February 26, 2016

On-Demand Private Jet Charter: Process and Pricing

Vault Aviation


How Does Private Jet Charter Work?

Vault Aviation’s on-demand jet charter program is ideal for both the occasional and frequent private flyer. With access to over 15,000 aircraft and 5,000 airports across the globe, Vault Aviation can get you closer to your final destination with the speed and comfort that comes with bypassing commercial airport security procedures. Our On-Demand program offers clients premium aircraft, competitive rates, and unparalleled customer service without the requirement of any upfront capital costs or membership fees.


    • (1) To get a quote, simply contact Vault Aviation by calling (866) 325-4569 or by filling out a Quote Request  Our experienced private aviation advisers are available 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. 365 days a year.
    • (2) Vault Aviation immediately gets to work on providing no-obligation quotes from our network of safety audited aircraft. We are pleased to offer anything from turbo-props to latest and greatest large cabin jets, depending on the specific client’s needs, preferences, and trip budget.
    • (3) Our staff will present several aircraft options at differing price points that are custom fit to your particular trip needs. We will also offer consultation to inform you of the pros and cons of the specific airplanes in order for you to make the perfect selection for each and every mission.
    • (4) Upon the completion of a standard On-Demand charter contract, your representative at Vault Aviation will immediately schedule your aircraft and secure any gourmet inflight catering and/or ground transportation needs. We can also arrange for your own personal flight attendant upon request. A user-friendly itinerary with all pertinent flight information will be emailed to you for your review.
    • (5) Prior to your flight, Vault Aviation can also provide you with a pre-flight safety report. As a Wyvern registered aviation company, Vault Aviation has access to detailed aircraft safety and pilot records pertaining to your specific aircraft. These comprehensive reports are offered to provide clients with the utmost peace of mind prior to departure.

How Much Does it Cost?

The answer to this important question is: “It depends.” Factors that affect the total price of a charter trip include:

Type of Aircraft

Each category of aircraft size (turbo props, light, midsize, super midsize, and large cabin jets) has a different range of hourly costs. A 1985 King Air 200, while a quality aircraft, will be much less per hour than a brand new Gulfstream G-650. The hourly rates of aircraft within the same size category can also differ, generally do to the age, amenities and particular model of aircraft.

Flight Time

As you probably already figured, the total flight time plays a significant factor in determining the price of a private charter flight. A short one-hour hop, for example, will cost far less than a four or five-hour cross-country flight.

Length/Date Range of Trip

The length or duration of a trip is also a very important factor in determining the total cost of the charter. A trip that lasts 1 or 2 days is typically (but certainly not always) going to be much more economical than a trip lasting over a week. The two most common elements that have the potential to effect the price of a round-trip charter flight are “Daily Trip Minimums” and “Double Round Trips.”

“Daily Trip Minimums”

  • Trip minimum fees, or “mins,” are a cost that aircraft owners and operators charge for their plane to sit stationary away from the jet’s “home base” between the scheduled departure and return dates. Depending on the total “live” flight time (time you are actually on board the aircraft) and the number of days that the aircraft is on the ground between flight legs, these fees can add up quickly.
  • Rest assured, our leveraged relationships with the very best aircraft owners and operators often allow us to negotiate these fees as low as possibly allowed for a given aircraft.

“Double Round Trips”

  • Double Round Trips occur when you take a trip in which the trip minimum fees exceed the cost of repositioning the aircraft back to its “home base” between the departure and return dates. Aircraft owners and operators do not want their planes sitting idle at any particular location away from its base city/airport for too long, as this precludes them from scheduling personal travel or even other potential charter flights. In this particular instance, the jet you reserve drops you off at your destination and then immediately flies back to its home base. You pay for the hours on the airplane to fly you down and the hours it takes the airplane to return to home base (“ferry” or “positioning” fees). When you are scheduled to return, the aircraft repositions back to your location to pick you.
  • Obviously, these trips prove to be less cost-efficient than your typical round trip itinerary due to all the incurred positioning fees. Vault Aviation does have a network of quality “floating” aircraft that do not have a home base and thus allow us to price the flight as “two one-ways”. When available, we will of course offer this alternative to significantly reduce your overall charter cost.

Why Choose Vault Aviation?

Vault Aviation offers its customers value by providing unmatched customer service and expertise in a vast and ever-evolving private charter market. We are able to provide our clients with the best available aircraft for each trip at consistently competitive price points due to our leveraged relationships with hundreds of safety-audited aircraft owners and operators. We negotiate with these select aircraft owners on our client’s behalf to reduce hourly rates and trip minimum fees, when applicable. Combined with our unwavering commitment to safety, Vault Aviation is geared to deliver the ultimate charter experience available within the private aviation industry.

Ready to plan your private jet trip? Call us at (866) 325-4569 or Request a Quote here.



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