• Fortaleza – Jericoacoara in Executive Aviation: The Guide for Luxury Travelers

    Aircraft Charter / Fortaleza – Jericoacoara in Executive Aviation: The Guide for Luxury Travelers

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    With one of the best beaches in Brazil and the world-famous emerald sunset, Jericoacoara is without a doubt the most emblematic destination in the northeast of Ceará. Nicknamed Jeri, this tranquil resort town sits within a national park and is a popular choice among premium travelers from around the world. With this guide for luxury travelers, you will have all the details necessary to fly the Fortaleza – Jericoacoara flight in executive aviation and have a dream trip.

    Over the past five years, the number of foreign visitors to Jeri has almost tripled, leading to the construction of the region’s first airstrip and several five-star resorts. The newly built airport (2017) is named after Commander Ariston Pessoa – father of the brothers Ariston Filho and Joaquim, who manage one of the main air taxi companies in the region and whom I had the opportunity to meet in person in 2018.

    The Fortaleza – Jericoacoara route in Private Aviation // (FOR, SBFZ) – (JJD, SBJE)

    The distance between Fortaleza International Airport (IATA: FOR, ICAO: SBFZ) and Jericoacoara Regional Airport (IATA: JJD, ICAO: SBJE) is 223 km (approximately 139 miles or 120 nm). Compared to the difficult journey of 4 to 7 hours by car/van, the Fortaleza – Jericoacoara route in private aviation appears as the most convenient way to get to the location. Furthermore, flying in a private jet or turboprop guarantees a spectacular view from the moment you take off from Fortaleza airport to your final destination.

    Travel time on this route will vary depending on the plane model chosen. For example, these are the average times for different aircraft available for charter in the capital of Ceará:

    • Citation CJ4 light jet: 20 minutes
    • King Air B200 twin-engine turboprop: 33 minutes
    • King Air C90 twin-engine turboprop: 41 minutes
    • Cheyenne I twin-engine turboprop: 43 minutes
    • Baron 58 twin-engine piston: 45 minutes
    • Caravan single-engine turboprop: 59 minutes

    This route is known for strong winds, so add an extra 5-8 minutes to your itinerary to ensure an accurate arrival. The CJ4 jet is clearly the fastest and most premium option in the region, but before presenting all the available aircraft, let’s see more information about the two airports.

    Departure: General Aviation Terminal in Fortaleza

    The General Aviation Terminal is located opposite the Commercial Terminal. You can achieve it in two ways:

    • Request a van transfer from the commercial terminal to the executive terminal. The service is subject to availability and must be requested in advance, especially during night flights or high season;
    • Take a private transfer to the general aviation terminal (about 10 minutes).

    The legacy of the old commercial terminal is easily recognizable and, although the location does not have a sophisticated infrastructure, it can be considered safe and efficient.

    In general, all passengers must arrive through the common entrance located at Rua Jorge Acurcio, number 1505. Passengers on flights carried out on the Caravan Grand, King Air C90 or Cheyenne can be served through a separate entrance, located 100 meters before the gate main. From there, just a quick security check and you’ll be ready to enter a VIP lounge in one of the five executive hangars located in the terminal.

    • Opening hours: the airport is open 24/7. Please check whether the selected aircraft can perform night flight operations.

    Arrival: Jericoacoara Regional Airport

    O Aeroporto Comandante Ariston Pessoa fica a cerca de 30 km da cidade de Jericoacoara e pode ser acessado por transporte executivo.

    Please note, there is no internet signal around the airport, so we recommend that you book and confirm all services before your departure, to ensure accurate service.

    Upon return, business aviation customers are typically met by pilots at the main terminal and, after undergoing a quick security check, are directed directly to the runway where the aircraft awaits departure.

    • Opening time: 6:00
    • Closing time: 23:30

    Fortaleza – Jericoacoara in Executive Aviation: Jet or Turboprop Charter

    In the section below, aircraft options specially selected for charters in Fortaleza will be explored. You can use Flapper’s on-demand booking engine to make your selection and explore more details about a particular aircraft in the app.

    In April 2018, there were 18 aircraft available for charter in Fortaleza, with at least 3 more awaiting certification by ANAC. The current RBAC 135 certified fleet includes 1 jet, 3 helicopters, 10 turboprops and 4 pistons.

