers 515 KM/H / 320 MPH $4,000 3 Hours 30 Minutes

Can’t wait to charter a light jet or turboprop? No problem. Find out more about how to charter a plane with ACS.

How much is a charter flight on a mid-size or super-mid-size jet?

Bombardier Learjet parked on tarmac with beautiful sunset in background
Bombardier Learjet parked on tarmac with beautiful sunset in background

Your charter plane cost will increase as your need for additional space for passengers, luggage or equipment increases. The private jet hire of a mid-size plane allows you to cover greater distances and reach higher speeds. So if you’d like to get from Los Angeles to Washington in a five-and-a-half-hour journey with six passengers onboard, the sleek mid-size Learjet 40/40XR will cost around $30,000. The same journey in the nine-seater Hawker Beechcraft 900XP will cost around $38,000 for an elegant and smooth ride. That works out to about $5,500 and $7,000 respectively per hour in the air.

Alternatively, the five-hour journey from Atlanta Georgia to San Francisco costs around $41,500, which is $8,300 per hour in a Falcon 20 private jet.

Other popular options for mid-size jets include the Bombardier Learjet 60XR, which costs approximately $7,000 per hour of flight, while the private flight cost of a Gulfstream G200/G280, is $9,500 an hour.

If you’re all about saving on your jet lease cost by chartering a smaller plane over a greater distance, keep in mind that this may end up making your journey more expensive. Smaller private jets that must cover long distances will need to stop to refuel. This will increase the cost because of landing, refueling and the extra time added to your journey. Private jet charter costs typically include:

  • Fuel for the distance you travel. Prices change constantly so a surcharge is usually added to make up the difference between the projected cost on your private jet charter quote, and the actual cost of flying.
  • Landing fees calculated on the size and weight of your aircraft. These vary from airport to airport, and go towards maintaining airport facilities.
  • Airport fees are charged for managing an aircraft on the ground by a Fixed Based Operator (FBO) or Aircraft Handling Company. This includes servicing the aircraft’s toilets, arranging fuel and passenger transport to and from the terminal, and rest facilities for the crew.
  • On a return journey, ramp fees are charged when a plane is parked at an airport overnight or for any length of time.
  • Other costs of multi-leg journeys can include overnight accommodation for private jet charter crew members and their taxis to and from hotel to airport during stop-overs.

Super-mid-size and larger private jets are better suited to journeys of six hours or more. The private flight cost of an eight-and-a-half-hour journey from Chicago to London comes in at around $74,600 in an Embraer Legacy 500 that has an impressive range of 3,450 miles. Or the trip will cost just under $94,000 in the intelligently-designed and high-performing Bombardier Challenger 300. This works out at $8,776 and $11,750 respectively per hour in the air.

Let’s take a look at some popular mid-size jets and the private jet charter cost per hour:

Aircraft Range Capacity Cruising Speed Cost per hour flight time Max flight time
Bombardier Learjet 40/40XR 1,961 mi / 3,156 KM 6 Passengers 860 KM/H / 534 MPH $5,500 3 Hours
Bombardier Learjet 60XR 2,782 mi / 4,478 KM 7 Passengers 778 KM/H / 483 MPH $7,000 4 Hours
Hawker Beechcraft 900XP 3,242 mi / 5,217 KM 9 Passengers 861 KM/H / 535 MPH $7,000 5 Hours
Dassault Falcon 20 2,080 mi / 3,350 KM 8 Passengers 819 KM/H / 508 MPH $7,000 4 Hours
Embraer Legacy 500 3,452 mi / 5 556 KM 9 Passengers 1000 KM/H / 621 MPH $9,500 5 Hours
Bombardier Challenger 300 3,567 mi / 5,741 KM 9 Passengers 870 KM/H / 540 MPH $9,500 6 Hours
Cessna Citation X 3,700 mi /5,956 KM 8 Passengers 972 KM/H / 603 MPH $9,500 5 Hours
Gulfstream G200 / G280 4,142 mi / 6,667 KM 9 Passengers 796 KM/H / 494 MPH $9,500 7 Hours
Hawker Beechcraft 700 2,417 mi / 3,890 KM 8 Passengers 723 KM/H / 449 MPH $7,000 4 Hours 30 Minutes

You’d love a mid-size jet to get you and your friends to your destination in style? Or you need to get your colleagues in the air in a hurry? Find out more about our private jet charter and group charter services.

How much is it to charter a heavy jet?

Gulfstream heavy private jet on runway ready for passengers to board
Gulfstream heavy private jet on runway ready for passengers to board

Long-haul flights are best handled by heavy jets. The price of chartering a private heavy jet can reach six figures. In exchange, you can take many passengers along with you over longer distances. A heavy jet offers the additional perks of a bigger cabin, luxurious plane amenities, and the services of flight attendants.

For example, a long-haul flight from New York to London is best suited to a heavy jet like the Gulfstream G550. The ultra-long-range private jet (which has set over 40 city-pair records for time), combines incredible speed and range with excellent interior features. Its luxurious interior offers four distinct areas for up to 16 passengers, and it offers impressive multimedia resources for onboard entertainment and connectivity.

