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With commercial airlines scrambling to recapture luxury market share from private jet companies, goalposts in the sky have moved. Flying first and business class has never been more attractive but the same can be said for flying private, thanks to new technology, charter methods and accessibility. The shrewd traveler should place value on a few key points when choosing premium air transport: price, time, customization and comfort. Here is a look at the contrasts between choosing to fly commercial or privately.
In general, chartering a private flight is more expensive than the average first class seat. For example, if you were to look at a direct round-trip flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Tokyo Narita Airport on Delta Airlines two weeks out, your first class ticket price would range from $3,300-$6,101, depending on time of departure. Pentastar Aviation‘s long-range jets can be chartered for $7,000-$9,000 an hour, which for a fully booked 11-hour round-trip flight to Tokyo comes out to around $11,647 per seat.