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How much does it cost to charter a flight? New flyers share prices


Under the pandemic, private aviation is flourishing.

Many private jet companies are facing a new problem because of the high interest. keeping up with demand.

VistaJet is a private airline that reported new member numbers for 2021’s first half were up 53% over 2020. Europe brought in the most new members (51%) during the period. 

Naveen Dittakavi CEO, said that “It’s not surprising that searches on ‘charter travel” have increased by 520% during the last twelve months.” Next Vacay. The number of searches for “if you would like to fly a private aircraft” has increased 1,100% over the last 12 months.

Gregg Brunson-Pitts is the founder of Advanced Aviation TeamA Virginia-based private plane broker. Many of them booked private jets after the pandemic, some for their first time.

“People have… come off of the sidelines,” said he. “It wasn’t just the wealthy people with means —governments were using them. Because they were used to transport supplies, our company was able to pick up quite quickly even after the shutdown.

Gregg Brunson–Pitts answered the question “maybe someone who has a net worth greater than $5 million.”

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Brunson Pitts, the White House’s Director of the Travel Office during the second term of President George W. Bush, admitted that charter jet pricing can’t be as transparent and straightforward as commercial flight. However, there are good reasons to do so.  

Unlike a commercial flight — where passengers are flying on the same plane at the same time on the same date — charter jets vary considerably by size and service (none vs. “VIP catering and flight attendants”), said Brunson-Pitts. He said that flexibility in travel dates is a factor which affects the prices due to increasing demand.  

A flight to Washington, D.C. for a family with four could cost anywhere between $10,000 and $50,000, depending on the customers’ preferences.

CNBC spoke to newly converted private flight attendants about the prices they paid when flying during the pandemic.

“Wrestled for many years with the cost’

Nom: Jarrett Preston
ProfessionIdoneus is the international asset trading firm.

Preston stated that he had been a “very occasional private flyer” before the pandemic.

Preston said that he struggled with private travel for many years. Preston said that as the pandemic swept through the world, flights had to be drastically reduced or diverted. This led to longer lines. [and]As the incidences of violence aboard aircraft increased, I decided to make private air travel a necessity.

Jarrett Preston stated that he flew privately because of safety, security, and efficiency.

Jarrett Preston

For $10,500, he flew from Tampa to Miami for Florida-based. Monarch Air Group charter service. 

“Aside from the time-savings, safety of me and my family as well my colleagues comes first,” he stated. It has been one the most important business and personal decisions that I have made.”

Comfortability, safety and privacy

Nom: Ahmad Sahroni
ProfessionPolitical and businessman

Sahroni, a member the People’s Representative Council in Indonesia’s legislative branch was one of two bodies elected by him. He said that he began flying private for safety, privacy, and comfortability. 

Ahmad Sahroni from Indonesia, a politician said that privacy was one of the reasons why he began flying by private plane.

Ahmad Sahroni

For his first flight with an Indonesian airline company, he paid $36,000 CeoJetset. He flew from Bali, Indonesia to Jakarta, its capital.

“As a person with high mobility … time efficiency is also the key factor,” he said.

If he wants to keep flying private after the pandemic, he says “Yes.”

“Takes all stress out”

Nom: Steven Sadaka
ProfessionStevenDouglas, CEO executive search firm

Sadaka frequents Miami International Airport.

“It can be very stressful trying to get through such large international airports. “There are long lines to security. You’re just a number,” said he. It was always a problem for me. However, I couldn’t justifiy it. [spending] $6,000 an hour for a charter jet.”

Steven Sadaka stated that he was unable to travel in an airport or on commercial flight when the pandemic began.

Steven Sadaka

He now flys with the same company. Jet ItHe said that the hourly rate is about $1,600. His first flight was a round trip from Boca Raton (Florida) to Teterboro (New Jersey).

Sadaka claimed that private jet travel removes “all the stress” from travel. Sadaka said he was not returning to the airport.

“I can reach my destination five minutes ahead of takeoff. A car is there, so I don’t have to worry if it gets cancelled,” he stated. “I am able to travel as my schedule allows, even when it is changed.”

Travel semi-private

Nom: Derrick L. Miles
ProfessionCourMed is the founder and CEO of a health tech company CourMed

Miles chose to make the change for Covid-19 safety as well as time savings.

He stated that “Travel delays or waiting for long lines can negatively affect our company’s ability get more done each day.” It is time that’s valuable.

Derrick Miles claimed that the Pandemic caused him to avoid airport crowds and change his flight habits.

Derrick Miles, jet

He’s now flying along JSXThe Dallas-based company operates 30 seater aircraft in the United States. He paid $1,200 for round trip airfare from Dallas to Miami on his first flight. 

Miles stated that JSX doesn’t operate a charter service but that he prefers its ‘hop-on’ jet service. They have pre-set flights to take me to specific destinations and they are more affordable.

Miles says that the greatest perk is “getting my money back.”

He said, “I don’t need to get to the private hanger before 20-30 minutes before departure.” The JSX parking garage is only 20 meters from the facility. I am able to save hours, so I can concentrate on my company’s growth, liquidity, profitability, and growth.

The most private among all

NomBrandon Ham
ProfessionManager of investment in the financial industry

It’s not in a jet, but Ham flies the most private way possible — he pilots his own plane.

According to him, he began flying lessons right before the pandemic started. He purchased a Cirrus Single-Engine piston aircraft in September.

Brandon Ham, his girlfriend Kirsten Opsahl and a 2021 Cirrus (SR22T) that Ham claims is nearly identical to the aircraft he has built.

Brandon Ham

While he refused to reveal the exact cost, he stated that new planes can cost many millions more than certified ones.  According to him, it costs more to purchase and fly his plane than fly in commercial first-class seating. He said that chartering a plane with a professional pilot can be even more expensive.

He said, “The purchase price is only one part of the story.” Running costs and maintenance can be huge with any airplane, as jets often cost thousands of dollars an hour to maintain.

Ham stated that plane ownership has the best aspect: it offers flexibility.

If you’re feeling like sleep-in, it is possible. He said that if you are wondering whether you still have the time for a round of golf, or if there is enough time to run up another mountain, it’s possible.

However, there are some drawbacks.

“Cost is surely one of them, and the fact that the plane doesn’t have a bathroom, nor food and drink service … my plane will also fly much slower than a commercial jet,” said Ham.

It’s easier to save time “on ground”, he stated, adding that from Chicago’s apartment to Nashville’s sister’s home, it’s quicker to fly your own plane.  

Ham said that Ham did not fly private before becoming a pilot. He also stated that he would continue flying commercially, particularly to travel abroad.