An Overview of Business Jets & Turboprops:

Which type of aircraft is best for my private air charter?

When you choose the brokers at Air Charter Team to plan and coordinate your chartered executive flight, a whole range of variables must be considered. One of the more crucial decisions is choosing which type of aircraft to use for your flight, a business jet or turboprop, as well as its size. Our team of experts will help you choose the perfect airplane for your corporate group.

Several types of aircraft are available for chartered flights; your choice will depend on a number of factors:

  • How many passengers will be traveling on the flight?
  • What is the length/distance of the flight?
  • Will your schedule allow for a fuel stop?
  • What level of comfort and amenities will your chartered flight require?
  • What price range fits your executive travel budget?
  • Where is the location of the selected aircraft relative to your origination point?
  • Will your private charter be domestic or international?

Once you have answered these basic questions about your planned itinerary, Air Charter Team will work with you to determine the type and size of aircraft that that best fits your charter's needs. There are six types of aircraft that we consider for your charter flight, each with varying sizes, amenities, and capabilities:

Executive Turboprops

  • Turboprops offer the perfect economical solution for corporate charters.
  • Ideal for shorter charter flights, with a range between 2.5 to 4 hours.
  • Can generally be utilized at more small-town airports due to their short runway capabilities.
  • Depending on the model, turboprop aircraft can carry between 2 to 8 passengers.
  • Airspeeds typically range from 240 mph to 330 mph.
  • Crew usually consists of one or two pilots; we strongly recommend having 2 pilots.
  • Hot and cold catering, snacks, and various beverages can usually be arranged. Many executive turboprops are equipped with mini bars stocked with alcoholic beverages.
  • The cabin is pressurized for comfort during your group's flight.
  • Being a smaller aircraft, lavatory facilities aboard a turboprop vary from fully enclosed to nonexistent.
  • Creature comforts such as air conditioning, in-flight telephone, reading lights, tray tables, and reclining seats are available on many turboprops.

Light Business Jets

  • These aircraft can seat up to 8 passengers; however, for maximum comfort, 5 to 6 passengers is typical.
  • Light business jets can generally fly between 2.5 and 3.75 hours, covering anywhere between 1000 and 1700 miles.
  • Light and agile, these jets have airspeeds that range from 350 to 5000 mph.
  • Some of these private jets have bars with alcoholic beverages, but typically, snacks, hot and cold catering, and a variety of beverages can be made available.
  • The lavatory facilities usually range between limited to fully enclosed.
  • Passenger comforts such as tray tables, reclining seats, individual reading lights, in-flight phone service, stereo sound systems, and air conditioning can be found on most light business jets. Some are equipped with VCR and DVD players.

Midsize Business Jets:

  • Up to 8 passengers can be flown in complete comfort of this size of private jet.
  • This type of aircraft can fly up to 5 hours and cover between 1700 and 2500 miles, depending on the model.
  • Speeds normally range anywhere from 460 to 580 mph.
  • The cabin is pressurized for passenger comfort at altitude.
  • Midsize business jets require two pilots.
  • Assorted beverages, snacks, and hot and cold catering can be provided on these aircraft. Most are equipped with mini-bars, carrying a variety of alcohol and some have hot food ovens or microwaves.
  • Your comfort is important and midsize business jets don't disappoint! Most of these aircraft are equipped with air conditioning, stereo, reading lights, telephone service, comfortable reclining seats, tray tables, and sometimes even DVD and VCR players.
  • Standup headroom (in aisle).
  • Bathroom facilities aboard these aircraft are typically fully enclosed.

Large Business Jets

  • Ideal for charters with up to 18 passengers.
  • Large business jets generally have a range of between 5 and 8 hours, covering anywhere between 2500-4000 miles. Exceptions to those figures come in the form of the Gulfstream V and Global Express, aircraft which can reach ranges upwards of 15 hours (8000 miles).
  • Two pilots are required for these aircraft plus there is usually one cabin attendant to serve food, provide passenger comfort, etc.
  • Amenities onboard these aircraft often include stereo, in-flight telephone, individual reading lights, reclining seats, tray tables or dining tables. Most are equipped with VCRs or DVD players, Airshow, and fax machines.
  • Airspeeds for large business jets range from 460 to 530 mph typically.
  • Galleys and mini bars are almost always available on these large corporate jets.
  • Lavatory facilities are fully enclosed.
  • Can operate in most weather conditions. Flying at higher cruise altitudes than most smaller jets, these aircraft can usually avoid the foul weather and turbulence found at lower altitudes.
  • All large business jets have pressurized cabins for passenger comfort at altitude.


  • Aircraft are commonly from major airlines to dedicated charter operators.
  • Depending on the model, these aircraft generally carry from 70 to 350 passengers.
  • This type encompasses a wide range of jet aircraft and can have ranges from between 3 hours (for smaller regional aircraft) up to 15 hours (Boeing 747).
  • Typical speeds range from 450 mph to 550 mph, depending on the model and payload.
  • The aircrew must consist of at least 2 pilots. Additionally, for every 50 seats on the aircraft, one flight attendant is required for safety reasons by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
  • Passenger comforts such as stereo sound, in-flight telephone service, reading lights, tray tables, and reclining seats can be found on most airliners used for charters.
  • The cabin is pressurized for passenger comfort.
  • All airliners have fully enclosed lavatory facilities.

VIP Aircraft

  • Depending on the model being used for the charter, these jet aircraft can carry between 20 and 70 passengers.
  • Similar to the airliners, VIP aircraft can have a range that varies between 3 hours (smaller regional airliners) and 15 hours (Boeing Business Jet).
  • The typical speeds range from 450 mph to 550 mph.
  • A crew of at least two pilots are required on VIP aircraft. Additionally, one flight attendant for each 50 seats on the aircraft is required by the FAA for safety reasons.
  • There's no shortage of comfort on these aircraft as all have features such as hi-fi stereo/video system, in-flight telephone and data ports, individual reading lights, reclining leather seats, tray tables, Airshow, and fine foods served on elegant china.
  • The interior treatments on VIP aircraft are lavish, with most having bedrooms, state rooms, and full bathrooms with stand-up showers. These jets are the ultimate in corporate charter luxury!
  • Pressurized cabin for your comfort at altitude.

A large selection of aircraft, a worldwide network of operators, a focus on safety, and unmatched customer service; let Air Charter Team help you take your executive charter plans to the next level! Call us today at 800-205-6610 or Request a Quote Online and get your chartered aircraft off the ground!