If you are new to the world of aircraft charter, and even if you’re not, you may be unfamiliar with the term “empty legs.”
Simply put, an empty leg occurs when an aircraft flies without passengers, or empty.
Empty legs are also an opportunity to charter an aircraft for exceptional value.
The two most common scenarios for an empty leg are:
Anytime that an aircraft needs to position or return to base, an empty leg opportunity becomes available and can be chartered for a significant discount. The discount accounts for the typical constraints associated with an empty leg:
If you have a flexible schedule and/or the empty legs are travelling near your preferred destination, empty legs are an excellent opportunity to charter for a fraction of the cost. If you require a guaranteed flight and need to control your flight schedule, empty legs may not always work for you.
Common empty leg routes for Sunwest Aviation charters include flights between Calgary or Edmonton and:
The departure and arrival locations can also be modified and are negotiable. For example, if you are interested in flying to Comox rather than Victoria, the empty leg can be adjusted to meet your needs.
Contact us to charter an empty leg or to learn more about empty legs, aircraft charter, and the Sunwest Charter Membership.
Aircraft charter, also known as air taxi, is the business of renting (chartering) an entire aircraft. Rather than purchasing individual seats on a scheduled and shared flight, charter clients have access to the entire aircraft and determine the schedule along with the departure and destination airports. This is commonly referred to as Business Aviation, or Private Aviation.
Charter Memberships or Jet Cards, are services that provide holders access to different aircraft (private jets, turboprops) at predetermined rates or a fixed number of hours in exchange for a deposit or membership fee.
Empty legs (also known as open legs) are flights on charter aircraft that are scheduled to fly without any passengers. They operate when an aircraft needs to position for another flight or return to home base.
Aircraft positioning occurs when an private jet or turboprop has been scheduled for a charter flight and is away from the departure airport. The aircraft positions to the departure airport in order to complete the schedule.
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