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How you can fly in a Citation private jet for £234 – just like I did last week!

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For most of us, the luxury of a private jet is beyond our reach. They cost millions to buy and thousands to charter and (worst of all!) you can neither earn or burn airline miles.

On occasion, however, there is a blip in the matrix that allows riff-raff like me to enjoy something usually only reserved for your average tech billionaire or Premier League footballer.  It is one of those bizarre oddities that makes life a lot more fun.

Introducing Hahn Air Lines ….

Hahn Air is a small German luxury travel company. In addition to all sorts of services for airlines and travel agents they offer an executive travel charter service with a grand fleet size of three aircraft.

Hahn Air Cessna Citation

You’ve probably never heard of them unless you are a tax-evading German businessman based in Düsseldorf 🙂

In addition to charter flights, Hahn Air operates two commercial flights each week: from Düsseldorf to Luxembourg and back, every Monday and Friday. During the summer they fly to Palma de Mallorca, which is apparently where your average tax-evading German businessman likes to go when they aren’t evading taxes. Who knew!

Crucially, anyone can book these commercial flights. Hahn Air is too small to have their own consumer-facing booking engine so you have to use Expedia!

For £234 one-way you can book yourself on the only flight to fly direct between Luxembourg and Dusseldorf. For the 25 minute flight, you’re looking at just under £10 per minute. Better yet, it includes a free checked bag!

My Hahn Air review

If you have ever been to Luxembourg you will know it is a delightfully tiny but modern airport. On my arriving flight from London it took exactly two minutes from stepping off the aircraft to sitting in a taxi and on my way to the city centre.

Departing from the airport is no different. There is one (small) terminal:

Hahn Air Luxembourg airport

…… and a handful of check-in counters. If you are flying Hahn Air you can use the Luxair business class check-in:

Hahn Air checkin

….. before breezing through security, which had exactly three lanes open.  No need for fast track when there’re no queues! If you’ve arrived early for your flight you can enjoy the Luxair lounge which is included in your Hahn Air ticket.

The lounge, though small, is a delight, with a range of seating and excellent views of the tarmac. Compared to the chaos at the Galleries lounges in Heathrow T5 this is a serene oasis of calm:

Hahn Air Luxair lounge

Food options are limited to cold items, but I went to town on the rainbow trout and a generous pour of the Crémant Poll-Fabaire Brut Millésimé 2015:

Hahn Air Luxair lounge

…… which I enjoyed whilst spotting the jet that would shortly whisk me away:

Hahn Air

About 20 minutes before departure my gate number was displayed. I was joined by the only other passenger on that flight, who wasn’t aware what a special flight she was on until I told her!

Unfortunately there are no jet bridges for this private jet, and Hahn Air does not operate a luxury car for its guests like you might find at Signature or PremiAir in Manchester. We got this giant bus which was a little overkill!

Hahn Air bus

Despite Storm Dennis blowing (and raining) itself out over Europe I still managed to get some decent photos so that I could show off to my friends on Instagram:

Hahn Air

The Cessna Citation Sovereign

If the word ‘Cessna’ makes you think of small unpressurised propeller planes used in flight schools around the world, think again. The Cessna Citation is a family of more conventional private jet aircraft: ie. faux-walnut interiors, white leather seats and turbofan engines with a maximum speed of 850kmh and approximately 6 hours maximum flight-time.

Hahn Air Cessna Citation

The Citation Sovereign seats up to eight people in two groups of four facing each other:

Hahn Air interior

Each seat is kitted out with a refreshing Hahn Air hand towel.

Hahn Air seat

Don’t expect lie-flat seats here, though! You’ll be sharing your leg room with the passenger opposite in these comfy but conventional seats. I don’t even think they recline!

At the rear of the aircraft is a small toilet, although it is still probably bigger than the toilets you would find on an Airbus A320 or Boeing 737! This was out of use for our 25-minute flight.

Hahn Air Cessna Citation bathroom

At 6’2″ the cabin ceiling is a little too low for me as you can see above….

There is no meal service on the short hop between Luxembourg and Dusseldorf, although you can help yourself to a variety of snacks (a variety of biscuits, mixed nuts, etc) and (if there is no turbulence) drinks. Unfortunately, due to Storm Dennis, we had to stay seated the entire time 🙁

Hahn Air snacks

Once on the aircraft we got a very short safety briefing from one of the two pilots before a short taxi to the runway. The cockpit is completely open during the entire flight, so you can watch everything that’s going on and even enjoy the view out the front!

