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How much does it cost to charter a private jet?

How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Private Jet in India?


People often call to ask us: “How much does it cost to charter a private jet in India?” The truth is, that’s not a simple question to answer. There are many variables involved in chartering a private jet, and each one will impact the price. Here, we explain exactly how we get to the final number.

Expenses of owning a private aircraft

To start, how much does a private plane cost? If you’re a high-powered executive or an A-list celebrity, you could spend upwards of 6400 million INR on the customized luxury airliner of your dreams. If you’re after something a bit less flashy, you could buy a brand new Cessna CJ4 for about 570 million INR.

Owning a private jet is expensive, which explains why there are only 165 private aircraft registered as domiciled in India. This is an exclusive multi-millionaires’ club, whose members include industrialist Gautam Singhania (proud owner of a Bombardier Challenger 604), wealthy businessman and race-horse breeder Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla (owner of the superfast Gulfstream G550) and real estate tycoon KP Singh (who flies around the world in a Gulfstream IV luxury business jet). These jets may include everything from king-size beds and Jacuzzis to conference rooms and mini bars, making air travel a luxurious experience, along with the flexibility and privacy that come with being the owner of your own private plane. Plus, there are no wasted hours at airports – something these captains of industry can ill afford.

It’s not just the price tag that makes private jet ownership a major investment. Once the plane is purchased, the largest expense for owners is aircraft maintenance, which can run to millions of INR per year. Additional costs include safety inspections, insurance, fuel, hangar space and salaries for your pilot and crew.

Bombardier Challenger 605 left and Gulfstream IV Luxury Business Jet right
Bombardier Challenger 605 left and Gulfstream IV Luxury Business Jet right

Benefits of Chartering a Private Aircraft

While you could put your next few paychecks towards purchasing your own private jet, chartering is a far better option for most travellers. Chartering offers all the benefits of owning a private jet without the cost and hassle of maintenance. Additionally, chartering allows you to select the aircraft that is perfect for you every time you fly.

Whether you’re hopping over to Kerala for a well-deserved break, moving the cast and crew of a Bollywood film from Kolkata to Bangalore, or taking your whole boardroom overseas, the most cost-effective plane for the journey will be different in each instance. Private planes come in a wide range of sizes. They can be small turboprops or light jets, mid-size or super-mid-size jets, heavy jets or luxury executive airliners. The size of the aircraft indicates how many passengers and how much luggage can be accommodated, of course, but also how far the plane can fly without stopping to refuel. Small planes need to stop and refuel on longer trips, which adds cost and travel time. Larger planes, on the other hand, are expensive to operate if your typical flight time is short.

Chartering instead of owning gives you all the benefits of private air travel. You can set your own travel schedule, go where your business takes you, and eliminate wait times, check-in queues, cancelled flights and on-board distractions. Privacy? That goes without saying. But private air charter also gives you the flexibility of choosing exactly the right aircraft for the journey ahead.

Smaller Aircraft

Piper Seneca and Cessna Citation
Piper Seneca and Cessna Citation

A traveller with very little luggage and only four to six passengers could take a short hop on a turboprop aircraft like the Piper Seneca. An hour-long flight from Mumbai to Hyderabad, for example, would cost about 1,060,033 INR. If you’re travelling with more luggage in tow and need a larger plane, the cost will increase. For example, a two hour-long flight from Chennai to Kolkata on a light jet like the Cessna Citation CJ would cost approximately 1,446,232 INR.

Medium to Heavy Jets

Cessna Citation X left and Gulfstream 200 right
Cessna Citation X left and Gulfstream 200 right

As the planes enter the mid-size to super-mid-size category, prices continue to increase. A one-and-a-half-hour flight from New Delhi to Mumbai on a Cessna Citation X, which falls under the super-mid-size category and accommodates eight passengers, will jump to 1,584,000 INR. A longer flight on a similar super-mid-size jet – for example, a three-hour flight from Hyderabad to Agatti Island on a Gulfstream G200 G280 (nine passengers) – would cost approximately 2,860,000 INR. However, a longer flight on a smaller aircraft – for example, a four-hour flight from Bengaluru to Dimapur on a mid-size Hawker 700 – will cost about the same amount: roughly 2,900,000 INR. Naturally, as the flight time increases, the cost also increases.

If you’re thinking you can save money by chartering a small plane for a long flight, unfortunately that’s not always possible. The longer the flight, the larger the plane must be so it can travel the distance without stopping to refuel. Aside from tacking on travel time to your journey, there are additional fees involved with stopping to refuel, so it won’t always save you money.

