Top 8 Private Jet Charter Companies in the US

Written by Shakir Philippe

Private aviation has experienced something of a boom in recent decades with most ultra high net-worth individuals and jet-setters making use of brands offering private charters to international destinations.

The draw for luxury travelers are three-fold: convenience, speed, and unparalleled luxury, all combined.

Now more than ever, there’s a plethora of private jet companies around the globe to choose from that bring the exclusive form of travel within reach. Out of the countless private aviation brands in the USA, we’ve selected the best six — based on criteria including range of fleet, flexibility and client reviews.

Fly XO

Fly XO

Since their official launch in 2006, Fly XO has become the top private aviation industry’s most reputable companies. From their base in Fort Lauderdale, Florida they offer a variety of membership plans as well as pay-as-you-go options for private jet travelers. The company has their own fleet of charter jets, with additional perks to the specific needs of their members with digital booking and flexible cancellation. The XO brand portfolio of companies comprises of XO Global, and their sister companies include XO Assets and Apollo Jets, LLC, each with its own dedicated fleet of private aircrafts for international charter use.

Blade

Blade

Famous for their top technology-powered, global urban air mobility platform, BLADE is committed to reducing travel friction by enabling cost-effective air transportation to some of the most congested USA ground routes and abroad. BLADE makes flying privately on a bespoke private charter service easier than ever. From the moment a flight is booked, customers can expect and experience the highest level of precision, culture of accommodation and unmatched on-the-ground service. Their renowned team can also staff, prepare, or cater aircrafts. Whether you’re taking a quick trip to the Hamptons, Seattle’s San Juan Islands, or simply headed to the Caribbean, we have to recommend BLADE to get you there and back.

Surf Air

Surf Air

Top California-based commuter airline, Surf Air offers unlimited flight services across the USA for a fixed monthly fee, making it more affordable than competitors. By using smaller airports and private aviation facilities, passengers can arrive just 15 minutes before departure avoiding crowds of larger terminals to take off within minutes and saving valuable time with every trip. Recently, Surf Air has extended flyers' ability to afford private jet travel with their Surf Air Express service, designed for the less frequent flier, which only requires a once-a-year payment, allowing single seat purchases on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Jet Edge

Jet Edge

Jet Edge was built to service the most sophisticated individuals and corporations in the world. With a focus on safety, security, and flawless execution, Jet Edge is one of the few companies worldwide to have received third-party aviation safety certifications. With a team that has an average of over 25 years of private aviation experience, world-class customer service representatives, and some of the most experienced flight crew in the world, their state-of-the-art technology and facilities ensure that owners and charter clients have the best experience in the industry, backed by private equity firms.

NetJets

NetJets

Jet Edge was built to service the most sophisticated individuals and corporations in the world. With a focus on safety, security, and flawless execution, Jet Edge is one of the few companies worldwide to have received third-party aviation safety certifications. With a team that has an average of over 25 years of private aviation experience, world-class customer service representatives, and some of the most experienced flight crew in the world, their state-of-the-art technology and facilities ensure that owners and charter clients have the best experience in the industry, backed by private equity firms.

Flexjet

FlexJet

Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier founded Flexjet in 1995. It focuses on fractional ownership and leases of private jets and also has a limited jet card program. Since 2012, it been a part of the Aviation family of companies created by private aviation entrepreneur Ken Ricci, including Sentient Jet, PrivateFly, Tuvoli, FXAir, and jet sales company Sojourn Aviation as well as others. Its operating unit is OneSky Flight. In 2021, OneSky Flight acquired helicopter operators in the U.S. and U.K. and rebranded them under Halo.

The company has billion-dollar orders for Embraer’s Praetor 500 and 600, the Gulfstream G700. The company is based in Cleveland and ranks second behind NetJets based on fractional share operators’ flight hours. Flexjet serves customers located in North America and just expanded to Europe in 2020.

FlyExclusive

FlyExclusive

In 2021, FlyExclusive moved from the seventh to fourth-largest private jet charter operator, and has since climbed into the fifth spot in our Top 30 list based on flight hours through June 2021. Founded by Jim Segrave, who previously sold Segrave Aviation to Delta Air Lines in 2010, the company plans to increase its current 75 private jet fleet to 100 aircrafts. Their renowned Jet Club membership program is the newest on this list being launched in May 2020, and features the typical 3 Jet sizing options for clients to choose from: light, midsize, and super-midsize.

Adax Aviation

Adax Aviation

Adax Aviation provides the highest quality, highest integrity aviation services with the belief that buying and selling aircraft should always be an enjoyable experience. Adax Aviation is the only brand on this list that’s woman-owned, and has a CEO who’s passionate about luxury global travel, jet flying, and adventures for business or pleasure. Along with providing unparalleled expertise in the aviation world, this aircraft brokerage includes all of the convenience of their unique White Glove Service, making it a point to always travel to their clients no matter where, with their newest office in Palm Beach, Florida.