Charlotte Pedersen, CEO, Luxaviation Helicopters, says: “Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show provides an excellent opportunity for us to discuss with new and existing customers how we can support them in combining their yacht experience with their helicopter needs. We are looking forward to offering advice and support for attendees on how our expertise can help them to navigate these two highly regulated fields.
8 Reasons to Charter a Jet Over Flying with Commercial Airlines
Chartering a private jet is about more than creature comforts. Benefits to productivity, flexibility, and privacy are just some of the reasons chartering your own flight is better than taking a commercial airline. Here are eight reasons to discover how you can benefit by booking your own private jet with Luxaviation.
1. Getting things done
Private jets let you get things done faster than a major airline. It’s not airspeed either (although some private jets are faster than commercial airliners, like the Gulfstream G650). The real time saving benefits can be seen with the efficiency between needing to fly and actually getting in the air.
Next time you fly with a major airline, keep track of the time it takes to actually get on board the craft. Lines at immigration, boarding, and waiting for luggage amount to hours of lost time which could translate to hours already spent in the air when flying on a chartered jet.
In the modern world, our schedules are always changing. Meetings can be moved, deadlines shortened, and opportunities often present themselves at a moment’s notice. In many ways, commercial airlines simply can’t keep pace with the business world. With a user base that is primarily consumer driven, flights are booked out days, and weeks in advance. Routes are fixed and not always close to where you need to be.
The flexibility of a chartered private jet gives you the flexibility to change your plans. You’re in control of your schedule. That not only means attending to last minute opportunities but rewarding yourself with stopovers or early flights home when things are wrapping up. It’s easy, flexible, and ultimately gives you an advantage over commercial airline flights.
3. Direct to the destination
Most commercial airlines are tied into a ‘hub and spoke’ network. As a passenger, you’re beholden to the routes they provide. All a private jet needs is a destination and the fuel to get there. Private jets also climb faster and cruise at a higher altitude, meaning they're not competing for airspace with larger jets. Forget transfers and go straight to your destination with a chartered jet.
4. Even access more remote areas
Commercial airlines have some big restrictions as to where they can land. Size of the craft, amenities onsite, and the length of the runway are all restrictions that chartered jets can work around. And when an area is really remote, many charter companies can provide more versatility with the help of chartered helicopters or land automobile transport.
5. With the privacy to get stuff done
For many, air time is work time, but commercial air travel can drastically reduce your productivity. Even if you travel business or first class, confidential conversations are out of the question. The freedom of a character flight means a private office in the sky.
Statistics back this up. A survey from 2009 by the National Business Aviation Association found that executives were 20% more productive while on company aircraft than in the office while travelling on a commercial aircraft saw up to 40% drop in productivity.
6. Access to better in-flight services
Let’s face it, even flying first class the quality of service can sometimes leave you a little wanting. Depending on your schedule you may want to eat earlier or later in the flight. With major airlines, there’s less flexibility as to when you’re served refreshments and meals. Chartered jets cater to you, that means service when you need it. Many charter services also partner with expert catering companies to provide the highest quality dining experiences.
7. A more comfortable flight
In the heyday of air travel guests were treated like VIPs. Nowadays, however, you’re really just a seat number. Catching a flight on a major airline can often feel more like herded cattle than a luxury experience.
Private carriers continue to strive for excellence in both service and comfort. There’s more space to stretch out, and you can make yourself at home as you have the whole cabin to yourself or small group.
8. Pets, family, and friends included
Chartered jets are much more flexible when it comes to who is travelling with you on particular flights. Need to leave at the last moment but can’t find someone to look after the dog? Why not bring them on board. And because you’ve chartered the whole jet, you can also invite family and friends to join you without worrying too much about getting last minute tickets on the right flight.