In the world of private jet travel, the options are truly limitless
“Private jet travellers enjoy private terminals, fast-track security, customised catering, as well as a wide range of luxurious aircraft. ”
In fact, sometimes the most important choice in private jet travel is the aircraft on which the passenger flies. For a frequent traveller the choice may be simple, but for an inexperienced flier selecting the appropriate private jet is one of the most important decisions to make.
This is when the invaluable knowledge and experience of a private jet broker is essential. A broker can help you to select the suitable private jet to suit your exact needs in terms of both comfort and operational efficiency.
There are several types of private jets available, ranging from turboprops to midsize aircraft to VIP airliners. And when a broker is evaluating your travel, they will consider the following questions:
• What is the distance of the trip?
• How many passengers will be travelling on board?
• What is the nature of the trip? Business or leisure?
• Will the passengers have luggage? Is there oversize luggage? Baggage holds on private jets will vary in dimensions, and passengers with items such as skis or golf clubs may have more limited options. Each aircraft also has limits on the weight it can safely carry.
• What type of cabin service is preferred? Do the passengers prefer a cabin attendant?
Once these questions are answered, a broker will carefully select options from the following private jet categories:
Turboprops - An economic alternative for short sectors. These aircraft have pressurised cabins and offer great short-field performance, which enables more airports to be utilised.
Very light jets (VLJs) - An entry-level range of private jets, the VLJs offer great rates in quiet, modern cabins. This type of aircraft is ideal for flights up to 2 hours.
Light jets - This category features a wide range of small private jets seating from five to eight passengers. These have well-appointed cabins and are a popular category. Range can vary from two to three hours.
Midsize jets - Improved headroom and a separate washroom define these jets. Most seat eight passengers with a range of three to five hours. Some models offer a flight attendant.
Super midsize jets - These aircraft offer the benefits of larger jets at more competitive rates. Full standing headroom, great luggage capacity and spacious cabins make these popular. Seating varies from eight to 10 and the range of these aircraft is 5 to 6.5 hours.
Large jets - These aircraft have spacious cabins, offering six to nine hours range and seating for eight to 16 in first-class style. Full standing headroom, galley and in-flight service are standard. The luggage hold can accommodate 15 to 20 pieces.
Global jets - Large executive jets with intercontinental capabilities. Full standing headroom, galley and in-flight service are standard. The luggage hold can accommodate 15 to 20 pieces.
VIP airliners - The ultimate in private jet travel. These airliners have been converted to all VIP first-class executive seating. They are popular for heads of state, offering comfort and luxury with sleeping arrangements.
Whatever yours requirements, it is ideal to understand your aircraft options prior to flying. Becoming familiar with the aircraft you charter will ensure you have a more smooth and comfortable flight.
About Air Partner
Air Partner plc is a world-class provider of private jet
, among other, services to industry, commerce, governments and individuals worldwide. The company has earned global recognition as a leading aircraft charter
supplier and organises ad hoc charters of aircraft of every size for any reason. Air Partner is the only company in the aviation industry to hold a Royal Warrant (as Supplier of Aircraft Charter to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II) a globally recognised mark of excellence.
Author - Lynsey Calver
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