Hahn Air cockpit

In a matter of minutes we were at cruise altitude following the steepest (and most exciting!) ascent I have ever experienced.

Hahn Air

It felt like we were climbing at a 45 degree angle or more:

Hahn Air wing view

All too soon we were on the descent into Düsseldorf, skirting the bad weather as much as possible and again greeted by an oversized airport bus!

Hahn Air Storm Dennis

Conclusion

Flying Hahn Air may be the cheapest and easiest way of crossing ‘private jet experience’ off of your bucket list.  For £234 (give or take) one-way it is well worth the novelty, plus you can make a weekend of it and enjoy a day or two exploring Luxembourg.

If you want to join the elite group of individuals who have travelled in a private jet 😉 then you can book on the Expedia website here.

Comments (60)

  • Graeme says:

    What was the hand luggage policy? I have a booking for April to try this out and obviously would like to drag along as much camera equipment as possible…

    • Rhys says:

      Wheely bags were loaded into the cargo bay at the rear of the jet (not accessible during flight!) I had a backpack and coat with me (as you can see from one of the photos!)

  • Herr Steuerhinterziehung says:

    “Tax-evading German businessman” written twice within 4 lines? On a word count are we?

    • Rhys says:

      Why else fly to Luxembourg from Dusseldorf on a weekly basis 😉

      • JRC says:

        A lot of people work in Lux but don’t actually want to live there (costs, things to do etcetc). I believe the population increases from 600k to 1 million during the week.

    • Roger* says:

      🙂 !
      Gosh! There must have been a bonus for using exclamation marks! I counted 13! I’ve used 7 in this message! Only 6 to go to draw equal!
      😉 !

    • Callum says:

      I found that focus a little strange given the number of times Rob has advocated ripping off the tax man to earn extra Avios etc!

  • Dominik says:

    It is indeed a nice experience. We did it last summer, when it was still possible to include the flight DUS-LUX as a feeder for LATAM’s 5th freedom flight FRA-MAD. The whole ticket in Business incl. the private jet flight was just 130€ per person, which was one of the best deals ever outthere 🙂

    • Concerto says:

      That’s indeed how it was possible, tacking it onto the beginning of that LATAM 5th Freedom FRA-MAD, including the LUX-FRA hop in Lufthansa business. When I did it, I tacked on flights via AMS and CDG because I needed Flying Blue XPs. Real shame that LATAM flight is being stopped.

  • Concerto says:

    Ha ha, tax evading German businessman! I didn’t know such a thing was possible these days because they have such a gestapo like tax system here (probably right to be too).

    • Max says:

      The German tax system is absurd, but the gestapo like enforcement is mainly to give lots of people jobs (financial authorities, lawyers, tax advisers).
      And the ‘important’ guys have their lobbyists who will make sure that there is always a new legal loophole to avoid paying taxes.

      Hahn Air’s main reason to fly DUS-LUX is that they need a regularily scheduled flight to gain access to the official IATA reservation systems.
      They then offer some smaller obscure airlines around the world to use Hahn’s access to sell their tickets.

      • Tony says:

        Thanks for the explanation- I’ve seen Hahn crop up as a carrier for airlines which don’t look like that (I’m thinking some Eastern European carriers??) in the past. Always wondered what was up!

      • Colin MacKinnon says:

        Wondered what the Hahn connection was for my flight last month from Mafia Island to Dar Es Salaam!

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      Perhaps not the based analogy to compare civil servants collecting taxes to a secret police force tasked with the final solution.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Try looking up Malta.

  • Bagoly says:

    “..you can neither earn or burn airline miles.”
    You can, although it may well not make economic sense to do so.

    Earn: https://www.miles-and-more.com/de/en/earn/lufthansa-private-jet/partner/airlines/lufthansa-private-jet/earn/basic-offer/lufthansa-private-jet_earn_basic_01.html
    one earns “at least 10,000 M&Ms”, and there is even status bonus.

    Burn: https://www.deltaprivatejets.com/news/skymiles-members-can-redeem-miles-delta-private-jets-card/

    And if you had booked this through Luxair…

  • Concerto says:

    I don’t think you’ll get it for £234 if you book it through Lufthansa private jet service. And booking it through Luxair will probably just give you the regular business class miles.

  • Aceman says:

    You should also take a look at Jet Suite X on the west coast USA. Flights as cheap as $54 between Vegas and LA