Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel and Aircraft Operational Considerations

Coronavirus Private Jet Charter

Private Jet Charter and COVID-19

It’s a complicated time for travel. Commercial flights canceled, travel advisories, and more daily updates associated with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 Coronavirus in countries around the world.

At JetOptions Private Jets, we are working closely with our clients to keep everyone’s security foremost in our methods. From taking steps such as advising our clients on airport selection to working with operations on cleaning and other safety elements onboard aircraft.

COVID-19 Jet Charter

The demand for private jets is increasing due to factors including an uptick in community transmissions of COVID-19 in the United States. If you need to travel, a private jet charter can keep you away from crowded airports, security lines, and commercial planes.

Remember, when you charter at JetOptions, you are flying only with selected passengers onboard your aircraft. There are no strangers seated in the seats and aisles around you. You also board your aircraft in a separate private travel terminal (FBO), and can often drive up to your charter aircraft in the hangar or ramp side.

Our member association, The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), is closely monitoring the situation and providing guidelines from the CDC and the WHO for business aircraft operation during these difficult times. As members of ARGUS, Wyvern, the National Business Aviation Association, and the National Air Transportation Association, we are following the guidelines and best practices set forth by them.

The situation is extremely dynamic, and we review information from all sources to ensure awareness of the latest restrictions and provisions. The guidance that is available to date includes a bulletin published by the Carrier Liaison Program of US Customs and Border Protection, a DHS document, and a Presidential Proclamation. We also continuously monitor the FAA website that includes resources for air carriers.

Please contact our Charter Team with any questions that you may have regarding air charter reservations. We are here and ready to assist you by telephone or email 24-hours a day.

 

The JetOptions team attended: COVID-19 and Catering Best Practices: If you must conduct a mission in the current COVID-19 environment, you want to ensure that food-service standards are maintained on the aircraft and on the ground. What are operators doing to ensure such standards are preserved? This webinar featured experts in the field that covered catering considerations at this moment.

 

In our continuing effort to stay up to date with COVID-19 and its effects on business aviation, the JetOptions team attended: Maintaining Flight Department Readiness Amidst the COVID-19 Spread where we discussed how flight operations can maintain readiness for a mission in a moments notice and how to ensure crews are safe, fit for duty and ready to fly on a continuing basis.

 

JetOptions team attended the NBAA webinar: Best Practices for Cleaning and Disinfecting Business Aircraft in a COVID-19 Environment. We discussed the Aircraft Disinfection and Cleaning Procedures Guide with best-practices for sanitizing business aircraft produced by NBAA. The topic is particularly of focus given the spread of COVID-19. On this webinar, we discussed and asked questions about best-practices to the guide’s primary author, Tyler Harper with AEM Group International Logistics, as well as the director of client relations for a jet company, which has been directly involved in COVID-19 related sanitation. Also discussed were broad recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other authorities.

 

JetOptions attended the NBAA webinar: When COVID-19 Causes ‘ATC-Zero’ Disruptions: Planning Considerations. In light of recent, temporary COVID-driven ATC-zero moments, there is some chance that more of them will occur. JetOptions team learned:
What are the lessons already learned from those experiences?
What do the experts recommend in the way of alternate planning?
What resources does NBAA offer to provide real-time information on ATC developments?

 

As part of our continued educational effort regarding pandemic updates, the JetOptions team attended: Updated COVID-19 Guidance From Medical, International Ops Experts: An NBAA Webinar. Learned about the Federal Aviation Administration recently released new Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) outlining guidance for the aviation community – informed in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization – for limiting exposure and reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 onboard aircraft. Although the SAFO has been primarily developed for air carriers, the guidance has implications for passengers and crews in business aviation

 

A new Aircraft Disinfection and Cleaning Procedures guide is available to NBAA members in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic: Aircraft Disinfection and Cleaning Procedures Guide

NBAA has prepared a living resource to help you navigate #business #aviation operations during the global #COVID19 #pandemic. Check out the latest recommended travel restrictions: https://nbaa.org/aircraft-operations/safety/coronavirus/aircraft-operational-considerations-with-the-coronavirus/

NBAA, Other Aviation Groups Join in Combating COVID-19 Spread. With the United States facing unprecedented challenges from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has joined forces with four other aviation groups to inform lawmakers the nation’s general aviation (GA) industry, including business aviation, is prepared to assist as needed to respond to the crisis. In addition to NBAA, the letter was signed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Helicopter Association International, and; the National Air Transportation Association. Read the full letter (pdf).

 

Effective 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 16, 2020, a similar restriction goes into effect for aliens who have been physically present in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. Crew members and relatives of U.S. citizens are exempt.

On March 16, 2020, the European Commission recommended the EU member states apply a temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries into the Schengen area for 30 days. Travel by U.S. citizens to Europe would largely be prohibited during this restriction.

 

Effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 13, 2020, the entry into the U.S. of all aliens, with certain exceptions, who have been physically present in the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States, is suspended. Crew members and relatives of U.S. citizens are exempt.

 

JetOptions team attends NBAA COVID 19 seminar

JetOptions team attends NBAA COVID 19 seminar

In our continued effort to stay informed, educated and up to date with COVID-19 findings and its impact on business aviation our clients and employees, the JetOptions team has attended the latest NBAA seminar regarding Coronavirus and its Considerations for Business Aviation. We are following all protocols, best practices, and guidelines set forth by the CDC, FAA, NBAA, and NATA.

We are taking the following measures to ensure the health and safety of our clients and our teammates and best protect everyone from this virus.

  • We have additional disinfection procedures for our normal pre and post-flight activities. You will observe people cleaning our aircraft with gloves and other gear on. We are doing this work before and after every passenger flight. It is now normal.
  • To accommodate this extra task, we have added additional time to each scheduled flight. Our clients will notice no disruption to their schedules as we work to ensure the safety of each flight.
  • All our crews have been issued personal protective equipment to help protect you and them from inadvertent exposure. You may see them wearing gloves and other protective equipment during the loading and unloading of the plane.
  • On larger aircraft, dishes are sent into the FBO’s for high-temperature cleaning rather than onboard.
  • On larger aircraft, washing of cabin amenity (blanks, bedding pillows) after each use.
  • On larger aircraft, store clean bedding in closed sealed bags.
  • Removing decorative hand towels from lavatories (passengers should use disposable hand towels only).
  • Ensuring there is plenty of hand soap available in the lavatories and galleys.
  • All textiles such as blankets from smaller aircraft have been removed from our fleet to avoid accidental exposures.
  • Each aircraft is going through additional periodic deep disinfection.
  • Our crews have been trained on personal hygiene practices, disinfection procedures, appropriate social distancing, and awareness of illness indicators. Unfortunately, that means they won’t be greeting you with our customary friendly handshake.
  • Employees responsible for managing operations all have access to needed resources to take action from home or the office.
  • A “deep” on-call rotation allows for sustained support should issues arise and ensures that resources are available should individuals fall ill.

JetOptions puts the safety and well-being of its employees and clients at the forefront. Our “defense-in-depth” approach is expected to allow for uninterrupted service operation should the virus spread significantly.

You can be assured that as any other safety measures are suggested by experts that will ensure your safe travels they will be implemented. Our goal is to offer the highest level of safety during this extraordinary time. There is a fast-paced fluidity to this outbreak situation and the official morphing response to it. Rest assured that we are staying on top of it.

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