Safety, security convenience and productivity are key reasons why individuals and companies choose on-demand air travel for personal and business travel. Air charter flights operate on the passenger’s schedule, allowing considerable flexibility. With the ability to fly in and out of more than 5,000 public use airports in the United States – more than 100 times that of the airlines – air charter provides convenient access to your destination. And air charter is a safe mode of transportation.

Even with all the benefits air charter provides, it is also true that not all air charter operators will meet your specific wants and needs. You must become an educated air charter consumer. A general understanding of what questions to ask and what answers to expect will assist you in your effort to choose a safe and reputable charter operator – one that will provide the aircraft and service level you require and deserve.

The resources on this website provide you with information to become an educated consumer and tools you can use to pre-screen charter operators and to obtain competitive quotes for charter flights.

Guide to Selling Charter By The Seat

Guide to Selling Charter By The Seat

This resource is intended to provide an overview of (a) the types of per-seat and planeload charter operations using aircraft operated under Part 135 – scheduled, charter and on-demand operations, and (b) certain regulatory considerations that govern such operations. It contains information on what operations are permitted under Part 135, the differences between FAA and Department of Transportation (DOT) enforcement policies, and specific regulatory considerations for scheduled, on-demand and public charter air transportation.

Download NBAA’s Guide to Selling Charter By The Seat (PDF)

Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide

Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide

This members-only publication provides an overview of the many considerations that arise when selecting an air charter operator for on-demand air travel needs. The valuable information for charter users provided in the guide includes: procedures for finding charter operators and charter brokers; information for locating contractors who audit charter companies for safety; a list of sample pre-screening questions consumers may use to vet charter operators; and an RFP template consumers can use to obtain and evaluate quotes for specific charter flights.

Download NBAA’s Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide (PDF)

Disclaimer: This guide is intended to provide general information to assist consumers in understanding how to select air charter operators. The types of questions suggested in the guide reflect the initial inquiry that a user of this guide might consider. In order to make an informed judgment, you should ask for more specific information; those questions are beyond the goals of this guide.

The contents do not constitute legal advice or an endorsement of any particular air charter operator or air charter broker. NBAA does not warrant or assume any liability or responsibility for the professional competency of any air charter operator or air charter broker selected as a result of the process recommended in the guide.

NBAA disclaims all express or implied representations or warranties regarding the information contained in the guide. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall NBAA be liable for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental, exemplary, or consequential damages arising out of, or in any way connected with the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information in this guide.

FAA Regulations Governing Charter Operations

eCFR FAR Part 119
Defines commercial aircraft operations and the certification requirements for operators
eCFR FAR Part 135
Prescribes the rules generally governing on-demand passenger charter operations for aircraft with fewer than 30 seats and less than 7,500 lbs payload capacity