The Time Machine

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Flying private allows you to go anywhere when you need to so you can get business done and be there for those who matter.

Watch our latest ad below! How will you use your time machine?

In this time-starved world, flying private saves you time. There are those times when it can be invaluable.

"Jet-Ski !" - 4 Ski Destinations That Are Worth the Trip

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If you’re an avid skier or snowboarder living in North America, you’ve probably experienced the best of this part of the world: Alberta, British Columbia, Colorado, Vermont and the like. While places like Aspen, Telluride or Revelstoke make for a great vacation, there are some spectacular international ski destinations that are well worth the trip abroad. Here are five mountains you’ll have to see to believe.

Zinal, Switzerland

Even with an abundance of choice in the Swiss Alps, Zinal remains truly special. The resort lies amongst the up to 4000 metre high peaks of the Weisshorn, Bishorn, Zinalrothorn, Obergabelhorn, Matterhorn and Dent Blanche. The Zinal glacier provides opportunity for spectacular hiking and snowshoeing as well as ice-climbing on frozen waterfalls. Zinal’s village is charming yet more modern than many accomodations in the region, and historical charm still abounds. Visit a 17th century farmhouse and chalet, explore a centuries-old cheese cellar or travel into the mountain itself with a copper mine adventure. The food and drink is lovely, and the skiing is everything you’d dream of in a Swiss resort. Let ELEVATE arrange your flight into nearby Sion. Switzerland, under one hour away.

Niseko, Japan

Niseko calls itself ‘Japan’s best ski resort’ and very few would argue otherwise. It’s actually four resorts called Niseko United surrounding one shared mountain range known for its incredible powder. Niseko is visually stunning and offers a variety of ski terrains, from steeps to woods. The runs are long and scenic, and multiple resorts means a variety of housing options and amenities. There are accommodations suitable to couples, families and large groups, and plenty of additional activities like hiking, snowshoeing, snow-rafting and even reindeer sledding (yes, with genuine reindeer). The nearest airport is in Sapporo. Let ELEVATE take you there!

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

You can’t go wrong with a trip to Italy, but skiing Cortina in the dolomites is particularly magical. The region became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 due to the mountains’ unique formation and exceptional beauty, including many lakes and waterfalls in addition to the famed mountainscape. The resort itself is stunning and offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, outdoor activities, museums, historical sights and other attractions. There is a large natural park that makes for spectacular hiking or photography. Guests will love the resort’s three separate-but-joined ski areas, which are connected by a complimentary ski-bus requiring only one lift pass. ELEVATE can fly you into either Bolzano, Treviso, or Innsbruck.

Val d’Isère, France

Nestled in France's Upper Tarentaise Valley, Val d’Isère has three distinct sectors with different characteristics: high-altitude glacial zones, very steep couloirs and powder-filled bowls. This is a world-class resort with fantastic accommodations as well as interesting, challenging terrain for advanced skiers as well as gentler runs for beginner and intermediate guests. It’s as picturesque as you’d imagine the French Alps to be and offers excellent dining, shopping and nightlife. Val d’Isère also boasts many outdoor adventures and exceptional spa facilities. ELEVATE can arrange your flight into Chambery, France.

Ready to hit the slopes? If you’d like a quote on private air travel to these or other destinations, please contact us for a no obligation quote.

The Embraer Phenom 100

We feature popular aircraft available for private charter on a regular basis. For a complete directory please visit our extensive aircraft guide, at elevatecharter.com/aircraft-guide. Following our look inside one of the industry’s timeless business aircraft, this month we turn our attention to one of the newer jets on the market and a reminder that big things often come in small packages.

The Embraer Phenom 100 is a little dynamo of sorts. Introduced in 2005 and first delivered three years later, Brazilian based Embraer recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of its first Phenom 100 delivery. 364 aircraft were delivered to the middle of 2018.

The Embraer Phenom 100.

The Embraer Phenom 100.

Hot almost straight out of the gate, more Phenom 100s were delivered than any other business aircraft two years after certification. That’s an impressive feat for a jet that seats just 4 passengers (5 with the belted lavatory seat, and up to 6 in a single-pilot operation). The Phenom was the first entry-level or “very light jet” to change perceptions that small jet = small cabin.

Approaching the Phenom 100 one is surprised by the size of what is after all a typically 4-seater aircraft.

Approaching the Phenom 100 one is surprised by the size of what is after all a typically 4-seater aircraft.

The short stubby design may have you fooled until you walk on board. The cabin height is an impressive 5.1 feet, the windows large to permit an abundance of natural light. The Phenom also features a fully private lavatory in the rear of the cabin with a rigid door. The cabin and seating arrangements were designed by BMW DesignworksUSA and feature large high-back chairs. A wardrobe is interchangeable with a refreshment center. There are separate climate zones for crew and passengers with personal air conditioning vents, and two power outlets. In back the aircraft’s baggage compartment can fit four sets of golf bags or two pairs of skis, four carry-on bags, four garment bags and four laptop bags.

Tall seats and an interior designed by BMW make the Phenom 100 quite comfortable overall.

Tall seats and an interior designed by BMW make the Phenom 100 quite comfortable overall.

Performance is naturally a compromise for a jet of this size. The aircraft can reach 41,000 feet, flying above most of the weather and air traffic. Range is limited at 1,356 miles (1,178 nautical miles) with 4 passengers, but then this is not an aircraft you’d want to sit in for more than a couple of hours anyhow. But since the aircraft can depart from airports with runways as short as 3,190 feet this jet can get you into and out of places most others cannot. Getting to 41,000 feet with 4 passengers typically takes around 30 minutes (the latest variant, the 100EV cuts that down to 25 minutes). The aircraft travels at 448 mph, or about 70% of the speed of sound (a typical commercial jet can do around 80% of the speed of sound, and larger business jets even faster). This reminds the passenger that for all of the Phenom’s passenger-friendly amenities and airport advantages it was never designed to be all things to all people.

Our recent flight in the Phenom 100 tested the aircraft’s range. We stopped for fuel enroute and cooled our heals while the brakes cooled for about 45 minutes. This is typical procedure for aircraft that do not have built-in thrust-reversers, a mechanism common to most larger jets that helps slow the aircraft on landing and take stress off the brakes. Newer variants have incorporated multifunction wing spoilers to help out some.

Still, the Phenom is an impressive little aircraft. We couldn’t get over the new plane smell (yes, similar to new car smell) and ergonomically designed cabin that was sufficiently quiet in flight. For short flights with up to 4 passengers we kept asking, why spend the money to go larger? But that’s an entirely different debate.

New York - Ft. Lauderdale By Luxury Jet. Pay by the Seat.

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New York - Ft. Lauderdale In Comfort and Style

During March and April take off on board a luxury business jet between New York Teterboro (NJ) Airport and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Intl Airport. Flights operate up to 4 times weekly.

Luxury Charter Flights - Priced By The Seat

Save time. Be more productive or just relax. Stay connected. Enjoy a premium on board experience. Connect with like-minded travelers. Save money. With our new luxury flight offering you get many of the benefits of private air travel without the private charter price tag. Its one more option you have.

Imagine being able to fly in a large cabin business jet at a fraction of the cost of charter. This may be your opportunity to experience private aviation for the first time.

Top Notch Experience In The Air And On The Ground

On board a VIP-configured Gulfstream IV-SP jet*, end-to-end service features include:

  • Experienced on-board cabin attendant;

  • Complimentary snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine;

  • Complimentary in-flight WiFi;

  • Multiple outlets and USB charging station; and

  • Optional hot meal service

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The Best Of Private Air Travel

All of the above come bundled with many of the benefits you would expect from private aviation. From private terminals and the absence of cumbersome security checkpoints, to the flexibility of arriving just minutes before your flight, let yourself be moved.

We Make It Easy

Best of all we offer this service with no membership fees or other up-front commitments. Purchase your seat now at elevatecharter.com. Flights are available until the end of April.

Reservations are subject to availability and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. ELEVATE offers Public Charters for which MemberJets acts as principal in buying and reselling the air transportation. All flights are performed by FAA-licensed and DOT-registered air carriers. Prices displayed above are for a single seat on a shared flight. TEB – FLL flights are MemberJets public charters operated by Prime Jet.

*The public charter operator reserves the right to provide substitute aircraft when necessary.

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A Private Jet Experience Without Ever Leaving The Ground.

At ELEVATE we like to cover the latest high end travel trends. When we heard about The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), we knew we were on to something ground-breaking. To our knowledge this is the first of its kind in North America. The Private Suite is a luxury air “terminal” at one of the world’s busiest commercial airports. Its not an FBO, although customers can connect to and from private aircraft as needed, but rather an exclusive gateway into busy LAX. And if you use LAX and want to escape the chaos, be it only on occasion or as a frequent traveler, this may change the way you fly commercially.

