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Dipping Your Toe Into The World of Charters With Empty-Leg Flights

Not entirely sold on chartering your own private flight?
Consider trying an empty-leg flight.

Maybe you’ve heard the term “empty-leg flight”, ​”dead legs”, “empty sectors”, “one-way transients” – but I’m guessing you’re not exactly sure what these flights are.

An empty-leg flight is ​the return trip of a traditionally booked one-way private charter flight​. ​The jet needs to take flight to reposition itself for its next customer or return to its home-base​. ​Think of it in terms of how an Uber driver would need to return to a “home” location after dropping off a customer at their destination, but might take another customer from a nearby location back towards home.

It’s common that the charter company is unable to find a full-price customer who wants to charter that particular aircraft, for that specific route and time. Since they need to move the aircraft back anyway, the company will typically offer the empty part of the flight at a significant discount, in order to avoid flying the jet back empt​y ​- as we know in the business world, it’s always better to make something ​ rather than nothing.

If you’re considering dipping your toe into the world of charters, it might be best to start with an empty-leg flight. You’ll be able to experience private flight first-hand and weigh the benefits for yourself before making a larger commitment.

Here are 4 benefits of traveling charter via empty-leg flights:

1. Affordable Price

Empty-leg flights can often be found at up to 75% discounted rate of the usual charter price. Additionally, you may be able to use your negotiation skills to work out an even better deal for your team. It is the easiest way to get private jet travel at close-to airline prices.

2. MOST of the benefits of traditional private travel

Empty-leg flights will offer you just about every benefit of a traditional private charter flight. You’ll spend less time in the air. You won’t have to worry about long lines, waits, or deal with crowds. Empty-leg flights offer the same comfort, privacy, and luxury as traditional private travel. And you can’t forget about the ability to work productively with your team in peace and privacy.

3. Easy to book for popular routes.

Routes that are incredibly popular in the private charter crowd will always be easy to find available for empty-leg booking. Think Michigan-to-New York (New Jersey), Florida-to-Michigan, or California-to-Michigan. The more popular the route, the more likely you are to find an empty-leg to hop on.

4. Perfect for leisure travelers

If you are not on a tight schedule, you can enjoy all the efficiency, luxury, and pleasure of a private flight, at a lower cost. Leisure travelers are the perfect candidates for this type of opportunity. Since some degree of flexibility is necessary, hopping on an empty-leg flight is perfect for those who have flexibility in their lives, like leisure travelers and retirees. Remember, having a flexible schedule is key.

So, what’s the risk?

If you’re flying on an empty-leg flight, you need to be flexible. You won’t have a say in the date or time of departure, that will be entirely dependant on the original customer. Unfortunately, that means that if the original customer makes changes to his plans, your plans may be affected, as well. If the original customer cancels the flight, your flight will also be cancelled.

The bottom line is – if you’re planning to travel via empty-leg flight, you’re going to need to have a backup plan.

I’m guessing you’re wondering how you can find out about upcoming available private jet empty-leg flights.

It might be easier than you’d imagine. For a list of our available empty-leg one-way flights, you can visit us at ​https://visionaircenter.com/one-way-flights/​. From there, you’ll be able to view our list of available empty-leg flights and inquire about the flight you are interested in. You can also contact us directly at ​(616) 392-7831​ for more details about routes and discounts.

Eliminate Stress With Private Flights

We understand the stress of flying commercial. Waiting in long security lines while anxiously checking your watch to make sure you aren’t going to miss your flight. Running through the airport to get to your gate on time after a 45 minute security line. Only to find that your flight is full and that middle seat you were “saving for a friend” is now going to be filled by an unfriendly stranger.

What about delayed flights because your plane is late? Have you tried traveling during the holiday season? Airports are wildly busy and security lines are extra long. Forget about trying to find an open seat next to an outlet in your terminal.

It’s no secret that humans (and pets too!) don’t like being packed into an airplane like a can of sardines for an hour, let alone 11 more!

Vision Air Center eliminates all of that stress for you. When you travel with us, the only schedule we’re on is yours.

Still need more convincing? Here are our top 5 reasons to charter flights:

Save time

Save Time With Charter FlightsThis is one of the most significant reasons for opting to travel via private aviation. With chartered flights, you can arrive at the airport just minutes before your flight.

Save that extra hour you would normally spend preparing for a commercial flight to do some last minute work or spend time with family.

Your flight won’t include any layovers and will fly directly to your destination. You can use this valuable time to talk business with customers or partners, or to relax and clear your head.


There are over 5,000 airports across the country that private planes can fly into. In many cases, you will be able to land closer to your destination.

Remember the liquid ban of 2006? You get to avoid this one too. By flying via private jet charter, you no longer have to rush out last minute for the travel size contact solution and toothpaste you forgot to pick up before your flight.

In addition, planes can be available within a few hours notice and will wait for you if you’re running a few minutes late. It’s even possible to change flight plans mid-air if necessary. You can leave wherever and whenever you’d like!

Reduced stress

No More Airport Stress

Without the long lines, delayed or canceled flights, and limited space on a commercial aircraft, you will arrive at your destination much more relaxed.

Packing and making sure you haven’t forgotten anything like your lucky socks or your favorite shirt is stressful enough. Don’t let your flight be stressful too.


One of the primary benefits of a charter service is that you gain access to a larger range of airports than you would flying commercially. This is even more apparent when chartering one of our private jets, as smaller aircraft invariably have better runway performance compared to larger planes like the ones you find on a commercial flight. This opens up a range flight planning advantages:

  • Access airports under-serviced by commercial airlines
  • Access smaller airports with less infrastructure
  • Fly into remote areas


Aboard private flights you will experience the utmost privacy. Whether you are flying alone or with business partners, you and your guests will have the privacy you need to discuss important matters.

With Vision Air Center, you will travel with ease and never have to worry about the commonalities of commercial flying again. Whether you’re flying to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or The Caribbean, Vision Air Center is at your service.

Our aircraft operators come with over 50 years of combined experience and are excited to escort you to your next destination.