In 2007, thousands of people all over the United States discovered the benefits of air charter. And every day, more travelers are discovering just how smart charter can be. It’s easier than ever to become part of the jet set, but there are a few things you should know:
What is a “chartered flight”?
Chartered flights differ from regular, scheduled flights on major airlines in a number of ways. First of all, charters are “on-demand;” that is, they conform to your schedule and needs, rather than you having to plan your day around theirs. Second, with a chartered flight, you’re actually getting the whole plane rather than buying a ticket for each seat.
Chartered flights on private jets can have a number of advantages. Chartering a flight can save you time and, often, money on your business trips. Charter offers the convenience of traveling on your schedule rather than on the airlines’ schedule, and flying to airports which are closer to your final ground destination. Best of all, charter gives you more control over your travel environment, including the comfort, safety, and security of a private aircraft.
Why is private jet charter so popular?
There are over 5300 airports around the United States that can accommodate a private aircraft. Compare that to the fewer than 500 airports served by commercial airlines and you begin to understand the most obvious of time savings associated with private aircraft travel. According to a recent survey people are 60% more productive on private aircraft over commercial travel.
Should I pay a membership fee?
Absolutely not! That’s the beauty of on-demand jet charter…Fly When You Want. Pay When You Fly. Some jet charter companies have you believe that you need to pay upwards of $100,000 to have “access” to a network of aircraft. That is not necessary. Keep your money. Make them EARN your business one flight at a time.
How do I determine if an aircraft is safe?
Safety should be a top priority when choosing a jet. All charter aircraft are subject to very strict FAA rules regulating their use and operation. The FAA is specifically stringent when it comes to pilot qualifications and maintenance requirements. Further, all aircraft should be subjected to intense scrutiny and inspection by one of three independent aircraft-auditing firms - ARG/US, FlightSafety, or Wyvern. You should always ask for a safety record.
What should I expect to pay for private jet charter?
Prices vary depending on aircraft type. For instance:
Light jet prices range from $1500 and $2300 per hour. Some of the most popular include the Beech Jet 400A, Citation Bravo, Cessna CJ2, and Lear Jet 31.
Be sure to ask for aircraft photos and tail numbers for any aircarft you are considering. Don’t fall victim, to the “bait and switch”, if a price is too good to be true…there is typically a catch.
Please let us know if we can answer any specific questions for you.