What is Private Jet Charter?
Many have asked, what is private jet charter? What does air charter entail? Air charter is easy enough to explain; Air charter or private jet charter is the business of renting an entire aircraft (i.e., chartering) as opposed to individual aircraft seats (i.e., purchasing a ticket through a traditional airline). While the airlines specialize in selling transportation by the seat, air charter companies focus on individual private aircraft and itineraries, urgent or time-sensitive cargo, air ambulance and any other form of ad hoc air transportation. These air charter companies offer a large variety of aircraft, such as helicopters and business jets. Charter jet categories include turbo props, light jets, mid-size jets, super mid size jets, heavy jets, and airliners.
Now that we know that chartering means renting the entire aircraft, we can go through what is included in charter. Lots of confusion can arise about what is included in charter. Upon booking a private jet, you will have the jet for the entire duration of your trip. This means air time of course, if you fly to Cancun for a month, it is very unlikely that the jet will wait at the airport for the entire month. But it will be available to you at the requested time of return. FBO services are included, FBOs are essentially privately owned terminals, made to cater to VIP clientele. FBO services Two pilots are always included for every trip, no matter how small, even a short distance 1 passenger trip will have two wyvern/argus approved pilots. All fuel fees are included in your price, along with onboard catering. Catering for very short trips will have snacks and beverages, but offers meals for longer trips. All airport related fees such as takeoff and landing fees along with standby fees are also included in the price. Accommodations for your pilots and crew are taken care of as well.
Private air charter has many advantages. While it’s true that private jets can be lavish and pricy, the actual advantages of soaring on a private aircraft are convenience and efficiency. For instance, you can choose to fly out of any airport you’d like as long as the runway is sufficient for your jet, and as long as there are no restrictions. This is a perfect substitute for having to go through a busier airport. This doesn’t only benefit you in a way to avoid all the busier hubs, if your residence or office is around a general public airport, you can simply choose to take off from there, avoiding all traffic. Another example of how flying private could benefit you would be that you won’t need to arrive an hour or even a half hour before flight time. The jet departs on your order. If you prefer a 7PM departure, no need to arrive at the airport before 6:53PM. And if you are running late, the plane will always wait for you. In many larger metropolitan areas, jets take off and land from minor close-in airports so the commute time is shorter. At FBOs, you are allowed to drive your car onto tarmac up to your aircraft, (in some cases without a security check) and get on while the team loads your baggage into the aircraft. Valet services are available to take your car, park it, and even wash it.