Never ending departure formalities while travelling on commercial airlines mean more headaches and less vacation time, but for those who can afford, it becomes justifiable reason to spend extra on private jet charter flights.
Ten reasons why private jet charter flights score over commercial flights:
It's an old saying, "time is money". Whether you have a work deadline or you're on vacation, most people want more of it. When you travel by private jet, time is on your side. The aircraft leaves when you are ready to go and will never depart without you. You always have a phone number that you can call if you are going to be early or late. Although every airport is different, at most smaller ones you can literally have your ground transportation drive to the aircraft, unload/load your baggage and be on your way. Depending on the trip, most often one can find a local airport that is nearer to destination. In addition, airports that cater to private jets typically have a lot less traffic both on the ground and in the air.
Anyone who travels frequently knows the value of a window seat or even an upgrade to first class. Being even a little bit more comfortable can make a huge difference over hours and hours of sitting still. When you charter a private jet you are renting the whole aircraft, many of which have couches and even optional bedding. Although every aircraft is configured different, it is safe to say a majority of private jets available for charter have seating far more comfortable than commercial airlines. Not to mention you are in complete control of the cabin temperature. If you charter a jet, you will most often have a complimentary cabin attendant.
Extra Luggage Room
Taking the family on a vacation? Maybe you and some friends are going on a golf /ski vacation. Imagine the hassle of lugging all that equipment around an airport, praying that your brand new skis aren't damaged in the process. When you fly private the only restrictions you have with luggage are based on the payload and baggage capacity of the aircraft. You can even have your prized possessions ride safely with you in the cabin, no wondering if they will get left behind and you will be stuck with a rental.
Most top C level executives lead busy lives. Things come up, schedules change, meetings get pushed back. For the CEO who is always on the go, a private jet becomes a necessity. As long as you are paying for it you are free to make last minute changes to your itinerary. You are not subject to the airline schedules, delays and cancellations. Bad weather coming in? No problem, leave a day early or change the flight route. When you charter a private jet you make the schedule and you are free to break the schedule.
Although all aircraft, private and commercial, are subject to civil aviation regulations they are not all equally safe. Private aircraft operators are audited by several third parties and rated according to a variety of factors including history of incidents, aircraft maintenance and upkeep, crew experience/certifications and more depending on the auditing agency.
Although this applies more to celebrities and public figures than to the everyday business man, chartering a private jet offers you the ability to fly without being noticed. Using a private aircraft is the only way to travel incognito.
Need to impress someone? Maybe you have a potential client or love interest that you want to make feel special. What better way to do it than to rent them a private jet?
Nobody likes bad food. Over the years the quality of the food served on commercial airlines has been deteriorating. If you are lucky enough to get a meal these days, it is most likely a dry sandwich with a mini bag of chips. When you charter a private jet, you can request food of your choice or even bring your own personal chef along. Even the smallest business jets usually have a small oven for heating food. You can choose to eat right away or wait till later and the crew will warm and serve you whatever has been arranged. From your favorite bottle of champagne to pastrami sandwiches, you can have whatever you desire provided you are willing to pay for it.
Commercial Aircraft Is Old
The average age of a commercial aircraft is 25 years old. They are run like taxi cabs and just the same, often break down. When chartering a private aircraft you can request only later models to be presented with all the details of the aircraft including year of manufacture (YOM), date of the most recent refurbishment, amount of insurance, and any other important information.
Dogs are known as man's best friend so why not treat them like it? Most times, when you bring a dog with you on a commercial airline, they are treated the same as luggage. Some airlines even transport them in the baggage hold which, at high altitudes, can get extremely cold. When you rent a private jet, as long as you get prior approval your beloved pets can relax in the cabin with you. You may be asked for an additional deposit or cleaning fee, but knowing that the four legged family members will be safe and sound is well worth it.