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Private Jet FAQs

Most commonly asked questions. Answered here

The General Aviation market has a varied Aircraft portfolio comprising of different Jet and Helicopter types. The Jets can be broadly classified into: Turboprops, Very Light Jets, Light Jets, Medium Jets, Heavy Jets, Business Jets and Airliners, while the Helicopters could either be Single Engine or Twin Engine.

There are several factors that should be considered before choosing the aircraft. These include: the number of passengers traveling, the nature and amount of baggage or cargo, destination airport, aircraft endurance, cabin height, onboard facilities, personal aircraft preferences and budget.

Aircraft performance, size and passenger capacity all influence price, and choosing the right aircraft involves trade-offs. At first glance, price might make the propeller plane more attractive, but some Aircrafts do not have a lavatory.

Noise levels also need to be considered. Jets have pressurized passenger cabins and fly at altitudes where the noise of the engines drops off, making conversations and meetings held at normal speaking volume possible. It isn't impossible to converse in a propeller plane flying at 8,000 feet. So incase you wish to stand up and speak to your group, make a phone call, have a cooked meal, watch a DVD or enjoy a few hours of uninterrupted sleep - be sure to share these details with your Customer Relation Manager before selecting an Aircraft for your journey.

Owing to the years of expertise in this industry, Baron guarantees to empower its members to always choose the right aircraft based on their preferences and aircraft performance.

  • Time saving One can arrive at the airport just minutes before their scheduled departure time, fly directly to their destination, make productive use of their time onboard, avoid overnight stays, avoid waiting in lines at the airport, land at over 30,000 airports worldwide and thus be closer to their destination. All of this can provide significant savings in both productive time and money.
  • Convenience Flying private enables you to often land closer to your true destination. The power to travel with your special belongings such as instruments, sports gear, and product samples is also an added benefit.
  • Flexibility An Aircraft can be made available within a few hours notice and can wait for you incase you are running late. It's even possible to change flight plans in mid air if necessary.
  • Quality of service Private Aircraft provides luxury furnishings, plenty of space, individualized attention, and your preferred food and drinks can be ordered ahead of time.
  • Family time Efficient travel itinerary empowers you to spend more time with your family and friends.
  • Privacy With your itinerary being private and confidential, you can hold meetings inflight and make productive use of your time, without being over heard thus helping preserve the secrecy around important negotiations or deals.
  • Reduced stress Private flying avoids hassles associated with commercial flying such as long check in and security lines, lost luggage, transfers, delay concerns or security issues there by ensuring stress free travel.
  • Image Flying Private is an option preferred by the privileged few, which portrays a successful image.

The following points constitute the Flying cost:

  • Chargeable Flying time: The minimum flying time required for the chosen aircraft or the actual flying time of the trip, whichever is higher.
  • Aircraft Base Rate: This refers to applicable hourly base rate for the chosen aircraft.


Additional Expenses include:

  • Ground Handling: the servicing of an aircraft while it is on the ground and (usually) parked at a terminal gate of an airport. This amount varies in accordance with the destination airport and aircraft type.
  • Crew Accommodation and Transportation: Applicable in case of day/night detention
  • Aircraft Detention: The charges levied by the Airport Authorities in case of day/night detention.
  • Watch Hour Extension: The charges levied by Airport Authorities to extend their operating time.

**Additional service requests will be indicated separately and charged at cost.

Through BookMyCharters, you can book charter flights to/from 149 airports in India.

Every transaction is unique and is priced according to your chosen itinerary and aircraft type. For any given destination, we will present to you with real-time quotes from all available aircraft.

No. We always provide transparent pricing which includes all costs pertaining to the flight. Generally, prices will only change if you request a different itinerary or if you ask us to reschedule your flight, requiring the aircraft to land outside an airport’s published operating times. This would usually incur a watch hour’s extension charge. You will always be advised of any changes to the charter price before you have to make a binding decision.

Yes! You may change the times of your flight to suit your schedule. Flexibility is one of the real advantages of air charter. (Subject to approval from concerned Government Authorities and chosen Aircraft schedule).

No. Your price is based on chartering the entire aircraft and will therefore not change as long as the number of passengers does not exceed the aircraft’s available seating capacity or the maximum payload for your chosen route (thus requiring an alternative aircraft to the one originally quoted).

Flight tickets are not required on executive charter aircraft. All we require is a list of passenger names the day before you travel. On international flights, we would require additional information such as passenger’s nationality, date of birth, passport number and a valid Visa. In all cases, you will be advised of the passenger information that we would require well in advance of your flight.

Baron Aviation works only with carriers who meet or exceed internationally accepted safety standards. Before recommending an aircraft to you we will want to have verified that:

  • The operator possesses a valid Air operator`s certificate (AOC)
  • The aircraft is flown and maintained as per DGCA/ICAO standards.
  • The aircraft is comprehensively insured to industry-accepted levels.

Empty leg of a booked aircraft is called ferry flight. We heavily discount these flights for our users. While you can experience private flying at a discounted price, these are fixed route aircraft and you wont be able to reschedule the aircraft.

We offer different types of aircraft for charter varying in size, range and endurance.

All medium to large business jets have fully enclosed toilet facilities. Light jets and Turboprops may offer limited or no toilet facilities. You will be advised of the facilities available on your aircraft during booking.

