How to Choose the Right Private Jet for Your Trip

How to Choose the Right Private Jet

If you have made the wise decision to book a private jet charter for your next getaway, you are well on your way to a luxurious and unforgettable experience. However, if this is your first time doing so, you may be surprised to find out that you get to decide which jet you choose. 

There are so many different jet sizes and inflight amenities that it may be tough to decide the best option. And, since you are an avid traveler and not an aviation expert, knowing which one to choose can be confusing and overwhelming. 

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be.

Doing your research (as you are doing right now) can help guide you in the right direction so that there are no unwanted surprises on your day of travel. 

To get you started, here are a few factors to consider when choosing the right private jet for your trip. 

Look for a Convenient Home Base

Choosing a jet that has a convenient home base means that everything you need for your flight is close by. If you are in the Los Angeles area, for instance, working with a charter company out of Miami doesn’t really do you much good. Opting for one that runs out of Van Nuys or Camarillo, on the other hand, makes it easy. 

Your concierge team is so close and can make your entire trip more personable. And this will enhance your overall experience. 

Get to Know Your Destination

While most airports can accommodate any size private jet, there are exceptions. This is why it is a good idea to take a closer look at your destination. You may need to narrow down your choices based on which jets will fit on the runways. 

Accessing smaller, private airports can get you closer to your destination – and can be your only way to certain remote destinations. Unfortunately, some of these airports cannot handle jumbo jets or heavy jets. So be sure to take this into consideration. 

The Number of Passengers

Every jet is different when it comes to the number of passengers it can accommodate. Even if two jets are the same make and model, they may vary in how many passengers they hold due to uniquely designed interiors.

It is best to work with a charter team to choose the aircraft that will best meet your passenger requirements. In the meantime, it doesn’t hurt to learn about the different types of aircraft and the approximate number of passengers they can handle. 

  • 2 to 4 passengers: Very light jets
  • 6 to 7 passengers: Light jets 
  • 7 to 8 passengers: Super-light jets 
  • 8 to 9 passengers: Midsize jets
  • 8 to 10 passengers: Super-midsize jets 
  • 10 to 16 passengers: Large jets 

Remember, you want to ensure that you have a seat for every passenger – especially for safety reasons. However, you also want to make sure that you have enough room for everyone onboard to feel comfortable for the duration of the flight. 

Going the Distance

Private aircraft will have to stop to refuel if the flight distance is longer than what the aircraft can handle. To have a nonstop flight with enough fuel to get you from one point to the next, you will want to take a look at the different aircraft and the distances they are able to travel. 

For the most part, a jet’s range is tied very closely to its size.  

Below is a very general overview that can give you an idea of distance based on size:

  • Light jets can travel anywhere between 1,200 nautical miles to 2,500 nautical miles 
  • Midsize jets can travel anywhere between 1,800 nautical miles to 3,300 nautical miles 
  • Heavy jets can travel anywhere between 2,500 nautical miles to 4,750 nautical miles

Special Accommodations

Finally, you always want to consider any special accommodations you may require – or desire. 

Flying private comes with the ability to have a lot of personalizations. So if you are taking a business trip and expect to get work done with your colleagues while in the sky, you may want to have a certain seating/table arrangement or ratio. Perhaps you are taking a family trip with kids and you need to be able to keep them occupied with an inflight entertainment system. Or, maybe you and your buddies are heading out for a golf getaway and you are all bringing your clubs, requiring a luggage compartment capable of handling the volume. 

Remember private jets are much different than flying commercial. You can have certain refreshments and snacks on board, a catered meal, and so forth. You may even request to have a flight attendant on board the flight. 

Are you looking for the most comfortable and luxurious private jet experience or are you just wanting to get to and from your destination in the most affordable way possible? 

Consider all the things that will make your trip complete and choose a private jet that can fulfill it. 

Guidance from the Experts at Sun Air Jets

If you are not sure what type of private jet to choose – or you would like a professional opinion – then you need to consult with the experienced staff at Sun Air Jets before you book your charter. 

See, we know our fleet inside and out. And once we discuss the details of your travel with you, we will be able to provide you with a private jet that will exceed your expectations. 

It doesn’t matter if you have traveled on a private jet before or if this is your first time, each trip is different. Having the right jet to accommodate it can mean the difference between an ordinary flight experience and an extraordinary flight experience. 

The experts at Sun Air Jets can answer any questions you may have and guide you along your journey – wherever it may take you. 

Ready to book your private charter? Contact us today at (805) 243-3717. Or, book online. 

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