The Private Suite

The Private Suite

The Private Suite is a sanctuary. Gone are the hassles of dealing with traffic, congested terminals, backed up security screening checkpoints, and long lines at customs. In fact The Private Suite is as far away from the passenger terminals as one can get and still be on airport property. Your reservation to use The Private Suite affords a complete experience, where you are well looked after from check-in to boarding. Be it a meal delivered from a favorite restaurant, a personal shopper, massage appointment, even a doctor available on call, The Private Suite will see to your every need. Those who choose to become members will find all of these services included. But perhaps the best part of the Private Suite Experience may be the ability to be simply left alone in peace and quiet if you so choose. And the staff are equally skilled in accommodating the latter.

Arriving international? Clearing customs never felt this good!

Arriving international? Clearing customs never felt this good!

If your travels originate from LAX you are given directions to their discrete location. Leaving your own vehicle? The Private Suite will take great care in looking after it while you are away. Connecting from another flight? The Private Suite will meet you at the door of the aircraft and escort you down to the ramp for a short drive to their secure facility in a BMW 7 Series no less. When your connecting flight is preparing to board staff will escort you through private TSA screening (you really are the only one in the room) and then to an awaiting vehicle for the short drive to your next flight. When arriving internationally staff bring you to their dedicated private US Customs facility (again you are the only one in the room). A team of no less than 8 people oversee the experience for each guest or group to ensure your time at LAX is smooth and efficient.

Each suite comes with a fully stocked pantry,

Each suite comes with a fully stocked pantry,

Inside your Private Suite you can relax in total comfort with amenities that will impress even the most discerning traveler. The typical suite will accommodate between 2 and 4 adults, however there are larger rooms for groups including meeting facilities. There is plenty of lounging space in each suite, and a day bed with privacy curtain. A separate shower spa is always available to freshen up.

..The Private Suite for kids

..The Private Suite for kids

Each suite has a fully-stocked fridge and more snacking options than you can imagine. Families are well looked after. Young children will be overwhelmed by the variety of sweets to the point of melt down, but don’t worry the sound proofing ensures that your neighbors won’t hear them. You are also just steps from an outdoor children’s play area. Extra touches include complimentary books, toys and games to keep kids occupied.

The well appointed bathroom in each suite features an array of high end toiletries in such variety and quantity that you will be immediately reminded of something you’d forgotten at home. Everything in the suite is yours to consume or take away complementary (except the furniture!)

All of this luxury and convenience comes at a price of course. A membership is not required to use the facility, however. We encourage you to visit their website for more information, and take a video tour.

Images courtesy The Private Suite, except outdoor play area.

December Aircraft Highlight - The Hawker 800

Each month we feature another popular aircraft available for private charter. For a complete directory please visit our extensive aircraft guide, at private-jet.ca/aircraft-guide.

The Hawker family of private jets, headed by the Hawker 800, have a proven track record for reliability, range and comfort that spans more than five decades. When production ended in 2013 over 1,700 aircraft (including earlier models) had been produced. Hawker 800s remain highly popular private aircraft and many have been upgraded with the latest technology to increase their longevity. Owners, operators and customers alike agree that the Hawker 800 delivers tremendous value for money when compared to other aircraft in their class.

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Hawker 800. Hawker Beechcraft photo

The Hawker 800 is a mid-size, medium-range business aircraft. The world’s longest-running business jet production program, its predecessor, the Hawker Siddeley 125, was designed and built in the UK beginning in the early 1960s when British designs lead the civil aircraft industry. The HS 125 was built in great numbers until the mid to late 1990s when production was assumed by Beechcraft-Hawker in the US. By then the aircraft was known as the British Aerospace 125.

Hawker 850XP

Hawker 850XP

The Hawker 850XP features a redesigned interior

The Hawker 850XP features a redesigned interior

The HS-125 -800 model and subsequent variants were produced between 1983 and 2013. The -800 features an increased wingspan, a visibly streamlined nosecone, increased fuel capacity, and upgraded engines. It was the first business aircraft to incorporate an electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) which replaces traditional gauges in the flight deck with flat panel displays. In 1995 the -800XP variant was introduced with more powerful engines, increased range, and a new cockpit technologies. Models built from 2006 onward became known as the -850XP and feature fuel saving/ range improving winglets as well as other enhancements. Many earlier model 800s have also since been upgraded with winglets to improve their performance. Built tough, a little known fact about the Hawker 800 series include its distinction as the only business aircraft currently approved to land on both gravel and grass runways.

As an older design the venerable Hawker 800 may not have the widest or most comfortable mid-size jet cabin but it competes favorably with the largest of the Learjets, the Lear 60, and Gulfstream’s G-150. The Hawker will also charter out at lower average hourly rates than these jets, and still be capable of transcontinental range depending on the winds. The aircraft’s design and performance allow it to operate full off of shorter runways even in warmer weather when other aircraft take penalties. The last upgrade to the Hawker 800 was offered as the Hawker 900 prior to the end of production.

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Beechcraft Hawker 800XPR, 900XP / 850XP

Passengers (typical): 8
Cabin Height: 5.8 ft
Cabin Width: 6.0 ft
Cabin Length: 21.3 ft
Baggage total: 50 cu ft
Average Cruising Speed: 427 KTAS / 410 KTAS
Max Cruising Altitude: 41,000 ft
Full Passenger Range: Up to 2,733 NM
Lavatory: Yes
Galley: Yes

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How Do I Charter a Private Jet?

At ELEVATE we are connected directly to the global charter marketplace and can help match your travel needs with the right aircraft to fit your budget. We can tailor the entire experience for you including ground transportation and in-flight catering. If productivity, time, speed, convenience, flexibility, service and comfort are among the factors that really matter to you then ELEVATE is your opportunity to change the way you fly.

About ELEVATE

ELEVATE Aviation Solutions creates bespoke flying experiences for its business and leisure customers. Clients deal directly with an ELEVATE charter director: a licensed pilot with decades of experience in commercial aviation and private air charter. We deal only with top-rated aircraft operators that meet our stringent standards for safety, training, and maintenance. As an ARGUS Registered Charter Broker we are bound to industry best practices, and are committed to the utmost in safety and service-oriented operations.  Book Now.

Flying Private- Demystifying The Options

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Private air charter continues to grow and spawn new market segments. We get asked regularly about developments in private aviation including the emergence of membership-based charter options. These programs may offer access to a specific fleet of aircraft not otherwise available to others, the ability to pay by the seat, and/or the ability to share private charter flights with others in order to reduce cost. Which one is right for you?

Fractional Ownership

Through fractional ownership multiple owners share the costs of purchasing and operating an aircraft. Shares usually start at around 50 hours annually, and owners are guaranteed access either to a specific or similar aircraft in the operators fleet including privileges to upgrade or downgrade to other types depending on their need. Fractional owners pay a fixed hourly rate when flying on-board the aircraft. They also pay a monthly maintenance fee for aircraft upkeep, expenses to hangar the aircraft, pay pilot salaries and training costs. Users that make many one-way trips per year may find fractional ownership beneficial. Programs start well into the six figure range for a minimum share of a light jet, with monthly management fees around five figures.

Jet Cards

Jet cards are a popular option for those flying in excess of 25 hours per year. Dating back to the late 1990s they are in essence the original form of private jet membership program. Up front investment depends on the number of hours budgeted for private air travel per year but few cards are offered below the $50,000 level. Think of them as a form of prepaid private air travel where the user banks hours that can be cashed in on demand. They can offer some advantages such as no aircraft positioning fees and bonus time for your up-front expenditure.

How much you save will very much depend on the program you select and your particular travel habits. In many cases you may be locked into one specific fleet size with little flexibility to upgrade or downgrade your aircraft to suit a specific trip without incurring additional costs. There may also be premiums on peak period travel such as during major holidays or sporting events when demand is highest. It may be difficult to use your card when you want it most without depleting your investment faster than intended. And you should remember that while you may benefit from a fixed hourly rate for a charter in most cases you will still be charged for other trip expenses including fuel surcharges, international fees, cleaning and provisioning expenses, hangar charges and more. The wide number of programs of this type (there are hundreds) requires some homework.

Private Jet Clubs

In the last few years a handful of new membership-based programs have emerged that aim to lower some of the barriers to private jet travel while appealing to a younger demographic. In most cases these programs start with a membership fee and an initiation fee which unlocks access to a fleet of aircraft. Membership costs can range from $10,000-$20,000 per year but also depend on available promotions. Hourly charter rates are then added on by usage. Aircraft may be chartered by the hour or in some cases shared with other members. High end perks range from discounted luxury accommodations to access to member-exclusive events.

Some of these clubs provide a shuttle-like product between major cities, using third party lift and charging by the seat. In theory the cost per person to fly on a private aircraft can be cheaper this way. Are the purported savings readily available? Its all about risk vs reward. Shared flights are initiated by members who need to purchase a minimum number of seats in order to confirm a flight. We found with few exceptions the minimum number of seats required to initiate a shared flight to be more than the cost of a retail charter flight between the two points in question. While a shared charter option could enable you to sell back unused seats to others, you need to ask yourself if you are willing to take on all of the risk up front. In practice a customer with a low risk profile would have to wait for someone else to launch the flight on the day (and time) you’d want to travel.

