Flying private means having your flight and trip planned to suit your specific requirements, whether you want efficiency or luxury, or both. As the world becomes more interconnected, businesses are increasingly looking for ways to save time and increase efficiency. One way to do this is to use a private jet.
The differences between first class and flying private
Flying private versus flying commercial is essentially a trade-off between cost and convenience. Commercial airlines are significantly cheaper than private charter companies, but they also have many more restrictions in terms of schedule, service standards and destination. Private charter companies are much more expensive, but they offer a great deal of flexibility for your schedule and destination while providing exactly the level of service and support needed.
What to expect when you fly private
You can avoid wasting time when you fly private. There are no security lines to wait in, no baggage check-in process, and you won’t have to spend hours sitting in the terminal. Furthermore, a private charter company can often fly into smaller airports that are not served by commercial airlines, getting you closer to your final destination.
Private jet travellers are in a unique situation in that they can arrive less than an hour before their flight, regardless of the country. That’s because you don’t have to go through the regular security and baggage screenings.
Private planes may fly at the same speed as commercial airlines, but your flight will feel quicker because you won’t have to arrive extra early to stand in long security lines. Not to mention, private jets have a check-in and tarmac time that is shorter than traditional airlines, saving you even more time.
With fewer reasons for any delays at the airport, you will have a much smoother and more efficient flight experience.
Sarah Keates, Founder of WOI said, “For business travellers, flying private is like accessing a time machine. It means you can complete double or triple the meetings otherwise possible and still make it home in time for dinner. Our private jet clients are all about giving back time to their customers. These include VVIPs, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, and Fortune 500 companies. Interestingly, the sector is now being more widely utilised by start-ups and SMEs – indicating greater awareness that jet travel “makes sense” when it comes to doing business.”
When you fly private, you can expect a much higher level of privacy than you would receive when flying commercial. Private charter companies typically do not allow anyone but the passengers and the crew to enter the aircraft, which means that you will have complete privacy during your flight. In addition, most private charter companies have their own private terminals (known as FBO’s), which are often located away from the main airport terminals. This means that you will not have to deal with the crowds and chaos of a busy airport terminal, and you can relax in peace and privacy before your flight. In Hong Kong, as an example, Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre has just announced its plans for an enormous expansion. This will be completed in parallel with the third runway at Hong Kong International Airport and will provide business travellers with greater efficiency and privacy.
When it comes to private jet travel, personalization is the ultimate luxury.
Unlike commercial airlines, which have to transport large numbers of passengers at once, private jets can be tailor-made to suit the needs of the individual traveller. Typical requests range from wellness IV drips and children’s entertainment to Michelin star quality pet’s meals.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxed and comfortable flight experience or you want to conduct meetings on board and not waste a moment, there’s a private jet out there that can make it happen. Some companies, including WOI client, Jet Luxe, have a 24-hour, 365-day global concierge service that can complete almost any request on your behalf before you fly.
This means that you can choose your own departure time, catering, entertainment, bed linens, and even aircraft type, allowing you to create a truly personalized flying experience.
In addition, private jet travellers also enjoy a higher level of service and attention from the crew. With fewer passengers on board, the crew is able to provide a more intimate and attentive experience, getting to know each passenger and anticipating their needs.
You may request alternative crew or bespoke staff like a bartender or secretary if desired, although most private jet planes require a pilot, co-pilot, and flight attendant. Discuss your goals with your concierge or jet operator beforehand to ensure you receive the appropriate flight crew.
Prior to your flight, it is likely that your charter company have inquired about your cabin preferences. The pleasure of comfortable leather recliners with ample leg room can easily be transformed if you plan to sleep on your flight or have other plans that can be accommodated. You may request a seating area for a business meeting, a romantic meal or a place to play fun games with friends, family or colleagues. Most jets have a flexible layout meaning that you could work in one area of the cabin while other members of your party rest.
Your private jet experience offers the flexibility to meet your needs, whatever they may be.
The food on private jets is a step above what you would find in first or business class on a commercial airline. Private charter planes allow visitors to be extremely innovative in terms of their culinary and drink selections. Many private jet catering services provide passengers with a large selection of menu options.
On a typical private jet, you’ll find a variety of fresh fruits, gourmet cheeses, cured meats, homemade breads, and other delicious snacks. There is also usually a selection of fine wines and Champagnes to enjoy. If you’re flying on a larger jet with a chef on board, then you can expect an even more impressive culinary experience, with everything from caviar to made-to-order entrees. In short, the food on private jets is designed to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning passengers (even pets).
Whether it’s flying to a destination for business or leisure, today’s charter passengers have an increasing number of options when it comes to in-flight entertainment. From personal device integration to Wi-Fi, music, live entertainment, and games, there are a variety of ways to stay entertained while in the air. For those looking for a more personalized experience, some private jet operators offer bespoke entertainment packages that can be tailored to individual preferences.
As Covid-19 highlighted the risks involved with travel, there has been a growing focus on hygiene and cleanliness. One area that has come under scrutiny is air travel, and in particular, the cleanliness of commercial aircraft. Private jet operators have strict cleaning and disinfection protocols in place, and they are able to clean the aircraft more thoroughly between flights. In contrast, commercial airlines have to clean a plane in a very short time frame between flights, which means that they are not able to do as thorough a job.
Without the necessity to travel through the busy main terminal or share the cabin with potentially hundreds of other travellers, private jets offer the best solution for those focused on hygiene standards. Travelling on a private jet will reduce your “touch-points” by over 80% – greatly reducing the risk of getting sick while travelling.
Although you won’t have to worry about surpassing the weight limit with your luggage on a private flight, there may still be a space/weight restriction. All items you bring must be able to fit onboard, which might pose an issue if you’re travelling with larger equipment. If this is something you anticipate needing for your trip, be sure to notify the company ahead of time so special arrangements can be made, if necessary. If you’re concerned about your luggage going missing, knowing your valuables are with you on the jet at all times will help ease your concerns.
Private jet companies are acutely aware of the need for safety and security, both for their passengers and their crew. In order to maintain the highest standards of safety, they undergo regular audits by independent agencies. They also invest heavily in training their pilots and crew members. In addition, they have strict policies and procedures in place for dealing with any potential safety concerns. As a result, private jet companies are some of the safest and most reliable transportation providers in the world.
Private jets offer a number of benefits to their passengers. From increased privacy and comfort to faster travel times, private jets are an excellent way to travel for business or pleasure. If you’re looking for a luxurious experience that will make your journey more enjoyable, a private jet is the right choice for you.
This blog was created by White Orchid Insights WOI. White Orchid Insights is a marketing, branding, communications, and PR agency specialising in Education, Non-profit, and Business Aviation Marketing.
Images credit: Jet Luxe, Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre and WOI.