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 Gulfstream G550 is a heavy, long range business jet that received its FAA type certificate in 2003. It is sometimes also known as the GV-SP. Over 550 have been produced, including the Gulfstream G500 which has a lower fuel capacity and reduced range. The G550 replaced the Gulfstream V, and has improved aerodynamics leading to an increased range and fuel efficiency. It is the most successful model in Gulfstream history.

NetJets and Textron made a major announcement at this year’s NBAA Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). The two companies signed an agreement for options to purchase up to 175 super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitudes and up to 150 large cabin Cessna Citation Hemispheres. NetJets has had nearly 500 Cessna Citations in its fleet since 1984, including the Citation Latitude, Sovereign, Excel/XLS and X.

The global private jet provider VistaJet has a whole department dedicated to dining aboard their aircraft. They recently launched the “Chairmans Menu” which takes the culinary experience to an even higher level. Here’s a look at the food and drink on offer, and how they go about providing it at 40,000 feet.

The choice of providers for aircraft and crew can make or break the reputation of a jet card company. We spoke with four major jet card firms, all of whom use third party aircraft operators, to learn more about how they make their decisions and what criteria are most important.

Elite sports are big business, and getting athletes from tournament to tournament—beyond the glare of cameras, and without the hurry-up-and-wait of commercial airport travel—has become increasingly complex. This is why many teams now choose to charter large aircraft, and turn to experienced brokers and charter firms to transport them from city to city efficiently and comfortably.

The private jet provider has created a new membership program designed directly for corporations. It offers six categories of aircraft all at a fixed hourly price, available with as little as six hours’ notice.

VistaJet, the global private aviation company founded by Swiss financier Thomas Flohr, continues to expand with the recent news that it has acquired California-based XOJet. The deal will add 43 aircraft to VistaJet’s existing fleet of more than 70 large private jets.

One of the leading providers of fractional jet ownership, reported strong results for the first half of 2018. Flexjet saw sales increase 17 percent compared to the same period in 2017. As part of this increase, Flexjet saw a 76% growth in customers who were completely new to the company.

SherpaReport visited NetJets headquarters in Columbus last month and had the opportunity to tour the Flight Center and meet several of the management team. I obtained great insights into the operations and how NetJets matches its aircraft and crews to the needs of its owners. Here’s what I learned.

Earlier this year saw the launch of the Sky Access Program from Delta Private Jets. More recently, the program has been enhanced with new booking software. Members in the program have access to free empty-leg flights, giving last-minute access to one-way travel, and can also book fixed price private jet charters. The Northern Kentucky based company says it will “make luxury travel affordable.”