Are you considering private air travel for the first time? Or perhaps you have flown private on your company’s tab and are looking to book your first leisure flight? Whatever the case, Access Jet Group is here to take the guesswork out of the process and help you get the most out of your experience.
With more than 10 years in the private air charter industry, we have received many of the same questions from our clients. We created this resource to help you get helpful, honest answers and make it easy to book a private jet for your travels.
Here is your all-access guide to private jet travel plus valuable tips to heighten your experience.
Is Private Jet Charter Right for Me?
Chartering a private jet was long considered a luxury reserved for billionaires or celebrities, but that is no longer the case. More private operators have entered the market, helping to drive down the costs of charter flights and bringing greater access to the masses. Companies of all sizes and industries, families, couples, and groups are all choosing private jets for their travel needs, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a premiere charter broker, Access Jet Group has an extensive network featuring more than 7,000 aircraft from the industry’s most trusted operators. Our partnerships ensure you get competitive pricing based on your travel schedule and aircraft requirements.
But aside from the cost of a private jet, is your own private flight the best option for you? Consider the following objectives:
● You have remote travel needs
● The number of people you travel with often changes from flight to flight
● You make frequent trips
● You fly fewer than 50 hours per year
● Your travel schedule is often flexible
● You occasionally need to make spur-of-the-moment trips
If you answered yes to any of the above scenarios, then private charter is in your favor! On-demand private jet access continues to be the industry’s best bargain compared to fractional ownership and jet cards. Fractional ownership limits you to one type of aircraft, which may not suit all your travel needs. Jet cards require a sizable upfront investment and is usually only ideal for the most frequent fliers.
The Upside of Private Air Travel
In many cases, private air travel makes the most financial sense. But what about its many other benefits?
Some of the reasons people choose private air travel are:
● You can avoid crowded commercial airports and the delays that accompany them.
● Every flight is tailored to your needs, from snacks and entertainment to departure times.
● You get access to hundreds of airports where large commercial planes are not allowed.
● You are able to relax in total privacy with just you and your travel party on board.
● Private flights are more conducive to productivity and comfort.
● There is no risk of missing your flight or having your flight canceled.
Different people have different priorities and choose private jets for varying reasons. However, the above benefits are consistent among travelers no matter what encourages you to fly private.
What to Expect When You Fly Private
If you are a first timer to private jet charters, you likely have a vision of a luxury aircraft where every seat is first class. You might picture yourself being able stretch out with a glass of champagne in hand as you indulge in comforts and amenities commercial flights cannot compete with.
This vision is achievable, but truth be told, it is only the tip of the iceberg.
When you fly private, there are a few other perks you will appreciate:
● On-Demand Global Access
Chartering your own jet gives you access to fly anytime, anywhere on your choice of aircraft. You have total control over your itinerary rather than being forced to choose from pre-set commercial itineraries that might not be convenient for you.
Access Jet Group specializes in fully custom, on-demand private charters that can be tailored to your needs. Plus, our broad network of partners allows you to charter a flight to and from just about anywhere in the world. You can take your pick of aircraft size, type, and manufacturer to give you more flexibility in your trip.
Our charter broker services are pay-as-you-go, so you aren’t locked into any contracts or minimum investment. We price your flight based on current availability, and once your trip is confirmed, your quoted price is guaranteed, even if the actual flying time exceeds the quoted price.
● High Standards for Safety & Guest Experience
As a private jet charter broker, Access Jet Group sets the bar high when it comes to guest safety. We select our operating partners based on stringent criteria, including their ability to produce safety records that exceed FAA standards. Each of our partners is required to maintain the highest ratings available from outside auditing agencies, including ARGUS and Wyvern Wingman Certifications. We are also an ARGUS approved company. Check out this link ARGUS Approved Broker.
In addition to agency regulations, we have developed our own set of standards for our partners to ensure an optimal travel experience. These standards include:
● Luxury and comfort. Flying on a private jet should be a pleasure, and we will do everything we can to make your flight as luxurious and comfortable as possible.
● Discretion and security. Your privacy is just as important to us as it is to you.
● Schedule flexibility. Whether you are connecting with a commercial flight or need to fly according to your own timetable, our team makes it happen.
