A public charter is one in which a tour operator rents the aircraft and advertises and sells seats to members of the public, either directly or through a travel agent. In the case of public charters, the flight must be filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the tour operator must supply a charter prospectus. The tour operator also must assume a legal responsibility to provide the transportation service, and must abide by DOT requirements for the protection of the clients' money. Public charters often operate only seasonally, and are often sold as part of a vacation package deal, although spare seats may be offered at bargain prices.
The key words here are prop planes, turboplanes, and light jets. Prop planes like the Cessna Caravan are popular because they're roomy (the seats are like business class, and often configured face to face). More popular these days are planes like the six- to eight-seater Pilatus PC-12, and KingAirs, which fly faster and feel more like jets. And then you get into light jets like Learjets, Embraer Phenom 300s, and Citation CJ3s, and Hawkers, all of which are sleeker and more streamlined, and can fly for four to five hours, for slightly longer trips.
由於商務噴射機的價格昂貴，分數擁有權（Fractional Ownership）是指有意購買商務噴射機的買主，不需購整架商務噴射機。透過如Netjets或是Flex Jet專門進行分數擁有權的商務噴射機公司，買主可以購買1/4、1/8或其它比例的商務機擁有權，而由商務噴射機公司來進行操作-包括飛行及維修。參加分數擁有權計劃的顧客，每個月可有固定時數的飛行。由於操作分數擁有權的商務噴射機公司，擁有許多飛機，因此顧客雖然擁有某架飛機的擁有權，但並不一定搭乘擁有的飛機。因此參加分數擁有權的計劃，顧客是以分擔商務噴射機公司購機和操作成本，以較低廉的價格，來享受商務噴射機飛行服務，但是就因為每個買主只擁有"部分所有權"而且並非天天都需要用到飛機，所以需要飛行得事先預約，再由商務噴射機公司安排飛機和空勤組員。
The forward wing sweep, 20,280 pounds (9.20 t) MOTW Hamburger Flugzeugbau HFB 320 Hansa Jet first flew on 21 April 1964, powered by two General Electric CJ610, 47 were built between 1965 and 1973. The joint Piaggo-Douglas, 18,000 pounds (8.2 t) MOTW Piaggio PD.808 first flew on 29 August 1964, powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Vipers, 24 were built for the Italian Air Force.