ECS owner Shares Recent Travel Experience>You’ve heard the examples of how private aviation is superior to commercial aviation when traveling to a far flung location not easily served by the traditional regional and major airlines. However, let me share a personal experience I had just last week flying from two major cities with direct airline service between them. A new client was departing from the West Chester County Airport in White Plains New York and Executive Charter Services arranged a Hawker 1000 for the trip. I try to personally meet as many of my clients as possible and this was a good opportunity to do so, as I had other business in New York on the same day.
I had originally planned to fly down the night before, attend my meeting in NYC during the day, meet my new client that afternoon, and take the Amtrak Acela back to Boston in the evening. However, with the Hawker 1000 being based nearby, I decided to fly down on the jet in the morning and take the Delta Shuttle back to Boston.
The flight to New York was about as easy and carefree as you can imagine. The captain met me at the corporate terminal lobby, took my bag aboard the aircraft, and within 10 minutes we were airborne - 40 minutes later we landed at Westchester Airport. I took a car into the city, attended my meetings and was back at Westchester by 3:30pm to meet my new client.
After meeting my client and getting everyone loaded up, the jet departed on time for SC. I jumped back in my car and headed to LaGuardia to catch my shuttle flight back home. Little did I know, but my easy day of travel was over!
Upon arrival at the airport, I was informed that the flight was delayed for 30 minutes. Then an hour…finally, already 2 hours late, it was cancelled. At this point it was too late to locate another commercial flight to Boston, and the first flight out the next day with an available seat left in the early afternoon - I gave serious thought to renting a car and driving home. But, I stayed the night and planned to take the train back first thing in the morning. Checking in at the station, I found that the train was already running 1 hour late. I finally boarded the train 1 hour and 22 minutes late for the 3 hour ride back to Boston.
So, I arrived back at Boston nearly a full day later than planned due solely to the inefficiencies inherent to commercial travel. While the weather in New York was overcast and rainy, the real culprit was a line of thunderstorms that ran from Atlanta to Dallas causing multiple delays and cancellations which had a rippling domino effect throughout the rest of the air traffic system. Once an airline starts to cancel flights, the hub and spoke system virtually guarantees that many more will affected.
Needless to say, while aboard the train, I spent several hours thinking about how easy, convenient, and time saving my flight TO New York had been. Here’s a quick clip from Cessna that shows exactly what I am trying to say here…Private Jet Vs Airline