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Jul 26, 2008
The air charter industry began as corporate air charter. Private air charter now is used by many others as well. There are individuals, business executives, sports teams and entertainers that use it. Airplane charter also is used for cargo, freight, air ambulance and organ donation flights.

This type of flying is known by a few other names, such as air taxi, jet charter and executive charter. Whatever you want to call it, it is all the same thing.

This is a good alternative to aircraft ownership. There are some different ways you can do it. The historic way is on demand charter. That way involves a trip by trip system. As the charter flier, you reserve an aircraft to fly you from one airfield to another. You can pay before or after the flight. You will find that the charter rates do vary, so it will pay for you to shop around for the best rate. You may book your flight by contacting a local air charter provider or using a national air charter broker.

A jet card is an option to consider. Actually, it is a flight debit card. You purchase one for a couple of hundred thousand dollars. That entitles you to use a particular type of airplane for an agreed-upon number of flight hours. You must use all of your air hours before they expire or lose them. You may be able to receive a refund.

Fractional ownership programs also have become popular. With those you will own an interest in an airplane or a type of aircraft, along with a few other people. The shared aircraft are owned by the air charter companies. Those companies will maintain the airplanes and provide the pilots, flight crews and catering for you.

In fractional ownership programs you will purchase an exact share, which usually will be somewhere from 1/16 to 1/2. That purchase will get you the usage of an aircraft for a predetermined number of flight hours. The usual minimum number of hours is about 50 per year. In addition, you will have to pay for each of your flight hours. On top of that you will pay for fuel and flight fees.

Jet charter airplanes do come in quite a variety of sizes and shapes. The larger jets are those known as heavy jets. As you may have guessed, the others are known as medium jets and light jets. The smallest of the jets is a very light jet, known as a VLJ. If you think jets may be out of your desired price range, you can always choose to become the fractional owner of a single-engine piston airplane.

If you plan a shorter trip, then a helicopter charter might be right. The aircraft charter service has grown rapidly in recent years with the vast spread of the Internet. Now the information on the locations and availability of different aircraft is accessible nationally. Instead of your having just a few yellow pages choices, you now can go online or can let one of the air charter brokers find a flight for you.
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