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A question we’re often asked is if passengers can take wheelchairs with them onto the flight. When it comes to travelling with any sort of disability, travelling by private jet has many advantages that commercial airline travel just can’t provide. Due to this, we fly a number of clients at PrivateFly with a range of different physical disabilities, including those who might be temporarily using a wheelchair due to injury, or just need extra assistance walking.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect during your private jet flight if you’re disabled or travelling with a wheelchair.


The boarding process for a private jet is super simple in general, but it’s even easier for those with wheelchairs. Passengers can be driven directly up to the plane steps, where they can go through the security proceedings from within their car, including getting scanned, without ever having to come outside of the vehicle.

From there, passengers can get on the plane at their own pace, and the crew is available to help if needed.


Once on board the aircraft, the seating options available can make the experience much more enjoyable for any disabled passenger. One main advantage is the seating, which has increased leg room, car seat-style seatbelts for extra security and offer a club seat style arrangement. All these factors make it easier for those travelling by wheelchair to get in and out of their seat, and also feel secure during the entirety of the flight.

Additionally, depending on the size of the aircraft, the wheelchair itself can be stored directly in the cabin storage area for easy access. To ensure this for shorter journeys, we recommend those traveling with a wheelchair to use the Citation XLdue to its large cabin for easy maneuverability and its roomy baggage carrying capacity. For longer flights, any larger jet will have the same room and capabilities.

However, if you are traveling on a budget, the King Air is also a good alternative for a smaller price. While the wheelchair wouldn’t be stored in the cabin with you, the roomy cabin and cabin doors make it easier to maneuver around as necessary.


Prior to the trip, any special requests or requirements can be arranged to ensure that the trip goes smoothly for all passengers. Special catering needs can be taken care of and prepared to have on board for the flight.