Most Popular Private Charter Aircraft for 2012

Private Jet and Charter Aircraft Statistics, Trends, Noted by Industry Leader New Flight Charters

JACKSON HOLE, WY--(Marketwired - May 14, 2013) - In a year which saw a modest 3.7% decline in Air Taxi operations according to data from the FAA, midsize and larger private charter jets retained their popularity while moderate air charter buyers made a move to more economical aircraft in general. 

In 2012 Light Jets descended 8% while Turboprops climbed 6% and Piston Twins moved up 5% as a percent of total in year-over-year popularity. Midsize Jets lost only 1% while Super Midsize and Heavy Jets maintained altitude compared to 2011.

Light Jets were 41% of all private air charters in 2012. The top three most popular were:

1. Beechjet 400/Hawker 400XP - 24% of Light Jet charters
2. Citation V/Ultra - 14%
3. Learjet 35A - 12%

Midsize Jets were 20% of all private air charters in 2012. By popularity the most popular were:

1. Hawker 800/800XP/700 - 53% of Midsize Jet charters
2. Citation Excel/III - 21%
3. Learjet 60/55 - 20%

Executive Turboprops were 29% of all private air charters in 2012. The most chosen were:

1. King Air B200/200/100 - 55% of Turboprop charters
2. King Air C90/90 - 13%
3. Pilatus PC-12 - 9%

Overall Market Trend

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Year over year, the overall private air charter market trend is fairly clear; Moderate charter buyers are moving toward more economical aircraft, more specifically from light jets to turboprops and from turboprops to twin piston aircraft. Heavy Jets and Midsize Jets remained steady in demand, with heavies maintaining year-to-year and Midsize Jet charters declining by only 1%. 

Data is from the company's 2012 North America on demand charter activity including more than 1,100 separate flights. New Flight Charters, considered a jet charter market leader, was named four consecutive years to the Inc. 500\5000 and is the fastest growing U.S. private jet flight service since 2005.

About New Flight Charters

New Flight Charters is an award-winning private jet charter leader nationwide. With the largest proprietary jet charter listing of every FAA certified charter aircraft -- over 8,900 nationwide -- New Flight Charters arranges top-rated operator aircraft and guaranteed best pricing in the market. The company in 2012 was the most recommended company by jet charter professionals from the world's largest charter industry marketplace. The company's Charter Management Team are long term aviation professionals and considered one of the most experienced in the U.S.

Flights arranged by New Flight Charters have a perfect safety history. The company recently published Five Questions For Your Air Charter Service, to help private fliers ensure a quality and reputable organization is handling their private charter flights. It is available for free download at

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Contact Information:

Nanette Poorman
New Flight Charters
(800) 732-1653