The efficiency and high standard of service associated with private air travel attracts the world’s most successful leaders and high net worth individuals. In this, the first in a series of three informative posts, we reveal five essential facts about chartering a private jet.
1. Chartering gives you wings
Chartering a private jet removes the hassle, delays and restrictions of commercial flights and replaces them with expedited processes, seamless transfers, comfort, privacy and convenience – highly desirable qualities, whether you’re a holiday-maker seeking to land close to your ski chalet or yacht, or a business leader with three meetings, in three European cities, in just one day. The perception is that of luxury; but the magic is the efficiency and flexibility.
2. It’s as easy as booking a taxi
Chartering a private jet means booking an entire aircraft, for a flight between A and B (or even A, B, C and D), for which you will be paying an agreed price that will include the cost of the fuel and airport fees. To get a quote for a private jet charter, you’ll just need to provide details of where you would like to fly from and to; the preferred date and time of your departure; the number of people travelling in your party; the size or range of your aircraft (if known); and any other relevant details (such as additional legs, pet passengers, dietary requirements or excess baggage). It’s that simple.
3. Prices needn’t be sky-high
Empty legs are flights for aircraft returning empty from a one-way charter; either returning to an operating base, or repositioning for another charter. These empty flights still incur operating costs so they are often listed by the operator in the hope of recouping some of those costs through a charter. Empty leg charters offer all the service excellence of a standard charter, but with less scheduling flexibility as the aircraft is already committed to a particular route; hence the savings. Victor allows you to set an alert to be notified when an empty leg becomes available on your preferred route.
4. There’s no nasty surprises
If, for example, you choose to charter a jet through Victor, you’ll know exactly what to expect – there are no secrets. Your quote will include the name and contact details of the operator, the aircraft tail number, actual images of the aircraft, cabin dimensions, insurance details, cancellation policy and an all-inclusive price. (Prices exclude on board communications, ground transportation, de-icing and fees if you elect to pay by debit or credit card.) With all this information, comparison is simple, and booking is so easy – you could be airborne in just three hours!
5. Right aircraft, right time
There is a vast array of aircraft available for private charter – from small turbo-props and light jets that can land on the most tiny and inaccessible of runways, to ultra long-range jets complete with bedrooms, bathrooms, fully-stocked galleys, boardroom/dining facilities, and the latest communications and entertainment systems. Factors such as the charter distance, number of passengers, airport specifications (runway length, accessibility, pet-friendliness, opening times, etc.) and aircraft availability will all affect your final chartering decision but, with so much choice, there will always be an aircraft available when you need it.
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