These key advantages make private jet flight the mode of transportation chosen by elite travelers for its efficiency and of course, the privacy. The logistical coordination and personalized service are huge factors, but vary depending on what company you book your aircraft through. As with any luxury service, the attention to detail and performance when there is an obstacle are the things that set one provider apart from another.
The most enjoyable difference between flying private and the commercial flying experience is that you have no waiting; none at all. Even with preferred access lines in commercial airports you still need to wait upwards of an hour for your plane, then once you board you wait for everyone to clumsily attempt to stuff their oversized carry-on into the overhead and finally once everyone has their luggage stowed you wait again for the aircraft to be granted permission to take-off. That is a lot of waiting that commercial travelers feel resigned to. The private flight experience is completely different. The flight crew (pilots and attendant) are there an hour early FOR YOU, not the other way around. Flash your ID and you’re immediately whisked onto the plane as your luggage is packed away for you. The plane pulls out of the FBO onto the runway and usually has no wait time at all on the tarmac and you’re off!
Flying commercial can get you close to your final destination, and if you’re going to a major city you likely can get there via the airlines. For those that are looking to get away from major cities for leisure activities or have business in a location that is off the beaten path as energy and mining companies often do, flying commercial can be wildly inefficient. Have a conference in Aspen or a planning a week in St Barth’s? A private aircraft can fly you direct to these locations where commercial flights and drive time or boat transfers could take up an entire day and you’d likely spend another day recovering from the travel. Even when flying to major cities, private airports are often located much closer to downtown areas than commercial airports, allowing business executives or entertainers to visit multiple cities in a single day.
While private aircraft are impacted by weather just the same as commercial aircraft, the delays and airport closures at commercial airports tend to create chain-reaction delays and cancellations that can take days to untangle while you’re left waiting. Private aircraft are free to fly as soon as there is a window in the weather that allows for safe operation. With private flight you also have more options available to you when weather becomes an issue as specific aircraft are best suited to fly into our out of an airport that is experiencing reduced visibility and certain airports have enhanced systems to allow pilots to land in relatively poor conditions.
The treatment of pets by commercial airlines can be shocking with animals being stowed along with luggage away from their owners. When you fly private the animal stays with you at all times. Pet lovers flying on private jets often have their dog or cat on its own seat and order catering specific for them. In addition, many islands have quarantine laws which can see your furry friend put into a kennel for months at a time waiting for clearance while private jet passengers often avoid these onerous restrictions with a couple of forms from their vet.
Have a child with a dietary restriction? Their in-flight meals will be tailored to your specific request. Is a passenger elderly and needs help on and off the plane? That will be arranged in advance. Is privacy from the media a concern? A car will meet the plane on the tarmac so you are never seen by anyone but the pilots.