Private Jet

With the well documented issues in commercial flying more and more people have found reasons to turn to private aircraft.

There are a variety of options to consider. The starting point is how often you want to fly privately.

If you only fly a few hours a year then on demand aircraft charter is probably the best way to go. As your number of hours of private flying increases look at charter cards and fractional cards.

Once you reach about 50 hours of flying a year then fractional aircraft ownership can start to make sense and above 300 or so hours per year whole ownership is worth looking into. Here is some core information to help you understand the options.

All of the major providers have expanded over the last few years. Many now offer a wide range of products and solutions to meet the needs of various clients. If you're looking at the different options then download our Guide to Private Aviation, which compares the products and providers. 

The latest news and research on private jets and aircraft is included below.


The founder and CEO of Wheels Up had lots to say at this years NBAA private aviation conference in Las Vegas. He has just raised new investment funds and is growing his fleet and his membership base.

Pilatus announced the development of the PC-12 at the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in October 1989. Pilatus believed that the PC-12 would fit a new market not served by existing aircraft, namely the King Air series aircraft, and it would be the first single-engine, turbo-prop aircraft capable of a large cabin volume, flying at high speed across long distances.

With some of the emotions from last years US election having died down – at least a little bit - we decided to take a look at how the Presidential candidates used private jets. The election spending filings show all the major candidates made use of private aviation. With the final candidates flying hundreds of hours and spending millions of dollars as they crisscrossed the country.

Global aviation company VistaJet continues to go from one success to another. Recent figures indicate impressive growth in multiple markets around the world. Formed in 2004 by Swiss financier Thomas Flohr, the VistaJet fleet is now 71 strong, with both Bombardier Challenger and Global aircraft.

California-based airline company Surf Air recently announced that it has bought RISE, headquartered in Dallas. The acquisition is part of Surf Air’s goal to expand their all-you-can-fly membership service across the US and Europe.

As an aircraft broker, it’s not unusual for a buyer to expect you to find them a “distressed” aircraft and there are still plenty of buyers out there who think that every seller is desperate. However, the reality is that the market has changed and there are far fewer owners who want to sell “at any price” but there are some great buys available.

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Many of the large fractional jet providers also offer a leasing option. Which one is better for you depends on personal circumstances including investment plans and actual travel needs. SherpaReport talked to some leading providers and advisers to get some different perspectives.

The Dassault Falcon 7X took its first flight in 2005, and was first delivered to a customer in 2007. This large cabin business jet has a range of almost 6,000 nm. Here’s a breakdown on the costs to buy and operate one.

Private jet cards have become increasingly popular. There are a variety of providers who issue the cards and each issuer has somewhat different features. So it is important to spend a little time comparing what is available and choosing the one that best suits your needs. Below are some points to consider when purchasing a jet card.

Sales data from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) shows deliveries in 2016 were lower than for several years. The annual databook reported 661 new business jets sold worldwide in 2016 compared to 718 unit sales in 2015. Here are some of the highlights and the sales by manufacturer.