Empty Legs

What exactly is an Empty Leg: Over 30% of private jets are flying empty either to be in position for the next booked flight or to return to its home base. These flights are known as empty legs and are one-way private jet flights without any passengers on board. Often, these empty legs have been paid for in part by the original flyer and are thus offered at reduced rates.

At any given time, there may be more than hundreds of empty legs available worldwide. Once you give us your preferred routes and dates, we can match your schedule with empty legs available in the market. Using multiple platforms, Priority One Jets offers one of the most comprehensive empty leg search capability in the market.

The Empty Leg Myth: While empty legs offer a discount to the flyer, they are not free.  The owner or operator might be keen to fill the flight, and so they’ll offer a discount – but they will still expect a fair price, or else they simply won’t sell it.  Because of this, jaw-droppingly low empty leg flight expectations are often unrealistic.

Where do brokers like Priority One find empty leg flights? Brokers use multiple methods to hunt down empty legs, including specialist aviation forums, private companies that track aircraft availability, and more. Broker may purchase the empty legs or they might set clients up together to help them both of them secure the lowest price . For example, if one broker’s client  is paying for a round-trip for a one-way flight and another client is flying in the opposite direction only, the two cancel each other out. One purchases the round-trip and the other purchases the empty leg. This is referred to as ‘matching’ two trips together.

What should be considered before an empty leg flight is booked? When you book a round-trip, you’ll usually be able to cancel as long as you give 72-96 hours’ notice. However, with an empty leg flight, you own it – which means no refund if you choose to cancel, because the operator has made a commitment to the client flying on the other leg of the flight. They can’t refund you without then charging their original client more.

Mechanical issues can also ruin your plans with empty legs. If your plane is grounded, there may not be another empty leg anywhere near the price you expected to pay. In this event, your broker will provide you with options – such as another empty leg, or a round-trip – and the prices available. Because empty legs are based on very specific days, times and pricing, it can be very tricky to find a replacement.

CURRENT EMPTY LEG AVAILABILITY

DATE

AIRCRAFT

TYPE

DEPARTING

ARRIVING

QUOTE

05/06
Gulfstream G-IVSPHeavyAspen, CO
(KASE)
Los Angeles, CA
(KVNY)
QUOTE
05/09

-

05/14
Nextant XTLightAustin, TX

(KAUS)
Denver, CO

(KBJC)
QUOTE
05/22

-

05/24
Phenom 300Super LightAustin, TX

(KAUS)
Nassau, Bahamas
(MYNN)
QUOTE
05/16Citation ExcelSuper LightAustin, TX

(KAUS)
Tulsa, OK
(KTUL)
QUOTE
05/14Gulfstream G-200Super MidsizeBoston, MA
(KBED)
San Jose, CA

(KSJC)
QUOTE
05/15Global 5000Ultra Long RangeBoston, MA
(KBED)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(KFLL)
QUOTE
05/06

-

05/07
Gulfstream G-200Super MidsizeBoston, MA
(KBED)
Dallas, TX
(KDAL)
QUOTE
05/14

-

05/15
Citation XSuper MidsizeChicago, IL
(KMDW)
Jackson Hole, WY
(KJAC)
QUOTE
05/09

-

05/12
Legacy 500Super MidsizeChicago, IL
(KMDW)
Naples, FL

(KAPF)
QUOTE
05/14Citation XLS+Super LightDallas, TX
(KDAL)
Telluride, CO
(KTEX)
QUOTE
05/15Premier IALightDallas, TX
(KDAL)
Las Vegas, NV
(KLAS)
QUOTE
05/13

-

05/14
Lear 35ALightDenver, CO

(KAPA)
Jackson Hole, WY
(KJAC)
QUOTE
05/14Citation CJ2+LightDenver, CO

(KAPA)
Scottsdale, AZ
(KSDL)
QUOTE
05/17Lear 45Super LightDenver, CO

(KAPA)
Bozeman, MT
(KBZN)
QUOTE
05/14

-

05/15
Challenger 350Super MidsizeFort Lauderdale, FL
(KFXE)
Salt Lake City, UT

(KSLC)
QUOTE
05/12

-

05/13
Citation CJ3+LightHouston, TX

(KHOU)
Las Vegas, NV
(KLAS)
QUOTE
05/14Gulfstream G-200Super MidsizeHouston, TX

(KHOU)
Rifle, CO

(KRIL)
QUOTE
05/25Hawker 800XPMidsizeHouston, TX

(KHOU)
Aspen, CO
(KASE)
QUOTE
05/13

-

05/14
Falcon 2000HeavyLas Vegas, NV
(KLAS)
San Francisco, CA
(KSFO)
QUOTE
05/12Phenom 300Super LightLas Vegas, NV
(KLAS)
Austin, TX

(KAUS)
QUOTE
05/13Citation XSuper MidsizeLos Angeles, CA
(KVNY)
Aspen, CO
(KASE)
QUOTE
05/13

-

05/14
Phenom 100EEntry LevelLos Angeles, CA
(KVNY)
Seattle, WA

(KBFI)
QUOTE
05/14

-

05/16
Gulfstream G-IVSPHeavyLos Angeles, CA
(KVNY)
Teterboro, NJ
(KTEB)
QUOTE
05/16

-

05/17
Gulfstream G-IVSPHeavyLos Angeles, CA
(KVNY)
Miami, FL
(KOPF)
QUOTE
05/14

-

05/18
Gulfstream G-IVHeavyMiami, FL
(KOPF)
Los Angeles, CA
(KVNY)
QUOTE
05/18

-

05/19
Legacy 600HeavyMiami, FL
(KOPF)
Teterboro, NJ
(KTEB)
QUOTE
05/15Gulfstream G-IVHeavySan Francisco, CA
(KSFO)
Kahului, Hawaii

(PHOG)
QUOTE
05/16Citation XSuper MidsizeSan Francisco, CA
(KSFO)
Aspen, CO
(KASE)
QUOTE
05/17

-

05/18
Citation CJ3LightSan Francisco, CA
(KSFO)
Palm Springs, CA
(KTRM)
QUOTE
05/13Citation XSuper MidsizeTeterboro, NJ
(KTEB)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(KFLL)
QUOTE
05/16Citation XSuper MidsizeTeterboro, NJ
(KTEB)
Los Angeles, CA
(KVNY)
QUOTE
05/15Hawker 750MidsizeToronto, Canada

(CYYZ)
Eagle, CO
(KEGE)
QUOTE
05/13Gulfstream G-450HeavyVancouver, Canada
(CYVR)
Aspen, CO
(KASE)
QUOTE
05/12

-

05/15
Challenger 605HeavyWashington, DC
(KIAD)
Miami, FL
(KOPF)
QUOTE
05/13

-

05/15
Gulfstream G-VUltra Long RangeWashington, DC
(KIAD)
Los Angeles, CA
(KVNY)
QUOTE
05/17

-

05/19
Gulfstream G-IVSPHeavyWest Palm Beach, FL
(KPBI)
Los Angeles, CA
(KVNY)
QUOTE

05/19Challenger 300Super MidsizeWest Palm Beach, FL
(KPBI)
Teterboro, NJ
(KTEB)
QUOTE