Aircraft Compare

SAFE FLY AVIATION has given below a chart for a comparison of various types of aircraft for your Private Aircraft for Charter flight requirements.

Aircraft Type – Cruising Speed – Details

Piston Powered – Speed: 200 MPH

A piston engine-powered aircraft (most are non-pressurized) is designed for up to 6 passengers flying 500 miles or less. Piston-engine aircraft are less expensive to charter than jets

Small Turboprop – Speed: 230 MPH

A small jet-powered pressurized turboprop aircraft that can fly over most types of weather. These aircraft usually have a curtained potty to ensure comfort. These aircraft are well suited for up to 6 passengers flying trips up to 700 miles.

Medium Turboprop – Speed: 275 MPH

A more spacious jet-powered turbo-prop pressurized aircraft that can fly over most types of weather. Most have curtained potties. Well suited for up to 9 passengers on trips up to 800 miles.

Large Turboprop – Speed: 330 MPH

A large jet-powered turbo-prop pressurized aircraft that can fly over most types of weather. This category of aircraft has stand-up cabins and lavatories and is well suited for 10 to 50 passengers for trips up to 1,000 miles.

Light Jet – Speed: 500 MPH

A small jet aircraft with seating for up to 8 passengers (5 to 7 comfortably) with most having a curtained lavatory. These aircraft normally have a non-stop range of 1,200 to 2,300 miles.

Midsize Jet – Speed: 500 MPH

A jet aircraft that has a stand-up cabin, a meal galley, and an enclosed lavatory. Midsize jets have seats for up to 9 passengers (generally more comfortable for 7 to 8 passengers). Most have a non-stop range of 1,800 to 3,000 miles.

Large Corporate Jet – Speed: 500 MPH

A large corporate jet with maximum seating for up to 19 passengers and with average seating for 12 to 14. All have standup cabins, enclosed lavatories, full galleys, and flight attendant quarters. The non-stop range is 3,200 to 7,000 miles.

Airline Type Jet – Speed: 525 MPH

An airliner (from a DC-9 to a B-747). They range in seating from as few as 25 to as many as 500. They often are customized with appointments such as bedrooms, bars, offices, etc. The non-stop range varies from 2,000 to 12,000 miles.


Single-engine aircraft are ideally suited for short-range flights with a few passengers or light loads of cargo. They are designed to fly in good to fair weather conditions and are propelled by a single-propeller engine. These aircraft are able to access many airports with shorter runways, thereby getting the charter passenger closer to their ultimate destination. Single-engine aircraft are typically flown by a single pilot, but a charter provider should be able to supply a co-pilot upon request. Average Passenger Capacity: 3-5


Aircraft in the Twin Piston or Multi-piston sector are economical aircraft suitable for short-distance flights or light cargo. The advantage is that they are usually less expensive than Turboprop or jets and more full-bodied than single-engine aircraft. They are also considered safer and more reliable than single-engine aircraft in reduced weather situations. Twin Piston multi-engine aircraft are typically flown by a single pilot, but a co-pilot can usually be arranged upon request. Average Passenger Capacity: 1-8


Aircraft in the Turboprop segment are a wide range of aircraft suitable for short and medium-distance flights with a duration of up to 2-4 hours covering a range of over 1,000 miles. Turboprop aircraft combine some of the low-cost advantages of piston aircraft while sharing some of the cabin comfort advantages of light jets like pressurization. Popular for short to mid-range flights, turboprops can access runways that are often too short for jet aircraft. Average Passenger Capacity: 4-8


Aircraft in the Executive Jet segment are the most time-efficient way of travel and are suitable for medium or long-distance flights. With average cruising speeds of over 450 mph and an average nonstop range of anything from 1,250 miles to 2,200 miles, a jet can travel further and faster than non-jet aircraft while operating in and out of airports not accessible by the major airlines. In the lighter jets, amenities often include pressurized passenger cabins and a semi-private lavatory while midsize jets often have a private lavatory and external baggage storage. Average Passenger Capacity: 4-18


Heavy jets are top-of-the-line executive aircraft offering optimum performance and amenities for long-range flights. With average cruising speeds of over 500 mph and an average nonstop range of over 4,000 miles, a heavy jet with its use of Turbofan engines can travel further and with more comfort than smaller jets while operating in and out of airports not accessible to the major airlines. Amenities usually found onboard heavy jets include a private lavatory, external baggage compartments, DVD, satellite phone, fax, and a full galley. A flight attendant will normally be in attendance on such aircraft to improve safety and assist with gourmet catering for high-end businesses and entertainment. Average Passenger Capacity: 8-19


Airliners and VIP business jets are full-scale passenger airliners converted for maximum business comfort and use. With ranges over 6,000 miles which means that it can fly halfway around the world nonstop while utilizing airstrips only normally available to smaller executive jets. Private Airliners and VIP Business jets come in different configurations that are highly personalized. A typical layout might be just 16 seats, an office, boardroom, hotel, cinema, and restaurant – all in one. Alternatively, it can be reconfigured to fly 50 passengers in slightly less style. While the majority of jet airliners are used for scheduled service, many are available for charter through charter companies, brokers, and charter divisions of major airlines. Average Passenger Capacity: 20 VIP – 500


Helicopters can move into and out of difficult-to-reach places like big-city congestion or remote wilderness locations. Helicopter charter enables passengers to hover to take photos of a real estate site, carry the injured to area hospitals, land in locations where there are no available airports, and generally get in and out of places faster and easier than with fixed-wing aircraft. Average Passenger Capacity: 3-16

All Aircraft and Helicopters are subject to availability at a given location.