With the well documented issues in commercial flying more and more people have found reasons to turn to private aircraft.
There are a variety of options to consider. The starting point is how often you want to fly privately.
Once you reach about 50 hours of flying a year then fractional aircraft ownership can start to make sense and above 300 or so hours per year whole ownership is worth looking into. Here is some core information to help you understand the options.
All of the major providers have expanded over the last few years. Many now offer a wide range of products and solutions to meet the needs of various clients. If you're looking at the different options and would like a good general overview then download our free Guide to Private Aviation, which includes details on charter, jet cards and fractional ownership. For detailed side by side comparisons of the leading jet card and fractional providers, and a directory of charter operators, then sign up for membership.
The latest news and research on private jets and aircraft is included below.
Private aviation company VistaJet recently celebrated 15 years in the industry with another big announcement: The company saw a record 31% increase in new members in 2018 and said it expects to continue its growth in the coming year.
If you are chartering a private plane for the first time, or even if you have previously chartered, there are several aspects to think through. A lot depends on the number of passengers, and your destination and any special requirements. This article explains the key factors to consider when chartering an aircraft.
Winter weather brings its own set of challenges to air travel. Those flying commercially may be all too familiar with the delays caused by snowstorms or ice on the runway. But for those flying privately, the snow can bring another headache: a financial one. Whether you own, charter, or lease an aircraft, you should be aware of any de-icing costs that may come your way. This article explores the methods of de-icing, when it is needed, and how much it costs.
The Gulfstream G550 is a heavy, long range business jet that received its FAA type certificate in 2003. It is sometimes also known as the GV-SP. Over 550 have been produced, including the Gulfstream G500 which has a lower fuel capacity and reduced range. The G550 replaced the Gulfstream V, and has improved aerodynamics leading to an increased range and fuel efficiency. It is the most successful model in Gulfstream history.
NetJets and Textron made a major announcement at this year’s NBAA Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). The two companies signed an agreement for options to purchase up to 175 super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitudes and up to 150 large cabin Cessna Citation Hemispheres. NetJets has had nearly 500 Cessna Citations in its fleet since 1984, including the Citation Latitude, Sovereign, Excel/XLS and X.
The global private jet provider VistaJet has a whole department dedicated to dining aboard their aircraft. They recently launched the “Chairmans Menu” which takes the culinary experience to an even higher level. Here’s a look at the food and drink on offer, and how they go about providing it at 40,000 feet.
The choice of providers for aircraft and crew can make or break the reputation of a jet card company. We spoke with four major jet card firms, all of whom use third party aircraft operators, to learn more about how they make their decisions and what criteria are most important.