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Private Jet Program Comparison

Evaluate fractional jet ownership vs. whole aircraft ownership, charter, and brokerage

Some claim that all private aviation is the same, but as the leader in private aviation, we know that’s not true. There are, in fact, several business models to choose from. To help you find the solution that best meets your specific needs, we’ve outlined private jet comparisons studying the main differences across the four most-popular methods of flying private.

The NetJets Advantage

Fractional (Shared) Ownership

HOW IT WORKS:
After 50+ years, we continue leading the industry by owning and operating the largest, most diverse private fleet in the world. In this ownership model, NetJets Owners share costs (and aircraft) while enjoying ferry-free flights across the globe.

FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
Aircraft availability is guaranteed, along with the ability to match the aircraft type to the mission. You can count on a consistent, personalized experience, and a replacement jet (the size of yours or larger) during maintenance intervals.

ACCOUNTABILITY:
NetJets takes ultimate responsibility for everything, including hiring and training pilots and crew. From booking your flight and ground transportation to assuring your favorite meals and magazines are on board, every detail is taken care of for you.

IDEAL OWNER:
The majority of NetJets Owners fly 50–450 hours a year. You will be free of ownership hassles while enjoying guaranteed access and an unmatched focus on safety and service.

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Whole Aircraft Ownership

HOW IT WORKS:
High overhead is justified by "return on investment" through increased business and lifestyle opportunities. Chartering helps offset costs but adds to depreciation and maintenance.

FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
Owning a single aircraft may prove inadequate because of distance and/or passenger load. During maintenance, you may not have an aircraft at all.

ACCOUNTABILITY:
You retain ultimate responsibility for aircraft operations and the flight experience—this includes hiring and training pilots and crew.

IDEAL OWNER:
Flies 450+ hours a year and desires full ownership, regardless of cost and inefficiencies.

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Charter Operator

HOW IT WORKS:
To offset costs, whole aircraft owners offer their aircraft for public use, and a charter operator manages and operates the jets (usually totaling about 1–10 aircraft).

FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
Expect low accessibility because you can only fly when the owner isn't, and you are subject to the owner’s terms (e.g., no pets, alcohol, or shoes in aircraft).

ACCOUNTABILITY:
You deal directly with the charter operator, who has full control and responsibility for all flights.

IDEAL OWNER:
Flies 25–50 hours a year. Must depart from and return to the aircraft’s home airport (in the same day), agree with aircraft owner’s terms, and work around owner’s schedule.

Brokerage/Membership Model

HOW IT WORKS:
A broker facilitates flights from multiple operators and makes margin on the spread.

FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
This option offers a low cost but is dependent on having many owners, so availability is an issue. You’ll likely experience diminished access to private jet travel during peak period days, varying pilot profiles, older aircraft, and, overall, an inconsistent experience.

ACCOUNTABILITY:
All accountability lies with the chosen operator. The membership company acts as a middleman, so they have little or no liability for your actual flight.

IDEAL OWNER:
Flies less than 25 hours a year. A smart option for the price-conscious owner who values “club” inclusion. The owner must have a flexible schedule that can adjust to departure times and delays on busy days.
Discover why NetJets Is the Superior Choice
These are just a few of the significant differences among the four most-popular methods of flying. By learning your unique private travel needs, we can tailor a program to fit your exact lifestyle and preferences. We’d enjoy the opportunity to show you why NetJets is the superior choice.

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