The difference between the jet charter industry and the airlines is that air charters are those flights that are on-demand and nonscheduled transportation of passengers and/or cargo.
Hoovers.com reports that domestic passenger travel makes up 50 percent of the air charter industry’s revenue, followed by international passengers (15 percent), domestic air freight (10 percent) and international air freight (five percent).
So who is chartering jets? Large corporations do so that their top managers and executives can save time by skipping lines and restrictions on commercial airlines. Wealthy people get a private charter for the same reason: convenience. Sports teams, the U.S. military and government agencies also charter private planes.
In addition, chartering a plane also gives people and corporations a lot more options. Hoovers.com (citing the General Aviation Manufacturers Association) writes that “air charter planes have access to over 4,000 general aviation airports; scheduled commercial aircraft are restricted to the 500 U.S. commercial airports.”
Those who charter planes have a true wealth of types, capacity and amenities from which to choose. Need a helicopter? Charter it. Prefer turboprop? You got it! Want to fly to Istanbul in a multi-engine jet airliner with 200 of your best friends? It’s available.
Most chartered planes (85 percent) are fixed-wing aircraft while 15 percent are helicopters. Turboprop planes offer passengers a pressurized cabin, one or two pilots and the capacity to carry up to eight passengers. These planes will fly about 200 miles per hour and have a range of about 1,000 miles.
If those who wish to charter a plane need to go farther and faster, pressurized heavy jets have a range of up to 8,000 miles and can fly at 500 miles per hour. These aircraft can carry up to 18 passengers and can sport such amenities as a full bathroom and flight attendants.