First Class vs. Private Jets: Who Has the Edge?

Weigh your mission needs against the evidence…

Felipe Reisch  |  09th March 2017
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Felipe Reisch
Felipe Reisch

Felipe Reisch holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Communications and Reputation Management from...

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Dismissed by many as being too expensive, private jets will usually lead to money-savings in the long run, notes Monarch Air’s Felipe Reisch. That’s especially true if you were considering purchasing a first class airline ticket...

Following, we list the most common factors you need to weigh before you make your decision on whether to travel first class with the airlines or via private jet...


A standard first class ticket from Los Angeles to Las Vegas can cost $1,500, while the same trip with a private flight charter operator might cost up to $5,000.

On this number alone, it would be easy to decide first class has the edge, right? Remember, in a commercial flight you pay for your seat.

Imagine if you wanted to bring your seven good friends of a trip to Vegas, or needed to take seven colleagues on a business trip. You would have to pay $12,000 with the airlines, whereas on a private jet all eight would travel for the initial $5,000 since you rent the airplane, not the seat.


The time is money cliché exists for good reason. Money comes and goes, but time can never be recovered. When flying on first class the standard rules and regulations of commercial flight still apply: arriving hours prior to the flight, check-in procedures, security and baggage claim after landing.

Now that’s plenty of wasted time…

With private flights you just need to arrive 15 minutes before departing; a quick check-in procedure will be in place and after that, you walk directly to your jet and fly to your destination.


Easily considered within the time factor is the possibility offered by private flights of landing in small regional airports much closer to your actual destination. When landing at major airports passengers still have to drive a considerable amount of time after a demanding commercial flight in order to reach their intended destination.

Domestic or regional airports are usually closer to the traveler’s final destination.

Furthermore, the flexibility in scheduling provided by jet operators is one of a kind; you can plan trips at any hour and the jet adapts to your timetable and not the other way around as would be the case with a first class airline ticket.


If you need to conduct work during your travel then some basic conditions need to apply: a confortable desk, reduced noise and, most importantly, privacy. With first-class seating, there are still passengers around you, flight attendants, children and noise. Not ideal if you need to take care of important or sensitive business matters.

On the other hand, if you are travelling for leisure, all the previous factors also apply for a more relaxing flight.

In Summary...

You can get comfortable on a first class flight and enjoy good food. But overall, travellers often believe that comfort, efficiency and luxury are the main advantages of flying privately. Although they might be right, time and flexibility are ultimately what justifies the price!

Weigh up your upcoming trip requirements and decide for yourself… First class, or private jets?

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