Posted on May 12th, 2019
Yes, private jets are swanky. But if you can spend less money to get an equally luxurious experience in first or business class, why not fly with an airline? A quick search turns up one-way first class flights from New York to Los Angeles for around $1,000. The same flight with private jet charter company costs over $4,500 per passenger. That’s a lot of money to justify for the added luxury of having no one else around.
To find out what the real benefits to flying private are, we spoke with Steve Cass, Vice President of Communications at private jet maker Gulfstream. It all comes down to saving time, which means saving money when chartering private jets.
It starts on the way to the airport. Small jets don’t need the huge runways and staffs offered by major airports, so they can fly out of smaller spots.
There are many more minor airports than major ones, so you often don’t have to travel as far to get to one. And they’re less congested, making the experience more pleasant.
You don’t have to deal with the TSA or long check-in lines, so you can you arrive at airport minutes, not hours, in advance. That’s time, money, and aggravation saved. And when you get off, your bags are thrown right into your car, so there’s no time spent at the baggage carousel.
Plus, you fly when you want. Flying commercial, Cass said, “we adjust our schedule to meet the needs of the airline.” In the sphere of private aviation, it’s the other way around.
The two other advantages cited:
A faster trip due to more direct flights and faster aircraft speeds.
Privacy in the air to get work done because you control who listenst to your confidential conversations