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Top 10 Myths About Private Jet Travel - Charter Flight Group

Top 10 Myths About Private Jet Travel

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August 16, 2021

Yves Brancheau

There are many private jet myths, especially since only a small percentage of the population has ever flown private. These aviation myths may often deter people who may otherwise charter a jet.

If you have thought about hiring a private jet but have some hesitation, check out this list of private jet myths and learn what private jet travel is really like.

1. Private Jets Are Not as Safe as Commercial

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about flying a private jet is that it is safer to fly commercial. They think that commercial airlines have stricter procedures regarding who they hire and intensive training programs. People may also think that private jets are not subject to the same safety policies and standards as commercial jets.

With Charter Flight Group, the pilots and fleet are just as safe as what you would find at a commercial airline. Every single flight goes through a safety check before the jet leaves the ground. The aircraft are all ARG/US certified and WYVERN authorized, which are the strictest safety standards in the industry and a standard you will only find with a few brokers.

2. It Is a Hassle to Book a Private Jet

Those who have never hired a private jet think that it is an arduous task to book a private jet. Most people already hate booking a commercial flight as there are so many hurdles to go through. They can only assume that booking a private jet would be even more of an ordeal.

However, booking a private jet with us is easy. You do not have to go all over the internet trying to find the flight that suits your needs. Instead, enter your destination and the date you are traveling to get an instant quote. There is no guesswork – you enter where and when you want to go and everything else is taken care of. 

Our team has access to 6,000+ turboprops, executive jets and airlines and use proprietary software to help you get the best value. With Charter Flight Group, choose a specific make and model for each of your flights so that you can always suit your needs.

Do you need to get in the air quickly? We can get you up in the air within three hours of your booking. There is no need to wait.

If you frequently make the same trip, you can join our fixed route program. The Charter Flight Group uses a proprietary process to ensure that you pay the same price every time you fly the same route.

Try our Jet Card membership if you plan to fly a lot each year. You will get membership perks and the team can help you plan your entire trip, even after you land. Membership allows you to set your annual travel budget without any surprises at the end of the year.

3. You Still Have to Go Through Security When Flying Private

Many people think that you still have to wait in a lot of lines and go through TSA when you fly private, the same as you do when flying commercial. Spending up to two hours (sometimes more if something is wrong) in the airport before you can even get on the plane is a waste of your precious time. 

On the contrary, when you charter a jet, you do not have to go through security or wait in long, annoying lines. Most charters have a separate entrance, so you will not have to go through the airport at all. You will simply meet someone at the gate, show your identification, and you are ready to board.

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4. It Is More Cost-Effective to Buy a Private Jet

You want to make the best choice for you financially and you might have heard several people say that it is more cost-effective to buy a private jet instead of hiring one when you need it. 

What they do not tell you is how expensive it is to buy a jet. First, you have the cost of the jet itself, which can be exorbitant. Then, you will have maintenance fees, fuel, and staff to pay. On top of all that, there are also storage costs to consider. 

While you can always put your jet to charter to offset some of the costs, you are looking at a lot of work. You will either have to hire someone to manage it for you or you will be responsible for chartering it out.

Chartering a private jet is not all that expensive compared to owning a jet, and in some cases, can be much more cost effective. With our programs like fixed-route and Jet Card, hiring a private jet can be affordable.

5. There Are Not as Many Available Destinations

You may be concerned about flying private because you worry that there are not as many destinations available to you. There is no point in hiring a private jet if it cannot take you where you need to go. Many people do not even bother to check for a private jet because they just assume they will not be able to find one for their destination.

In actuality, private jets can access more destinations than commercial airlines. They can fly into any commercial airport. They can also access FBOs (fixed base operators) and can often get to places a commercial airline cannot. If you are traveling to a remote destination, then a private jet may be able to get you even closer than a commercial airline.

You may be concerned about flying private because you worry that there are not as many destinations available to you. There is no point in hiring a private jet if it cannot take you where you need to go. Many people do not even bother to check for a private jet because they just assume they will not be able to find one for their destination.

In actuality, private jets can access more destinations than commercial airlines. They can fly into any commercial airport. They can also access FBOs (fixed base operators) and can often get to places a commercial airline cannot. If you are traveling to a remote destination, then a private jet may be able to get you even closer than a commercial airline.

6. It Is Much Slower to Fly Private

Many people avoid private jet travel because they think it is going to be much slower than a commercial airline. They worry that the smaller aircraft used when flying private will not go as fast as a full-size jet. 

While the aircraft itself may be a little slower, everything else goes much more quickly, so your overall time from booking to arrival will be less. You can book faster, bypass security and lines, and can usually be up in the air within three hours of booking. Some private flights can access locations that commercial airlines cannot, so you may be able to land closer to your destination. 

7. The Pilots Are Not as Well-Trained on a Private Jet

It is a common misconception that private jet pilots do not have as much training as commercial airline pilots. However, most private jet pilots are just as well-trained, if not more so. 

All pilots have WYVERN approval and a commercial pilot license from the FAA. Each pilot undergoes training and background checks and meets all training and flight-hour regulations. Pilots fly the same jet every trip, allowing them to become experts of their particular craft. 

8. Only Millionaires Can Fly Private

You may think that only celebrities and CEOs of huge corporations are the only ones to fly private. However, lots of people choose to hire a private jet, and not all are millionaires and A-listers. 

There are many reasons to fly private. It is less hassle and can often be booked last minute. While it does cost more than flying first class, the prices are not exorbitant, especially when it is shared between a few passengers. While you may not be famous, you can still enjoy all the perks and amenities associated with private jet travel. You will have your pillows fluffed ad enjoy delicious gourmet snacks while onboard. 

9. If Bad Weather Delays a Commercial Flight, Private Flights Are Also Delayed

One of the most frustrating aspects of air travel is having your flight delayed by the weather. There is nothing you can do to control it and you may be stuck for hours over a small weather concern. You may be reluctant to book a private flight if there is a chance of bad weather, especially if you are worried that you may lose money.

However, chartered flights are not always subject to the same rules as a commercial airlines. Commercial airlines have strict regulations regarding the weather, but a private jet can often still fly. While the weather is sometimes too bad to fly at all, smaller jets can often handle bad weather than larger jets. They can often avoid storms by flying at high altitudes. 

With a private jet, you have more flexibility around the weather. You and the pilot can discuss alternative routes. They may also be able to access other airports and bypass the bad weather that way. 

10. Private Jets Are Bad for the Environment

One concern with private jets (and all airline travel) is that flying is bad for the planet. With climate change becoming more of an issue each year, we have to be careful with what we do. 

However, there are ways to fly private without adding extra harm to the environment. Since you get to pick the jet you want to hire, you can choose the most fuel-efficient option. You can also take steps to offset your carbon footprint and minimize damage. 

Parting Thoughts

Now that some of the biggest private jet myths have been busted, it is time to charter your first flight. Put in your dates and destinations to get a quote today.

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