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PAX BasX: “Can I bring my Grand Piano to my holiday home? What about my Tuba?”

Welcome to our new passenger basics—or PAX BasX series—where we answer all your burning questions on what it’s like to be a passenger, charter, or own a private jet.

Today’s question is: “Can I bring my Grand Piano to my holiday home? What about my Tuba?”

For all of you music aficionados or weekend warriors who need skis, snowboards, golf clubs, and surf boards when you travel, there’s a few things to consider before packing your bags and heading up into the sky.

Luggage rules for commercial flights are not the same when flying privately and luggage compartment sizes vary widely between different aircraft. There aren’t any overhead spaces like on a commercial flight, so all cabin baggage needs to be either down by your feet or in the hold. We recommend carrying only the essentials into the cabin that you’ll require during the flight.

Generally, the amount of luggage you can fit on your trip depends on three factors:

  • Type of aircraft: sometimes even the smallest aircraft have a surprising amount of available compartment space whilst the largest aircraft may have overall weight concerns that limit the additional luggage load you can add. If you have specific luggage concerns, best to let us know before you book your charter.
  • Number of people: it often comes down to weight capacity and not just storage size, so no trying to hide your Uncle Fred in the plane’s luggage compartment! More people mean less weight allocation for luggage and other toys. Make those invite-only lists for holiday gatherings more exclusive to fit your skis or surf boards in safely under the weight restrictions.
  • Distance (time and km) of trip: farther distances may need larger aircraft to accommodate necessary fuel, which also contributes to weight and the amount of luggage and overall passengers you can bring. Some smaller and slower aircraft such as TurboProps may afford more luggage space but take longer to reach your destination. If you have flexible travel schedules but not flexible luggage concerns, all these factors go into choosing the right aircraft to meet your needs.

When choosing your aircraft, consider these general guidelines for passengers, personal luggage, and any extra storage needed:

  • Light jets (example aircraft: Citation II & CJ2/3) seat 6-7 passengers and with every seat accounted for, everyone can bring a small suitcase and one backpack or briefcase. Fitting skis or golf clubs is likely not possible
  • Midsize jets (example aircraft: Citation Excel/XLS) seat eight passengers and with every seat accounted for, everyone can bring one medium suitcase and a backpack or briefcase. Depending on how many passengers are on board and their luggage, skis, and golf clubs may or may not be accommodated.
  • Super midsize jets (example aircraft: Falcon 2000) seat eight passengers and with every seat accounted for, everyone can bring two medium-sized suitcases and a backpack or briefcase. This is a good choice for fitting skis, golf clubs, and other over-sized toys (maybe not that Grand Piano though!)
  • Large jets (example aircraft: Falcon 900 & 7X, Global 5000) seat 10 and in some cases up to 19! These aircraft generally provide plenty of space for all personal luggage and any extras you might need on holiday. The Legacy 600 can hold huge amounts of luggage including two large bags per passenger whereas even though the Lineage 1000 seats a whopping 19 passengers, it has a smaller luggage hold relatively speaking!

Still have questions about luggage? Click here to enquire about a charter booking

We are always available to assist with any questions to make your trip for business or for pleasure the best journey yet!

Posted on Feb 15, 2018 | Tags: Blog

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