You finally decided to pull the trigger, and now your private jet charter is booked. Your bags are packed. You’ve reviewed your itinerary so many times you can probably recite it in your head. You’re eager to step on board the aircraft and enjoy a level of comfort that no commercial flight can compare with.
One of the biggest benefits of private air travel is the ability to have more control over your travels. You aren’t limited to generic snacks and drinks. You don’t have to worry about disturbing your seat neighbor with music or the clicking of the keyboard on your laptop. And you don’t have to bump your way down the narrow aisle on a quest to the bathroom.
But even though the aircraft is essentially “yours,” there are still a few important etiquette rules to follow, and we’re getting you up to speed. Some of these may sound like common sense, but others you’ll be glad we told you! Here’s our complete etiquette guide for private jet charter, in no particular order:
There isn’t necessarily a dress code for private flights, but there is such a thing as dressing appropriately. Consider the reason for your flight: if you’re traveling for a business meeting, then wearing business attire makes sense. If you’re heading out to the Caribbean for a family vacation, then a pair of jeans and a Hawaiian shirt might be in order.
Going too casual is often frowned upon, though. Flip flops, sweatpants, gym attire, and pajamas are usually no-go’s.
On a commercial flight, your goal once you’re on board the aircraft is to find your assigned seat. That’s not exactly the case with a private flight; however, while you won’t have an assigned seat, you will be expected to sit in roughly the same seat throughout the flight.
In typical fashion, the lead passenger will board the aircraft first and select their seat. Others will follow suit until each passenger has chosen a seat, or the lead passenger may recommend seats for the other passengers. Once in the air, you will be able to get up and move about the cabin, which may include switching seats.
Seating is much more relaxed in casual air travel than flying for business, so take account of your travel situation.
3. Take Off and Landing
Just like a commercial flight, you’ll be required to buckle up during take off and landing. This is an aviation safety standard across the industry, and private jets are no exception. Your flight crew will direct you as to when you will need to resume your seats and use seatbelts, and also notify you when it’s safe to get up from your seat.
4. Travel Documents
Similar to a commercial flight, you will need to have ID to board the aircraft and a passport to travel outside the country. However, one of the benefits of flying private is that you don’t have to stand in long lines to gain clearance to board. All of your ID checks are performed at the same time so you can spend less time in line.
5. Food & Beverage
Food and beverages are provided on private flights, and you can also request specific items to be stocked for your trip. Many travelers decide to indulge in alcoholic beverages during the flight, which is completely acceptable.
However, you will want to refrain from sneaking your own alcohol on board without the knowledge of the flight crew. Instead, simply hand over the bottles and allow them to properly store them and serve you. This also ensures you don’t go overboard on the alcohol to the point where it affects your behavior or well being.
Though you aren’t limited to one carry on and one personal item on a private jet, that doesn’t give you free reign to bring as many bags as you like. All aircraft have certain weight requirements they must meet, and there is a limit on how many bags can fit inside the cabin stowage.
It’s a good idea to know about how many bags you’ll be bringing ahead of time so your jet charter broker can find an aircraft to accommodate. Or, if you have already selected an aircraft, find out what the baggage limits are and tailor your packing accordingly.
Tipping is never required on a private jet charter, but it is also a very welcomed gesture. If you’re happy with the service you received, feel free to tip your on-board staff for a job well done.
Flight crew members do a lot of work behind the scenes, from preparing blankets and pillows for your comfort to stocking drinks and snacks to loading your bags onto the aircraft. They appreciate tips as an acknowledgement of their hard work, but they don’t view them as par for the course.
As for how much to tip? That’s entirely up to you. Tips are given at personal discretion, from $20 up to $1,000 or more. Take into account the level of service you receive, the length and cost of the flight, any extra work the crew performed (such as cleaning up after your pets) and your tipping preferences.
Are you ready to take flight on your first private jet charter? Let Access Jet Group give you the seamless experience you deserve. Contact our team today for pricing and availability.