Other member-based models charter by the aircraft in a more traditional sense on a simplified fleet of one or two aircraft types at fixed hourly rates. This enables users to determine charter costs more easily. In practice we found rates on these closed fleets to be more costly on a per hour basis, and in some cases as much as 40 percent higher than on similar or identical aircraft on the open market. The challenge for these new business models is offering a one (or two) size fits all solution, controlling marketing expenditures and in some cases offsetting the high contractual rates paid to aircraft operators in order to guarantee availability to members. And if the fleet is particularly new then members are paying a premium to fly in them.

Chartering With ELEVATE

Ad-hoc charter offers a tremendous amount of flexibility and arguably greater savings for those who fly less than 25 hours per year. A straight charter allows users to fly where and when they want by selecting the most suitable aircraft. No capital outlays are required up front. There are no membership fees. You simply pay as you go. Hourly charter rates begin around $2,000 for turbo-prop aircraft and from $3,000 for a light jet. A broker such as ELEVATE is well positioned to find the best aircraft and price, and will manage all aspects of your trip to ensure a perfect experience. An experienced broker like ELEVATE will help you save money by sourcing locally based aircraft in order to avoid costly positioning fees, and by ensuring you don't pay more for an aircraft you don't need. As an ARGUS Registered Broker ELEVATE works to the highest standards of service and safety. You can count on our decades of experience and top of the line service culture.

Book now at www.private-jet.ca.

A Mile of Runway..

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A Mile of Road Will Take You a Mile. A Mile of Runway Will Take You Anywhere - Anonymous

There is no better way to go where you want when you want to, than by flying privately. Yet the words private flying tend to conjure up images of fancy jets decked out with every conceivable amenity, sumptuous meals and bottles of free alcohol. While the private flight experience can certainly be tailored to this experience, private aviation is so much more to so many people.

So Many Ways To Experience It

An important business trip with colleagues, a weekend fishing trip with friends, a fast escape from the city to the cottage with family, and getting sports team to their next game, private flying encompasses a large part of the aviation world. Further, the cost of a trip by private charter need not cost you half of your annual salary (or more!) when we help you choose the aircraft you can afford, and group charters can be quite affordable when broken down by the seat. A jet is most suited to long trips of 2 hours or more, while single engine propeller driven aircraft are popular choices for short trips out of town. Smaller aircraft can get into places much larger types cannot. Starting at only a few hundred dollars an entire aircraft small single engine aircraft open up destinations you might otherwise have thought unreachable. Favorite lake? A visit to family that would otherwise take hours by car?

ELEVATE’s expertise extends to all facets of private aviation, a term we use to commonly describe all publicly available passenger travel not carried by airlines.

In A Class All By Itself

One of the most common misconceptions about flying in general is that all passenger-carrying aircraft operate from the same terminal buildings as commercial airliners, and land and depart from the same airports. In actual fact private aircraft don’t require terminal buildings and they don’t need to use busy commercial airports. There are so many more airports from which privately chartered aircraft may operate. Smaller airports ring the busiest cities and small towns. In some cases smaller “general aviation” airports, as they are called, are even more conveniently located closer to business and tourism areas than the major airports. Freed from the burdensome security procedures we’ve all come to know when traveling, customers who’ve opted to fly privately may simply drive up to their aircraft and be on their way in minutes. Private charterers travel on their own schedule, in a plane of their choosing. They save time and hassle. And if you can afford to do so, private air charter can take you places far away not served by the airlines, from private islands in warmer climates, to observing the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) from a unique vantage point.

Your Local Airport Is A Launching Pad

Those small airports in your neighborhood, some of which you may not even be aware exist, play an even greater role than just catering to private fliers. They are often vital to the communities they serve, generating jobs and helping to propel regional economies. They may serve freight forwarders, police services, and aerial surveyors, enable life-saving medical transport and forest-fire fighting, to name but a few uses. They are commonly the first place young pilots earn their wings before going on to fly the big jets around the world. A mile of runway can take you.. your community, and your career, anywhere.

In upcoming articles will feature some of the more interesting places private aviation can take you. Be sure to check out our regular features.

Read previous articles in this series:

Your Guide to Private Jets
How Much Does It Cost To Charter a Private Jet?
Why Charter?

How Do I Charter a Private Aircraft?

At ELEVATE we are connected directly to the global charter marketplace and can help match your travel needs with the right aircraft to fit your budget. We can tailor the entire experience for you including ground transportation and in-flight catering. If productivity, time, speed, convenience, flexibility, service and comfort are among the factors that really matter to you then ELEVATE is your opportunity to change the way you fly.

Who We Are

ELEVATE Aviation Solutions creates bespoke flying experiences for both business and leisure customers. Clients deal directly with an ELEVATE charter director: a licensed pilot with decades of experience in commercial aviation and private air charter. We are among the few brokers registered by ARGUS, the globally recognized leader in operational safety and risk management solutions for private aviation. We deal only with top-rated aircraft operators that meet our stringent standards for safety, training, and maintenance.

Book now at www.private-jet.ca.

Five Benefits Of Chartering A Private Jet From ELEVATE

Whether you are new to private air charter or a seasoned pro there are many benefits from working with ELEVATE.

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#1. We are industry professionals.

We know the aircraft, the operating rules, and many facets of safety and service that escape many people. Businesses and corporations, sports teams, not-for-profits and community groups, families and individuals all have unique needs. We work with you or your organization closely. We explain every facet of the charter cost and point out other elements related to your trip.

ELEVATE has been in aviation for over a quarter century working behind the scenes at airports and airlines. You can trust our expertise and advice every time.

#2 We take your safety and comfort very seriously.

As an independent firm we vet every operator through impartial companies whose expertise is specifically safety. That means we go over and above what regulatory authorities expect of an aircraft operator. The bottom line for ELEVATE is that we’d never put you on an aircraft which we’d not put ourselves or our families on!

ELEVATE is one of an elite group of industry air charter brokers that are Registered or Certified by ARGUS, the globally recognized leader in operational safety and risk management solutions for private aviation. The ARGUS Charter Broker Program diligently confirms our business activities, ensures that they adhere to industry best practices, and commits us to the utmost in safety and service-oriented operations.

#3. We have access to thousands of aircraft and to other services which other firms do not traditionally offer.

ELEVATE uses the latest industry tools to source aircraft from literally thousands of aircraft worldwide. At ELEVATE we represent hundreds of operators. We have also partnered with other small travel firms to provide access to hotel accommodations if so desired and can arrange ground transportation. We offer a seamless end to end product. Let us do all of the heavy lifting.

#4. We offer free educational resources.

Got a question? Email us or check out our informative online blogs that cover a number of topics on private aviation. We are also happy to chat by phone without obligation. One of our primary aims is to inform. For those who may be new to all of this we want to help demystify the process in hopes that you may opt to charter one day. This is a win-win for everyone including our partner aircraft operators. This is all a part of the service culture at the foundation of ELEVATE.

#5. You benefit from a team approach supporting your trip.

Two heads are often better than one. The operator flying your trip has an expert crew and operational support system behind them. When you book with ELEVATE we go over and above the minimum required by regulatory authorities. Private flying is a bespoke product. The service we provide does not end with an exchange of funds prior to your flight. We keep you updated and look out for things you might not have thought of prior to, during, and post trip. What is the weather going to be like during the course of your journey? Will any of this affect your travel plans or your overall comfort? What are the road conditions like getting to the airport and should you allow more time? Did you remember your passport? Do you have any specific catering needs? Do you have any other special requests we should know of? Are there any individuals who need to be kept informed of itinerary updates? Think of us as your personal assistant through all phases of your journey. We have your back.

How Do I Charter a Private Aircraft?

The process is easier than you'd imagine. At ELEVATE we are connected directly to the global charter marketplace and can help match your travel needs with the right aircraft to fit your budget. We can tailor the entire experience for you including ground transportation and in-flight catering. If productivity, time, speed, convenience, flexibility, service and comfort are among the factors that really matter to you then ELEVATE is your opportunity to change the way you fly.

Who We Are

ELEVATE Aviation Solutions creates bespoke flying experiences for both business and leisure customers. Clients deal directly with an ELEVATE charter director: a licensed pilot with decades of experience in commercial aviation and private air charter. We are among the few brokers registered by ARGUS, the globally recognized leader in operational safety and risk management solutions for private aviation. We deal only with top-rated aircraft operators that meet our stringent standards for safety, training, and maintenance.

Book now at www.private-jet.ca.

TAKE FLIGHT With ELEVATE. Save Up To 75% With An Empty Leg.

Every day hundreds of private jets criss-cross the sky empty. They're on there way to pick up customers who've booked one-way flights, or are returning to their home base. These empty leg flights are an incredible opportunity to book the aircraft at a significant discount. And most empty legs permit a degree of flexibility allowing you to change the airport of origin or destination within a given geographic area. We can help you create a customized itinerary.

Flying private means the freedom to go anywhere.

Flying private means the freedom to go anywhere.

ELEVATE now offers a live feed to these great deals. If you’re flexible with your travel plans, you will find significant savings. As the winter approaches you will find opportunities to and from warm weather destinations such as The Bahamas, The Caribbean and Florida.

