Many business execs already know that corporate flights shouldn’t be on anything other than a private jet. Many others believe that flying commercial is the most economical option for their bottom line. Who is right? Looking at straight dollar amounts when purchasing a ticket, sure – commercial travel will likely cost less than private jet charters. However, it would help if you considered the bigger picture – including financial and opportunity costs. Let’s dig a bit deeper, and you will discover why you should fly private for corporate flights.
Flexible and On-Time Corporate Flight Travel
With commercial air travel, there are pre-set flight routes available to all flyers. You have no control if the plane is running behind schedule, you may have layovers, and what could have been a short trip can quickly turn into one much longer. This is why you should fly private. When you do, you are the passenger. You get to select what time you would like your flight to be and, should you be running a few minutes late, call ahead to let the flight crew know.
You don’t have to worry about layovers (unless necessary for refueling) or changing planes. What’s more, when the weather looks like it could interfere with your travel plans, private jets can take to the skies in some conditions that could ground commercial aircraft. Inclement weather is one of the leading factors in flight delays that cost you money in the long run. Traveling via a private jet means you don’t have to worry about getting to your destination on time. You will get there just fine.
Multi-Destination Trips With Ease
Sometimes business requires you to visit more than one destination. For those trying to make several stops for business while flying commercial, this can quickly turn into a trainwreck. Not to mention that trying to piece it all together so that it flows decently can be complicated. With private jets, multi-destination corporate travel is simple and easy. You always know where to go, the scheduling is flexible, and the flights are direct. There are several top-notch private jet amenities to make your corporate flight enjoyable.
Reduce Downtime for Corporate Flights
Let’s be honest for a minute. Air travel is not the ideal place to get work done. Arriving at the airport 2 to 3 hours in advance, standing in long TSA security lines, waiting at your gate to board, and then sitting knee-to-knee with strangers doesn’t make anyone want to answer emails, run reports, or prepare presentations. Nor does the situation provide any privacy – which could be dangerous for some.
Flying commercial is not nearly as efficient because you cannot work on a commercial flight. And, due to the hustle and bustle of traveling, once you reach the destination, there is a good chance that you will be too wiped out from the flight to give work a reasonable, solid effort. This is why private jets prove to be so beneficial. When business professionals find themselves in an environment conducive to handling business, they are more likely to get work done.
And on private jets, there is no wasted time around the airport. Though, if you are early, most FBOs provide business centers with access to everything you need in a mobile office. Once on board, confidentiality is not a concern, and the tables, chairs, and connectivity positively contribute to reduced downtime and increased productivity.
Rested and More Efficient Upon Arrival
Unlike leisurely travel, you don’t arrive at your destination and decide you’d like to rest up before you get to work. Often this type of travel involves heading out for a meeting on the same day you arrive. It would help if you were refreshed, clear-minded, and ready to go when you get there. But how can you do that after dealing with everything that comes with commercial travel? It’s tough.
Choosing a private jet for corporate flights means relaxing and traveling comfortably without dealing with much aggravation and stress. The result? Upon arrival, you are going to be ready to go. So, whether you have a meeting with a potential client, a tour of a new manufacturing facility, or just dinner with those that work out of a different office, you will have the space to do your work.
Reach Remote Areas With Private Corporate Flights
An essential perk of private business travel is that it allows you to reach remote areas quickly. Rather than flying into a commercial airport and then getting a rental car to travel, you can conveniently arrive with a vehicle nearby. This is very convenient for those trying to reach consumers in these locations, looking to expand into untouched territory, or wanting to conveniently get to a destination without all the extra road travel. Save time and add convenience when you seek out one of the many private airports around the country – and the world.
Overall Costs: A Real-Life Scenario
Considering these advantages of private travel, is it worth the cost? Let’s say you have a huge account you are trying to score. You spend $200 on a coach ticket and fly out the day of the meeting. Then this happens:
- Your initial flight was delayed, so you missed your connecting flight.
- You spent all day in the airport waiting to catch another flight to get to your destination.
- You have to call the potential client and push back your meeting.
- You arrive exhausted from the day and cannot give your presentation the needed gusto.
- The potential client decides to work with someone else.
Was that $200.00 cheaper? Not at all. Your trip on a private jet could have allowed you to arrive on time, rested, and ready to give that meeting your very best. Winning over the new client will more than pay for the private flight. Next time you book a corporate flight – fly private.