Perhaps unsurprisingly, global demand for private jets has seen a sharp rise as concerns around Coronavirus grow. While initially private flights were requested to evacuate from affected areas, demand has progressed to include those customers seeking to avoid busy airport terminals worldwide or seeking alternatives to cancelled commercial flights.
How to protect yourself from Coronavirus while traveling
- Avoid touching things and other people:
- The virus is more likely to be transmitted by contact than via airborne spread;
- Avoid handshakes and kissing when greeting people;
- Inform people you are travelling to meet of the precautions you are taking.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water:
Coronaviruses are encased in a lipid envelope – a thin layer of fat. Soap breaks the lipids apart and make the virus unable to infect you.
- Check with your travel provider that your aircraft and ground transport have been appropriately sanitised after their previous occupants left.
- Ask your travel provider what they are doing to protect their staff and customers.
If they don’t have a plan to protect their staff, they might not be looking after you appropriately.
VistaJet’s response to Coronavirus
The wellbeing of passengers and crew is our highest priority and we have taken actions to further strengthen our safety procedures:
- VistaJet is receiving expert security and safety advice from Control Risks and Osprey, using both human and AI-driven intelligence;
- MedAire are providing leading medical air support on the ground and in the air;
- Each VistaJet aircraft is sanitized after every flight to help eliminate any potential spread;
- Every VistaJet aircraft includes hand sanitizer for crew and passenger use;
- All crew are checked for signs of the virus twice a day;
- Handshake greetings have been stopped and crew will wear protective masks and gloves when requested.
How to protect your business from Coronavirus
- Protect and empower your employees
- Send updates regularly. Your employees are your business. Without them you cannot succeed;
- Provide hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes in all offices;
- Prepare or review work-from-home policies.
- Pay close attention to your clients
- Ensure they are happy and acting normally;
- Identify your biggest clients and contact them regularly to keep their confidence and adapt to their current needs.
- Take care of yourself
- You are the leader. Protecting your health and wellbeing means ensuring the company retains its guide throughout confusing moments;
- Try not to let anxiety take over, in order to focus on what your business needs from you right now;
- Do not put yourself at risk, travel safe and build time to eat well and rest – a clear mind is even more in demand in time of uncertainty;
- Plan for your worst-case scenario
It is better to have a plan and not need it, than need it and not have it.