Published February 2021
Those who choose to fly privately do so for the freedom to tailor their travel experience to their unique trip. Part of that process involves selecting the right aircraft for your travel plans. Today, Dumont JETS will walk you through the most important considerations that help will you determine what type of aircraft will best serve your needs.
Consideration 1: How Many Passengers Can Your Private Jet Accommodate?
We begin with the most important consideration for your trip; passenger count. Make sure you have a rough estimate of how many passengers will be in your party. Some private aviation operators charge by the seat but with our aircraft, the passenger pays for the plane. By beginning with this filter, you'll be able to focus on more specific amenities and preferences from a pool of aircraft able to accommodate your passengers.
If you're planning on traveling with other passengers whom you will want to engage with over a meal or a business meeting, be sure to select an aircraft with a layout that can accommodate your activities (i.e. four person table).
If you need help planning the details of your trip, Dumont JETS is prepared to help manage your trip logistics and provide a customized private aviation experience.
Consideration 2: How Much Luggage Can Your Private Jet Carry?
Unlike large commercial airlines that have very large cargo holds, there are limitations for most private jets as it relates to the amount of baggage they can hold and passengers they can accommodate.
The weight of the passengers and luggage will also affect the performance of each aircraft differently. The amount of runway length they will need for takeoff and landing, as well as the range they can fly without refueling, will be affected. Knowing this information is crucial to making sure you get the right plane for your needs without sacrificing a great private flight experience.
Manufacturers of private jets specify luggage capacity in terms of cubic feet. Aircraft operators and brokers will have access to these specifications. Make sure you ask for this information if you are not familiar with a particular aircraft’s capacity.
To get a better idea of the space available on different classes of private jets, here's a few examples:
Consideration 3: What is the Range of Your Private Jet?
Different aircraft provide different ranges depending on fuel capacity and efficiency. As a result, the aircraft you choose must be able to comfortably reach your desired destination. When making this decision, you'll want to consider the details of your own trip. Let's look at a few examples.
Generally, the larger the aircraft, the longer its range. There are exceptions to this rule, but it serves as a good approach to selecting the best aircraft for your trip. Here's a few examples to give you an idea of the differences.
Comparison: Super Midsize vs. Heavy Jet
If you choose a smaller aircraft, you can extend your range by breaking up your trip into multiple legs. Still, a multi-leg flight on a smaller aircraft isn't guaranteed to be more cost-effective than a single leg flight on a slightly larger aircraft with longer range.
Due to the complexities of trip logistics and aviation requirements, we recommend speaking with our trip planning team here at Dumont JETS to ensure every detail of your trip is professionally handled.
Consideration 4: What Amenities Do You Prefer for your In-Flight Experience?
To fully enjoy your private aviation experience, you'll want to be aware of what amenities you'd prefer to have onboard your aircraft. While the industry is continuously updating and improving the general standards of aviation comfort, there are differences between certain models of aircraft (and their operators). Here are a few key details to consider while planning your flight.
Many lighter jets may be Wi-Fi equipped, but larger jets like the Falcon 2000 and Gulfstream IVSP bring faster, more reliable Wi-Fi. Don't just ask your provider if your potential aircraft is Wi-Fi equipped – ask about the comparative performance of the Wi-Fi between a few available jets.
Other amenities related to connectivity include sufficient outlets relative to the number of passengers and devices you'll have on board. Before booking your aircraft, ensure that it has the Wi-Fi capabilities and other features you will need to stay connected during your trip.
When planning your trip, don't neglect an essential element of your comfort – food! Especially on longer flights, make sure that your aircraft is equipped with the degree of functionality you will need. For specifics, confirm with your private charter provider the particulars of your aircraft's cabin and galley to make sure the aircraft you select is the right fit for your culinary needs.
Talk with a Private Aviation Consultant
If you demand an excellent, custom tailored private aviation experience, we recommend having a conversation with a private aviation consultant. A private aviation consultant will be able to translate your needs and preferences into more than just the right aircraft.
You'll enjoy a personally crafted aviation experience that will be smooth and enjoyable from the very first phone call. Our team at Dumont Aviation has helped to deliver thousands of hours of exceptional aviation experiences to our clients. If you would like the trust and confidence that comes from working with an industry-leading private jet charter provider, then let's start the conversation.