Imagine yourself on a private jet with none of the hassles of modern-day commercial air travel. When you fly private, you truly are taking flight. Visit our empty leg page to access the current list of available one-way flights. Subscribe to our alerts and receive customized empty leg flight information right to your inbox.

New to private jet travel? Do some quick math. Take the cost of an empty leg and divide it by the number of travelers in your party. Now think of the added value and the time saved. No more passenger terminals, security checkpoints, flight delays or travel stress. Empty legs are the perfect way to discover private jet travel.

October Aircraft Highlight - The Citation Family- Part 2

Longitude, the latest Citation is expected to enter service at the end of 2018.

Longitude, the latest Citation is expected to enter service at the end of 2018.

In Part 2 of our feature on the Citation business jet family we explore their mid and super-midsize offering including the Citation III, Excel, X, Sovereign, Latitude and new Longitude. Long focused on the light jet category, in recent years much effort has been spent by Textron Aviation in developing increasingly larger aircraft. The Citation family of jets come under Textron’s Cessna aircraft banner. Textron bought Cessna in 2014.

The Citation Midsize Jet Lineup

Citation III/ VI/ VII

Citation VII mid-size jet. The original Citation III marked Cessna’s first departure from light jets.

Citation VII mid-size jet. The original Citation III marked Cessna’s first departure from light jets.

Produced from 1983 to 1992, the Citation III is a midsize jet that typically seats 6-8 passengers and can travel roughly 2000 miles. Through subsequent upgrades the aircraft became the Citation VI and Citation VII, the latter featuring more powerful engines. With a cabin height of close to 6 feet, the Citation III was a major departure from first generation Citations that have cabin heights of less than 5 feet. This and subsequent upgraded versions marked Cessna’s first foray into midsize cabin jets with extended range.

Citation Excel and XLS

The Excel was developed in the mid 1990s as a replacement for the Citation VII, although with a slightly shorter range of around 2,100 miles, designed to slot in to its product line between its light jets and its super-mid Citation X. The Excel’s cabin interior is similar to that of the Citation VII however the Excel sports a larger baggage compartment. First deliveries were made in 1998. The upgraded XLS and later the XLS+ were first delivered in 2004 and 2008 respectively.

The Sovereign+ is distinguishable from its predecessor by raked winglets that provide greater range.

The Sovereign+ is distinguishable from its predecessor by raked winglets that provide greater range.

Citation Sovereign

In 2002 Cessna delivered its first Sovereign, a stretched and highly upgraded version of its popular XLS+ aircraft. Retaining the basic cabin profile of the Excel series, the Sovereign features a longer fuselage with seating capacity for up to 12 people in a flexible design, although typically configured with 9 seats. Capable of flying coast to coast across North America, the aircraft has a range of over 3,600 miles.

The Citation Super-Midsize Jet Lineup

Citation X and X+

Citation X+. Sleek. Designed for speed.

Citation X+. Sleek. Designed for speed.

Developed from the Citation VII design with some significant modifications, the Mach.935 Citation X is currently the fastest business jet on the market. Commonly referred to as a super-mid jet due to its weight class (although the cabin of the Citation X is actually closer to that of a midsize jet), the aircraft has a range of roughly 3,700 miles. Its speed characteristics enable some trans-continental trips to be cut by up to an hour over other jets in its class. The aircraft was partly an attempt by Cessna to challenge the status quo and it succeeded in producing a bold and innovative design. Uniquely recognizable, the Citation X is a radical departure from previous jets in the Citation line. The aircraft features a swept wing more common to ultra-long range jets, and large engines that appear out of proportion to other aspects of the air frame. The Citation X was produced between 1996 and 2018. The Citation X+ has upgraded engines and flight deck, and standard addition of winglets.

Citation Latitude and Longitude

Citation Longitude interior.

Citation Longitude interior.

The latest super-mid entries in the Citation business jet lineup are the Latitude and Longitude. While sharing some similarities with the Sovereign these aircraft are very much a clean-sheet design. Both feature a true stand-up cabin of over 6 feet in height and 6.4 feet wide. They offer continental and international range of 3,100 miles and 4,000 miles respectively. The Longitude can be configured for up to 12 passengers, however both aircraft typically seat 8 people.

How Do I Charter a Private Jet?

The process is easier than you'd imagine. At ELEVATE we are connected directly to the global charter marketplace and can help match your travel needs with the right aircraft to fit your budget. We can tailor the entire experience for you including ground transportation and in-flight catering. If productivity, time, speed, convenience, flexibility, service and comfort are among the factors that really matter to you then ELEVATE is your opportunity to change the way you fly.

Who We Are

ELEVATE Aviation Solutions creates bespoke flying experiences for its business and leisure customers. Clients deal directly with an ELEVATE charter director: a licensed pilot with decades of experience in commercial aviation and private air charter. We deal only with top-rated aircraft operators that meet our stringent standards for safety, training, and maintenance. Book Now.

September Aircraft Highlight - The Cessna Citation Family- Part 1

Quick, name the most popular line of business jets.

The CitationJet CJ4 entered service in 2010.

The CitationJet CJ4 entered service in 2010.

Almost half of all private jets on the market today come from one company, Textron Aviation, and its popular Cessna Citation brand. Well over 7,000 Citations have been delivered since their debut on the market in September, 1971. No other business jet family offers solutions in every category ranging from the smallest Very Light Jets, all the way up to the manufacturer’s recent foray into Heavy Jets.

Since 2014 Cessna is no longer a separate company, but a brand of American aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies firm, Textron. Other Textron subsidiaries include Arctic Cat (makers of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles) and Bell Helicopter. Textron Aviation also produces the Cessna Caravan single engine turboprop and the twin engine Beechcraft King Air turboprop business aircraft after that line was acquired from Beechcraft and Raytheon. Textron also supports the once-produced Hawker business jet line.

Part of the challenge in describing the Cessna Citation line stems from the fact that there have been so many models over the years, with some being upgrades of earlier versions rather than clean sheet designs. We’ll try to make some sense of it all here. For more information please consult our detailed guide.

The Cessna Citation Light Jet Lineup

Cessna Citation I, the original Citation.

Cessna Citation I, the original Citation.

Cessna Citation Encore, which began flying in 2000.

Cessna Citation Encore, which began flying in 2000.

Citation I/ II

The first Cessna Citation business jet was the Citation I, or Cessna model 500. Development began in the late 1960s on a light twin-engine jet capable of operating from convenient smaller airports not served by the airlines. With seating for 5 passengers what became the Citation I is a nimble little aircraft capable of cruising at over 400 miles per hour at altitudes up to 41,000 feet. The aircraft was later stretched and evolved into the Citation II/ Bravo, with seating for up to 8. Later, with range improvements the aircraft evolved into the Citation V/ Ultra and finally the Citation Encore. The latter also introduced a slightly taller cabin of 4.8 feet. The Bravo, Ultra, and Encore are hard to tell apart from the outside but have various refinements to provide more cabin comfort, range, and newer cockpit technologies inside. They all have a V-tail design in common (the horizontal stabilizer is mounted near the base of the tail).

The Citation M2 is currently the line’s entry level jet and has been flying since 2013.

The Citation M2 is currently the line’s entry level jet and has been flying since 2013.

CJ4 interior.

CJ4 interior.

CitationJet Line

In the early 1990s the line was re-developed and newest variants are known as the CitationJet (“CJ” for short). Each CJ is distinguishable by its T-tail design (the horizontal stabilizer is mounted at the top of the tail). These aircraft feature advancements over their predecessors and are named CJ1 (max 6 passengers) through CJ4 (max 7 passengers). The Citation M2 is the newest variant of the CJ1, which is no longer in production.

The Citation Mustang, the smallest Citation model, was produced from 2006 to 2017. With seating for 4 passengers (max 5) the aircraft is limited to just over 800 miles at full passenger capacity (and optimal flying conditions). On the other hand, the largest of the light CitationJets currently in production, the CJ4 can travel over 1,900 miles.

The Mustang, CJ1 and M2 designs are widely referred to as Very Light Jets due to their weight class and overall size.

In Part 2 of our exploration of the Citation family we’ll take a look at the mid and super-midsize line of business jets including the Citation III, Excel, X, Sovereign, Latitude and new Longitude.

How Do I Charter a Private Jet?

The process is easier than you'd imagine. At ELEVATE we are connected directly to the global charter marketplace and can help match your travel needs with the right aircraft to fit your budget. We can tailor the entire experience for you including ground transportation and in-flight catering. If productivity, time, speed, convenience, flexibility, service and comfort are among the factors that really matter to you then ELEVATE is your opportunity to change the way you fly.

Who We Are

ELEVATE Aviation Solutions creates bespoke flying experiences for its business and leisure customers. Clients deal directly with an ELEVATE charter director: a licensed pilot with decades of experience in commercial aviation and private air charter. We deal only with top-rated aircraft operators that meet our stringent standards for safety, training, and maintenance. Book Now.

Your Guide to Private Jets

Which aircraft type is best for that next trip?

Cessna Citation XLS, a mid-size jet

Cessna Citation XLS, a mid-size jet

From the smallest propeller types to the largest heavy jets we demystify aircraft available for charter in Part 3 of our series detailing the world of private flying. For more information on specific aircraft types we provide a guide complete with illustrations and specs.

