If you are looking to start flying private, navigating the ins and outs of private jet travel can seem daunting.
To help you start traveling faster, we worked on ten suggestions to safely get on board your first private jet.
The term “membership” gets used a lot when referring to private aviation companies and the products they offer. There are some key aspects to consider when determining whether a single charter or a membership is the right choice for you. At a glance:
Whilst both options will allow you to charter a private jet, there are fundamental differences in the services that operators and brokers provide:
With tens of companies offering flights and private jet memberships, it’s critical to book from a reputable company. Research how long they’ve been operating and ask for legal registration documents, such as:
Before selecting a private aviation company, ensure safety is their top priority. Ask about the company’s safety rating, the aircraft’s safety management system, as well as background on pilots’ experience and total hours flown. These standards should be clearly stated and available for you.You can read about VistaJet’s standards here.
A thorough commitment to safety is more important now than ever. Aviation companies should provide upfront communication on specific sterilization methods, if they’re offering passenger screenings, what onboard medical services are offered and details on emergency protocols. VistaJet lists theirs here.
Discuss in advance your terms and conditions before you sign your contract. In particular, check how you will be covered should you need to request a last-minute cancellation.
To ensure that the company can get you a plane when you need it, ask about the company’s network, fleet size and guaranteed availability of aircrafts outside typical booking deadlines, to be covered for any emergency travel needs.
Ensure your membership contract does not limit you to one type of aircraft regardless of the distance you’re traveling, or how many passengers fly with you, to avoid being locked in even if your needs change. Make sure to look at the portfolio of products and services available, and determine which solutions are best for your needs. Discover the VistaJet fleet here.
There is no set standard of services across private aviation and companies can differ dramatically when it comes to offering even the most common services:
You can find a highlight of VistaJet’s cabin experience here.
If you are not going on a round trip or need a flight on a specific time, One Way flights allow you to fly from a fixed departure airport to anywhere in the world, which could prove a benefit when traveling from an area with few charter jets or during a lower demand time. Empty Legs are offered on aircraft flying empty to reposition for an already booked charter trip. They have pre-defined departures and destinations, but if they match your travel needs, can be ideal for short notice leisure trips and are often the best value option. Find VistaJet current offers here.
At VistaJet we aim to make flying simple. Our customers have access to a fleet of over 70 aircraft around the globe and pay only for the hours they need. To date, we have flown to over 1,900 airports in 96% of the world’s countries, making us the first and only global aviation company.