What is a private jet in the first place?
The “private jet” that is widely known in Japan is called “private jet” as it is.
However, it seems that only Japan uses the term private jet. Overseas, we don’t often call it a “private jet.”
This is because it is rarely used for play and overwhelmingly used for business, so it is called a “business jet.”
The reason why ultra-rich people buy private jets is not because they want to have fun or because they want to look good.
For those who work millions of dollars and are extremely busy, they don’t want to waste any time driving, changing trains, or checking in at the airport.
You have to move to work as soon as possible, and a business jet is a necessary tool to secure a private space while moving.
How much does it cost to charter?
I want to ride once, even if I don’t buy it, and I want to use my time effectively. I want to taste the luxury even once …
Charter is recommended for such people.
With the easiest plan, you can experience a business jet (in this case, a private jet is more appropriate) for 167,000 yen (6 people participate) per person.
Since the departure and arrival points are fixed, the degree of freedom is low, but you can still enjoy the real thrill of this jet, so it may be a good idea to try it once.
Don’t forget the airport usage fee
So far, we have introduced the prices and maintenance costs of business jets themselves, but there is one more point to be aware of when owning a business jet.
That is the “airport usage fee”. In other words, there is a landing fee.
Landing fees are charged to private jets depending on the airport.
Below are some of the most expensive airports
No. 1 Haneda Airport (Japan): $ 6,850 (about 821,000 yen)
2nd place Narita Airport (Japan): $ 5,600 (approx. 671,000 yen)
3rd place Kansai International Airport (Japan): $ 5,400 (about 647,000 yen)
4th place Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada): $ 5,200 (about 623,000 yen)
5th place Darwin International Airport (Australia): $ 4,600 (about 551,000 yen)
6th place Bristol Airport (UK): $ 4,400 (527,000 yen)
7th Chubu Centrair International Airport (Japan): $ 4,300 (515,000 yen)
8th place Dublin Airport (Ireland): $ 4,100 (491,000 yen)
9th place LaGuardia Airport (USA): $ 3950 (473,000 yen)
10th place Salzburg Airport (Austria): $ 3,800 (455,000 yen)
In this way, four Japanese airports were ranked in the top ten, and the top three were all Japanese airports.
It seems that this is because Japanese airports have so many services, but I think this price is one of the reasons why business jets are not spreading in Japan.
How to get a private jet license?
Well, it’s good to hire your own private jetpilot or pilot to enjoy air travel or prepare for business in the cabin, but some people want to be able to control it themselves. Let’s do it.
Therefore, I would like to touch on the acquisition of a private jet license.
The procedure is the same as for cars
- Classroom lecture
It will be acquired by these three processes.
However, you cannot suddenly obtain a private jet license. At first, you have to get a one-shot license for “private reciprocating engine”.
A private reciprocating aircraft is a propeller airplane with one engine, which we call a “Cessna aircraft”, and it will not start unless you first obtain a license for this aircraft.
Once you have a Cessna license, you will move on to a “multi-engine” license for a reciprocating engine with two or more engines.
It is a so-called “frequently limited”, but if you obtain this license, you will be able to operate any aircraft (private reciprocating aircraft) as long as the takeoff weight is lighter than 5.7 tons.
Driver’s license acquisition cost
The simple process to get it is as described in the previous chapter, but how much does it actually cost to get it?
In this chapter, we will explain the cost of obtaining an airplane license.
In conclusion, there are few cases of getting a license in Japan, and most of them go to the United States to take practical training. The reason is simply a matter of cost.
On-the-job training in Japan costs quite a lot, from fuel costs to insurance and parking fees. Moreover, in Japan, where the land is small, there are problems around the airport, which is difficult.
In that respect, the United States has a vast land area and many airfields, so the cost is low.
For example, flying an airplane in Japan for an hour costs 50,000 yen. If you get a private driver’s license, it takes 100 hours for on-the-job training, so a simple calculation will cost you 5 million yen.
However, in the case of the United States, it is 15,000 yen per hour, so even if you fly for 100 hours, it is 1.5 million yen. Moreover, training in the United States does not require 100 hours, but 60 hours is enough, so the cost can be reduced considerably.
To summarize in an easy-to-understand manner
For acquisition in Japan: 50,000-yen (per hour) x 100 hours = 5 million yen
For acquisition in the United States: 15,000-yen (per hour) x 60 hours = 900,000 yen