Safety, security, convenience and productivity are key reasons why individuals and companies choose on-demand air transportation 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 10 times that of the airlines – air charter provides safe and convenient access to your destination.

Even with all the benefits air charter provides, it also is true that not all air charter operators can or 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 charter operator that will provide the aircraft and service level you require and deserve.

This NBAA guide, available exclusively to NBAA members, serves as a basic introduction to aircraft charter. It provides a high-level over-view of the aircraft charter industry and the federal government’s involvement in establishing regulations and overseeing charter operations. The guide also provides you with tools you may customize and use to pre-screen charter operators and charter brokers to obtain competitive quotes for charter flights.

Download the 2020 edition of NBAA’s Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide (PDF)

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.

About NBAA

Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. Contact NBAA at 800-FYI-NBAA or Not a member? Join NBAA by visiting