You can also read our previous article available here where we discuss private air charter pricing.

Aircraft Range

Throughout this article we discuss the range capabilities of various aircraft. The maximum range of an aircraft is the maximum distance an aircraft can fly between takeoff and landing, as limited by fuel capacity. This is subject to many day-of and trip-specific factors like payload (number of people and bags on board), airport capabilities, wind and weather. In real world conditions certain aircraft that may purport to show sufficient range to get you from A to B might be incapable without a stop for fuel. The best example is when flying westbound across the continent into the prevailing wind which can add up to an hour of additional flight time. Please note that discussions of aircraft range are for guidance only.

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Private Aircraft Types

We describe 9 principal aircraft categories in this article loosely named based on their weight classification. In general, as one ascends by category the aircraft become larger, they hold more passengers, become more comfortable, and their maximum range increases, as does the price to charter them (read more about this in our previous article).

Propeller aircraft are categorized on the basis of their engine type, either by piston or turbine (turboprop). Pure jet-powered aircraft are categorized by size, from small entry level jets that seat 4-5 people, up to the largest VIP airliners.

Piston-Engine Aircraft Charter

Cessna 206 floatplane.

Cessna 206 floatplane.

Piston-engine aircraft are usually the smallest aircraft available for charter, carrying up to 5 passengers. They are well-suited to flights of around 1 hour in duration. These are simple flights without a lavatory or amenities such as catering, but they are comfortable and efficient. They are the most economical private air travel solution over short distances of up to a couple hundred miles- like a flight to a cottage, or an out of town fishing trip. When equipped with floats, aircraft such as the Cessna 182 or Cessna 206 become even more versatile enabling them to land on water.

Turboprop Aircraft Charter

Spoilers? None here. The versatile King Air 350i even has an engine pod for stowing golf clubs or skis.

Spoilers? None here. The versatile King Air 350i even has an engine pod for stowing golf clubs or skis.

A turboprop is a jet turbine powered aircraft with propellers. They typically seat 5-9 people. Turbine-powered aircraft fly higher and faster than piston-engine flights, and provide increasing degrees of cabin comfort depending on size. They offer great value on trips of up to 2 hours. These aircraft are extremely versatile as they are able to operate from short runways that many jets cannot, while still cruising fast and high above most weather. The most popular turboprop business aircraft ever produced is the venerable Beechcraft King Air. The latest variant, the King Air 350i has a range up to 2,072 miles (1,800 nautical miles/ 3,300 kilometers) and the pressurized cabin and powerful engines enable it to reach altitudes of up to 35,000 feet.

Entry Level Jet Aircraft Charter

The HondaJet is the newest entrant in the Entry Level or Very Light Jet category

The HondaJet is the newest entrant in the Entry Level or Very Light Jet category

An Entry Level or Very Light Jet (VLJ), and also known as a Personal Jet, is the smallest private jet category. These aircraft typically seat 4-5 people. They are part of a new and emerging segment of the market, incorporating the efficiencies of turbo-prop aircraft with some of the performance capabilities of jet aircraft. VLJs are typically approved for single-pilot operation. A second pilot can be confirmed upon request. These jets are perfect for short flights. Their jet speed makes them ideal when time is of the essence, and their size makes them highly economical. The newest entry into the market is the head-turning HondaJet Elite (yes, the same Honda). The small jet can quickly climb as high as 43,000 feet, fly for over 3 hours, and carry up to 6 passengers crewed by a single-pilot.

Light Jet Aircraft Charter

Bombardier Learjet 75 is the latest in a long line of aircraft that have helped define the light jet category

Bombardier Learjet 75 is the latest in a long line of aircraft that have helped define the light jet category

Light Jets are are a good choice for 4-8 people traveling short to medium range distances (usually no more than 1,500 miles or 2-3 hours flying time). These are small aircraft, with a cabin height typically between 4-5 feet, and width of around 5 feet. Don't let their size or weight class fool you - the Light Jet category includes some of the fastest private jets in the sky. The most common private jets to occupy this category include the Cessna Citation and Bombardier Learjet lines. The Learjet is particularly agile and the latest variant, the Lear 75, is able to cruise above 535 miles per hour and reach an altitude of 51,000 feet. This is more than 10,000 feet higher than the cruising altitudes of most commercial airliners. As a small aircraft, Light Jets will get you in and out of airports that commercial airlines cannot access. Their size does place restrictions on baggage capacity (you might have to leave the skis at home) but these jets are ideal for many travelers.

Midsize Jet Aircraft Charter

Beechcraft Hawker 850XP midsize jet. The Hawker 800 series were built in large numbers are continue to deliver great value for the money.

Beechcraft Hawker 850XP midsize jet. The Hawker 800 series were built in large numbers are continue to deliver great value for the money.

Midsize Jets are a good mix of comfort, performance and value for a flight of several hours. With typical seating for around 8 people, Midsize jets fly faster and afford greater comfort while still getting in and out of many small airports. They are a good choice for flights of up to 4 hours or roughly 2,000 miles. Midsize jets typically offer more head room - plus, there are generous amenities on board including a larger galley for greater food and beverage options. While they have greater range than light jets, several mid-size jets do not offer continental range with more than a couple of passengers on board. Step up to a super-mid.

Super-Mid Jet Aircraft Charter

650 Bombardier Challenger 300 series aircraft were delivered in the 10-years ended December 2017, making it an extremely popular choice for flights of 4-5 hours.

650 Bombardier Challenger 300 series aircraft were delivered in the 10-years ended December 2017, making it an extremely popular choice for flights of 4-5 hours.

Super-Midsize Jets have many of the traits common to larger "heavy jets" with pricing closer to that of the midsize range. Slightly roomier than midsize jets, the super-mids excel in their range capabilities. They are a solid choice for flights from one end of North America to the other. Super-mids seat 8-9 people in greater comfort. Several aircraft in this class are capable of flying for well over 5 and a half hours. This is a versatile category of aircraft, as you will find many amenities common to larger jets (a galley, phone, video screen with DVD capability). Wifi is increasingly available on these aircraft. This category of aircraft includes the very popular and extremely roomy Bombardier Challenger 300 series, and the speedy Cessna Citation X. The latter is among the fastest business jets in the sky, capable of reducing a typical flight between New York and the west coast by almost 1 hour. The latest player to this space is the new Gulfstream G280 with its 4,028 mile (3,500 nm/ 6,483 km) class-leading range. A stand-out in terms of range, it has no problem reaching well into continental Europe from North America.

Heavy Jet Aircraft Charter

Gulfstream G450 is that company’s latest offering in a long line of large cabin heavy jets.

Gulfstream G450 is that company’s latest offering in a long line of large cabin heavy jets.

Heavy Jets offer an extremely comfortable private jet experience. They typically seat 10 or more people. They fly faster and higher providing a high level of cabin comfort and amenities for longer-range flights. With a range of roughly 8-9 hours of flying time they are capable of travelling between certain continents, and performing other long over-water flights. Large chairs, wide aisles, larger baggage compartments, premium audio and video entertainment, phone and a full galley are standard, with fax and wifi increasingly  available. Heavy jets often come with a flight attendant to enhance safety and assist with catering for both business and entertainment. The names Challenger and Gulfstream are common to this category. Gulfstream debuted the first large cabin business jet in the late 1960s and numerous types remain in service today including the G IV, G IV SP, G400 and G450. The Bombardier Challenger 600 series is that manufacturer’s large cabin design and the latest variant, the Challenger 650, is still in production. Both Challenger and Gulfstream jets in this category have range capabilities in excess of 4,600 miles (4,000 nm/ 7,408 km). Other players in this space include the newer Embraer Legacy 600 and 650, and the Dassault Falcon 2000 and 900. The latter’s 900LX model has a full passenger range of roughly 5,700 miles. Long a player in the light and mid-size cabins, Cessna is currently working to introduce its Citation Longitude which it says will be the first new innovation in the heavy jet category in 20 years.

Ultra-Long Range Jet Aircraft Charter

Bombardier Global 7500 is that firm’s latest entry in the competition for the business jet with the most range.

Bombardier Global 7500 is that firm’s latest entry in the competition for the business jet with the most range.

Ultra-Long Range Jets offer all the comforts of heavy jets, and more, with extended range capabilities for the longest flights. They typically seat 12 or more people. Designed for non-stop inter-continental travel, these aircraft sport flexible cabins configured with separate compartments for working, dining, or relaxing, along with top-of-the-line amenities. A flight attendant comes standard. This last major category is largely dominated by Bombardier and Gulfstream which continue to create jets with globe-spanning endurance. The top range leaders in this field include the soon to enter service Bombardier Global 7500 with a maximum range of 8,861 miles (7,700 nm/ 14,260 km), and Gulfstream’s current G650ER with its 8,631 mile range. These jets were designed to fly routes such as New York-Hong Kong, or San Francisco to Singapore.

VIP Airliner Private Charter

Hong Kong based Deer Jet recently introduced a wide-body Boeing 787 for private use which features seating for only 40 guests and what it calls “7-star hospitality” standards. The interior resembles that of a luxury home.

