Jet Card Programs vs Private Jet Charter When faced with a need for a private aircraft, you will find many options to choose from, and each has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. The three major options are: fractional ownership, jet card services, and air charter. Other methods of buying private jet flight time do exist, but generally will fall under one of the previous three categories for the sake of simplicity. First, let us discuss fractional ownership, which requires an upfront payment of at least 1/16th of the aircraft’s valued price and will allow you to have a percentage of hours on the aircraft. Now for some parties interested in owning a private jet, fractional ownership is a cost effective solution if your travel schedule is predictable. Though most fractional ownership providers claim that their service is like owning an aircraft with no need to worry about upkeep or management, these companies charge a “monthly management fee” and require “at least 4 hours notice before a domestic departure”, this added with a heavy entry fee and a limited fleet of aircraft make fractional ownership not for everyone, mainly frequent private travelers with a set daily or weekly route can opt for such type of charter. For more information about what fractional ownership of a private jet entails, please consult our Fractional Ownership vs. Private Jet charter analysis. Jet Card Programs For example: Jet Card programs cannot guarantee every flight will be on a G650 if you purchase heavy jet hours Jet card companies will sell you a set amount of hours on aircraft they own and operate. Traditionally, these are sold in 25, 50, and 100 hour increments. The selling point is that by purchasing a larger amount
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Charter Flights to Super Bowl XLIX February 1st, 2015: Watch history in the making when chartering a private jet to Glendale, AZ’s University of Phoenix Stadium to watch Super Bowl XLIX. Eyewitness the second Super Bowl to be played at this stadium and the third to be held in the Phoenix Metro Area. The glorious University of Phoenix Stadium “UPS” has been a premium stadium choice for the NFL to hold Super Bowl XLII. Since that decision, the Phoenix Metro has made revolutionary preparations for the enormous NFL final. This is the second Super Bowl to be held at the UPS; in February 3rd, 2008 the triumphant New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants producing one of the biggest shockers in NFL history. Like many sports events worldwide, numerous fans charter private jets to attend super bowls. There are many variables that may cause you to miss such a historical event when flying commercial: - Severe Weather Conditions - Overbooked Airliners - Group Privacy - Delays and cancellations the day of your flight Aboard your chartered aircraft, you travel with passengers of your own choice, eat and drink what you've ordered in advance, and enjoy the personal privacy that leaves you perfectly comfortable to discuss business, make phone calls, or just relax and feel at home. Compared to flying scheduled airlines, air charter is, in absolutely every respect, smoother, easier, less complicated. Not only do you save a great deal of time at the passenger terminal, but your chartered plane will most often take off within a few minutes after you board. As the smaller airports handle less traffic, take-off and landing delays are quite rare. Factor in the increased productivity that results from
Hourly Private Jet Prices - Light Jets Light jets are the backbone to the private jet charter industry. Light jets account for the largest portion of aircraft, narrowly beating turboprops and piston aircraft. Hourly private jet prices for the light jet category of private jets depend on location primarily, and tend to have a higher hourly charter rate outside of the United States. Since the United States is home to approximately 70% of the light jets available for charter, there is much more demand, and therefor much more competition in the industry. Light Jets can differ in hourly rate depending on the year of manufacture and the amount of flight hours on the aircraft in question, but generally cost approximately $2,000 to $5,000 an hour to charter. For shorter flights under 1,800 nautical miles, light jets are the best choice in terms of aircraft hourly charter rate, and generally seat 7 or 8 passengers comfortably. The in cabin-amenities differ from model to model and year from year, but generally include an in flight entertainment system, which may be comprised of both audio and video playback, as well as a partial lavatory and occasionally a partial (though hidden) galley. In-flight WiFi can be found on many newer light jets. In terms of the total cost to charter an aircraft, hourly private jet rates account for the majority of the costs, but other costs such as landing and takeoff fees, as well as standby and overnight fees (if applicable) can all play a large role in determining the actual cost of chartering a private jet. Using only the hourly rate for an example trip from New York to Florida, we can assume a total of 6 hours
