Purchase or Sell a New or Pre-Owned Private Plane
Air Charter Advisors has over a decade of experience working with every aircraft type in private aviation, and our knowledge and expertise is an invaluable resource available to anyone when purchasing a private jet or turboprop, whether it’s for business or personal use.
We’ve coordinated with individuals along with corporate travel and logistics departments to help acquire the right type of business jet for their needs, whether it’s an efficient light or mid-size jet to travel between offices, a helicopter for quick trips across town, or an ultra long-range jet with an executive configuration to fly overseas and offer VIP treatment to potential clients and business partners.
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a new or pre-owned aircraft, Air Charter Advisors is here to make your transaction go as smoothly as possible.
New Aircraft for Sale
The time to purchase your own aircraft is contingent on your personal and/or business’s financial situation and annual flying hours. If you’re approaching more than 150 hours of flying every year, then it’s time to start looking into purchasing a private jet. If you are flying less than this, a Jet Card Membership may be the right fit for you.
After all, owning a private plane will allow you to recover one of your most precious resources: Time. Aircraft ownership allow you to reclaim hours of your day every time you travel. In an industry governed by time – arrival and departure, flight duration, scheduled maintenance, fractional ownership amounts – owning an aircraft allows you to govern yours more efficiently.
There are many private planes for sale across several categories, with manufacturers updating and upgrading existing aircraft and releasing new platforms every year. Finding the right aircraft comes down to a variety of factors, including your budget, mission requirements, frequently visited destinations, typical luggage amounts, and how many people you plan on traveling with. ACA can also assist with FAR Part 91 and FAR Part 135 aircraft management, helping to minimize costs while maximizing ownership.
Whether you’re purchasing a private plane for personal use or for business travel, our advisors can help narrow down the list based on what makes sense for your goals and finances.
Pre-Owned Aircraft for Sale
Shopping for a pre-owned aircraft can save a significant amount of money when purchasing an aircraft. New planes are substantially more expensive, but the average owner replaces their private plane every 3 to 5 years – in fact, 76% of all aircraft purchases in 2015 were pre-owned despite only 11.5% of aircraft listed for sale as pre-owned. This can create opportunities to get an outstanding deal when purchasing a pre-owned aircraft.
However, the market for used aircraft can be difficult to navigate without knowing where to look. Inventories can be fragmented across multiple marketplaces, making it harder to locate the best deal on the type of aircraft you’re looking for. We have access to on-market and off-market private planes for sale.
If you’re interested in purchasing or selling a used aircraft, ACA can advise buyers and sellers, taking into consideration mission capabilities, Part 135 potential, and ownership costs.
Types of Aircraft for Sale
The type of aircraft you purchase will be based on personal/business missions, goals, and number of people you fly with. For example, if you’re planning on frequently traveling to/from regional airports with smaller runways, a turboprop or light jet will be needed to operate on the runways. If you have a large executive team or plan on flying overseas, you’ll want to look at larger jets to offer a bigger cabins with more seating and comfort features, including private lavatories and built-in showers.
Keep in mind: cabin configurations can be customized whether you’re purchasing a new aircraft or refurbishing a newly acquired pre-owned aircraft. All aircraft in the private jet categories and many executive turboprops will have pressurized cabins and air conditioning. Wi-Fi can be installed into any aircraft, entertainment systems can be added, and flight decks can be upgraded with the latest avionics. Things such as speed, flight range, payload and passenger capacities, and the type/number of lavatories, however, are difficult to alter once you’ve made your purchase.
Turboprops for Sale
Renowned for their short-range mission and low operating costs, turboprops are one of the most practical aircraft available for ownership. Offering outstanding efficiency and flexibility for short hop flights with lower costs of ownership and operations, there are many reason why purchasing a turboprop is a better option than private jet ownership for many aircraft owners. Popular turboprops for sale include the Cessna Grand Caravan, King Air 200, and Pilatus PC-12.
- Seating: up to 8 Passengers
- Range: 1,000-2,000 miles
- Speed: 220-360 mph
- Amenities: Possible lavatory included
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Very Light Jets for Sale
Optimized for 2-3 hour flights with seating for 4-5 passenger, Very Light Jets (VLJs) are the smallest and most flexible private jet type available. These are popular choices for HNWIs who travel up and down the Atlantic or Pacific Coasts, and they are highly desired in Europe due to their smaller footprint. Also known as “Entry Level Jets”, the VLJ is one of the newer categories and therefor a little thinner than others when it comes to aircraft options, making it a easier to determine which model works best for you. Popular Very Light Jets for sale include the Cessna Citation Mustang, Embraer Phenom 100, and Honda Jet HA-420.
- Seating: 4-6 Passengers
- Range: 1,000 miles
- Speed: up to 480 mph
- Amenities: Limited in-cabin with possible lavatory
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Light Jets for Sale
Light jets offer the greatest combination of speed, affordability, and comfort. They are highly efficient for regional routes with individuals and small groups, and they offer more range, cabin room, and speed than single & twin engine aircraft, as well as their very light counterparts. Light jets also offer outstanding short runway performance, making them a popular choice for fractional aircraft programs. Popular Light Jets for sale include the Cessna Citation CJ3, Hawker 400XP, and Learjet 70.
