Making an informed decision about the amount of luggage one takes when selecting an aircraft can really help avoid unnecessary stress on the day of travel. We’ve heard of clients who have had to leave items of luggage behind because the private jet was unsuitable for their requirements. Even if your baggage does eventually fit at a squeeze, needless to say, it can be an embarrassing situation for everyone involved making use of every last bit of space an aircraft has.

That’s why we recommend seeking expert advice from your charter broker to give you the assurance you need when it comes to confirming your aircraft.

You may find it helpful to consider a few important factors when it comes to weighing up your choice of aircraft. However, you may notice as you read this guide that we have purposely steered clear of exact and defined information, and for good reason. This is because providing a definite answer as to your baggage requirements is largely dependent on aircraft configuration, the number of passengers, luggage size, shape and weight.

On smaller very light/light aircraft, if passengers take up most or all of the seats on the aircraft, do not presume there’s space to carry a piece of luggage each. Soft-sided luggage is recommended over taking hard cases, this is much more malleable and easier squeeze into available space. Also consider weight, with many passengers and/or heavy luggage the aircraft may reach its maximum payload and this could severely impact whether a flight can be actually performed using that particular aircraft. For some, access of luggage from within the cabin may be necessary. You may need a change of clothes or some important documents within reach during your flight. If so, it’s important to know if the aircraft you will be travelling on has an internal luggage compartment that’s easily accessible.

If in doubt, ask your aviation charter broker. They will check with the aircraft operator for assurance ahead of the flight. Bear in mind, it is sometimes difficult for the operator to be certain whether a passengers luggage will fit on an aircraft. If it is too close to call, don’t take the risk and take your charter brokers advice for another solution, and aircraft that is better suited to your expected luggage needs.

Private Jet

Consulting your Aviation Charter broker will provide you with the most accurate answer but to help you get an idea of which aircraft may best suit your travel needs here’s a rough guide:
The typical Light Private Jet has seating for six to seven passengers and baggage capacity of roughly 55 cu ft. If every seat is taken, each passenger can bring a medium-sized case or small roller bag, plus one personal item such as a briefcase or handbag. Needless to say, with fewer passengers there is more free space for further baggage.

Turboprops usually have a fairly extensive luggage space to the rear of the cabin that is separated by industrial netting. The very popular King Air 350 has a very healthy luggage capacity of 71 cu ft. Very well suited and popular for golf trips with six or so passengers, medium bags, plus a set of clubs per passenger.

Aircraft in the Mid-size category tend to seat 8 passengers and carry approximately 65 cubic feet of luggage space. This means that each person can bring a medium case or roller bag plus a handbag or briefcase – depending on how many passengers are travelling. For example, if there are only five or six passengers, carrying a larger case will most likely not be an issue. However, remember that not all aircraft (regardless of size category) have the same amount of space.

Super Midsize Private Jet tend to seat eight (+) passengers and boast a larger luggage capacity of approx. 90 cubic feet. All eight passengers can bring one large suitcase (or two medium soft-sided bags, a handbag or briefcase.
If you have a greater number of passengers, the Heavy/Long Range Private Jet seat an average of 10-12 passengers with a luggage capacity of 125 (+) cubic feet. Each passenger can bring two large-sized roller bags along with a handbag or briefcase. There will also be sufficient space for golf clubs and skis, both externally and inside the cabin.
When it comes to luggage, a great benefit of flying privately is that your baggage always stays with you. That means you never have to worry about missing suitcases, skis or other personal items. In addition, once you land, your bags will be removed from the aircraft immediately and either taken directly to your transport or to the exit of the airport, avoiding waits at the baggage reclaim.

Plan ahead and avoid disappointment on the day of your flight. If you have any questions about baggage allowance on a private jet or would like help to decide which aircraft would be best suited to your needs, please contact us on 0208 050 7247 or click here.