The spread of Covid-19 saw the world close its borders with airlines commercially and privately, cutting their schedules significantly. With places slowly opening up once again, the aviation industry has seen an increase in chartered flights. Not only are they becoming much more available with new companies popping up, but the standard of flying away from the public adds another safety level cutting down the spread of Covid.
Here are some charter flight service insights for you to travel most efficiently with the new normal of the world and flying.
What is the price of flying with a charter service?
Depending on the duration of your flight, the ticket price may vary with a chartered flight, just as it would when flying commercially. The duration of your stay and the kind of plane you are flying in will also alter the price.
The costs vary a lot depending on the company you fly with. Some companies see average prices up to $10,000 per hour, while other small jets have seen prices of around $5000 for flights between one and two hours. If you’re looking to fly a long-haul flight on a much bigger plane such as London to New York, you could pay anything up to $130,000.
If you’re looking to get the most out of your free time and want to become a frequent flyer, some charter airlines offer a subscription service or loyalty plan. Short-term leasing programs give flyers the chance to hire a plane for a fixed fee between one and three months. These subscriptions provide you up to 50 hours a month worth of flying, with additional hours available at a reduced price.
The costs include fuel, handling fees, and the crew, with additional expenses usually being for technical difficulties such as overnight plane storage and de-icing. Catering also comes with the price, but it will come at an extra charge if you have specific food requests.
How Do I Get A Private Plane?
A lot of airports have their own private terminals dedicated to chartered flyers. If they do not, a private charter broker will work with operators to handle private traffic. Terminals are efficient, quiet places that are well equipped to give passengers a fast transaction from departure to arrival.
What Private Plane Should I Book?
Depending on the number of people in your party who are traveling together, the route, budget, and luggage requirement will determine which private plane you should book. Long-haul flights will require bigger jets. In these bigger planes, you can seat up to 18 people with options for sleeping, ample bathroom facilities, and multiple zones to relax. As a result, the aircraft could be more luxurious than the hotel.
The most common aircraft flying for private use are the Hawker 900XP and the Citation XLS mid-sized jets. They can hold up to eight passengers but are often seen with flyers traveling on their own. These flights are usually between four and five hours and hold around eight luggage items.
How Early Do I Need To Book?
Planning and booking are some of the main aspects when it comes to traveling, and it’s always easier the earlier you start. When it comes to chartered flying, PrivateFly has a booking to take-off record of just 16 minutes. Most chartered flyers will book the same week as they want to fly, but at least 24 hours notice is advised. New meetings, trips, and events are popping up all the time, sometimes private flying is essential, and it also needs to be quick and spontaneous.
Can I Bring My Pet?
In general, pets are allowed to be taken onboard private aircraft subject to possessing the correct pet passport, insurance, and any other animal travel restrictions. You may not be able to let your pet roam free around the aircraft due to the safety of others and the animal itself. An approved flight kennel will be needed.
Some companies offer pet packages with their flights providing regulated sleep mats, care kits, menus, and courses that can give your animal the training to combat a fear of flying.
Can I Make Changes To My Destination?
When it comes to chartered flying, there is more room for flexibility compared to commercial airlines. Whether to extend your trip or change the destination, this is all available, but notice is required. Giving notice allows the airline to alter flight plans and ensure permission is granted for the new destination. This will usually come at an additional cost to cater to extra flight time, more significant landing fees, and other charges that landing at different airports may incur.
Is Specific Insurance Required To Fly Privately?
There is alternate insurance that chartered airlines provide, known as operator insurance, but it is always recommended that you obtain regular insurance that you would get when flying regularly.