Hong Kong based Deer Jet recently introduced a wide-body Boeing 787 for private use which features seating for only 40 guests and what it calls “7-star hospitality” standards. The interior resembles that of a luxury home.

Business Airliners (also known as VIP Airliners or Ultra Large Business Jets) are optimal solutions for groups of between 12-20 people (or heavy cargo) on medium to long-range flights where luxury or an environment for conducting business is of prime importance. There are several different types in this category including jets worthy of VIPs or heads of state. They commonly feature ultra-luxe accommodations with private dining and sleeping facilities, numerous lavatories, a gym and/or shower and meeting rooms. The Boeing BBJ (Boeing Business Jet) was developed initially as a derivative of the highly successful Boeing 737 commercial aircraft program, while the Airbus ACJ is a converted commercial Airbus A319. These aircraft offer range in the neighborhood of 7,000-8,000 miles depending on the model- not quite as far as the ultra long range business jets but much larger in size with greater cabin comforts. Boeing and Airbus also offer VIP configurations of their large wide-bodies with a maximum range of 11,500 miles (Boeing 777-200LR). These jets will take you just about anywhere on the planet with a suitable runway.

Aircraft Range Summary

The range circle diagram below provides for slightly different values than what we describe in the text as it assumes a typical full passenger load with all seats filled. It does not take into account potential airport limitations, or variable factors such as winds, weather conditions, or other restrictions.

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How Do I Charter a Private Jet?

The process is easier than you'd imagine. At ELEVATE we are connected directly to the global charter marketplace and can help match your travel needs with the right aircraft to fit your budget. We can tailor the entire experience for you including ground transportation and in-flight catering. If productivity, time, speed, convenience, flexibility, service and comfort are among the factors that really matter to you then ELEVATE is your opportunity to change the way you fly.

 

Next: What's it like to fly on-board a private jet?

In Part 4 of this series we'll go inside some private jets to give you a taste of the travel experience. We’ll also shine a light beyond the luxury to show you why private aviation is an important business tool for large corporations which do this frequently and own aircraft.

Read previous articles in this series:

How Much Does It Cost To Charter a Private Jet?
”A Mile of Runway..” (where private aviation can take you)
Why Charter?

Coming Soon:

In future articles we'll also help answer these questions:

-Where can I travel to and from on a private jet?
-What should I know when booking a trip on a private jet?

Who We Are

ELEVATE Aviation Solutions creates bespoke flying experiences for its business and leisure customers. Clients deal directly with an ELEVATE charter director: a licensed pilot with decades of experience in commercial aviation and private air charter. We deal only with top-rated aircraft operators that meet our stringent standards for safety, training, and maintenance. Book Now.

Plan Your Fall Getaway. ELEVATE Your Flying Experience.

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Fall is upon us, and what better way to enjoy the best foliage viewing of the season than to jet off in style! From Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, to Muskoka, Ontario, and from Burlington, Vermont south to the Carolinas. Did we mention Aspen, Colorado? Your next weekend break is but a click or call away. Charter your private jet today! PS- We know you're busy which is why we can also offer a complete experience including accommodation and all the ground transportation arrangements.

How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Private Jet?

Uncovering the value of private air travel

Private aircraft are time machines. They offer tremendous time savings for businesses, groups and individuals looking to maximize control of their schedule, open up new opportunities, and balance their lives. Private air travel affords a wide range of possibilities from simple small propeller planes for shorter hops, to well appointed business jets and even large airliners that can accommodate groups on longer trips. At ELEVATE we handle private charters of every size for a wide range of clientele.

Different options naturally come with different price points. Private charter pricing is based not only on how much an aircraft costs to own and operate, but on the value they deliver to their users. In this article we’ll lay out the costs of different options and show you how working with ELEVATE can save you money, not to mention time.

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All The Benefits Without The Cost of Owning An Aircraft

For those who might make occasional use of a private aircraft, and usually well under 50 hours per year, chartering makes the most sense. You get all the benefits without the ownership burden, which includes having to maintain the aircraft and pay for crew and support infrastructure. Chartering allows you to select the aircraft that is most suited to the length of your trip and number of travelling companions. Generally a small aircraft will do for short trips with only a few people. Conversely a large aircraft will seat more and have the range for longer flights. ELEVATE works closely with you, the customer, to deliver maximum value for your travel needs.

Private Aircraft Hourly Charter Rates

The charter rate is dependent on the specific aircraft and its function. Each aircraft comes with a unique set of operating costs, which include crew, fuel, and maintenance expenses. The most luxurious "fully equipped" private jet capable of travelling between continents will naturally cost more to own and manage relative to a smaller aircraft with shorter range capabilities. These considerations help the owner/operator determine an hourly charter rate for a given aircraft. Here are a few examples:

Beechcraft  King Air 350i

Beechcraft King Air 350i

An 11-seat Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprop aircraft costs over US $8 million to purchase, but will usually charter at just over US $2,000 per hour*. While generally operating flights under 2 hours its size is well-suited for smaller budgets. In some cases the aircraft will be the most viable option for accessing certain smaller airports with shorter runways.

The Bombardier  Challenger 350  is a super-midsize jet.

The Bombardier Challenger 350 is a super-midsize jet.

Towards the other end of the spectrum, a new 9-seat super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 350 business jet lists for around US $26 million. Its charter rate is in the range of US $5,000 per hour*. You'll be able to fly well over 3,000 miles depending on the number of guests on board, and enjoy many of the finest cabin amenities while in flight. An aircraft like this is commonly chartered for trans-continental journeys.

The table below provides some guidance as to hourly aircraft charter rates by aircraft category.

Rough Average Hourly Charter Rate By Aircraft Type ($ US)

Prices have been simplified for the purposes of this table. See disclaimer.

Consider The Value: Hourly Charter Rate by The Seat

The  Gulfstream IV  is a large cabin "heavy jet" with a full passenger range of just under 4,500 miles

The Gulfstream IV is a large cabin "heavy jet" with a full passenger range of just under 4,500 miles

Putting the numbers in perspective, when the price of a private charter is considered per seat the value equation becomes clearer. A typical turboprop aircraft such as the Beechcraft King Air 200 seats up to 8 passengers. If all seats are filled a one hour charter in a King Air can cost roughly US $250* per person before fees and taxes. For larger and more luxurious private jets pricing per person resembles more that of a flight in international business or first class on a commercial airline. A one-way trans-Atlantic flight on a 14-seat Gulfstream IV can be priced as low US $4,000* per person.

The principle advantages of chartering can make the total value proposition compelling. Benefits include the ability to choose the airports, set the schedule, use a private terminal to conduct business, avoid time-consuming security checkpoints and crowds.

The value of private air travel for larger groups cannot be underestimated. The cost of a large private group charter on a commercial airliner can be nearly equivalent to the cost of buying a similar number of seats on some scheduled airline flights. And when space is limited it is not uncommon for airlines to split groups between several flights and possibly over more than one day. Group chartering can be highly advantageous as you gain the freedom of having dedicated aircraft at your group’s beck and call. With a private charter managing the group is a breeze and any unique needs can easily be addressed, often beyond the confines of the terminal building.

What's Included in The Total Charter Price

The typical charter price includes the hourly charter rate inclusive of fuel and crew, and airport handling costs. International fees are added where applicable. Other factors can include the cost to position the aircraft to the airport of your choice if it is not based there, and the time the aircraft remains at its destination.

Additionally, some aircraft owners also place daily minimum requirements on their aircraft in order to reduce ownership and upkeep costs. If you charter a larger aircraft for what is deemed to be a short trip be prepared to pay more than the typical hourly rate. Helicopters, with their unique ability to get you just about anywhere, are commonly charged at higher hourly rates than some fixed-wing aircraft of roughly the same size. With a helicopter you pay for the added convenience and their higher operating cost.

In the US all domestic flights are subject to 7.5% Federal Excise Tax. In Canada flights are subject to GST or HST. Customer selected add-ons are extra.

You'll want an expert like ELEVATE to navigate these kinds of considerations for you to ensure that you are getting the most cost-effective solution to your private air travel needs.

Finding The Best Value In Private Air Charter

The midsize  Hawker 800  delivers exceptional value for short to medium-range flights. Over 650 were built. It commonly charters out at rates below competing aircraft in its class, particularly newer types.

The midsize Hawker 800 delivers exceptional value for short to medium-range flights. Over 650 were built. It commonly charters out at rates below competing aircraft in its class, particularly newer types.

There are many ways to get real value out of private charter without going over the top. Knowing some of the pitfalls that can result in over-spending will save you money. Here too ELEVATE’s expertise can help guide you to the right solution.

Age of Aircraft

Consider aircraft age for a moment. A new aircraft will likely have a higher hourly charter rate than an older one, even of the same type. An older aircraft may cost more to maintain, but a newer aircraft may carry higher ownership costs. In these cases small differences in aircraft size may have less bearing. For example, an older but well maintained Cessna Citation V light jet will commonly cost less to charter than a new Phenom 300 in the same category.

