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The Different Types of Private Aircraft Available for Charter

by Amber

When it comes to chartering a plane, it’s important to do your research so that you can select the best type of aircraft for your needs. There are several different types of private aircraft available for charter that all offer their own benefits.

Jumbo jets

Jumbo jets are the largest type of private aircraft available for charter. They can accommodate up to 16 passengers and have a range of 4,000 miles. Jumbo jets are ideal for long-distance travel and many have all the bells and whistles, including full kitchens, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, and spacious accommodations. Some popular choices for jumbo jets include the Boeing 747, the Airbus A380, and the Boeing 777.

The Boeing 747 is one of the most recognizable aircraft in the world. It first entered service in 1970 and has since carried more than 3.5 billion passengers. The 747 is a wide-body aircraft, meaning that it has two aisles and can seat up to 400 passengers.  

The Airbus A380 is another wide-body aircraft that entered service in 2007. It is the largest commercial aircraft in the world, able to carry up to 853 passengers. The A380 has two full decks and a wider cabin than the 747, which allows for more comfortable passenger seating. 

The Boeing 777 is a twin-engine, long-range aircraft that can seat up to 300 passengers. It has a range of over 5,000 miles and is one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft in operation today. The 777 made its maiden flight in 1994 and quickly became one of the most popular aircraft among airlines and passengers alike thanks to its high level of comfort and safety. 

Small planes

Small planes are a good option for those who need to travel shorter distances or don’t need all the amenities of a larger aircraft. They can typically seat up to eight passengers and have a range of 1,500 miles. Small planes are less expensive to charter than larger aircraft and offer a more intimate flying experience. 

Some of the most popular small planes available for charter include the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Piper Cherokee, Beechcraft Bonanza, and Cirrus SR20. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seater with a cruising speed of around 124 mph. Piper Cherokees seat up to six people and have a cruising speed of around 140 mph. Beechcraft Bonanzas seat up to five people and have a cruising speed of around 150 mph. Cirrus SR20s seat four people and have a cruising speed of around 161 mph. All of these planes are great for small groups looking to travel relatively short distances.


Helicopters are perfect for those who need to travel short distances quickly and efficiently. They’re also great for sightseeing tours! Helicopters can seat up to six passengers and have a range of 400 miles. 

Mid-size jets

Mid-size jets offer the best of both worlds—they’re large enough to accommodate up to 12 passengers but aren’t as expensive to charter as jumbo jets. Mid-size jets have a range of 2,500 miles and come equipped with features like in-flight entertainment systems and comfortable seating. There are a variety of popular mid-size jets available for charter, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your specific needs, one type of jet may be a better choice than another.

The most popular mid-size jets include the Gulfstream G200, Challenger 604, and Hawker 800XP. The Gulfstream G200 is a large cabin jet that can seat up to 10 passengers. It has a range of 3,700 miles and a top speed of Mach 0.85. The Challenger 604 can seat up to nine passengers and has a range of 4,054 miles. It has a top speed of Mach 0.82. The Hawker 800XP can seat up to eight passengers and has a range of 2,900 miles. It has a top speed of Mach 0.79.

When choosing a mid-size jet, it is important to consider your specific needs. If you need a jet with a large cabin, the Gulfstream G200 is a good option. If you need a jet with a long range, the Challenger 604 is a good option. If you need a jet with a fast speed, the Hawker 800XP is a good option.

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Overall, there are a variety of different types of passenger aircraft, each with its own unique features. The size of the aircraft, the distance you’ll be traveling, your budget, and the amenities you’re looking for will all play a role in your decision-making process. 

When you enroll in our Jet Membership program, one of the many benefits you can take advantage of is the flexibility to pick a different type of aircraft each time you fly. Unlike a lot of jet card programs, which force customers to commit to a certain size aircraft, our clients can change their mind with each flight. Maybe you’re planning a long journey with a large group for an upcoming trip and you’ll need a larger airplane for that particular flight. On the other hand, maybe you’re planning an upcoming weekend getaway and a small plane will suffice. The options are endless and if you need help deciding what type of plane to charter for your upcoming flight, we’re always happy to help. Contact us today to learn more about our fleet, for more information on our Jet Membership program, and to charter a flight.