How To Charter
Chartering a private jet can be a complicated process. The difference between a charter flight and a scheduled flight on an airline is that a charter flight involves the passenger renting an entire aircraft to fly a specific route, as opposed to buying a seat on a commercial carrier.
Unlike fractional jet ownership or jet cards, a charter flight comes with no long-term commitment. You can call us to arrange a single flight for you a la carte without any fees to purchase a card, membership or airplane share. If you're interested in private jet charter flights, read our list of factors to consider below and then get in touch!
three categories of air charter:
We are available to help arrange charter in any of the categories, with Public Charter requiring the most lead time for filing and DOT approvals:
A single-entity charter is one in which an individual or company charters a plane and bears the entire cost of the flight, so that the passengers do not pay their own airfare. There is no minimum passenger requirement, since the cost is per flight, not per person. Single-entity charters are typically used for business purposes -- for example, travel to meetings and conferences, incentive travel or VIP leisure travel.
An affinity charter is slightly different in that, although all of the passengers are affiliated with a specific business, group or organization, each pays his own airfare. The passengers might be sports or music fans traveling to a special event, or a bunch of friends going on vacation. With this type of charter, none of the seats can be sold to members of public.
A public charter is one in which a tour operator rents the aircraft, advertises and sells seats to members of the public. In the case of public charters, the flight must be filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation, a rather complex and cumbersome process. The tour operator also must assume a legal responsibility to provide the transportation service, and must abide by DOT requirements for the protection of the clients' money.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN THINKING ABOUT CHARTERING A FLIGHT:
1) Choosing the right airplane
The first step is to identify the right type of aircraft for your group. Here are the initial key decisions that are made:
- Number of passengers. Our Preferred Partner Network of aircraft have airplanes that will accommodate groups of 4 to 400+.
- Airplane configuration. Are you most interested in luxury or price? The nicer the configuration, the higher the price on a “per seat” basis.
- Location & Distance. There are different types of planes in different locations throughout North America. We can narrow down your options based on where you’ll be departing from and how far you need to fly.
2) Selecting the right operator
A charter operator must be licensed in the same way as a taxi or limo driver. We are experts in understanding the landscape of charter operators. We vet them all based on their safety records, aircraft fleet, reliability and other intangibles.
Your safety is our number one priority. Once we’re comfortable with the operational safety aspect, we focus on the other important aspects, such as comfort, convenience and price.
3) Getting the best price
Because there are hundreds of different aircraft types available for charter and thousands of operators, it can be very difficult to uncover the best prices available for charter. We pride ourselves on our ability to negotiate the best possible price on every journey on your behalf.
We help you minimize the expense of your trip from every angle. From strategically selecting well-located airplanes to minimize ferrying (or “repositioning”) expenses, to selecting airports with lower operating fees (such as landing, parking, deicing, and fuel), we serve as your partner to provide the most economical experience possible.
4) Taking care of the details
Air charter is a highly regulated business, which can make the process of correctly contracting the right airplane complicated and cumbersome. We have all of the requisite knowledge of Department or Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) procedures to navigate this process on your behalf and stand by to make it simple and worry free.