The dream of flying is usually not what you expect, and sometimes that dream is closer then you think. Below is a compiled list (with the help of some friends) on what the reality is.
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Nothing could be as false as the belief that only the super rich can enjoy charter flights. If you have the money on hand, go ahead and take a charter. In reality, charter travel can cost only a fraction more than going first class commercial. First off, charter jet companies are businesses like any other, so, of course, they don’t provide their services for free. There is a belief though that you need to be a millionaire or even billionaire to be capable of enjoying such an expense. This is simply not the case. Depending on the particular jet you’re chartering, length/distance of the flight, and how many other people you’re flying with can drastically alter how much you can expect to pay.
Cancellation and Delays:
If bad weather forces commercial flights to delay or cancel, then private jets have to do so as well. Many people are under the impression that private charter jets follow the same regulations and guidelines as commercials airliners. While this is true for some things, it is not when it comes to things like bad weather delays. Because of their ability to fly in and out of over 5,000 public use airports in the country (100 times more than airlines), land plans for private jets can be changed at a moment’s notice. In this same vein, it’s virtually impossible to miss a private jet flight as the scheduled departure time is really up to you.
Private Jets Aren’t Any Faster:
This is false in both the literal and more figurative sense. On a literal level, private jets are typically the fastest planes in the sky. On another level, they’re faster because you don’t have to worry about things like security, boarding, or baggage lines. That’s right, no awkward/ intrusive TSA checkpoints, or crowded boarding hallways. Some private airports even let people boarding private jets drive right onto the tarmac for essentially valet-type service.
Private jets are not as safe as airlines:
There are various ways to compare the stats, but more passenger fatalities have occurred on scheduled commercial flights than on both charter and private jets in the past 15 years. Comparisons of accident rates per hour operated show less of a discrepancy, but the reality is that both are extremely safe and safety is always the No. 1 concern for both. The perception of charter carriers as unsafe is quite unfair. The aircrafts must pass stringent federal tests before being allowed to operate. Moreover, most of the vehicles are owned by private individuals who use them for personal travel. Of course they abide by the rules because not doing so would only put them and their family in danger. Private aviation is regulated by stringent FAA safety standards; just as commercial flying is. In practice, FAA regulations and inspections, which include regularly scheduled inspections and surprise inspections, carefully monitor the operation of private jet charters. These private chartered flights score include everything from plane maintenance to pilot training, to pilot flight experience and procedures for flying.
Private jet charter pricing is confusing:
Charter pricing is more transparent than regular flights. You will find no hidden baggage fees here. (and we can help you!)
Private jet charter pricing is transparent and easy to understand. In fact, it is just as easy, if not easier, than booking an airline ticket on a commercial flight. The underlying types of costs on a private jet charter flight are the same – such as aircraft cost per hour, crew salaries, passenger taxes, and airport landing fees. Businesses or individuals chartering jets know the total cost upfront, unlike some commercial airlines that may charge disguised fees for checked bags, overweight bags, carry-on bags, set preference fees, ticket exchange fees, blanket fees, in-flight food fees, and more.
You Have to Go Through Long Security Lines:
One of the greatest perks of charter travel is being able to bypass the long lines at the commercial airport. No, you can forget about security lines, taking off your shoes and emptying your pockets. You won’t find metal detectors or body scanners. There is no TSA or pre-flight checks required. The pilots may check the ID of the lead passenger; otherwise, you will be loaded and on your way within minutes of arrival at the airport. At some private airports, you can actually pull your car up to the aircraft, unload and have valet (service for) your car, so you could be in the air within minutes.
All airports are the same:
Commercial airports require long lines and extensive security measures for a much larger group of people. This process is time consuming and cumbersome for travelers. Smaller regional airports, on the other hand, serve smaller groups of people throughout the day, are located more conveniently throughout the country, and provide more central access to smaller locales where you conduct business. By the numbers, though, there are approximately 450 large commercial airports in 50 U.S. states. That leaves a lot of territory not served by commercial airliners. By contrast, there are more than 3,000 general aviation facilities throughout the U.S. available for private jet traffic.