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Common Questions about Jet Charter
- Is flying Private similar to first class fare?
- What is the difference between charter flights and commercial flights?
- Is it more cost efficient to charter a jet, if I am traveling with a group of 10 or 15?
- How much luggage can I take? Are golf clubs allowed on private jets?
- Are children & pets allowed on private jets?
- What level of support can I expect prior to and during my trip?
- What types of aircraft are available through Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc.?
- What is Pentastar's stance on safety?
- How much does it cost to charter a jet?
Generally speaking, no. Consider this example:
A round trip (JFK-MIA-JFK) in first class seating with a major airline will cost approximately $1,173.00 per person. In comparison, a private charter round trip (JFK-MIA-JFK) in a mid-size aircraft will cost approximately $34,000.00/entire aircraft.
There are two major differences between charter and commercial flights: cost and flexibility. While charter flights are more expensive, they provide a much higher degree of flexibility. Your Pentastar charter will fly on YOUR schedule to the domestic or international destinations of YOUR choice. Our service to both major and general aviation airports gives you access to more than ten times as many domestic destinations as via commercial airlines. In addition, we have international experience operating in more than 80 countries.
Because jet charter is not priced on a per person or ticket basis, it is not likely that it would be more cost effective for a group of 10-15 individuals to charter a jet compared with flying commercially in coach or first class. Even if the total costs for a charter trip are split among 10 people, the cost each person would cover would still be significant.
Like commercial aircraft, private jets also have weight limits with regard to the amount of luggage that can be stowed during a trip. Items such as skis and golf clubs are allowed as long as they conform to the dimensions and weight limits of the aircraft. These weight limits vary by aircraft type. Ask your charter sales rep if you have concerns about excess baggage of special items to be included in your luggage.
There are no age restrictions for passengers on private jets. At Pentastar, we focus first and foremost on passenger safety. Just let us know if you are traveling with a child and we’ll be sure the aircraft selected for your trip will accommodate your family’s needs. Domestic pets are allowed on some aircraft. Make sure to let your rep know if you will be traveling with a pet so we can accommodate your request. Please note that exotic animals may not be allowed, especially on international flights.
Your dedicated trip coordinator will assist you with planning every aspect of your trip. Pentastar’s licensed dispatchers will provide flight following and any other necessary assistance during your flight. Our expert Operations Control Center staff is available 24/7 to provide support before, during or after your flight.
Pentastar features a large and diverse fleet including light, mid-size and heavy jets, which can accommodate up to 18 passengers. We also participate in a network of approved operators that allows us to expand our available aviation resources by offering our customers an even larger aircraft selection when necessary. Click here to view available jets in each aircraft category.
Every aspect of our operations at Pentastar Aviation and Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. revolves around a steadfast commitment to safety. To ensure maximum safety for our customers, we are IS-BAO Registered, ARGUS Platinum Rated, Wyvern Approved and have a robust Safety Management System (SMS) and a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan (ERP). All charter flights are tracked by FAA licensed dispatchers in our 24/7 Operation Control Center. Pentastar meets the maximum industry safety standards.
Hourly charter rates vary from about $1,200 to $8,500 depending on the type of aircraft you require. Trip minimums are 2.0 flight hours/day. Check out our Comparative Costs to review a break down of hourly rates by aircraft type. Fees for fuel surcharges, operational expenses, catering and ground transportation will round out the cost of your trip