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    Can I charter a private jet?

    Chartering a private jet is a great option to consider if you want greater flexibility and control over when you fly, as well as more luxury and comfort than economy class travel.

    If you’re traveling with a group of people and heading to a destination that is not always covered by traditional airlines, hiring a private jet will save you unnecessary delays and expenditure.

    The team at ACI will be happy to help you find a suitable private jet based on your requirements.

    How do I book a private jet through Air Charter International?

    Simply fill out the form on our website here and we’ll get in touch with you to arrange your travel.

    The form includes details about your departure and arrival destination, departure date and number of passengers expected for the trip.

    A dedicated Account Manager will be assigned to take care of every detail of your journey.

    How much does air charter cost?

    The cost of chartering a plane depends on a number of factors:

    • The purpose of travel – leisure or business trips, cargo transportation, medical needs and so on • The type of aircraft selected • The number of passengers or weight, dimensions and volume of cargo • The distance

    For example, chartering a private jet from Dubai to Mumbai – a distance of just under 2,000 km – for 6 people could cost around $35,000 or higher. This figure would of course vary depending on the factors mentioned above, and you will only receive an exact quote once you’ve spoken to an air charter specialist.

    What is a group charter flight?

    A private charter flight is when one person or entity hires an aircraft exclusively for the use of a group of people for a specific purpose.

    What is the difference between a charter flight and a regular flight?

    ​​A chartered flight is a private flight that allows you much more freedom as it lets you select the destination and the aircraft type depending on your requirement. Also, you can skip the long check-in lines and security pat downs, and enjoy a quiet, stress-free flight.

    With a regular flight, you are not only restricted to the schedule of the airliner but you also have to go through long lines to check in, undergo security screening, and deal with several restrictions about items that you can carry on board the airplane.

    What is air cargo charter?

    As the name suggests, air cargo charter allows you to transport cargo to your desired destination.

    The advantage of this service is that it allows you to create a bespoke transportation solution, which is especially useful when there are larger volumes of goods or bulky cargo involved.

    In addition, you will be able to reach your items to locations not covered by traditional cargo transportation methods, within the timeframes you decide. Air cargo charter is especially useful for sending perishable and time-sensitive goods.

    How can I hire air ambulance services?

    ACI is happy to help you hire air ambulance services on an emergency basis, we have a 24-hour team on hand to help, call us on +971-4-8070707 or email us at and we’ll help you with your medical emergency, giving you access to state-of-the-art ambulance aircraft, a professional medical team and equipment.

    Air taxi vs charter – what is the difference?

    Air taxis usually are small aircraft that you can use to reach nearby destinations, especially on routes that are not served by commercial airlines, they tend to be less expensive than private jets.

    Charter flights on the other hand are not limited by size and can be hired for longer distances or larger groups. ACI offers charter flights to hundreds of destinations around the world.

    How many seats are there on a charter plane?

    There is no hard and fast rule – it really depends on your requirements, you can hire anything from a turboprop that seats 4-5 people to a large executive airliner that can accommodate 45+ passengers.

    Most popular private jets tend to carry between 6-12 people, depending on whether they’re light, mid-size or heavy jets. Your account manager can help you pick the right option based on your needs.

    Are charter planes safe?

    Air charter planes are subject to stringent checks and by regulatory bodies such as the General Civil Aviation Authority. In general, charter flights have a record of fewer incidents than commercial flights, but it is also extremely important to select the right charter company.

    Ensure that the company has been operating for a longer period of time, and that it is affiliated to reputed aviation bodies such as The Air Charter Association.

    What is an ACMI lease in aviation? Does ACI offer ACMI?

    ACMI is the process of leasing aircraft to any airline or entity that is facing a shortage of aircraft or has an increased demand for flights, rather than make a risky and expensive investment by purchasing new aircraft and hiring new crew, these entities opt to lease aircraft from reputable ACMI operators.

    The letters ACMI stand for Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance, which may all be covered in the terms of the lease, If you’re an airline operator, an ACMI lease is a great way to add new craft to your fleet in a cost-effective and hassle-free manner.

    ACI offers both wet leasing and dry leasing and you can opt for either short-term or long-term leases. You can learn more about our ACMI services or to get a quote here.

    Is turbulence worse on a private jet?

    No, most modern planes are designed to withstand turbulence, they do not go into a tail-spin or get flipped upside down even while flying through an air pocket.

    Accidents caused by turbulence are rare to non-existent. In addition, private jets fly at a higher altitude [41,000 to 50,000 ft] than commercial planes, where there is less traffic, which means they can avoid or fly around bad weather conditions. As the air is thinner the higher you go, you are also less likely to encounter unstable atmospheric conditions and bad weather in a private jet.

    However, it is important to note that the type of private jet you hire, and the distance you are flying also matters. Really small aircraft are likely to feel the effects of weather to a greater degree. If you do encounter turbulence while on your flight, make sure you keep your seatbelt on, and rest assured that your pilot is working to quickly stabilize the situation.

    Can I smoke on a private jet charter?

    In general, smoking is not recommended on board. However, you can speak to your account manager to see if there’s any customization you can do in this regard.

    Will my bags be searched on a private jet?

    Your crew will identify and scan your baggage, but the process is much faster and smoother than on commercial aircraft.

    You will not need to remove your shoes and jackets for security check, and you also have greater flexibility about what you can carry aboard: for instance, liquids and cosmetics.

    Needless to say, contraband and illegal substances will not be permitted. When in doubt, speak to your account manager.

    Do you tip on a private jet?

    There is no formal rule about tipping, it is entirely up to you whether you want to or not.

    Bear in mind however, that pilots and crew on smaller aircraft tend to take on more tasks than in commercial airlines (helping to load luggage, verifying papers, conducting checks, maintenance tasks and so on).

    What should I wear on a private flight?

    It depends on the nature of travel. For leisure trips, smart casuals are the norm. Flip-flops and gym clothes are generally avoided, except when flying with really close friends or family. If you’re on a business trip, it makes sense to dress in a more formal fashion.