The most common entry point for business jet travel is charter. It offers in-flight productivity and time savings, with no long-term capital or personnel commitment. It also provides an opportunity to evaluate and determine which aircraft best suits the majority of your travel requirements, before you consider fractional or full aircraft ownership. Since most of the 2,200+ US jet charter companies also are aircraft management companies, you’ll have the chance to evaluate them as well.
Selecting the right charter operator requires specific due diligence, as you will be entrusting it with your safety and security, as well as that of your key executives, clients, vendors, and family. While your peers may be able to offer recommendations, vetting an operator is best left to the experts: aviation consultants who live and breathe aviation safety and service.
Many consultants provide charter auditing services, and can thoroughly review any operator before you book a flight. Companies like ARGUS and Wyvern have been doing so for more than twenty years. They provide operator reviews and ratings using a variety of safety and service criteria, from regulatory compliance and safety records to operational control and customer service. Only after you have this vital information should you consider price.
Charter also provides back-up transportation for aircraft owners with schedule conflicts or when the aircraft is down for maintenance. In fact, 30% of all business jet charter is flown by current aircraft owners.
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