You might have heard the term 'empty leg' used to describe a discounted private jet flight. Here we explain what an empty leg is; and how the latest version of PrivateFly's iPad app is making it even easier to benefit from private jet discounts.

What is a private jet empty leg?

An empty leg, also known as an empty sector, is the return portion of a booked one-way private charter flight. The aircraft needs to fly empty to reposition itself for its next customer or to return to its home base. Just as a taxi would often need to do on the ground.

Why doesn't the operator sell the repositioning flight to another customer?

Private jets are a bespoke travel solution. So it can often be the case that a full-price customer cannot be found who wants to charter that particular aircraft, for that specific route and time.

As they need to move the aircraft anyway, the operator will generally offer the 'empty' part of the flight at a significant discount, compared to the full charter price.

How much do private jet empty legs cost?

Empty leg flights are often available at up to 75% discount on the usual charter price. The exact price will depends on the route and the operator. Operators are often prepared to offer exceptionally low prices.

So if you are prepared to be flexible, an empty leg flight can be a great way of accessing private jet travel, at close-to-airline prices. An empty leg can be combined with airline flights or worked into a private charter schedule, to give a very cost-effective price for your trip.

How can I find out which empty legs are available?

As PrivateFly gives access to a global network of over 7,000 private charter aircraft, we have access to a large number of the most competitive empty leg offers. The latest version of PrivateFly's iPad app now offers details of latest empty legs, to fit your journey.

The app is free to download and also offers location-based services, such as closest private jet airports; and a 'Jet Me Home' tool which gives instant prices to your home airport from any location. It also gives access to PrivateFly's global network, giving images and detailed aircraft specifications.

You can also see latest empty legs on offer on the PrivateFly website, or call our 24-hour team on 866-726-1222 to find out what is available. We will negotiate with the private jet operator on your behalf to get you the best possible price.