July 23rd, 2010
The difference between the jet charter industry and the airlines is that air charters are those flights that are on-demand and nonscheduled transportation of passengers and/or cargo.
Hoovers.com reports that domestic passenger travel makes up 50 percent of the air charter industry’s revenue, followed by international passengers (15 percent), domestic air freight (10 percent) and international air freight (five percent).
So who is chartering jets? Large corporations do so that their top managers and executives can save time by skipping lines and restrictions on commercial airlines. Wealthy people get a private charter for the same reason: convenience. Sports teams, the U.S. military and government agencies also charter private planes.
In addition, chartering a plane also gives people and corporations a lot more options. Hoovers.com (citing the General Aviation Manufacturers Association) writes that “air charter planes have access to over 4,000 general aviation airports; scheduled commercial aircraft are restricted to the 500 U.S. commercial airports.”
Those who charter planes have a true wealth of types, capacity and amenities from which to choose. Need a helicopter? Charter it. Prefer turboprop? You got it! Want to fly to Istanbul in a multi-engine jet airliner with 200 of your best friends? It’s available.
Most chartered planes (85 percent) are fixed-wing aircraft while 15 percent are helicopters. Turboprop planes offer passengers a pressurized cabin, one or two pilots and the capacity to carry up to eight passengers. These planes will fly about 200 miles per hour and have a range of about 1,000 miles.
If those who wish to charter a plane need to go farther and faster, pressurized heavy jets have a range of up to 8,000 miles and can fly at 500 miles per hour. These aircraft can carry up to 18 passengers and can sport such amenities as a full bathroom and flight attendants.
July 20th, 2010
Businesses today need to use the services of a private jet charter company. The restrictions placed upon today’s public airline industry place too many limitations on business travelers, limitations that make it hard for a company to do business and earn a profit.
Chartering a private jet makes sense for a business on several levels. Here are a few:
Time: No longer will your team members have to arrive at an airport terminal the recommended two hours before a flight in order to get through security and check-in. Instead, one of your executives simply arrives at the airport, boards the plane, and leaves. In addition, your executive won’t have to wait in a terminal for a connection between legs of her flight because most private jet charter companies offer businesses non-stop flights to cities throughout the U.S., Europe and the world.
Group travel: A company’s executives often travel to the same destination for conferences or business meetings. Hire a private business jet and your executives may travel together, allowing them to prepare presentations as a team. In addition, many private jet charter companies equip their aircraft with many business tools, such as fax machines, Internet and phone service and more. Your team can get a lot of work done while en route.
Schedule flights on your timetable: Charter a private jet and you won’t have to worry if an airline’s flight schedule will get you to a meeting across country that’s been scheduled at the last minute. Instead, you tell the company where you want to go and when. If by chance your flight needs to be delayed due to weather or equipment problems, you’ll be notified immediately and the jet charter company will work diligently to make other arrangements to make sure you arrive at your destination when you want. Just ask a public airline to do the same!
April 5th, 2010
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today released Ten Critical Strategies for Long-Term Fuel Savings, a new white paper that provides a variety of steps for saving critical dollars on aircraft fuel bills, both in the short-term and long-term. Opportunities to save fuel and reduce operating costs abound for business aircraft, potentially saving entrepreneurs and companies that rely on business aviation thousands of dollars per year.
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April 3rd, 2010
Demand for aircraft charter flights appears flat going into this month, with the demand index generated by online charter portal Avinode standing at 93.03 today, less than one point above the 92.37 recorded on March 1. The index this month is five points below where it stood on April 1 last year at 98.09.
At the same time, average charter flight hour rates (logged in euros) have also increased somewhat on both sides of the Atlantic. Read the rest of this entry »