Published March 2021
Welcome to the exceptional world of private aviation where you get to enjoy complete control of your travel experience. Private aviation delivers the freedom to tailor every detail to your unique preferences and needs. Here, we've assembled a guide to help you understand private jet charter (and its alternatives) so you can better understand the best choices for you.
Is Private Jet Charter the Best Option for Me?
To make sure we answer the most critical questions, we need to begin here. Chartering a private jet may be the most well-known option for passengers entering the private travel space, but it's not the only option. Here's a high-level assessment of the most popular ways to fly private.
Private Jet Charter
With private jet charter, flights are purchased individually as one-ways or round trips (usually under 24 hour return windows). The billing is based on hourly rates with additional factors depending on circumstances (I.e. empty legs, repositioning, landing fees, etc.) The flexibility of each flight and the absence of long-term commitments makes private jet charter the favorite option for clients who aren't sure about frequency of future travel needs.
In this way, chartering a private jet allows:
Private jet charter provides you the opportunity to experience the comfort, safety, and convenience of private aviation while maintaining flexibility on a flight-to-flight basis. Passengers with more frequent travel needs should explore the benefits provided by jet card memberships or possibly acquisition when appropriate. We'll briefly introduce jet card memberships here.
Private Jet Card Memberships
Private jet card memberships are ideal for frequent flyers who are not interested or prepared to own and manage an aircraft. They are designed so flight hours are purchased in larger packages, usually 25 or 50 hours. Dumont JETS offers customizable options that can be discussed with our Charter team at 302.777.1003 (ext. 1).
Jet cards have rapidly grown in popularity in recent years due to the perks they afford their members. These perks vary from provider to provider, but they often include features like:
How to Select the Best Choice for Private Jet Charter
Assuming you're primarily interested in the private jet charter option, let's take a look at what details to consider when choosing your private jet. We recommend you look at two main factors when choosing how you're going to fly: the aircraft and the operator. Both are critical to the quality of your private aviation experience.
Here, we hope to provide you with a useful guide to get acquainted with the options available to you. Before you make your decision, we do recommend speaking with a private aviation consultant who will be able to apply their thorough knowledge of the industry to your unique needs and preferences.
Understanding Your Options: Private Jets
Picking the right aircraft for your travel is a matter of prioritizing the right details in your planning. Some are practical – like passenger count, range, and luggage. Others are about your in-flight preferences – like Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, turbulence allowance, and culinary capabilities.
Private jets are organized into three main classes that indicate aircraft size, passenger capacity, range and hourly rate. These are heavy jets, midsize jets, and light jets. There are variations and subcategories within each class, but they give you a good idea of your primary options.
Heavy Jet Options
Short of business liners (commercial aircraft sizes customized for personal use), heavy jets make up the upper echelon of the private aviation world. They offer the best of the best – the most space, the longest range, the highest luggage capacity, etc. To give you a better picture of the heavy jet class, let's take a look at some examples from the Dumont JETS fleet.
Similarities and Limitations of Light Jets
A light jet like the Dumont JETS Hawker 400XP has a few similarities to its super midsize counterpart the Falcon 50. For example:
The Final Step to Choosing the Right Charter Solution
If you begin with basic questions like the range, capacity (passengers & luggage), and amenities you'll need, deciding the right jet becomes much easier. The final step involves the operator you choose for your charter experience. Every provider promises excellent customer service so how do you decide which operator to choose? Here's a few insights into find the right provider for your preferences.
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