- Seating: 6-8 Passengers
- Range: up to 1,500 miles
- Speed: 400-450 mph
- Amenities: Reclining seats, with possible enclosed lavatory
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Super Light Jets for Sale
Super Light Jets are designed to squeeze as much comfort and performance out of its category before running into limitations faced by aircraft in the midsize category. Many Super Light Jets are upgraded variants of existing light jet families, offering the same flexible short runway performance and high cruise speeds compared to single & twin engine aircraft, with cabins designed for up to 6-8 passengers. Popular Super Light Jets for sale include the Embraer Phenom 300, Learjet 45, and Pilatus PC-24.
- Seating: 8 passengers
- Range: 1,800 – 2,000 miles
- Speed: 480-510 mph
- Amenities: Cabin space similar to midsize jets with more room for luggage and storage than other light jets; includes fully enclosed lavatory
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Midsize Jets for Sale
Offering more range, cabin comfort, and speed, Midsize Jets also offer higher seating capacity than smaller aircraft, able to comfortably fly up to 9 passengers, making them popular for business groups, executive teams, and luxury VIP travelers. Most aircraft in this category are capable of flying coast to coast on a single fuel stop. Popular Midsize Jets for Sale include the Cessna Citation Excel / XLS, Hawker 800XP, and Embraer Legacy 450.
- Seating: 6-9 Passengers
- Range: 2,000-3,000 miles
- Speed: 43-480 mph
- Amenities: larger cabins with room and systems to conduct business during your flight; two pilots for additional safety; fully enclosed lavatory included
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Super Midsize Jets for Sale
Super Midsize Jets offer similar standing-room cabins as Midsize Jets with slightly increased range, speed, and payload capacity, optimized for groups of 8-11 passengers traveling on cross country flights. Super Mids also offer room for a flight attendant and amenities such as fully enclosed lavatories and a full galley, making them popular among corporate aircraft fleets. Popular Super Midsize jets for sale include the Bombardier Challenger 300, Cessna Citation X, and Gulfstream G280.
- Seating: 8-10 passengers
- Range: 3,000-3,500 miles
- Speed: 490-590 mph
- Amenities: spacious cabin with high-end features; plenty of room to accommodate passengers and baggage comfortably; enclosed lavatory included
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Heavy Jets and Large Jets for Sale
Offering large, standing room cabins with seating for 10 – 18 passengers and intercontinental range, Heavy Jets and Large Cabin Jets are some of the most recognizable and desired business jets available. The combination of size, speed, range and comfort make them one of the most desired options for executive groups traveling around the world. Popular Heavy Jets for sale include the Bombardier Challenger 604,Dassault Falcon 900EX, and Gulfstream G4.
- Seating: 10-18 passengers
- Range: 6,000 miles or more
- Speed: 480-560 mph
- Amenities: luxurious, wide interiors with comfortable seating across multiple cabin zones; multiple lavatories may be included
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Long Range Jets for Sale
Long Range Jets push the boundaries of the large jet category, offering non-stop flights of over 7,000 nm and unparalleled cabin comfort. Ultra Long Range Jets offer the largest cabins in luxury & business aviation, loaded with the latest amenities and features to offer a world-class travel experience. Popular Long Range Jets for sale include the Bombardier Global Express, Dassault Falcon 7x, and Gulfstream G650.
- Seating: 10-19 passengers
- Range: up to 8,000 miles
- Speed: 540-650 mph
- Amenities: the most luxurious cabins available with state-of-the-art electronics and plenty of space for several passengers to sleep; multiple lavatories included with possible shower
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VIP Airliners for Sale
VIP airliners are available for corporate groups ranging from 14-passenger executive configurations to high-density layouts of 100 passengers or more. Business Airliners are available from manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer, with several types of private airliners for sale. Popular VIP Airliners for sale include the Airbus ACJ319, Boeing Business Jet, and Bombardier CRJ 200.
- Seating: 18-100 passengers or more
- Range: 4,000-6,000 miles
- Speed: 480-540 mph
- Amenities: full-size airliner interiors in executive, VIP, or high-density configurations; full galley with crew area for flight attendants; variety of functional spaces from boardrooms and bedrooms; multiple lavatories with showers
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NBAA Static Aircraft Displays
NBAA Events are hosted throughout the year featuring static displays of private planes, allowing prospective buyers to board a variety of cabins and experience the aircraft first-hand. NBAA regional events are held annually at (PBI) Palm Beach International in West Palm Beach, Florida, (VNY) Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, California, and (HPN) Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, and international events are held throughout the year in every region of the world.
Are you interested in attending one of these events to gain a better understand and make a more informed decision? Our advisors would be happy to meet you at the event and offer our guidance throughout the process.
Cost of Private Jet Ownership
Private jet ownership includes three main types of cost to take into consideration: Acquisition Cost, Annual Fixed Costs, and Hourly Variable Costs. These detail the price to purchase the aircraft, the price to maintain the aircraft over the course of a year, and the price to operate the aircraft.
When forecasting the cost of owning a private plane, there are a variety of factors that go into the cost of ownership, including:
- Fuel Prices
- Hangar Costs
- Flight Crew & Training
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Our team is here to help spread the freedom of private aviation by helping clients acquire their own private aircraft, allowing them to travel where they want, when they want, all on their own terms. Call us at 1-888-987-5387 or send us an e-mail detailing your personal or business aircraft goals, and we’ll contact you to go over all of the options available when buying or selling your private plane.