To make matters more complicated, the size of the aircraft and the length of the trip are not the only factors that go into the final quote. There are also airport handling fees, crew salaries, crew expenses, airport landing fees, and passenger taxes.

The simplest way to evaluate the cost of private air charter is to compare it with other ways of reaching your destination. This is where cost per person comes in. Take that three-hour flight from Jaipur to Indore on a nine-seater Gulfstream G200 G280: The cost, of approximately 2,182,800 INR, is for the entire aircraft. Divide that by the number of passengers on board, and the cost per person works out to around 242,533 INR. Now compare this with the price of a first-class ticket on the same route, and you have a clear benchmark on which to base your decision.

As such, a long-haul flight such as Bengaluru to London would require a mid-size jet like the Bombardier Learjet 60XR or a heavy jet like a Gulfstream G550, depending on how many passengers you have. If you’re looking to spread out for a business meeting, you could go even larger with a luxury airliner such as an Airbus A319 or a Boeing BBJ. Of course, these large VIP executive airliners are the top of the line and the price increases accordingly.

To make matters more complicated, the size of the aircraft and the length of the trip are not the only factors that go into the final quote. There are also airport handling fees, crew salaries, crew expenses, airport landing fees, and passenger taxes.

The simplest way to evaluate the cost of private air charter is to compare it with other ways of reaching your destination. This is where cost per person comes in. Take that three-hour flight from Jaipur to Indore on a nine-seater Gulfstream G200 G280: The cost, of approximately 2,182,800 INR, is for the entire aircraft. Divide that by the number of passengers on board, and the cost per person works out to around 242,533 INR. Now compare this with the price of a first-class ticket on the same route, and you have a clear benchmark on which to base your decision.

Empty Legs

Save up to 75% of the cost of a regular charter with Empty Legs
Save up to 75% of the cost of a regular charter with Empty Legs

When Air Charter Service has a one-way charter, the aircraft is sometimes empty when it returns to its base, or when it continues on to another location. This is called an “empty leg” flight. You can book these flights for an extraordinarily low cost, as the plane would be flying empty otherwise. Say, for example, that a one-way charter aircraft flies from Kolkata to Bangalore, and returns to Kolkata empty for its next booking – this is your chance to hop on the flight back to Kolkata at a huge discount, sometimes as much as seven percent off the cost of a regular charter.

So next time you find yourself asking what it costs to charter a private jet, skip the complicated maths. Our representatives can put together a private jet charter quote for you in no time.

Private Jet Charter Cost FAQs

Air Charter Service (ACS) has compiled these helpful FAQs, with answers needed to understand the costs of private jet charter. These are the questions you have been asking us, from how much a private jet costs to how to charter a flight to Vegas. If look through our questions and would like to know more, please contact our brokers.


Private jet charter cost: The basics

As stated above, pricing for charter travel varies depending on the distances involved and the aircraft used. A short 40-minute flight in a small plane could cost around 180,000 INR, while a 1.5-hour flight in a midsize jet costs nearer 2.2 million INR. As the size of jet and flight times increase, so does the price.

The price of a private jet varies drastically depending on its age, model and manufacturer. While 26 million INR might buy you a 1979 Falcon 10 with around 12,000 hours on the clock, a brand new Gulfstream 550 costs upwards of 3 billion INR. Here is an example of how much it would cost to charter a private jet:

  • Mumbai to Delhi
  • Aircraft: Legacy 650
  • Flight Time Outbound: 2 Hours 05 Minutes
  • No. Seats: 13
  • Price: INR 1,748,875.02

When ACS books a one-way charter, the aircraft is sometimes empty when it returns to base or on to its next departure airport. This is called an “empty leg” flight. You can book these flights for an extraordinarily low cost; up to 75% off the average cost of a private jet charter. Prices vary depending on the aircraft and journey.

Cessna Aircraft Company is an aircraft manufacturer with multiple jets on offer, ranging in price from tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars. As such, chartering a Cessna can be significantly more cost-effective than buying one. Find a wide range of Cessna aircraft available for private charter on our aircraft guide page.

The cost of chartering a plane to Vegas is dependent on where you’re flying from and the model of plane you choose. For example, chartering a Cessna Citation CJ from New York to Las Vegas would cost around 2.3 million INR. To charter a private jet to Vegas, just contact ACS for a quote or to discuss your private jet charter needs.

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