7 Facts About Private Jets: Speed, Distance and Other Capabilities

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How fast do private jets fly?

How fast do private jets fly? How far can a private flight fly? What can you bring on to a private jet that you can’t typically bring when you fly commercially? These are just some of the many questions that people have when they’re just learning about flying private. If you don’t know much about flying private and just beginning to explore your options, you’ll be pleased to know that not only do private flights offer the same capabilities that flying commercial offers, but there are also incomparable benefits.

How fast do private jets fly?

This will vary, depending on different factors, but mostly on the type of private airplane you are flying on. Private jets often fly at the same speed as commercial jets, which on average, fly 547–575 mph when they reach cruising altitude. Smaller private jets and private aircraft, on the other hand, often have the capability of flying faster than commercial airplanes. So, how fast do private jets fly? While it does depend on various factors, the average speed is 600 mph. 

How far can a private flight fly?

There is no limit to how far a private plane can fly; it all depends on the size of the aircraft you charter. Generally, the further you’re flying, the bigger of a plane you’ll need. If you plan on flying more than 4,000 miles, you can certainly do so with a private flight, but you’ll need to charter a large cabin jet in order to make this trip. Very small planes and turboprop planes are good for traveling about 1,000-1,500 miles or less, so if you’re traveling to a nearby city or just a few hundred miles away, the smallest available private planes are almost always sufficient. Light, midsize, and super-mid jets are typically capable of flying anywhere between 1,000 and 4,000 miles. If you’re unsure about how big of a plane you need for your upcoming private flight charter, we are happy to help match you with the plane that will best suit your needs and preferences.

Baggage allowance on private jets

Baggage allowances: commercial vs. charter

What are you allowed to bring on a private jet compared to a commercial airplane? Here is a fun fact about flying private: you have much more flexibility when it comes to what you’re allowed to bring on the plane compared to flying on a commercial airline, which is just one of the many benefits of flying private. When passengers fly commercial, they are often extremely limited to what they can check into the cargo section of the airline, and even more limited to what they can bring with them in the flight cabin. Not only are passengers limited on the numbers of luggage items they can bring, but there are also weight limitations set in place.

Instead of baggage limits for each passenger on a commercial flight, on a private flight, there is a payload limit for the entire aircraft. This number takes the weight of everything on board into account: carry-on bags, checked luggage, the number of passengers, and so on. This means that as long as it’s safe and doesn’t exceed the payload weight limits, there are no restrictions to what you can bring and you don’t have to worry about excessive fees for the extra bags you bring, either. Planning on a shopping spree for your next trip? Do you have a lot of sports equipment you want to bring? All of these things (and more) are possible to bring aboard when you fly private.

What is a carbon-neutral flight?

Whenever an airplane is in-flight, it emits a certain amount of CO2, or carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere due to the burning of jet fuel. Because of this, many people have environmental concerns about flying, in general. If you are trying to lower your carbon footprint and share the same concerns about flying, chartering a private flight can actually give you the opportunity to offset the carbon emissions. This is also known as a carbon-neutral flight, which uses a formal process that helps to offset these emissions. To learn more about carbon-neutral flight options, contact us today.

Terminals and gates for private flights

If you’re chartering a private flight, you’ll board your plane from an FBO (Flight-Based Operator) terminal or gate. These boarding areas are exclusively reserved for those flying on private aircraft. Because you won’t be in the same area as those waiting to board commercial airplanes, there’s a lot more privacy offered, and it is typically a more luxurious experience overall. Depending on the specifics of your exact charter flight, such as the airport you’re flying out of, you may even be able to drive directly up to your chartered aircraft via tarmac ramp access.

Arriving at the airport

Departure time flexibility

Worried about the timing of your departure? Whether you have a hectic schedule, or you simply want a flexible departure time, flying private can offer more options. Not only are you in control of your departure time, but if you’re running late for whatever reason, you don’t have to worry about missing your flight.

Airport security when flying private

Going through security at the airport can be time-consuming, stressful, and invasive. When you’re flying private, however, you can often bypass standard security checkpoints and receive private screenings that still meet TSA standards. This significantly expedites the security process overall and makes it a much easier experience.

How fast do private jets fly?

Charter a private flight today

If you’d like to learn more about private flights or have questions about private flight capabilities, we are happy to help! We are always available to provide more information about our fleet, how the process works, and answer any questions you may have about chartering a private jet. If you’d like to charter a private jet for your next trip, we also have team members standing by and ready to arrange everything for you. Use our instant quote tool to get a quote for your upcoming trip, or reach out to us directly to go over your different options!