WHAT IS BUSINESS AVIATION?
Business Aviation refers to any flight arranged for a specific purpose which is not part of a scheduled airline service. These services are also sometimes referred to as charter flights, business jets and private jets.
WHAT ARE TYPICAL CHARTER COSTS?
The cost of flying Business Aviation is probably less onerous than you think. The industry has developed a range of options which deliver exactly the right packages to fit most requirements.
Flights are usually costed on an hourly rate and will vary according to the size and type of the aircraft required, which usually will be determined by the number of people on board and the length of the flights.
Other cost factors can include waiting time, landing and handling fees, government passenger taxes, taxi fees, insurance and any crew costs for overnights etc.
In some circumstances there is a minimum charge which might exceed the hourly rate. And in some circumstances you might have to pay for the cost of the aircraft to be re-located to meet your requirements.
A 15-20% deposit could be required of a new customer whether you book through charter brokers or direct with operators.
HOW DO I JUSTIFY USING BUSINESS AVIATION RATHER THAN SCHEDULED FLIGHTS?
Flying Business Aviation can save money, boost productivity and promote both well-being and job satisfaction through:
- significant time-saving
- gain of control – no missed flights
- customised schedules
- space to work and rest
- privacy for meetings
- in-flight connectivity
- comfort and service
- reduced stress
WHAT ARE MY BUSINESS AVIATION OPTIONS?
Chartering is the easiest way to start and is the best option for occasional Business Aviation flyers. It involves hiring an aircraft for a journey on a one-off basis without a longer-term contractual commitment.
Fractional ownership of a plane allows you to share the costs of purchasing, leasing and operating a plane among multiple owners.
Jet cards allow you to buy a set amount of hours and use them across different aircraft.
Membership models allow you to pay an initial fee to get access to a fleet, with annual fees thereafter.
Empty-leg options exist from some companies that regularly offer discounted flights on an empty return leg of another person’s booked trip.
HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT BUSINESS AVIATION OPERATOR?
You can also contact a charter broker to do the negotiating for you. Before choosing your broker or operator take into account background and experience, safety and security, aircraft maintenance, international operations, customer service, aviation insurance and problem resolution.
ARE THERE LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS WITH BUSINESS AVIATION?
Luggage restrictions will depend on the size of the plane and the number of people flying. It’s essential to check in advance.
Bulky items like golf clubs and skis are allowed on larger aircraft. They might be excluded on some smaller aircraft. Again, it’s best to check in advance.
Domestic pets can be taken on some flights, depending on any cross-border customs requirements. Exotic animals usually require special permits.
WHAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED FOR BUSINESS AVIATION?
If you are travelling internationally then the same passport, visa & customs requirements must be met as for scheduled flights.
However, with Business Aviation, you usually use bespoke smaller terminal facilities, separate from scheduled flights, which deliver far faster service for documentation and baggage.
In some instances at smaller airports, your documentation on arrival will be checked on the plane and you can immediately disembark into your waiting vehicle.
WHAT IS ‘EXPANDING HORIZONS’?
Expanding Horizons is the European Business Aviation Association’s campaign to share facts, stories and insights to help key stakeholders recognize Business Aviation as an accessible, indispensable and desirable transport option.
EBAA is a non-profit organisation based in Belgium with 715 member companies spanning all areas of the business aviation sector in Europe and elsewhere. Visit www.ebaa.org
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