Private jets are the preferred mode of aviation for the rich and famous, and there’s good reason for it. They provide an unrivaled experience, maximizing comfort, convenience, and flexibility to help meet a range of travel demands.

If you haven’t traveled by private jet yet, here’s an introductory guide to the experience to help you know a little more.

What types of private jet are there?

There are a variety of private jets which are categorized by cabin classes. These determine the distance they can travel, the number of passengers they hold and the overall flying experience.

Generally speaking, the larger the jet, the more it will cost to rent. The basic cabin classes are below:

  • Light
  • Midsize
  • Super Midsize
  • Large Cabin 
  • Ultra-Long Range

How do I book a private jet?

You can rent a private jet through a variety of channels, depending on the provider you’re using. 

Some have handy mobile apps that allow you to book with just a few touches of a button from anywhere in the world. Alternatively, you can benefit from dedicated account managers and support teams for more personal service. 

Booking a private jet is easy and designed to give you complete control over your travel plans.

What luggage can I bring onboard?

The amount of luggage you can bring onto a private jet depends on the cabin class of the aircraft (which determines its capacity) and the provider you’re flying with. But you’re almost guaranteed to be able to bring at least what you would on a commercial flight.

Some private jets will have cargo holds that boost their capacity and help to carry unusually shaped items such as skis, bikes and golf clubs. 

It’s worth discussing with the jet company if you have any specific luggage requirements.

What happens pre-departure?

Forget busy commercial airport terminals, waiting in security lines and arriving hours before departure. On a private flight, you can arrive as little as 15 minutes before take-off. 

You’ll likely have to go through the necessary pre-flight checks if you’re chartering from a company, but this shouldn’t take long. With no queues, you can board much faster and with greater convenience to make your travel as smooth as possible.

Once on the aircraft, you can strap in for the very best service in the skies and relax before you reach your destination.

What happens on arrival?

On arrival at a commercial or private airport, you’ll be able to get off almost instantly once the aircraft has come to a stop. 

Depending on the facilities and where you’re flying to and from, you may have to go through identification and customs checks. But this shouldn’t take too long – with most private airports, this can take a matter of minutes and you won’t have to wait in any long queues.

After that, you should be free to continue with your onward journey.