A raft of new companies that broker the chartering of private jets have presented companies of all sizes with a tantalising conundrum. Directors, CEOs and entrepreneurs are all beginning to ask themselves the same question – ‘do I fly business class or first class with a commercial airline or do I charter a private jet?’
Over the past ten years or so companies like Vistajet have launched services that work a little like the Uber of the skies. They offer user friendly websites and apps that allow the customer to charter private jets easily and at much lower costs than those normally associated with this exclusive form of transport.
Sign up and take off
Simply sign up to the service by entering some personal information, put in the required flight details and then choose from the results you are presented with – if you are travelling alone, then you may opt for a small jet, such as the Phenom 100, but, if you are travelling as part of a group, then maybe the A319 ACJ, that seats up to 19 passengers is what you are looking for.
It’s a time saver
Flying privately has numerous added values and the first of these that you are likely to notice is that it is quicker. You spend less time on the ground, that is to say, you won’t need to queue – as a private passenger, you can arrive at the airport 15 minutes before your flight. And once in the air, private jets reach altitude quicker than commercial flights and don’t have the same air traffic issues as they fly higher.
Also, private jets don’t just fly from major airports, they use many of the hundreds of smaller airports around the world. This may also prove to be a time saver when you consider your proximity to an airport and factors such as the traffic you may encounter en route.
In addition, there are no risks that your flight may be cancelled and delays when flying on a chartered private jet are virtually unheard of.
Privacy and comfort
As you would expect, on a private jet you have much more room and the seats are much more comfortable. The jets are also quieter and offer more privacy, as there aren’t as many people on board.
This gives you the option to work peacefully, should you wish to do so and a blind eye is usually turned regarding the use of mobile phones and internet access – this can be a massive advantage for busy business travellers.
Not only can you work while aboard, but there are other business perks, for example, there is a huge amount of kudos to be earned by flying privately.
Smaller businesses, in particular, can use it as a way to impress potential clients and partners – have them flown to see you by private jet and see how much respect that will buy you.
Choosing to fly on a chartered private jet is now much more affordable and when you factor in all the added value you may find that it is the most sensible way for you or your staff to travel for business.