Cabin pressurization is the active pumping of air into the cabin of an aircraft to increase the air pressure within the cabin. It is required when an aircraft reaches high altitudes and the outside air becomes thinner, containing less oxygen. All jets and turboprops have pressurized cabins.

When you book your flight you will be asked for any specific catering requirements that you might have. Depending on the type of aircraft you charter, different levels of catering can be arranged for you.

The charter briefing, which you will receive when you book your aircraft, will contain details of where to report to, including telephone numbers and crew contact details. Of course each airfield is different- but the general rule is that you should aim to arrive 20 minutes prior to your planned departure time.

When you arrive at your destination airport, you will be met by a handling agent who will take you to the terminal building, where you can meet your onward transportation.

On rare occasion it can. Most charter aircraft are equipped with “all weather” equipment that allows operation in complex weather, however the CRM will advise you prior to your journey as we are happy to explain the weather capabilities of your chosen aircraft. If a flight is affected by adverse weather (such as fog at the destination), you will be given the option to delay the flight until the weather improves or you may instead wish to fly to an unaffected airport closer to your destination, if available.

  • Airway distance:

    The actual (as opposed to straight line) distance flown by the aircraft between two points, after deviations required by air traffic control and navigation along established routes. The difference between this and straight line distance will vary throughout the country. Average figures would be between 5–9%.

  • Cruise speed:

    Cruise speed is the normal speed attained at altitude once the aircraft is no longer climbing and is en route.

  • Empty leg:

    Also known as "one-way availability". Since charter trips typically charge for the round trip travel of the aircraft, empty legs can often represent relative bargains. These are usually posted as available for travel between two airports during a certain time period.

  • FDTL:

    That portion of the day when a crew member is on duty in any capacity (not just in the air). This can be a constraint on long trips, as there are DGCA-imposed limits on the amount of time allowed on duty.

  • Flight Time:

    The elapsed time from the moment an aircraft first moves under its own power for the purpose of taking off until the moment of touchdown (it comes to rest) at the end of the flight.

  • Flying Cost:

    Flying cost can be defined as the multiplication of chargeable flying cost per hour for the specific Aircraft and chargeable flying time.

  • Foreign passenger on-board:

    In-case of foreign passenger on board required Documents are Passport and valid Visa.

  • Great circle distance:

    The shortest distance between two points on a globe.

  • Hourly Rate:

    This refers to the applicable hourly rate for the type of Aircraft chosen, which is communicated to the client prior to the flight confirmation.

  • Layover:

    A night spent in the middle of the trip in a city other than home base for the aircraft and crew.

  • Leg:

    Describes one direction of travel between two points. Commonly used in referring to a planned itinerary, it may not indicate all landings such as fuel stops.

  • Medivac:

    Medical evacuation is a term used to transit patients incase of an emergency.

  • Minimum Flying Time:

    This is a pre set minimum daily flying time, which is chargeable to the client.

  • Positioning:

    Ferrying aircraft for departure from other than the aircraft’s base location. (Also for return)

  • Positioning time:

    Time estimated for an aircraft to travel to the trip departure position.

  • Ramp:

    The apron or open "tarmac" in form of an FBO or terminal facility. This space is used for deplanement, parking of aircraft, etc. Some facilities will permit automobiles to drive to the aircraft on the ramp.

  • Repositioning time:

    Time estimated for an aircraft to return to its base location after completion of a journey.

  • Segment:

    Describes the unit of flight between take-off and landing. Sometimes used interchangeably with the term leg.

  • Taxi time:

    That portion of the trip spent rolling between the gate, terminal, or RAMP and runway.

  • Turboprop:

    A propeller driven airplane, in which the engine is a jet turbine rather than piston driven.

  • Retention:

    That time that the chartered aircraft and crew must wait on the ground during any portion of the trip.

  • Watch Hours:

    The time during which the Airport is operational.

  • General Policy

    While dealing with all Members of the Baron Eagle Membership Program, Baron Luxury and Lifestyles Private Limited will deal with the Members in the name of “Baron Eagle” and the Member will not be liable for any action on the part of Baron Eagle which would be in breach of any law, rules or other restrictions, unless the Member is a party to such action.

    All the members will be allotted a Membership ID when they register themselves with Baron Eagle, which will be used for all future transactions undertaken between Baron Eagle and the Member. It is the responsibility of the Member to ensure that they use the correct designated ID at all times while booking a transaction with Baron Eagle.

  • Pricing policy:

    The Final Invoice will include standard additional expenses such as: ground handling, crew accommodation and transportation, aircraft detention, and watch hour extension, in addition to the flying cost (Calculated on the basis of per day minimum flying time for the chosen aircraft or actual flying time, whichever is higher)

    As per the prevalent norms in the General Aviation market in India, the member will be charged additionally for positioning/repositioning the aircraft from the base location to the origin/departure city(if applicable)

  • Safety policy:

    All flights will be conducted as per DGCA guidelines and rules of the law.

  • Cancellation policy:
    • 25% of the Invoice amount will be levied to the member incase a flight is cancelled post confirmation.
    • 50% of the Invoice amount will be levied to the member incase a flight is cancelled 24 to 48 hours prior to the departure time.
    • 100% of the Invoice amount will be levied to the member incase a flight is cancelled within less than 24 hours prior to the departure time.