Private Jet for Sale: How to Evaluate and Choose the Perfect One

Buying the right aircraft—whether for personal or business use—requires extensive study, a well-articulated list of requirements and preferences, and a careful examination of the plane’s history. Experience the advantages of private aviation firsthand with the freedom, ease, and splendour that come with owning a private jet that suits your every need.

In this article, we help you to evaluate and determine the right private jet to meet your travel needs.


How to choose a private jet for sale?

1. Define your acceptance criteria.

Consider how you or your company will utilize the aircraft. What are the typical passenger numbers, the most frequented locations, the distance, and frequency of flights, and do you have a predetermined budget? By understanding your needs and setting acceptance parameters, you will be able to save time by narrowing down the myriad of aircraft options and allow your search to be more focused on your preferences.

2. Consult with trusted experts.

Unless you know the seller well and are very familiar with the specific private jet for sale, it is highly recommended that you engage the services of a certified accredited broker or aircraft dealer such as Skyservice who will guide you through the buying process, assess the aircraft’s condition, help you negotiate the price, and ensure that a smooth transaction ensues. Skyservice is an accredited IADA dealer (International Aircraft Dealers Association) with Certified Brokers who are experts at guiding you through the entire process, from start to finish.

3. Do your research.

Private jets come in an array of sizes and configurations, from light jets capable of short-haul flights to larger planes suitable for intercontinental travel. Assess your needs. A reputable aircraft broker will conduct research and insights on the industry, present viable aircraft models based on your needs, and shortlist the best private jets for sale, both on- and off-market, which meet your established parameters.

4. Test flight.

After selecting a private jet, request a test flight to confirm your satisfaction with your selection. Consider whether the aircraft performs adequately, the ergonomics are suitable for your intended purpose, and the noise levels are within comfortable parameters. You should leave the test flight feeling delighted, knowing that your and your broker’s careful due diligence has paid off.

5. Pre-Purchase Inspection (PPI).

When choosing a private jet, a careful review of its maintenance records and operational history is a must. Having a qualified MRO verify the aircraft’s regular maintenance history, review the certification of any used parts, look for damage history, and perform a physical inspection of the aircraft is essential. Defining the work scope and depth of a pre purchase inspection specific to the model of aircraft is key to having the proper assessment completed to make the proper purchase decision. Corrosion, STC familiarization, previous aircraft modification can significantly impact a potential acquisition. The process is detailed but essential and Skyservice can provide their expertise from beginning to end.

6. Finalize the legal and regulatory necessities.

Before you can take ownership of the aircraft, all legal and regulatory requirements and paperwork must be fulfilled. The aircraft must be registered with the appropriate authorities, and all necessary permits and licenses attained, and declaration of compliance with aviation regulations and safety standards meet. The pre-purchase inspection will highlight any repairs and upgrades that may be required for your aircraft registration. If you have engaged a professional organization to act on your behalf, they will take care of the paperwork for you and secure the aircraft at their premises.


There are a lot of things to keep in mind while purchasing a private jet, and setting the process up for success starts with proper planning and selecting a certified Broker. By carefully assessing your options and evaluating all aspects of ownership, you will be able to pursue your travel agenda efficiently, and in comfort and style.