Everything You Need to Know When Hiring a Private Jet
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Everything You Need to Know When Hiring a Private Jet

December 3, 2023 Share

All about the ins and outs of opting out of commercial flying, and going for a private jet instead.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), almost three million passengers fly in and out of US airports every single day. Most of these will be taking commercial flights but increasingly, people are opting for charter flights to meet their travel needs. Here’s what you need to know before you book a private jet.

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Benefits of Hiring a Charter Flight

There are many benefits to not flying commercial to get you to your destination. Here are just a few of the advantages of private air travel.

Saves Time

Travelling by private jet can save you precious time. There’s no need to turn up at the airport hours in advance or waste time waiting around stuck in queues.

Avoid Delays and Cancellations

Hundreds of thousands of US flights are cancelled every year, not to mention the long delays many passengers experience when taking a commercial flight. When you hire a private jet, you significantly reduce the likelihood of last-minute delays or cancellations.

Fewer Baggage Restrictions

Private aircraft typically have fewer restrictions on the size and weight of your baggage. This is ideal if you need to travel with specialist equipment, or if you’d simply prefer not to have to pack light! Your luggage is also far less likely to go missing when flying by private jet so you don’t need to worry about arriving at your destination without your case!

Privacy and Freedom

As the name suggests, private jet travel is perfect for those who want to travel in privacy. Renting a private aircraft not only gives you greater control over who you fly with but also what you do during your flight. Whether you’ve got business matters to discuss, a special occasion to celebrate or sleep to catch up on, you can be as productive as you like…or not!

A Greater Choice of Destinations

Many smaller airports or island destinations are unreachable by large commercial airliners but private jet charters can land on shorter runways or airstrips, meaning your choices are limitless.

Tips When Renting

If this all sounds good, these tips will help you capitalize on your rental.

Do Your Research

Taking a non-commercial flight can be a fun, relaxing way to travel but it’s important to plan ahead and do your research. Choose your private aviation company wisely, ensuring that they’re legitimate and fully insured. Don’t be afraid to ask about their flight history, their aircraft and the experience of their crew.

Utilise Empty Legs

Non-commercial flights frequently have to reposition. This means that the plane may be in the air without passengers. Private jet companies recognise that this is a waste and frequently offer these ‘empty leg’ flights at a significant discount.

Make the Most of Membership Cards

If you’re a frequent flyer, take advantage of loyalty schemes by taking out a private jet membership. This will guarantee you fixed-price flights at short notice, offering many of the benefits of private jet ownership without the associated costs.

In Summary

Private jet travel is no longer reserved only for the wealthiest 1%. Increasing numbers of people from CEOs to athletes and celebrities to entrepreneurs are finding that the upgrade is well worth it for the many advantages that flying privately brings.

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