Gulfstream G5 Jet The Gulfstream G5 Jet or Gulfstream G-V is a long range enabled large jet first made by Gulfstream Aerospace in 1998. The Gulfstream GV Jet was one of the very first jets to hold the title of “ultra long range aircraft” with a massive 5,800 nautical miles. 5,800 nautical miles was nearly unheard of at the time, and it outperformed the majority of widebody airliners at the time, and is also capable of nonstop flights between New York and Tokyo, or New York and Moscow, or nearly any other pair of cities imaginable. The Gulfstream G5 not only offered huge range capabilities, but also a cruise speed of mach .85, much faster than commercial airliners, and even now only beaten by a handful of aircraft in terms of speed. The Gulfstream G5 can be configured for up to 19 passengers in a very comfortable VIP configuration, or less passengers for more cabin room, or a few seats in club configuration and a divan, allowing more freedom to move about the cabin. The Gulfstream G5 Jet quickly became an important aircraft for business aviation. It not only allowed amazing range and speed capabilities, but also a huge cabin at over 50 feet long, basically unheard of at the time for a private jet of this class. With a breathtaking interior design, the Gulfstream G5 Jet’s cabin was one of the first to be large enough to allow unseen cabin amenities, everything was easy to implement on this aircraft, from video screens to beds and full sized galleys and lavatories. The Gulfstream G5 Jet later evolved into two very important aircraft as well, which were both constructed from the original Gulfstream G5, out of
How to Choose the Best Private Jet for Charter Choosing the best private jet for your trip can make a huge difference in airtime, comfort, and price. The basics of private jet charter involve receiving an online price on our booking engine displaying the best possible matches by price per category. The results returned often include the best private jet, but making the choice of best private jet depends on category, destination, range, and availability. We start first by choosing the correct category, choosing the best private jet can sometimes involve not using a private jet at all, but a piston or turboprop. For short range flights, under 1000 nautical miles, very often if air speed is not an issue and you don’t mind leaving slightly earlier to make it to the destination on time, a turboprop or piston is a great alternative. Cabin noise levels are comparable to a jet with new advances in turboprop technology, and turboprops and pistons alike can be very comfortable for a small flight with under 5 passengers. Though at this category of short distance flights, a VLJ (very light jet) would be the best private jet for the trip if flight time is of the essence. A VLJ would be able to maintain up to two times the speed of a turboprop or piston. For small or mid sized domestic flights, light jets are the best private jet available for up to 8 passengers, while some light jets might be tight for 8 passengers, other alternatives are available for large groups. Most light jets are capable of flying up to 1500 nmi without an issue (depending on passenger load and wind speed) and are usually configured with seating
Aircraft of the Week - Nextant 400XTi The Nextant 400XTi is a unique aircraft, but is not technically an aircraft, but a modification. The Nextant 400XTi is an updated hawker 400, which according to Nextant, has been completely rebuilt from the ground up, with the exception of the fuselage. But the engines are replaced with better fuel efficient and more powerful engines, the wings have been modified for a stable flight at high speeds and the ability to cut down fuel costs. The 400XTi also has completely updated avionics and cabin, making this aircraft worthy of a name more than just a modification, but a full blown aircraft. While the 400XTi and the Hawker 400 may share some similarities, the Nextant 400XTi is a much better aircraft in every aspect. It is faster, flies farther and even goes so far as to beat the majority of the light jets on the market in terms of speed, range, operating cost, and even price. At $4.9 million, the Nextant 400XTi is under half the price of competing light jets such as the learjet 40/70 which costs a massive $10 million. Nextant has added an amazing composite shell interior to the 400XTi. These modern materials change the experience of the Nextant 400XTi, allowing more passenger space where its needed. The 400XTii has the quietest cabin in its class with the acoustic insulation package that lowers ambient noise by 9 dB in the region of 50% quieter than the competition. Coupled with state of the art cabin entertainment and communications systems, the 400XTii is an elegant example of comfort and productivity. Nextant has this to say about the technology advancements of this aircraft: "Nextant completely redesigned the engine cowlings
