Naturally, there is no straightforward answer. As a rough estimate, fliers can expect to pay between $12,000 and $20,000 per hour for a private jet charter with VistaJet, with prices varying depending on the aircraft and membership type.
VistaJet works on a pay-as-you-fly model, with two primary membership options: Program and Direct. The most bespoke of the two is Program, which offers access to the entire VistaJet fleet, which boasts over 70 privately-owned (as opposed to leased) aircraft, ranging from 8 – 14 seat jets, including the recently-introduced super long-range Bombardier Global 7500.
Designed to offer all the benefits of jet ownership without the eye-watering initial investment and costly ongoing maintenance fees, the Program membership is tailored to each customer’s individual needs. Thanks to VistaJet’s global infrastructure, Program members can enjoy guaranteed availability of their chosen jet at just a days’ notice, anytime, anywhere, 24/7, all for a pre-agreed fixed hourly rate.
While, like most private aviation companies, VistaJet doesn’t publish a specific price list, its online comparison tool entices potential members by sharing how much they could save using the Program membership in comparison to owning a jet. For example, if you fly around 50 hours per year in a Bombardier 6000, you could expect to save over $150,000 per flight hour based on depreciation and running costs.
The VistaJet Direct membership, on the other hand, is an on-demand jet charter service operated from VistaJet’s advanced app. Direct members get preferential access to VistaJet’s expansive one-way and empty leg flight schedule, with a less personalized yet more flexible service than that enjoyed with the Program membership.
While the rough $12,000 to $20,000 per hour price tag does make VistaJet one of the less wallet-friendly private jet charter companies, the short notice availability and global reach more than justifies the cost for its time-pressed and far-traveling customers.
VistaJet also scrapped its ferry flights in recent years, meaning customers are no longer responsible for covering the cost of empty legs. Memberships also come with a host of VIP perks, including access to dedicated hotel suites, yachts and exclusive rentals, validating that higher price point even further.
Ultimately, the VistaJet pricing model varies greatly: if you want to enjoy the elevated perks and reliability of the Program membership and want a larger, more modern jet, you can expect to pay upwards of $15,000 per flying hour. However, for fixed-price, last-minute empty leg flights, the VistaJet Direct membership is likely to be more cost-effective.