Luggage limits can be a pain when all you want to do is get to your destination. Though, if you are thinking of flying private over commercial, you will be happy to hear that these luggage limits allow you to bring a lot more than just a carry-on. Space can be a concern for many people; however, you need not worry – there is plenty of room for you to bring what you need on your private jet flight.
What can you bring on a private jet?
There are plenty of things you can bring on a private jet that may not be allowed on a commercial flight such as:
- Pets (typically at no extra cost)
- Full-size liquids
- Skis and snowboarding equipment
- Golf clubs
Light Jet Luggage Allowance
An average light jet seating 6 or 7 passengers, such as the Hawker 400XP, has a baggage capacity of approximately 0.75 cubic meters. With all the seats filled, each passenger can bring a small, wheeled bag and one personal item, such as a backpack or briefcase. This makes the light jet ideal for cross-country business trips or a weekend away with your partner.
Midsize Jet Luggage Allowance
Midsize jets, like the Embraer Legacy 450, usually sit 8 passengers, with around 4.25 cubic meters of baggage space. This extra room allows each passenger to bring a piece of luggage, usually up to 23kgs, as well as one personal item. Depending on how many passengers are on board, larger items such as skis and golf clubs may also be accommodated.
Super-Midsize Jet Luggage Allowance
Super midsize jets typically seat 8 to 10 passengers and have a larger baggage capacity than midsize jets. Each passenger can bring two medium-sized bags alongside one personal item such as a backpack. The benefit of a super-midsize jet, like the Gulfstream G200, is the extra room for larger items such as skis and golf clubs in addition to suitcases.
Large Jet Luggage Allowance
Large jets, like the Falcon 900LX, usually seat between 12 to 14 passengers and often have a couch area with some even including a bedroom, making them ideal for long-haul flights. Each passenger can bring two large bags and a personal item, with plenty of room for skis and golf clubs. This space is both in the cabin and in the hold.
Do you have to check in your luggage on a private jet flight?
Almost always. As with a commercial flight, your luggage is usually scanned before you board. Though unlike a commercial flight, there are typically no queues, so this process happens quickly and seamlessly.
Can you access your luggage from the cabin?
On most private jets you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That is because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is more likely to be common on larger private jets where there is more storage available for luggage.
What size jet do I need?
The importance of luggage allowance depends on the purpose of your journey. If it is just a one or two-day business trip, and you only need a small bag and a briefcase, then a light jet with little room for baggage is perfectly sufficient. However, if you are looking to take the whole family on vacation or perhaps stay for a longer time then a super-midsize or large jet would be a more suitable option.
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