If you need to spread out for a business meeting, you could go even bigger with a luxury airliner like the Airbus A319 or a Boeing BBJ. Of course, these large VIP executive airliners are top-of-the line and will impact heavily on your private jet rental cost. A 13-hour journey from Boston to Dubai in a Challenger 850 will cost around $147,000 for 16 passengers, while the private charter flight cost of a 13-and-a-half-hour journey for 12 passengers from New York to Shanghai in a Gulfstream G300 will cost more than $176,000. This means each hour in the air amounts to about $13,000.

Let’s take a look at some popular mid-size jets and what they’ll cost to charter per hour:

Aircraft Range Capacity Cruising Speed Cost per hour flight time Max flight time
Bombardier Challenger 850 3,234 mi / 5,206 KM 16 Passengers 850 KM/H / 528 MPH $11,500 5 Hours
Gulfstream G300 3,486 mi / 5,610 KM 14 Passengers 819 KM/H / 508 MPH $13,500 6 Hours
Gulfstream G550 7,767 Mi / 12,501 KM 16 Passengers 850 KM/H / 528 MPH $14,000 14 Hours
Airbus A319 4,287 mi / 6900 KM 19 Passengers 850 KM/H / 528 MPH $20,000 8 Hours
Boeing BBJ 10,932 mi / 17,594 KM 25 - 50 Passengers 870 KM/H / 541 MPH $20,000 12 Hours

Empty legs: low-cost private jet service

Row of midsize luxury private jets on tarmac
Row of midsize luxury private jets on tarmac

A private jet rental can be extremely costly, but there is another option for traveling in optimal luxury at a fraction of the price: empty leg flights. When Air Charter Service has a one-way private jet charter, the aircraft is often empty when returning to its base, or traveling on to its next destination. These ‘empty leg’ flights are ideal for last-minute trips or business travel, and are offered to passengers at savings of up to 75%.

So how much is a charter flight on an empty legs special? You can expect to pay between $1,300 and $3,000 per flying hour on average for this low-cost private jet service onboard a turboprop or executive light jet; $4,000 to $8,000 per flying hour for a mid-size to super-mid-size jet; and $8,600 to $13,000 per flying hour for a large private jet.

The price to rent a jet is always subject to change. So for a full private jet charter quote or to find out more about how to charter a plane, simply contact us online or call a member of our team on +1 516 432 590.

What does it cost to charter a plane: FAQs

The charter plane cost varies depending on the distance traveled and the chosen aircraft. A short 40-minute flight in a small plane could cost around $2,800, while the jet lease cost of a one-and-a-half-hour flight in a mid-size jet will be nearer $34,500. As the size of jet and flight times increase, so your private jet charter quote will increase.

The price of a private jet can vary dramatically depending on its age, model and manufacturer. While $400,000 may buy a 1979 Falcon 10 with around 12,000 hours on the clock, a brand new Gulfstream 550 costs upwards of $50m.

When ACS books a one-way charter, the aircraft is sometimes empty when it returns to base or goes on to its next departure airport. This is called an empty leg flight. You can book this low-cost private jet service for an extraordinarily low cost; up to 75% off the average price of a private jet charter. Prices vary depending on the aircraft and journey. Here’s a great tip to save on your private jet cost: rent a plane as a group. If the charge for an empty leg flight is, say, $8,000, with six people onboard the cost of flight on a private jet could be as low as $1,300 per passenger.

A Jet Card Program is like a membership card for private jet charter services. It is one of the best ways to save on the cost of flight on a private jet for frequent flyers. This way you have more flexibility in the number of aircraft types you can choose from and you’ll typically have the benefit of a shorter callout time for the aircraft. You will also benefit from having a dedicated concierge service available 24/7 to organize other aspects of your trip, from accommodation and transfers, to tickets for scheduled flights.

Cessna Aircraft Company is an aircraft manufacturer with many jets on offer, ranging in price from tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars. This means that chartering a Cessna can be significantly more cost-effective than buying one. Find a wide range of Cessna aircraft available for private jet charter on our aircraft guide page.

You can save on the cost of a private jet rental by choosing when you fly. If you have travel flexibility, let your private jet charter operator know when you would like to travel in advance. Just remember that you will be charged a higher price if you need a charter package put together in a short space of time – usually within seven days of departure.

When and where you travel affects the price you’ll pay for your charter flight so speak your operator about the difference in price between flying on, say, a Sunday as opposed to a Monday (it’s usually more expensive to travel on a Friday and Sunday). Since you can save as much as 75% on last-minute deals, it might pay to wait a few days before finalizing your travel plans to find the best deals.

Your dedicated account manager will provide you with a suitable range of aircraft based on your requirements and will assist you with your final decision. View our aircraft guide for more information.

The cost of chartering a plane to Vegas is dependent on where you’re flying from and the model of plane you choose. For example, chartering a Cessna Citation CJ from New York to Las Vegas would cost around $35,000. To book a private jet to Vegas, contact ACS for a quote or to discuss your private jet charter needs.

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