Hints and tips for yachties chartering a private jet
Last updated: 15/07/2016
If you are the crew member that has been tasked with the job of arranging travel for your boss - the superyacht owner or charter guest - chartering a private jet may be just the travel solution that you are looking for, helping them to avoid the hassles and rigid schedules of commercial airlines and constraints of major airports.
Whether they are travelling for business or pleasure - to meet with the yacht, onward to a far-flung destination, or to make a business meeting, allow them to escape the maddening crowds and enjoy an exclusive world of comfort and serenity on board arriving alert and refreshed.
For those that can, private air charter definitely makes for the best way to meet with the superyacht as it travels the world. Follow these tips for stress-free air travel booking, as told by industry professional, Wendy Courtenay of Private Jet Charter. Who knows, you may never be asked to book with a commercial airline ever again!
Reasons to charter a private jet
People charter private jets asnd helicopters for a multitude of reasons; business meetings may not fit around standard airline timetables, the destination may not be easily accessible via commercial airline routes, or it could simply be that such a convenience can be afforded. Whatever the reason for chartering a private jet, there are several flexible benefits for yachties and VIPs, including:
Fly from a regional airport
There are over 3,000 airports in Europe, yet standard airlines only use around 300 of these. With more than 1.8 billion passengers passing through Europe’s airports each year alone, chartering a private jet means avoiding travelling via busier, overcrowded airports, such as London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle, in exchange for quieter, smaller regional airports in turn affording greater privacy and convenience.
Work to your own timetable
A private jet runs to your boss’s timetable, so he/she doesn’t have to fit in with set airline schedules. They (or you) select the time that they need to depart, plus the start and end destinations. New destinations or changes in schedule can usually be decided with little to no notice.
Furthermore, passengers can save yet more time, as they needn’t arrive at the airport two to three hours before departure - with a dedicated private jet, they simply need to arrive at the airport 20 minutes prior to their scheduled flight time. Security procedures are swift and secure, so they can relax in the VIP lounge whilst their baggage is screened and safely stowed on board. What’s more, they can’t ‘miss’ their flight, as they are the only passenger so the jet waits for them.
Comfortable travel and high service standards
Avoid noisy, jostling crowds and grant your boss the luxury (and privacy) of travel with only the ‘necessary’ people, whether that be colleagues, friends or family. The jet’s crew are there to serve only the few passengers travelling on board – they will therefore refer to each by name, and can offer the finest, personalised service.
Even the smallest private jet will allow room for dining, sleeping, entertaining and doing business, with the finest furnishings and technology on offer. What’s more, fine cuisine is served on board, rather than vacuum-packed meals.
Safe transport for passengers, pets and luggage
A private jet allows for flexible travel, especially in regards to what can be taken on board. Luggage can be loaded into the jet ahead of take off and unloaded right on the tarmac, not only saving time but saving worries about the safety and integrity of luggage and personal items. What’s more, private air charter allows for any number of pets to travel comfortably inside the cabin - provided the right documentation and vaccinations are in place. This can reduce the stress and trauma not only for the boss and his/her family, but also the pets!
If you have been tasked to stick to a budget, perhaps if you are flying crew members to the yacht or back home via private jet travel, it can often be surprising to many that a private jet may make for more cost-effective air travel than many budget airlines. Not only may you be able to fly in to a more direct airport saving onward travel costs, but there is a chance that you may be able to secure an ‘empty leg’ flight at a great discount. If flying a group, the charter fee may be more affordable when divided per head.
Chartering a private jet: Top air charter tips
Private Jet Charter gives three top hints and tips for the responsible yacht crew member for fuss-free air charter travel.
- Choose an experienced company: Chartering an aircraft is not as simple as booking a taxi, that’s why the first and most important tip is to choose a reputable, professional and experienced company to work with. Check the company website and read online reviews before contacting any company with your enquiry.
- Select the right private jet for your needs:With such a wide range of aircraft to choose from, it really pays to talk to a company who can help you in making the right choice of aircraft for your boss’ travel requirements. The aircraft you book must be right for their itinerary; why take an eight-seater jet when there are only four people travelling?
- Opt for your aircraft to stay on the ground: For a short two or three night stop, it is often more cost effective for the aircraft to stay on the ground and wait for your boss than it would for a longer trip. When on a longer-haul trip, you will need to pay for the ‘empty leg’ or return sector, as the aircraft will not stay on the ground with your boss; it will simply take him or her to the destination and then fly back to base empty. Likewise, there will be another empty sector when the aircraft flies back to pick them up. Shorter trips where the aircraft stays on the ground are therefore typically much more cost-effective for the charter client.
It’s not just about getting from A to B
Choosing an air charter company with an abundance of experience and dedicated staff really does mean that anything is possible.
Wendy from Private Jet Charter discussed some of the more unusual requests she’s received over the last 22 years. She said, “I have been asked for many unusual things over my years in private air travel: A client who flew his wife to Paris for their wedding anniversary asked us to fill the plane with red roses; a model management company has asked us to fly a pair of shoes to Milan as they had been forgotten and were needed for a fashion show; a footballer once asked us to fly a kitten in a helicopter; and we’ve also picked up a suitcase left behind by mistake before flying it to Marrakech!
“My recent favourite however was on Christmas Eve, when a client asked us if we could pick up a puppy from Chichester and fly it from Southampton airport to Jersey in time for Christmas. Her little boy had just lost his best friend and his 15-year-old dog had just passed too. We did it, and it really made that little boys' Christmas.”