One Way Trip vs Round-trip

With the exception of empty legs which we discuss in further detail below, the cost of a one way trip can cost the same as a round-trip if one is not careful. A one-way charter may force some operators to fly the aircraft empty to or from its home base. These "positioning flights" are an added expense. Why pay for flights you don’t have to? Other aircraft operators may have their aircraft "float" from point to point in order to maximize their time. This is where the savings come in. At ELEVATE we regularly secure one-way charters for clients for a fraction of the regular cost by sourcing aircraft that operate on this business model.

Total Duration of Trip

The duration of a trip is another factor to consider. If the aircraft is to remain at its destination waiting for you for more than a day, the cost of accommodating the crew in a hotel, paying their per-diem, and occasionally putting the aircraft in a hangar is charged. If a trip is close to or over one week in duration operators will commonly elect to return the aircraft to its home base in order to offer flights to other customers. Re-positioning legs may add to the total cost of your charter. There is always a sweet spot between trips of short and longer duration, and using the right aircraft operator. ELEVATE can help you find it.

Arranged Charter vs Empty Leg vs Shared Charter

A typical private charter will be charged at the regular hourly aircraft rate. For this the customer has full control over all aspects of the flight including choice of aircraft, airports and schedule.

There are many other ways to charter while saving money if your budget so dictates. ELEVATE offers a range of charter solutions:

Empty Legs

An empty leg is offered at discounts of up to 75% off the hourly charter rate. An empty leg flight is one that would otherwise carry no passengers. When someone charters a one-way flight the aircraft will commonly position empty in the other direction. Since these aircraft must move we can negotiate the price of empty legs on your behalf. The potential savings are tremendous. Per seat, empty leg pricing can begin to resemble unrestricted economy class fares on commercial airlines depending on the aircraft type and sometimes even less. Empty legs are a great way to experience flight on a private aircraft for the first time, when you are on a limited budget, or a spur of the moment decision to get away. As the industry continues to grow empty legs have become increasingly popular. At ELEVATE we have access to a global database of empty leg flights and can often find a solution to fit your needs if your travel plans are flexible.

Shared Flights

Shared flights are an increasingly popular means to enjoy most of the benefits of private aviation without paying for seats that are surplus.. ELEVATE can arrange a shared charter by listing your flight in a marketplace where others will have an opportunity to buy-in. If you are the primary charterer you maintain full control over the aircraft choice, itinerary, departure time, and more. Anyone interested in joining can then purchase the seats they need. The original charterer has the opportunity to earn back a portion of their flight cost from surplus seat sales.

Seasonal Shuttles and Unique One of a Kind Experiences

We occasionally offer individual seats for sale on existing flights to popular destinations. These opportunities offer exceptional value for money. Check our website frequently.

 

How Do I Charter a Private Aircraft?

At ELEVATE we are connected directly to the global charter marketplace and can help match your travel needs with the right solution to fit your budget. We can tailor the entire experience for you including ground transportation, in-flight catering, and hotel accommodations. If productivity, time, speed, convenience, flexibility, service and comfort are among the factors that matter to you then ELEVATE is your opportunity to change the way you fly.

 

Read other articles in this series:

Your Guide To Private Jets - Which one is best for that next trip
”A Mile of Runway..” Where private aviation can take you
Why Charter?

 

About Us

ELEVATE Innovation creates bespoke flying experiences for both business and leisure customers. Clients deal directly with an ELEVATE charter director: a licensed pilot with decades of experience in commercial aviation management and private air charter. We are among the few brokers registered by ARGUS, the globally recognized leader in operational safety and risk management solutions for private aviation. We deal only with top-rated aircraft operators that meet our stringent standards for safety, training, and maintenance.

Book now at www.elevatecharter.com

*Disclaimer: The prices described in this article are approximate, by no means comprehensive, and are for information purposes only. Pricing can depend on many factors. Hourly rates do not purport to include taxes, fees, or customer-selected options.

Why Would I Want to Charter a Private Aircraft?

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We're beginning a series this week that paints a complete picture of the private charter experience. First up, you'll want to know if this is for you.

Myths and misconceptions of private air travel abound. Images in print, on social media and on TV are often powerful and can easily distort. There's a common belief that private aircraft are only for the most affluent who desire luxury above all else. While there are certainly some who can afford the use of a private aircraft on a regular basis for leisure, in actual fact most private aircraft are owned by businesses, are used for business purposes, and are chartered out only when not in use. The term "business aviation" is more commonly used to describe private air travel.

You may also want to read our recent blog post that addresses a number of myths common to private air travel, here: https://private-jet.ca/blog/2018/6/27/private-jets-demystified-myths-and-facts-of-chartering-an-aircraft.

Commercial Air Travel's Challenges

If you've flown over the last several decades you may have noticed that commercial air travel has become increasingly challenging for the consumer. We continue to witness:

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  • A steady decline in service

  • Longer lines

  • Security bottlenecks

  • Increasingly cramped cabins, and

  • More delays throughout the system

To be fair, more people can afford to fly commercially than ever before. Some airlines are trying hard to chart a path around the many obstacles faced by the system. Not all airlines are created equal. One may even pay to upgrade to business or first class for a better experience overall.

Despite their best efforts the terminals and the skies are increasingly crowded, and many airlines struggle to deliver on their brand promise. In an effort to trim costs some airlines have reduced their schedule. The number of communities served by scheduled air service has been on the decline in North America for decades. These locations increasingly rely on private aviation.

The Private Aircraft Charter Advantage

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Private aviation enables you to bypass almost all of the inconveniences common to commercial air travel today. Private aircraft are used primarily by individuals and organizations that want efficiency and where time is important. A private aircraft is a productivity tool, allowing those who fly on them to get more done in more places in a day than if they were dependent upon the airlines list of destinations and schedules. 

Aside from productivity, there are many other benefits that might influence one's decision to fly private, including:

  • Convenience- fly from more airports

  • Flexibility- you set the times, the aircraft will wait for you

  • Service- amenities you need while traveling that the airlines cannot offer

  • Privacy- to conduct business or important discussions

You might choose to charter a private aircraft for these reasons:

  • A destination you can't easily get to

  • A special business deal that needs to be closed

  • A major family gathering requiring the coordination of travel plans for a large group

  • A sick relative who is no longer as mobile

  • A special vacation- where chartering allows you to get the most out of your trip

  • A group event that, upon further examination of the costs, just makes sense

Chartering a Private Aircraft: More Options Than Ever Before

The number of private aircraft has increased as emerging technologies enable new aircraft types while also creating efficiencies in how they are operated and managed. More of these aircraft are becoming available for charter. Private aircraft come in several sizes.  A large cabin jet will be comfortable for long journeys. A smaller turboprop or twin piston-engine aircraft may be suitably comfortable, cost less, and is particularly effective when flying into small, harder to reach places. No matter the type of aircraft, the benefits derived from chartering are similar. We'll address this more in future blogs.

How Do I Charter a Private Jet?

At ELEVATE we are connected directly to the global charter marketplace and can help match your travel needs with the right aircraft to fit your budget. We can tailor the entire experience for you including ground transportation and in-flight catering. If productivity, time, speed, convenience, flexibility, service and comfort are among the factors that really matter to you then ELEVATE is your opportunity to change the way you fly.

Who We Are

ELEVATE Aviation Solutions creates bespoke flying experiences for both business and leisure customers. Clients deal directly with an ELEVATE charter director: a licensed pilot with decades of experience in commercial aviation and private air charter. We are among the few brokers registered by ARGUS, the globally recognized leader in operational safety and risk management solutions for private aviation. We deal only with top-rated aircraft operators that meet our stringent standards for safety, training, and maintenance.

Book now at www.private-jet.ca.

 

Next: How Much Does It Cost to Charter a Private Jet?

In Part 2 of this series we'll help answer the question, "Can I afford this?" While private air travel is certainly not for everyone, what you learn may surprise you!

Read other articles in this series:

How Much Does It Cost To Charter a Private Jet?
”A Mile of Runway..” (where private aviation can take you)
Your Guide To Private Jets - Which one is best for that next trip


 

August Aircraft Highlight - The Gulfstream G500/G600 Family

Each month we feature another popular aircraft available for private charter. For a complete directory please visit our extensive aircraft guide, at private-jet.ca/aircraft-guide.

The G600 is among two brand new offerings from Gulfstream

The G600 is among two brand new offerings from Gulfstream

There is something unique about the large cabin Gulfstream business jets from the outside that immediately commands attention. The pointed nose, long swept-back wings, oval windows, and large cylindrical engines  give the aircraft an almost stately look. These basic attributes have changed little over the decades despite many advances that continue to push the boundaries of speed and comfort. Each new model has helped to re-define a family of aircraft admired for their quality of craftsmanship, capabilities, safety, and overall flying experience. Now in their 7th generation, the G500/ G600 family of aircraft are considered among the leaders in their field. When you want extra room to stretch out, need to accommodate larger parties, or an aircraft with the range for those longer flights in excess of 4 hours consider the Gulfstream family of large cabin business jets. Get a quote.

The Gulfstream II (G II) first flew in 1966.

The Gulfstream II (G II) first flew in 1966.

