From the earliest origins of flight for hire, the “empty leg,” or nonrevenue repositioning flight, has been the bane of commercial operators. Over the years, the airlines, with their large fleets, multiple city pairs and integrated schedules, learned how to minimize the losses from their movement of empty seats. But for the business jet charter segment, with its small fleets and paper-thin profit margins, deadheading has often represented a money-losing curse. “The whole thing has a lot ...


You must have an Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) account or subscribe to this Market Briefing to access "The Empty-Leg Syndrome".


Current Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) enterprise and individual members: please go to for access.


Not currently a subscriber? Click on the "Learn More" button below to view subscription offers.

Already registered? here.