The idea of flying in a private jet may draw images of the elite upper class, the 1 percent, sipping on champagne as they cruise in plush leather seats to an exotic location. While this type of lifestyle is a reality for a handful of the population, you don’t necessarily have to be rich or famous to experience private jet travel. Today, private jet charters are part of a rapidly growing industry that makes this type of travel more accessible to the public. By better understanding the realities of flying in a private plane, you may find that you can also enjoy this coveted form of air travel.
Who Flies on Private Jets
It’s no secret that people like Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, John Travolta and business mogul Larry Ellison own their own custom private aircraft. They aren’t the only A-listers who have one …or two. The paparazzi love to line the tarmac at airports, snapping pictures of celebrities, royal families, presidents and dignitaries boarding private jets. So, it’s easy to think that they’re the only ones who get to enjoy the luxury.
What paparazzi don’t take pictures of are the majority of private jet passengers—business professionals. Over half of private flights are for business purposes. Because of the efficiencies that private planes provide when compared to commercial flights, such as exponentially shorter travel times, many organizations experience growth.
Flying Private on a Budget
Flying on a private jet by yourself might not be in your budget. However, the cost of chartering a flight is for the whole aircraft, not just your seat.
A great way to enjoy the comforts of flying private without draining your bank account is to share the cost with friends or family members. Many people do this as a treat for special occasions, such as family reunions, anniversaries and birthdays, because the valuable time together and saved time getting to and from the destination is priceless. When you split the cost, you’ll be flying with people you already know, so you’re not forced to make small talk in a crowded seat with a stranger who takes up more than his/her fair share of the armrest.
So, I Don’t Have to Own a Plane to Fly Private?
Definitely not. Just as there are companies that rent limos, there are companies that charter planes.
When you charter a flight, you meet the plane at an FBO, or fixed based operation, instead of a big international airport. At the FBO, staff members happily take care of your bags. You check-in right away and don’t have to endure strict security protocols. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about luggage-related weight limits and you can have more than 3 ounces of liquid in your carry-on bags.
If you’re running late on your way to the FBO, it’s not a problem. The plane will wait for you.
One of the many perks of flying on a chartered jet are the VIP services. Let the aircraft management company know what you’d like on board and they’ll make it happen.
- Play your favorite music
- Watch your favorite movies
- Eat delicious gourmet food
- Read your favorite magazines and newspaper
- Connect online
When you treat yourself to a chartered flight in the future, the company will remember your preferences so they’re always available, regardless of the aircraft that you choose.
How to Charter a Private Jet
Chartering a jet is simple. Simply get in touch with Solairus Aviation online or by calling 1-800-359-7861. A representative will gladly review the options available.
Flying in a private jet isn’t restricted to only those with large bank accounts. Grab a group of your favorite people for your own taste of the ultimate travel experience.