Private Jet Charter Guide – Part IV
Welcome to part IV of our private jet charter guide. In this section we will summarize all of the factors that go in to building a private jet charter trip, and what sort of things can impact your trip both positively and negatively. In part I of our private jet charter guide, we went through the steps through which our example customer (John) and example trip would take. We started off with Johns request to Aircharter.com and followed the trip from there. We discussed when it is beneficial to book and secure your aircraft (approximately 5-7 days for private jets and 60 days for large scale airliner-sized trips with over 200 passengers). We noted how John was able to secure an online price very similar to the final price he received in his hard quote. We also discussed how behind the scenes, the Aircharter Charter Team was setting up fallback aircraft in case of any point of failure. Going back to empty legs and how empty legs work, for a round trip such as the one John requested in our example trip, there is almost no benefit to flying on an empty leg, as another aircraft will have to be chartered for the return trip (and said aircraft would have to go back to base, negating the saving brought about by flying an empty leg) but for one way flights, we came to conclusion that the earlier you can request and book your trip, the more of a chance there is for finding an empty leg. Of course high traffic city pairs such as New York to Los Angeles almost always have available aircraft for empty legs due to the sheer amount of traffic between the two cities.
We learned that many factors can come into play when calculating the price of a quote, both direct factors and indirect factors. Indirect factors will not be reflected in the quote itself but knowing these factors can help you book the right jet, at the right time. Airport hours are important to research; a closed airport is no good, forcing the customer to default the the nearest open airport adding driving time and usually higher airport fees (as we established earlier, larger airports tend to have higher fees, but these larger airports tend to have longer operating hours than smaller airports). Wind speeds will effect your round trip in one major noticeable way, your flight east to west will be faster than your trip from east to west, of course, in cases such as these, the rotation of the earth comes into play. Runway lengths can also be a deciding factor, forcing customers to fly to a larger airport if the chosen aircraft is too large to be accommodated by the airport of choice. Direct factors in pricing include: Parking fees, Segment fees and FET, Crew fees / Attendant rate, Overnight fees, Airport landing rate / Noise fee, Standby rate, Inclement weather fees, Fuel surcharge, and of course the aircraft hourly rate. All of these can are explained in detail in part III of our private jet charter guide here.
The beauty of private charter is the ability to choose the exact aircraft you wish to fly in, with the specific in cabin amenities you request, everything is transparent and you can compare aircraft online by price, speed, and by exterior and interior photos of the aircraft. Nothing can compare to the freedom offered by private charter in this rapidly evolving market, you choose the aircraft you wish and only pay for what you use, instead of paying recurring membership fees or a hefty one time fee to buy partial ownership of an aircraft. Contact us today for any of your charter needs, or use the book a trip tab to start flying with us today!