“Time is our most precious commodity, and there are conveniences that wealth brings to essentially get you more time. —retired Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, explaining why he commutes via private jet from his Seattle home to watch games of the Los Angeles Clippers, the basketball team he bought last year for $2 billion. ”
Notable Air Charter Providers
AIR PARTNER, airpartner.com, 888-247-7278. Broker with 24 offices in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Access to all aircraft categories and types from vetted operators. Has facilitated more than 1,500 presidential and royal flights. Also offers jet cards.
ASSOCIATED AIRCRAFT GROUP, flyaag.com, 845-463-6500. Sikorsky-owned operator offers the largest fleet of S-76 VIP helicopters in Northeast U.S.
AVJET CORPORATION, avjet.com, 818-841-6190. U.S.-based company providing flights in Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle East. Operates Boeing BBJ, Gulfstream, Bombardier and other large-cabin jets.
CHAPMAN FREEBORN, chapman-freeborn.com, +44 (0) 1293572872. Broker with 35 offices in 25 countries and strong presence in Asia. Access to everything from helicopters to executive-configured airliners sourced from vetted commercial and business aircraft operators.
CITATIONAIR, citationair.com, 877-692-4828. Cessna-owned and -managed operator with all-Citation fleet of CJ2, XLS, Sovereign and Citation X jets. Serves U.S., Canada, Mexico and Caribbean.
EXCELAIRE, hawthorne.aero/jet-charters.cfm, 631-737-0477. Fleet includes everything from helicopters and light jets to large models like the Gulfstream V and Embraer Legacy 600. Company claims one of the largest fleets of heavy jets in the eastern U.S. and has more than 200,000 square feet of hangar space at New York’s Long Island MacArthur Airport.
EXECUJET AVIATION GROUP, Execujet.net, +41 44 876 5555 (Zurich office). Manages more than 150 aircraft, including many available for charter in Europe, Africa and Asia. Also offers jet cards.
DELTA PRIVATE JETS, deltaprivatejets.com, 800-927-0927. Offers one-way pricing using more than 1,000 light, midsize and large-cabin jets from its owned and managed fleet and partner charter operators.
EXECUTIVE JET MANAGEMENT, executivejetmanagement.com, 877-356-5387. Charter arm of the NetJets fleet. Offers “city pair” one-way pricing and flat-rate block-charter program with guaranteed pricing and discounted rates without repositioning fees.
FAIR WIND AIR CHARTER, flyfairwind.com, 800-989-9665. South Florida-based operator with some 18 aircraft, from light to large-cabin jets, and access to additional lift from vetted operators. Offers airport-to-airport guaranteed pricing and one-way and roundtrip per-hour rates. Serves North and South America.
GAMA AVIATION, gamagroupusa.com, 800-468-1110. U.S. arm of UK-based aviation-services provider. Operates more than 40 aircraft ranging from light jets through Global 5000. Access to hundreds of aircraft from partner fleets. Maintains a UAE-based charter fleet for access to the Middle East.
JETSUITE, jetsuite.com, 866-779-7770. Owns and operates Embraer Phenom 100s in seven regions stretching across the continental U.S., and is introducing JetSuite Edition Cessna Citation CJ3 light jets to its fleet. One-way pricing; membership program provides discount rates. Daily point-to-point specials as low as $536.
KEY AIR, keyair.com, 888-539-2471. Connecticut-based operator claims one of the industry’s newest fleets, including models from Bombardier, Gulfstream and Dassault Falcon.
LE BAS INTERNATIONAL, lebas.com, 805-593-0510 (U.S.), 353 61 474849 (Europe). Worldwide charter broker founded in 1990. Has offices in California and Ireland.
LANDMARK AVIATION, landmarkaviation.com, 888-362-6738. Charter arm of the aviation services company with 50 FBO locations in the U.S., Canada and western Europe. Operates some 40 charter aircraft from turboprops to large-cabin jets and air ambulances. Discount block-charter rates available.
LINEAR AIR, linearair.com, 877-254-6327. Operates Eclipse 500 VLJs and Cirrus SR-22 single-engine piston aircraft, offering low-cost short-haul charter in New England, the Northeast, Southeast and Salt Lake City, Utah areas.
PENTASTAR AVIATION, pentastaraviation.com, 888-498-3792. Nearly 50-year-old Wyvern-approved and ARG/US Platinum-rated operator offers worldwide service.
PRIESTER AVIATION, priesterav.com, 888-323-7887. Founded in 1945, operates some two dozen charter aircraft, from turboprops to large-cabin models, across the eastern half of the U.S. Provides N-registered aircraft for charter customers in Asia through partnership with TAG Aviation Asia.
PRIVATAIR, privatair.com, +41 22 929 6730. Geneva-based company offers charter on its own managed fleet and via other operators.
ROYAL JET, Royaljetgroup.com, +971 2 5051 500. Based in the United Arab Emirates, this operator has its own VIP terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Fleet includes Learjet 60, Gulfstream 300 and Boeing Business Jet.
SENTIENT, sentient.com, 866-406-8278. Claims to be largest provider of charter flights in the U.S. Access to aircraft from turboprops to large-cabin jets flown by more than 100 vetted operators. Offers one-way pricing and easy quoting on roundtrip and multi-leg trips.
SOLAIRUS AVIATION, solairusaviation.com, 800-359-7861. Operates some 18 charter aircraft, from turboprops to large-cabin jets, based across the U.S., and sources aircraft from vetted operators. Alliance with Hong Kong-based Metrojet offers charter services in Asia. Mobile app provides users with empty-leg availability and alerts in real time.
TAG AVIATION, tagaviation.com, +41 22 717 0100. Switzerland-based aviation-services provider operates more than 40 aircraft in its charter fleet, predominantly European-based large-cabin jets, and sources aircraft from partner operators worldwide. TAG Account provides customized solutions and discounted flight time.
TRAVEL MANAGEMENT, tmcjets.com, 866-569-3296. Privately owned, full-service air charter company with a fleet of 50 light and midsize aircraft. Based in Indiana, they provide access to over 5,500 airports across North America.
TWC AVIATION, twcaviation.com, 888-923-1001. Worldwide charter via its large fleet of models from Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft. Also offers jet cards.
VISTAJET, vistajet.com, +44 (0) 207 0 605 700. Owns and operates all-Bombardier fleet (Learjet 60XR, Challenger 605 and 850, Global 6000) in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and West Africa. All aircraft are less than three years old.
XOJET, xojet.com, 877-599-6538. Offers point-to-point pricing on its owned and operated Wi-Fi-equipped fleet of late-model Challenger 300s and Cessna Citation Xs, and Hawker 800XPs and 400XPs through alliance with TWC Aviation. All-inclusive transcontinental (Los Angeles–New York) rates start at about $25,000.