The first large cabin purpose-built business jet, the Gulfstream II took to the air in October 1966. Its predecessor the Gulfstream I (formerly known as the Grumman G-159) was a twin-turboprop business aircraft that first flew in 1958. A successor to the G 1, the jet powered G II was designed to provide high speed and long range capability using a combination of large swept wing design and powerful engines. Even these early model Gulfstream jets could reach 45,000 feet, higher than most passenger airliners of the day, and cruise at 85% of the speed of sound (Mach 0.85). An improved version of the G II, the Gulfstream III (G III) first flew in 1979, and a stretched version with further enhancements know as the Gulfstream IV (G IV) flew six years after that. These earlier models all had range capabilities upwards of 4,200 - 4,300 nautical miles / 7,000-8,000 km. Many of these aircraft, particularly the G IV, continue in service today. With numerous upgrades they are popular choices for trans-continental and international travel.

The Gulfstream V (G V) became the company's first ultra-long range aircraft when it rolled off the assembly line for the first time in 1995. With a fuselage 7 feet longer than the G-IV, and an almost 19 foot longer wingspan, the G V was designed to fly 6,500 nautical miles/ 12,000 km. The G V was also the last of the large Gulfstream Jets to use roman numeral nomenclature. The next development, the G550, entered production in 2003. 

The G650 and the G650ER continue the evolution of the venerable large cabin jet with ultra-long range capabilities. The G650ER first flew in 2014.

The G650 and the G650ER continue the evolution of the venerable large cabin jet with ultra-long range capabilities. The G650ER first flew in 2014.

The G650 and G650ER are Gulfstream's longest range jets. They entered service in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The G650 is capable of traveling 7,000 nm / 12,964 km, while the G650ER can perform missions of 7,500 nm/ 13,890 km, roughly equivalent to New York to Hong Kong nonstop. Such long distance flights demand the utmost in services and amenities. Both aircraft can be equipped with a full kitchen and bar and commonly feature a variety of entertainment and business productivity options including satellite telephones and wireless Internet.

G650 interior layout features 4 separate living spaces

G650 interior layout features 4 separate living spaces

The next production variants to come are the G500 and G600 , slated to enter service in late 2018 and 2019 respectively. The G500 has a range of 5,200 NM / 9,630 km, while the slightly larger G600 can fly 6,500 nm / 12,038 km. The G600 will replace the G550. Both aircraft seat up to 19 passengers and can sleep 8-9. The G600 can be configured for up to four living areas.  A shower is also an option for those that want to arrived fully refreshed and ready to do business.

 

 

 

Supersonic Business Travel On The Comeback Trail

The recent announcement by Boeing that it was studying a hypersonic passenger plane that could travel up to 5 times the speed of sound was met with both excitement and skepticism. While Boeing's CEO is optimistic that these new designs could shrink travel times in the next 10-20 years, the costs of such a project will be considerable requiring many new technologies yet to be invented. Meanwhile, another company called "Boom" is developing a 55-seat Mach 2.2 airliner with support from two big names in commercial air travel, Virgin Group, and Japan Airlines. Boom's design uses more conventional technologies coupled with modern-day advances designed to reduce operating costs and environmental footprint.

Will airlines pay for these new aircraft? Much has changed since the 1970s when Concorde went into service. Major air routes have more competition and frequent service. Passengers no longer have to wait hours for the next flight from New York to London, or Los Angeles to Tokyo. Airlines now regularly spend millions of dollars on enhancing their long-haul business and first class cabins and some have even created virtual suites in the sky. While such comforts abound, does the average consumer care about speed?

The Aerion AS2, a private supersonic jet currently under development.

The Aerion AS2, a private supersonic jet currently under development.

Supersonic transports may still be an option for those willing to pay for the experience. Business aviation is a natural starting point for new high-speed designs, given the propensity of its target market to spend on convenience and luxury.  Aerion Supersonic's AS2 Supersonic Business Jet (SBJ) will cruise just over the speed of sound, at Mach 1.4, and seat between 8 and 12 passengers. The Spike Aerospace S-512 Supersonic Jet will fly 18 people at Mach 1.6. These jets would reduce a typical New York to London flight by 2-3 hours. When compared to the Boeing-proposed hypersonic design, or even Concorde, these new aircraft may not be revolutionary, but sufficiently evolutionary as to generate substantial interest. Both companies say their designs will meet government regulations that prohibit sonic booms, caused when an aircraft passes through the speed of sound, from being heard on the ground. Both SBJ designs are scheduled to enter service in the 2023-2025 time-frame according to the manufacturers.

The Cessna Citation X Business Jet is the current speed leader, with a max cruising speed of Mach 0.935, or 617 miles per hour.

The Cessna Citation X Business Jet is the current speed leader, with a max cruising speed of Mach 0.935, or 617 miles per hour.

While none are supersonic, for now business aircraft continue to lead where speed is concerned. So if you want to fly faster than the rest of the crowd book yourself on one of these private jets:

The Cessna Citation X+ leads the pack. Its top cruising speed is Mach 0.935 / 617 mph, and Cessna markets it at the fastest civil aircraft in the world. Others include,

 

 

  • Bombarier Global 7500 - Max Speed Mach 0.925 / 610 mph
  • Gulfstream G500, G600, G650, and G650ER – Max Speed Mach 0.925 / 610 mph
  • Dassault Falcon 7X and 8X – Max Speed Mach 0.9 / 593 mph
  • Bombardier Global 6000 – Max Speed Mach 8.9 / 590 mph

 

Small Airports Key To Private Aviation's Value Equation

There's a saying in business that a mile of road will get you just one mile, but a mile of runway will get you anywhere. Fact is local and community airports are vital to business travel, facilitating commerce that might otherwise not occur, and propelling regional economies everywhere. They are an important part of private air travel, enabling access to places that might otherwise be hard to reach. They are a natural magnet for private fliers. 

While you may have to drive an hour or more to reach the nearest major airport when travelling with an airline, that small airport closer to home or office is your launching pad the world when you fly private. One of the major benefits of private aviation is being able to access literally thousands of airports that are not served by the airlines. Small airports are often conveniently located closer to major cities than their larger counterparts. In business time really is money. Smaller airports allow business to be conducted more efficiently. In many cases these airports benefit from not having an airline presence. Supporting myriad other aviation uses, small airports allow for less congested, and less costly operations. These "general aviation" facilities in turn become magnets for business development and regional growth. They support thousands of jobs and produce millions of dollars in direct, indirect, and induced economic benefits for their adjacent communities.

Westchester County Airport, White Plains, New York is just north of Manhattan and a relatively congestion-free alternative to NYC. There are restrictions on airline access and general aviation flourishes.

Westchester County Airport, White Plains, New York is just north of Manhattan and a relatively congestion-free alternative to NYC. There are restrictions on airline access and general aviation flourishes.

Take the New York City area as an example. Anyone who has flown into LaGuardia, Newark, or Kennedy, knows that lengthy delays are a fact of life even on a clear weather day. Private fliers know to avoid these airports and instead land at either Teterboro, located less than 15 miles from the Lincoln Tunnel, or Westchester County Airport, located near White Plains. These smaller airports are no less capable of handling all types of aircraft with the kinds of services needed to support a broad segment of aviation; from fueling and handling, to aircraft maintenance, to serving as ports of entry into the United States.

London's Biggin Hill Aerodrome is a stone's throw from one of the biggest cities in the world. Photo credit: AIN.

London's Biggin Hill Aerodrome is a stone's throw from one of the biggest cities in the world. Photo credit: AIN.

A similar picture exists at many other major business and entertainment capitals around the world. In Los Angeles, Van Nuys is one of the most popular general aviation airports in the US, and several other options abound from Santa Monica to Burbank. As an alternative to delay-plagued Heathrow, in London England there are Biggin Hill (a former WW II aerodrome that played a major role in the Battle of Britain) as well as Stansted, Farnborough, Luton, and London City Airports. The latter is situated adjacent the thriving Docklands area and close to the city's financial district. In Paris there's Le Bourget, which is the closest airport to the city centre. Toronto Pearson may be Canada's busiest but downtown Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is the closest to the business and entertainment districts. Those living west of the city can also choose from Hamilton, or Kitchener/ Waterloo, or Oshawa to the east. Flying privately into and out of smaller airports means ducking under all of the heavy airline traffic.

Miami Opa Locka Airport is a hub of private aviation activity in South Florida.

Miami Opa Locka Airport is a hub of private aviation activity in South Florida.

Vacationers love Florida, and the popular Gold Coast that runs from Palm Beach south to Miami has 3 major international airports with which airline travelers may be familiar (Palm Beach Intl, Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Intl, and Miami Intl). However, the region actually hosts another 8 local airports that are among some of the most popular in the world for private fliers. These include Ft. Lauderdale Executive, Boca Raton, Opa Locka, and Tamiami.  Strong population growth has meant that getting around south Florida can be an exercise in extreme patience. Discerning travelers can find their local airport saves them time, money, and stress. Its not all about inbound tourism, however. Many businesses that need to do commerce outside the state rely on their local small airport for that competitive edge.

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