● Access to more airports. Private terminal access lets you skip the long security lines and delays in boarding. Plus, private aviation leverages thousands of more airports to get you closer to your end destination.
● Global coverage. No matter where you roam, our global network offers the largest coverage to help you move full speed ahead.
● Cost efficiency. As a charter broker, we make private operators compete for your business, so you can trust you are getting the best price for your flight.
● Choice of aircraft. With more than 7,000 aircraft in our network, you can take your pick of aircraft manufacturer, cabin size, and jet class.
● Dedicated account manager. Access Jet Group assigns you a dedicated concierge, available 24/7 to answer your questions and honor your requests, such as in-flight meal accommodations or last-minute arrangements.
How to Book a Private Jet Charter
Access Jet Group strives to provide a personalized, effortless booking experience. Here is a brief look at our process.
Step One: The Request
Reach out directly to Access Jet Group and tell us the details of your trip. We will use these details to recommend the right aircraft for your needs and budget.
Step Two: The Quote
We’ll provide you with a custom quote with your guaranteed bottom-line cost including fees and taxes. This quote reflects the best-sized, best-priced aircraft based on your needs. There is no obligation to book a flight when you request a quote. Once you confirm your flight, your quoted price is guaranteed.
Step Three: The Booking
Once you have confirmed your trip, we go to work in making your private flight everything you need it to be. We will guide you through additional amenities, such as gourmet on-board meals, arrangements for ground transportation, or other special requests. We can accept payment in advance or invoice you after your trip — your choice!
Step Four: The Finer Details
Are you celebrating a birthday? Or maybe heading to your favorite sports team’s big game? No matter where you are going or what you are doing, we’re here to make every moment count. Ask us how we can elevate your travel experience and ensure it is one to remember.
Step Five: The Flight
Our service to you does not end with your reservation. We continue to provide our high-level concierge service for the duration of your trip. Your dedicated account manager is available 24/7 in case additional needs arise so we can accommodate last-minute requests. We are always ready to serve, and your flight experience will speak for itself.
Choosing Your Private Aircraft
Though private jets are the definition of luxury, they can vary in terms of size and amenities. Size can also influence cost, so it’s important to consider what you need in a private jet prior to booking so you can find the best balance of price and comfort.
Access Jet Group offers a variety of aircraft sizes to help you reach your destination, including:
● Turbo Prop
Turbo prop jets are an excellent alternative to light jets and are ideal for short trips up to nine passengers. Because they’re powered by propellers, these jets offer a more modest speed, but this also allows them to access shorter runways. Turbo prop jets are commonly used to travel between neighboring states or islands.
● Light Jet
Commonly used for business day trips, light jets offer maximum cost efficiency without sacrificing comfort. These jets typically seat up to eight passengers and can travel up to 500 mph. Examples of a light jet include Citation V, Cessna CJ1, Hawker 400XP, and Beechjet 400A.
● Mid Jet
Mid jets are larger than light jets, making them perfect for group travel. They’re commonly used to make longer trips than light jets can accommodate, such as traveling from the north to the south. Popular mid jet options include the Learjet 45, Citation XLS, and Hawker 800XP.
● Super Mid Jet
Known as the fastest, most fuel-efficient business jets, super mid jets are the prime choice for corporate travel. They can usually accommodate as many as nine passengers and can travel from coast to coast nonstop. Super mid jet options include the Hawker 1000, Challenger 300, and Citation X.
● Heavy Jet
Heavy jets are synonymous with peak luxury, offering plenty of cabin space, generous seating, and high-end amenities like cocktail bars, bedrooms, and full bathrooms. It is easy to see why the heavy jet is preferred by athletes, corporate executives, and wealthy families. Common choices include the Gulfstream 550 and Gulfstream V, Falcon 900, and Challenger 604.
● Jumbo Jet
The largest option for private jet charter, jumbo jets are commonly chosen to fly large groups of people, from company boards to sports teams to musical ensembles and more. Common options include Boeing 757, BBJ, and Airbus A320.
Why Use a Private Jet Charter Broker
Booking a private flight using a jet charter broker gives you a few unique advantages. Much like a travel agent, private jet brokers match your travel needs to the best available jet operator for the best possible price.
