It’s exciting to be a first time flyer upon a private jet charter. So here is a guide to help you be prepared and make the most of this first time experience.
Private jet charters have been available for many, many years. And, for a long time, flying private was thought of as the preferred travel method for celebrities and top business executives – with most average, everyday people feeling as though they can’t afford it.
Here’s some news you are going to want to know. Traveling via a private jet is much more affordable than you may imagine. And, thanks to COVID-19, more and more people are deciding to fly private than ever before. It seems like chartering is quickly becoming everyone’s preferred travel method.
Of course, this now means many people are traveling via private jets who have no idea of the ins and outs, how to choose a charter company, what they should expect, the etiquette they should follow, and so much more. So, we thought we’d fill you in on everything you need to know.
Consider this is your first-time flyer guide to private jet charter.
What is a Charter and How to Choose One?
A private jet can take you wherever you need to go when you need to go. These jets come in various sizes and are built to travel a certain distance before needing to refuel. Some are luxurious, some not so much. But what they can offer you is a way to travel without having to subject yourself to the large crowds, germs, and inconveniences that come with commercial air travel.
Choosing a charter for the first time can seem overwhelming. However, working with a charter service can help you narrow down the best jet for your needs. And, of course, they can also provide all the information you could want about their pilots, their experience, safety records, and more. So be sure to ask!
Watch Your Luggage
Traveling on a private jet charter is a bit different than a commercial airplane. Normally, you may not think twice about what you pack – except maybe to keep your suitcase under the 50lb mark to avoid additional fees, right? With a private jet, the weight of your luggage matters much more as does the amount of space it requires.
You don’t have to worry about checking your luggage as you would when flying commercial, but that does not mean you can take as much as you want. Before traveling, be sure to speak to the charter company about the specifics for your private jet. The determination on the amount of luggage and its weight will be determined based on the jet’s space, how many people are traveling, and so on.
Keep in mind that, while you cannot take firearms, weapons, or other seemingly dangerous or sharp objects on board, you can carry on liquids, drinks, and such.
Behave and Dress Accordingly
Flying a private jet means holding yourself to a higher status. Your attitude, the way you interact with others, and the way you present yourself should all be held to higher regard when traveling this way.
Use your manners. Whether it is speaking to the pilot, the flight crew if you have one, the individuals on the ground before you board, or those inside the FBO, use your manners. Be polite. Be respectful.
Let the host enter first. While it is rarely stated, it is proper for you to allow the host to board the private jet first. If you have been invited to fly by someone else, that person is the host – and you absolutely should not board the jet before he/she does.
Speak up. If you want something in particular aboard the aircraft or you have concerns or questions, don’t be afraid to speak up. This keeps the line of communication open and allows everyone to be on the same page. The result? An enjoyable, pleasant, travel experience.
Dress appropriately. While you generally won’t find any formal dress code, you will want to dress nicely for your flight. You can be comfortable, but avoid dressing in sweats or your pajamas!
Don’t be a nuisance – and don’t get drunk. Remember, you are holding yourself – including your actions – to a higher, more respectful regard while traveling on your private jet. Your flight crew does not have to put up with your bad behavior or drunken behavior.
Tipping the Pilot and Crew
It is customary to tip your pilot/s and crew (if you have one). It is not a requirement, but it is customary. The amount you tip may be considered based on the length of the flight. Tipping these individuals personally at the end of the flight is the most common option.
If your flight crew gives you special instructions or asks you to sit in a particular seat, then do so. Sometimes certain jets require that the weight be distributed in a certain manner and the like. Since it is their job to provide you with a pleasant – and safe – travel experience, let them do so. It is all for good reason.
While you can save a bit when you are flexible while traveling commercial airlines, it doesn’t compare to the savings that come from being flexible with a private jet. Reduce your strict time demands and you may find yourself saving a ton of money.
Be Respectful of the Jet
One thing to keep in mind when chartering a private jet is that you are flying on someone else’s aircraft. That means you will want to be respectful of the jet. In other words, don’t make a mess, sloppily spill your drink, and so forth. Besides, you may find yourself faced with a cleaning fee at the end.
Are you ready for your first private jet experience? Indulge yourself. Request something like your favorite magazines, snacks, or games be on board when you get there. It is not often that you fly private so treat yourself!
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the travel world – especially highly-accessed air travel. Thanks to private jet charters, you can still travel timely while also keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Just be sure to be polite and respectful and you will surely enjoy your first private flight.