Understanding the Cessna Citation series The Cessna Citation series is well known for a wide range of light and mid sized jets, all with the Citation nomenclature. Though things may get confusing for some travelers when names such as Citation Jet 2, Citation II, and Citation bravo, to the untrained eye, these all seem like a single aircraft, or three different aircraft, but in reality, these are two aircraft. The Citation Bravo is a common name for the revamped Citation II, but the Citation Jet 2 (CJ2) is a whole other aircraft altogether. Now that may clear up a single aircraft, but which aircraft is the Citation Excell and the Citation Encore? How many real variants of the Citation are available from Cessna? What do all of these variant names mean? The full list of Citation aircraft is as follows: Citation I (includes: Citation I/SP) Citation II (includes: Citation II/SP, Citation S/II, Citation Bravo) Citation III (includes: Citation VI, Citation VII) Citation V (includes: Citation Ultra, Citation Encore, Citation Encore+) Citation Excel (includes: Citation XLS, Citation XLS+) Citation X (includes: Citation X+) Citation Sovereign CitationJet 1 (includes: CJ1+, Citation M2) CitationJet 2 (includes: CJ2+) CitationJet 3 CitationJet 4 Citation Mustang Citation Latitude It is understandable to be confused about the immense family of Citation aircraft. But the basics of aircraft naming can be simplified: The original aircraft name is usually the very first production model, it is common to upgrade said model with new avionics, engines, safety features, and modifications to extend range. Concerning the Citation I and Citation II, the SP designation means the aircraft is built for single pilot operations, these may or may not allow a second pilot, depending on the aircraft.
How does airport availability work? Flying private air charter flights, airport availability becomes much more important than with commercial flights. Commercial flights are planned on an airtight schedule, though the aircraft departure and arrival times may greatly differ from what is planned. Private jet charter allows you to fly exactly when and where you want, meaning the exact opposite scenario arises, your flight itinerary is usually planned with little notice and may conflict with airport availability. Luckily, flying private means you can land at any airport you desire, no matter how low or high the traffic density of the airport is. When taking off or landing at an airport, you pay a landing fee (which generally also includes a takeoff fee). Now this number can range anywhere from $150 for a small aircraft landing at a very low density airport to $4,000 for an airliner-sized aircraft landing during a high density period at an already high density airport. For this reason, many private flights will take this airport availability into account and will choose to fly to executive airports. These airports tend to be much smaller, have multiple FBOs offering very comfortable check in and security clearance routines. Since few large scale flights land at executive airports, this means the landing fees are on the low side, and also allow you to avoid long security lines and checks, sometimes being able to simply walk up or drive up to your private jet. FBOs or fixed base operators are essentially the “terminal” you will be arriving at. Though the term terminal is not quite accurate enough to explain the various services offered by FBOs, for group travelers, ground catering can be arranged for all of your passengers. Anything
Our Views On Safety Air charter operators meet very stringent safety requirements set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration and other regulatory authorities worldwide. As a result, air charter is one of the safest forms of transportation available today. In fact, statistics indicate that it is safer to travel in a chartered aircraft than by automobile (Department of Transportation's Transportation Safety Information Report). Please refer to the information below for details describing the requirements and processes necessary to become a certified air charter operator. The following general guidance information has been prepared by the National Air Transportation Association as a Member service. FAA Certification Pursuant to the US Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), if an entity is going to hold itself out to the public offering on-demand air charter or air taxi service, that entity must be licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Carrier and meet the stringent operational, maintenance, and safety rules required thereof (foreign government bodies have very similar requirements to those of the US FAA). In addition, the operator must have been found fit, willing, and able to perform as an Air Carrier by the Department of Transportation (formerly by the Civil Aeronautics Board), and must hold an economic certificate of exemption. In order for an operator to be issued an Air Carrier Operation Certificate, the operator must develop and publish for use by its flight and ground personnel, an Operators Manual which addresses the requirements of the FARs. In addition, the operator must develop and have approved by the FAA an in-depth, comprehensive flight crew and cabin attendant training program. Both of these documents must be accepted and approved respectively by the FAA. Once this process is completed,