We have access to a larger fleet of aircraft, which allows you to fly in the most efficient manner in a way that matches your schedule. This eliminates the need for you to price shop multiple options and allows you to cash in on the relationships we’ve built with the most reputable operators in private aviation.
Our clients rely on our in-depth knowledge of the industry to minimize disruptions to their trip. For example, our experience allows us to determine whether weather or last-minute schedule changes will require a different aircraft or airport. We are also well-versed in FAA requirements and regulations, such as rest needs for the crew. This is the responsibility of the operator, but our extra layer of oversight gives our clients confidence and peace of mind throughout their flight.
In addition, private jet brokers like Access Jet Group offer additional amenities to complement your private flight. We can arrange everything from special on-board amenities like meals or flowers to chauffeured ground transportation and lodging on your behalf.
How Access Jet Group Elevates Your Experience
As a respected private air charter broker, Access Jet Group is dedicated to ensuring an optimal flight experience from the moment you call until long after your aircraft’s wheels are on the ground. We are committed to working harder than any other broker in the industry, which is why we’re available 24/7 every day of the year to handle your requests and oversee your needs with the highest level of attention to detail.
We’ve also received the ARGUS registered charter broker rating, a prestigious designation earned by only a handful of private aviation companies. Earning this seal of approval required a lengthy work-in-review process that focused on our ethical standards, commitment to safety and quality, and compliance.
If you’re ready to elevate your travel experience, Access Jet Group is ready to deliver. Contact us today for pricing and availability and discover what a custom private jet charter can do for you!
Frequently Asked Questions about Private Jet Charter
Still have questions? Here are a few of the most common questions we receive regarding our private jet charter services. If you don’t see your question listed here, please reach out directly and we’ll be happy to help.
● Who is the FAA-certified charter operator that will handle the charter flight?
We’ve built strong partnerships with multiple operators to create a network of more than 7,000 aircraft. If you’re interested in knowing more details about the specific operator we book for you, let us know and we can provide information regarding their certifications, flight hours and experience, aviation insurance, how long they’ve been in business, and more.
● What accommodations does the charter company provide if there is a problem with flight arrangements?
Just like commercial air travel, private aviation isn’t immune to things like de-icing, severe weather, or other issues that can interfere with your trip. However, the advantage of working with a broker that has such an extensive network is that we can usually mitigate issues before they impact your travels. We handle all of the rescheduling and other changes on our end to ensure a smooth, seamless experience on your end. And once you confirm your flight, your quoted price is guaranteed.
● How much does it cost to charter a private jet?
Private jet charters can vary in price, based on several factors. For example, the distance you’re traveling, the type and size of the aircraft, your airport of departure (landing fees can vary by airport), and even the time of year can all impact how much you’ll pay for a private jet flight. The best practice is to reach out to Access Jet Group directly for a custom quote based on your unique travel needs.
● How can I lower the cost of a private charter jet?
If you’re not sure if a private charter will fit into your budget, you may want to consider an empty leg flight. Empty legs are the flights taken when jets are in route to a destination but do not have any passengers on board. Many operators offer empty leg flights to help offset the cost of flying to pick up a client. If you are flexible in when and where you’re traveling, then an empty leg flight might be right for you.
● How far in advance do I need to book a private jet charter?
In many cases, Access Jet Group can book your private charter in as little as an hour. Our record is 25 minutes! Our technology and expertise in the industry allow us to tap into our network of more than 7,000 aircraft to find one that matches your schedule.
If you need catering or other special requests for your flight, we can accommodate these requests on short notice, but they may take a little extra preparation time.
● Once I board the aircraft, how long will it be until takeoff?
All flights are subject to air traffic control, regardless of the airport. In most cases, your aircraft will be in the air within minutes. In some cases, however, the plane will need to wait for a takeoff slot. Smaller airports with less air traffic tend to see faster takeoff times.
Book Your Private Jet Charter with Access Jet Group
Get ready for takeoff! Access Jet Group’s team of experienced professionals is standing by to connect you with the best aircraft operator based on your travel needs and budget. Contact us today for a custom quote on private jet charters and enjoy the journey!