Traveling by air is a necessity in present times. The only thing a person has to decide is whether to board a commercial or private jet. Private jet charter has many advantages compared to commercial flights. To begin with, private jest can use 5,000 airports in the US. On the other hand, the commercial planes have 550 airports at their disposal, almost ten times less.
The US forms 49% of the global private jet market, while Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin and South America and Africa, combined with Middle East, constitute 20.8%, 11.8%, 11.6%, and 6.1% respectively. Furthermore, in 2012, there were 259,000 private takeoffs from Van Nuys airport making it the busiest aviation airport in the whole of the world. It’s also worth noting that the Super Bowl is quoted as the biggest air travel event globally – the flight of 1,000 private airplanes from Phoenix Stadium marked this event in February 2015.
$500 million Air Bus 380, possessed by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, is the most expensive private jet in history. A two-car garage, stable for horses and camels and revolving prayer room are some of the exclusive features.
Comparison Between Private And Commercial Air Travel
The first thing you notice when chartering a private jet, it is the preparation time to board. When you choose private flight, you get an additional one and half-hour to spend with your family in the morning, before you leave. The check-in time is only 15 minutes, thus, you have more time to sleep. When you choose commercial flight you have to get up early and rush to the airport. You get less time to sleep as the check-in time varies from 2 to 3 hours.
The very important thing is that you can, almost always, reach an airport closest to your home in 60 minutes. In addition, in most cases, you can continue your work over phone privately in the private flight. Now compare it to a commercial flight where you are forced to queue with 100 plus passengers at gates and which gobbles 4 hours of your time. Besides, privacy is out of the question.
When you reach your destination in a private plan, you find a driver waiting to take you wherever you want. In other words, you do not line up in long queues for security checks and baggage claiming and thus escape the crowd in smooth manner. On the other hand, with commercial flights, you have to go through long queues of security check and baggage claim before you get your transport. The private flight also offers more space and fewer waiting hours so your travel experience leaves you feeling fresh and relaxed.
The cost of private air jet varies from $1,400 to $7,000 per hour depending on the type of chartered jet and the destination. The smaller a jet is, the cheaper it is. On average, a private jet has six seats and you are taken care of by a pretty stewardess. The commercial travel charge ranges from $652 to $8,000 per seat, depending on the travel class you choose. A typical commercial flight boards 555 passengers served by 11 crew members.
Five Types of Private Jets
There are different types of private jets so that you can always choose the best option. The Turbo Prop Jet houses 6-8 seats, flies at 315 mph in 1,250-2,100 miles range while costing $1,400 to $1,800 per hour. Light Jet has 5-8 seats, flies at 450-650 mph in 1,000-2,400 range at a price of $1,800-$3,000 per hour. The mid-sized jet flies at 510-590 mph with 9-15 seats in 1,200-3,400 range charging $4,500-$6,000 per hour. Heavy Jet flies at 500 mph with 9-15 seat in 3,000-6,500 range charging $4,500-$6,000 per hour. The Long Range Jet flies at 500 mph with 13-30 seats in 5,400-7,000 range charging $7,000 per hour or at the price quoted.