A myriad of choices…
Friends who fly privately often have difficulty explaining why they do so, or the best way to expense it. I’ve flown privately; a brief flight that only gave me a taste of what it must be like to skip the lines, forget magnetometers, and hope the Admirals Club or Centurion Lounges aren’t packed. I’ve mulled wistfully the idea of getting a jet card, but which one? And the idea of rounding up a group of friends to head somewhere is tantalizing, but may mean serious negotiation with others on where to go, stay, and splitting expenses with friends with 4 kids and a dog, smacks of financial inequality for just us, a couple.
The real question is jet card or on-demand charter and a very enlightening article from Victor Aviation lays it out fairly well, addressing:
- Consistent cabin experience
- Fixed pricing
- Personal service
- Environmental impact
Gallivanting around the world in your own private jet must certainly be reserved for the rich and famous. This is one of the most common myths people have for private jet charter. Actually, contrary to what you might think, neither celebrities, athletes, nor famous politicians top the list of people who charter private jets.
Instead, around 70% of private jet passengers are flying for business.
That’s right! Regular business professionals are hopping on private jet charters and whizzing around the country and the world.
Why? Well, perhaps more in business than life in general, time is money. Business professionals often need to get from one place to another quickly as well as be able to continue conducting business en route. But this can be difficult even in business or first class of commercial airlines. Not only do you have to wait for a scheduled flight (or fly at horribly odd hours), but also staying connected can be a challenge.
Instead, by chartering a private jet, you can choose your departure and destination locations and takeoff time. Furthermore, you won’t have to be waiting around for your jet or racing through the airport to make your flight on time. Your private jet waits for you.
You can also bring a small group of people along with you to have team members in the right place. Plus, you’ll have ample space and privacy to work while traveling.
Finally, not every destination has commercial flights. To avoid the hassle of ground transportation from the nearest commercial airport, you can charter a private jet directly to your destination.
Large Families or Friend Groups
Do you always go on a trip with your family or friends? If you fly on a commercial airline, you’ll have to pay for each person’s seat, which can add up quickly. However, if you have a large family or are going to fly with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or friends, flying in a private jet becomes an attractive option. Split the cost between you all and, depending on the flight time, the cost of flying private might be surprisingly cost-friendly.
It’s also incredibly convenient. Imagine not having to deal with long security lines and keep track of small, bored children in a busy airport. Set your flight time for the schedule that works for your family to enjoy a stress-free flight that is much different from what you’re used to.
On the plane itself, you can enjoy customizable inflight services. Enjoy more than just a package of pretzels and choose from more than just two options for lunch. Picky kids will be delighted and anyone who has dietary restrictions will be happy that they can request food that meets their needs.
The flight itself is also more comfortable since you are not stuffed into a tin can with a bunch of strangers like a bunch of sardines. That means you don’t have to worry about keeping the baby quiet and not annoying the people around you. Instead, you are surrounded by your family and friends and the kids can all play together while you relax and enjoy a tall glass of something cold.
Plus, the family dog can easily come along when flying in a private jet.
Celebrities, Athletes, and Other High-profile Individuals
You were expecting this at the beginning, so we won’t leave you hanging. Many high-profile individuals or rich people enjoy their life of luxury and travel in style on private jets. After all, wouldn’t it be rather random to find yourself sitting next to Jennifer Aniston or Will Smith on a first-class flight from Los Angeles?
When thinking about a private jet charter, consider the following:
- Number of passengers that will be flying with you
- Duration of your flight
- In-flight services desired
Knowing these factors will help you choose the appropriate aircraft with sufficient seating capacity, range, and performance. Private jet charters are available in different ways, such as on-demand and jet memberships.
On-demand private jet charters work best for travelers who need only occasional use of private jets. Meanwhile, jet memberships offer travelers a fixed number of hours of private jet use per year. However, regardless of the option you choose, inquire about discounts such the option to fly on empty leg flights. —Jackson Jet Center
Some of them even own their own private jets or take it one step further and have their own pilot’s license, like Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie, which defines true convenience to another level.
Ready to avoid the long security lines? Concerned about privacy and security? Prefer to travel from your departure location to your destination without making any stops in between? Whatever the reason, chartering a private jet is a viable way for many people to travel. After a bit of research, here is a list of the top private jet carriers all rated excellent by their clientele . Though all providing the same basic service, click on each link for more information regarding rates, routes and benefits with these elite air carriers. Safe travels.