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Empty-Leg Flights Add Value to Chartering Business Jets

Dec. 8th, 2011 | Comments 3 | Make a Comment   
Chartering a flight through a private aviation company that is listed as an "empty-leg" flight could result in substantially reduced airfare compared to just booking the same flight conventionally. 

When an airplane is chartered to fly from point A to point B and then is flown a second time from point B to its next job, that one-way leg of the aircraft's trip ticket is called an "empty-leg" flight. Since the airplane must be flown to its next destination anyway, the aircraft can be chartered at a reduced rate. Customers can save as much as 50 percent off regular charter prices by reserving an empty-leg flight. While many private chartering companies list empty-leg flights on their website, a new market is emerging for these discounted, one-way flights.

EmptyLegMarket is an aviation-services company that maintains a database with available empty-leg flights from numerous aircraft chartering companies. The company is 100-percent dedicated to the empty-leg private jet industry and is solely a service provider. The value in the service for both consumers and private aviation firms in having so many options at one website.

Once the hookup is made between a customer and a jet-chartering service provider, it is between those two parties to work out a fee for services. The company does not represent any of the aviation firms or customers directly. Prospective clients fill in their flight requirements and then receive a list of contact information and available flights that may fit their needs. 

A private business jet can cost $2,000 to $6,000 hourly, with the price range based on whether the aircraft is a light, a medium, or a heavy jet. A light jet is recommended for up to five passengers and has a range of 1,000 to 1,300 miles. A Beecher 400A and a Citation IV are examples of light jets. A medium jet, the Hawker 800, Citation VII, and Gulfstream 200 for instance, can accommodate up to 10 passengers and has a nautical-mile range of 1,400 to 2,000 miles. Heavy jets are suggested for trips carrying up to 15 passengers with a nautical-mile range of 2,500 to 3,700 miles. The Falcon 900 series and the Embracer Legacy are examples of heavy jets. For more information on how to find empty-leg flights, visit
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Amanda Marie commented on July 23, 2012

Do you know of any "charter brokers" offering travel to and from Philadelphia(PHL) or Atlantic City(ACY) to south Florida (FLL,RSW, or MIA)?

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Nick commented on February 9, 2012

2000-6000 an hour? I'm going to be a pilot when I grow up.

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David.S commented on February 9, 2012

Ha, that is hilarious but i mean for that kind of money who wouldn't right?