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A Guide on How Much Luggage to Carry While Flying Private

If you are tired of long layovers during your trips to specific destinations, you are not alone. Besides other advantages like incredibly quick airport check-ins, assured privacy on board, and the option to customize your food and beverages, one of the significant perks of flying private is the availability of nonstop flights between any two destinations. For this reason, private jets are emerging as immensely popular modes of local and international travel for HNIs.

Carrying luggage for local and international trips is often a slippery slope, as commercial airlines have specific check-in and hand-baggage weight limits. When it comes to private aviation, the amount of luggage one should carry is based on certain factors:

The type of aircraft

One of the first factors that determine how much luggage one should carry on-board a private jet is the type of aircraft one has booked. For example, if you are renting a compact aircraft, such as a turboprop, the available cargo space is usually much lesser than that of medium-sized and large planes. On the bright side, certain turboprops are spacious enough to accommodate several bags. For example, the Learjet 45, a nine-seater light jet, is capable of accommodating up to 15 bags in its cargo compartment.
In contrast, mid-sized and heavy luxury private jets usually have more spacious baggage compartments and are suitable for long-distance travel. For instance, the CRJ 100, an 18-seater heavy jet, can carry up to 20 bags. Hence, while booking a private jet, it is important to consider the approximate number of bags one would be carrying on the trip and the distance between the source and destination cities, which can help determine the type of aircraft to rent.

The number of passengers

Another important determinant of how much baggage to carry while flying private is the number of passengers traveling with you. Even though an aircraft may have a specific weight and number limit for baggage, more baggage may be accommodated if there are fewer passengers on-board the aircraft. Since private jets allow passengers to decide how many co-passengers (up to the aircraft’s maximum passenger capacity) they would like to fly with, it helps to plan your luggage based on how many passengers would be traveling with you. Accordingly, you may either reduce the volume of luggage you would be carrying or choose to book a more spacious flight to accommodate more luggage besides filling up the cargo area and comfortably seating your co-passengers.

The type of luggage

The type of luggage one carries on-board a private plane also plays a significant role in determining how much luggage they should carry. For example, if a passenger’s baggage contains only basic items such as clothing, gadgets, books, etc., it would take multiple bags of such items to exceed the total cargo capacity. Hence, one can easily carry more belongings in such cases. However, if the passenger plans to accommodate more heavyweight items, such as furniture pieces, bulky home equipment, and machinery, they would be required to carry fewer bags and keep track of the total weight carefully, so as to not exceed the permissible limit.

The baggage size

In general, if one has multiple large-sized bags, the amount of available space in the private plane’s cargo compartment would reduce. Hence, it is a better idea to carry few large-sized bags or multiple small-sized ones to ensure that there is sufficient cargo space in the aircraft. This tip particularly applies when one is renting a turboprop or smaller aircraft with limited cargo space.

Planning your baggage based on the above factors can help ensure increased convenience and avoid last-minute hassles. We can help you book your aircraft based on your baggage requirements and other factors. Click here to connect with us and receive a quote for booking a private jet.