How to book a last minute ‘go now’ private jet

On-demand private jet charter is well-positioned to meet the needs of the last minute traveller, with around half of our flights booked to fly within a week and 15% taking off the same day or the next day.

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As quarantine and travel regulations are changing at very short notice, we can source the best available aircraft for your flight at very short notice.

Need a last minute ‘go now’ private jet? Our 24-hour Flight Team are ready and waiting to assist. Contact us or call 020 7100 6960.

Some clients want to fly particularly urgently and take off as soon as possible. We call these flights a ‘go now’ and in November we arranged our fastest ever – with the client airborne in just 16 minutes from enquiry.


This was for a flight to Nashville for a business meeting, leaving from New York. The client was already at New York’s Teterboro Airport when he made contact with one of our Flight Advisers, who identified an aircraft and crew ready for departure, and made arrangements in record time.

16 minutes is unusually fast! And often wouldn’t be possible. But we’ve frequently had clients airborne in an hour or so. Sometimes because other flight plans have fallen through, including airline flight cancellations. In other cases it may be a medical emergency or evacuation flight or as in this case, simply a need to fly very quickly.

As PrivateFly has access to a network of thousands of global accredited aircraft, we can usually find an aircraft available at short notice, using our combination of technology and our 24/7 expert team. And while the soonest possible departure time can depend on a number of factors, our Flight Team do everything they can to make it come together as soon as possible.

If you regularly fly at short notice and want to be confident that an aircraft will be available for you then the PrivateFly Jet Card offers guaranteed aircraft availability within 24 hours.

Here’s an example of how a ‘go now’ flight can work:

A ‘go now’ flight from Ibiza to London

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0 minutes  11:00 A client in Ibiza Town calls with a ‘go now’ request to fly to London, departing ASAP.
1 minute  11:01 The Flight Adviser verifies the requirement and details with the client.
2 minutes  11:02 The Flight Adviser pinpoints aircraft already at Ibiza, using PrivateFly’s technology to identify the best available aircraft.
10 minutes  11:10 The client receives an update and leaves by car for the short drive to the FBO (private terminal) at Ibiza airport, so they can be ready for boarding as soon as the aircraft is ready.
12 minutes  11:12 Three aircraft are available either on the ground or about to land in Ibiza, and quotes are submitted within 10 minutes. The client sees each quote immediately and chooses their preferred option.
14 minutes  11:14 The client confirms the booking, paying by credit card. The passengers have flown with PrivateFly before so we already have their passport details to submit for security and immigration.
40 minutes  11:40 The Captain introduces himself to the client in the FBO lounge while the aircraft is prepared for departure. A flight plan is acknowledged with the authorities, with a take-off slot at 12:00 local time.
50 minutes  11:50 The passengers are taken directly to the steps of the aircraft and they board. The aircraft is now ready for take-off, with all checks complete.
1 hour  12:00 The aircraft takes off from Ibiza, heading north to London Luton. Our Flight Team liaise with the FBO at Luton, to arrange to have a car waiting at the other end for the passengers to make a quick exit.

FAQs: Last minute ‘go now’ private jet flights

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How quickly can a private jet take off?

This does depend on the route but within a few hours is usually no problem and sometimes flights can be arranged within one hour (see example above). Our technology means we can rapidly identify the closest available aircraft for your flight. And it also streamlines the paperwork requirements when a booking is confirmed.

Can I have catering on board for a last minute flight?

Catering can certainly be arranged, and specific requests can be accommodated but can add extra preparation time, which you might wish to avoid. Snacks and drinks are always available and in many cases standard VIP catering will be provided – such as sandwiches, pastries and fruit.

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Why is a passport scan required?

A passport scan is required to verify your identity for security reasons and can streamline the immigration process at the airport.

My airline flight is cancelled so I have booked a private jet flight instead. How do I get to the private terminal at the same airport?

Our team will send you full, clear directions to the FBO (private jet terminal). For larger airports, car transfers can be arranged within the site.

Can I pay by bank transfer for last minute flights?

Absolutely. A credit card hold is required to secure the aircraft for flights at very short notice. But customers can choose to pay by other methods after the hold is taken.

When will I have crew details for a last minute flight?

As soon as you confirm your booking, the crew will be arranged. Usually they are on standby nearby and full crew details will always be provided before the flight. The Captain will meet you at the FBO before boarding.

The aircraft is ready, when can we take off?

All departures are subject to approval by Air Traffic Control. So while many flights can be off the ground almost immediately, sometimes there will be a wait for a take-off slot, while the aircraft is cleared. At smaller airports, there are fewer slot restrictions and the runway is less busy, so take off can often be faster.

Need a last minute ‘go now’ private jet? Our 24-hour Flight Team are ready and waiting to assist. Contact us or call 020 7100 6960.