Swaths of the country are reopening in the coming weeks and months. As stay-at-home orders recede, getting where you need or want to be is set to change dramatically.
Airlines are cutting flights as much as 90% for the foreseeable future. It’s unsure how soon networks and frequency will be restored. Before the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, those flights took millions daily to important business meetings, family visits, long-awaited vacations and short-weekend getaways.
Private Jet operators offer lower rates, Federal Excise Taxes of 7.5% are no longer collected for the year 2020. Fuel costs are at the lowest level ever, plus demand is down. Jet Operators and Aircraft owners are aggressively competing for your business. PrivateJet Advisor sources quotes from 50 Plus Alliance Partners–The Operators aggressively bid for your business.
About 80% of U.S. private flights are under two hours, driven by the efficiency of flying nonstop instead of connecting.
“85% percent of the over 600 business aviation executives are very or fairly optimistic about their company’s future”
Then there’s the issue of not getting sick when you travel. With over 45,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., until there is a vaccine or cure, social distancing and minimizing situations where we are in large groups of people will be paramount.
An observatory study done by European private jet charter operator Globe Air found that transiting passenger terminals at airports and flying on a commercial airliner creates around 270 possible person-to-person interactions where one could be exposed to Coronavirus versus less than 20 on private flights.
That research doesn’t even account for bacteria, germs, and fungi that could be lurking on the surfaces on aircraft cabins. It’s not just your tray table. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation found your headrest had the most filth. Its report noted nearly half of the surfaces swabbed on airline flights contained levels of bacteria or yeast and mold that could put a person at risk for infection.
All of the above leads many in private aviation to expect an influx of new fliers. Eighty-five percent of the over 600 business aviation executives on the Corporate Jet Investor webinar said they are very or fairly optimistic about their company’s future, even though business for many is off by as much as 80%.
“Flying privately won’t add years to your life, but it will add years of enjoyment to your life.”
Whether it’s health risk concerns or just getting where you need to be, people and companies that have the means to fly privately, but had previously eschewed it, are now looking going to be looking at the options.
If you’re a person who may have flown privately a few times, or not at all, and never justified the time savings, privacy and efficiency, but are taking a fresh view, this guide is designed to point you in the right direction.
Where do I start?
Excellent question, and one that believe it or not, alpha successful folks don’t always consider as they charge in. The most common source is to secure aircraft options, costs etc. You may have to visit multiple sites- with Private Jet Advisor you receive multiple quotes from highly rated FAA Part operators. The most intelligent process to compare rates, aircraft options. Plus you receive Charter Agreements issued by the operator direct. This includes your aircraft tail number, guaranteed pricing and aircraft availability.
What are the best private jet options for me?
One-off charters are the typical entry point. In industry lingo this is called on-demand. The next option is some sort of jet card or membership program. It’s another form of charter. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 60 providers with policies and benefits varying widely. In fact, I’ve identified over 65 variables that can impact which program is right for you. Our Team Members are here to provide you with options, costs. Yes we help you compare this with Business Class Air fares for trips to Europe,