    Available options range from an economical Seneca II, with space for 5 people, to a regional Bandit turboprop (18 pax), to a Citation CJ4 light luxury jet (7 pax). Currently, there are 10 companies certified as valid air taxi operators in Fortaleza. Thus, the city constitutes the third largest market for air taxi operations in Brazil. Let’s check out more details about the fleet:

    Cheyenne I

    Capacity: 5 passengers;

    Type: Turboprop;

    Flight time Fortaleza – Jericoacoara: 43 minutes.

    This improved version of the well-talked-about Piper Navajo comes equipped with new PT6A engines and a wider fuselage. The Cheyenne I has room for 4 passengers in a club seating configuration and an additional door-facing seat. For a shorter route, such as Fortaleza – Jericoacoara, the fifth seat usually serves as a common seat.

    With a rear luggage compartment of 0.62 m³ (22 ft³) and a front luggage compartment of 0.56 m³ (20 ft³), the Cheyenne can carry up to 227 kg of luggage (enough for 5 passengers with large suitcases). The PA-31T1 has excellent safety records thanks to its powerful engines and ease of maintenance.

    Caravan 208

    Capacity: 9 passengers;

    Type: Turboprop;

    Flight time Fortaleza – Jericoacoara: 59 minutes.

    At Caravan Grand, utility and flexibility come before sophistication. With Cessna’s unprecedented luggage space and impeccable safety records, your next Jericoacoara vacation is just a takeoff away.

    This 208 features a simple cabin design and is approved for 8 passengers. The luggage compartment accommodates up to 30 kg of luggage per person. Thanks to its low-altitude cruising level, passengers flying Caravan enjoy an exceptional panoramic view of the Ceará coast.

    King Air C90

    Capacity: 6 passengers;

    Type: Turboprop;

    Flight time Fortaleza – Jericoacoara: 41 minutes.

    Small but refined, the King Air C90 is the most popular option for executive travel between Fortaleza and Jericoacoara. The Model C90 is especially known for its safety, economy and comfortable cabin, with space for 4 passengers (club setting) + 2  extra seats in the tail.

    With a spacious interior, this model comfortably accommodates all passengers. It’s faster than the Seneca or Cheyenne and has an internal luggage compartment of 1.4 m³ – enough for 6 carry-on bags.

    King Air B200

    Capacity: 5 passengers;

    Type: Turboprop;

    Flight time Fortaleza – Jericoacoara: 33 minutes.

    Evolved from the versatile C90, the King Air B200 is a milestone in turboprop charters. With more space, more power and greater range, the B200 is ideal for customers looking for a VIP experience on the Fortaleza – Jericoacoara route.

    This particular B200 has a configuration with a side-facing sofa and four seats in the club configuration, being approved for 5 passengers. The internal luggage compartment has enough space for 7 pieces of luggage, with a total capacity of 1.6m³ / 55ft³.

    Citation CJ4

    Capacity: 7 passengers;

    Type: Light jet;

    Flight time Fortaleza – Jericoacoara: 20 minutes.

    A beautiful leather interior, an entertainment system and a fully equipped galley are just some of the features of this exceptional light jet. With a cruising speed of 835 km/h, the flight to Jericoacoara Airport is just over 20 minutes away!

    Its longer cabin allows for more legroom for passengers, and add to that an optional lavatory, exceptionally quiet cabin and folding tables, and the result is one of the most desirable executive jets in Brazil.

    About Safety

    Brazilian air taxi operations, certified by ANAC, are met with the highest safety standards, often exceeding those imposed by the FAA’s RBAC 135 air charter regulations. This includes strict maintenance standards, security checks and appropriate infrastructure requirements.

    To learn more, please read my other blog article about RBAC 135 safety standards here: Is it safer to fly in an airplane certified by a air-taxi?

    I have personally flown some of the above aircraft and met with the crew of each air taxi company operating in Fortaleza. You can request detailed information about public liability insurance, Air Carrier Certificate, Airworthiness Certificate and an Annual Maintenance Inspection Certificate directly from our team at Charter Support .

    Avoid clandestine air taxi flights by all means. Currently, unregulated flights account for the majority of accidents in Brazil and constitute a great danger for the executive aviation market.

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