Whether you’re flying for business or pleasure, there is no doubt that air charter is a more flexible alternative to commercial air travel.
The Phenom 300 by Embraer Executive Jets is just one of the private jets available for charter with these air-charter companies.
However, navigating the saturated airspace of charters can be a rather daunting task.
With the help of I&W Aviation, we have compiled an extensive list of the world’s best air-charter companies just for you.
Founded in 1964, NetJets is the world’s largest operator of private jets. The pioneer of fractional ownership, NetJets has a fleet of eight different aircraft types across North America, Europe and China.
The first company to use a floating fleet, XO jets prides itself in being able to bring down the cost of flights for its clients. Currently, it is one of the biggest players in the super-midsize jet market in North America and has a fleet made up of only Citation Xs and Challenger 350s.
Skyjet is part of one of the world’s largest private aviation portfolios, Directional Aviation, which also owns fractional providers Flexjet and Flight Options, as well as jet card provider Sentient. Founded in 1997, Skyjet was the pioneer in on-demand online booking of private jets in the light, mid-sized, super mid-sized, large cabin and long range aircraft classes. Some of the most popular models they offer access to via charter include Embraer Phenom 300s, and Gulfstream 450s, 550s and 650s.
What sets VistaJet apart from other charter companies is it promises aircraft that are all under three years old without the risks and costs linked to fractional- and whole-aircraft purchases. It also maintains a 50-plane fleet that is solely made up of Bombardier jets and has operations across the globe.
Global Jet Concept
Specialising in Dassault Falcons, Global Jet Concept manages more than 60 aircraft and is recognised as having set the benchmark for Swiss service and high safety standards. Global Jet Concept has bases across Europe, Russia and China.
After its purchase of Execujet in 2015, Luxaviation became the world’s second-largest business aircraft operator in the world and the largest in the European market. It currently manages more than 250 aircraft in its fleet.
A relative newcomer, Malta-based Air X has a wide selection of aircraft at competitive prices. Add on excellent service and high safety standards, it is no wonder Air X is fast becoming a favourite of the jet set.
Due to its reputation for excellent service, Royal Jet is the charter service of choice for royal families and governments in the Middle East. It is the world’s largest business Boeing Jet operator. Royal Jet is based out of Abu Dhabi.
With a global network of more than 30 offices, Chapman Freeborn is a privately owned charter company with strong partnerships with airlines, airports, handling agents, freight forwarders, control authorities and other related agencies, which allows it to cater to all forms of air-charter operations, from private charter to corporate air shows.
Established in 1995, MetroJet is a family-run business and the only fully licensed business aircraft operator in Hong Kong. Its suite of services includes charters, aircraft management, maintenance, co-ownership programmes and consultancy.