Undeniably, private jets are expensive. Until recently, they’ve only been associated with the high-fliers of society, mainly corporate, politicians, and celebrities. However, with all the uncertainty involving commercial carriers, several businesses have opened their eyes to soliciting private jets. Not only are they convenient, but they also add definite savings to the deal, especially when the time factor is logged in.
Which probably explains the number of jet charter companies that have mushroomed in recent years, creating a conundrum among potential customers about making the right choice. The points that follow offer useful tips to let you zero in on the right private jet charter company.
Check its Market Standing
Yes, we all know how expensive private jets can be, therefore, the first recommendation ought to be about the pricing. But no. With the plethora of companies in the market currently, you need to pick one that gives you great returns on the (rather massive) investment you’re making. Which is why it’s very important to pay heed to the company’s reputation.
To begin with, you should be checking out customer testimonials, or better, asking among your associates and acquaintances about the services they may have availed. A first-hand review goes a long way in selecting the right company, rather than focusing solely on the pricing.
Check its Safety and Comfort Levels
Believe me, one can never emphasize enough on the safety aspect of an aircraft, be it commercial or private. Which is why things get a little complicated than booking a seat on a commercial airline right here. While selecting a private jet charter, it is your responsibility to examine the company’s view on safety measures, insurance, and other precautionary features they offer. After all, you need to be able to trust them with your life. Again, it helps a lot to have someone who’s been their customer, rather than reading the fine print on the company’s website or contract agreement. Remember, safety and comfort should always be a priority above everything else.
Check its Credentials
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the authority to issue an Air Taxi Certification to an aircraft to make it eligible for hiring. This certification can only be issued to a carrier that fulfills the FAA’s stringent security and safety regulations. Insist to view the aircraft’s FAA certification to make sure that it has hiring clearance.
Check its Fleet
Each type of jet has a particular set of functions. Some maybe the last word on opulence, whereas others may simply be steadfastly functional. Examine the structure, size, and floor plan of the jets to be able to shortlist one that suits you. Pick a company whose aircraft you think will serve your needs. Remember that the distance also has a bearing upon the type of jet to be selected. Keep in mind the size of your troupe, and the purpose of your trip(s) in mind while making the selection.
Check the Competition
While making a financial transaction, it always makes sense to compare costs. It has never made sense to dish out a huge sum on a company when you could have easily nailed a competitive deal with just a little more research. Having said that, the pricing should never be placed above safety and comfort.
Check the Brokers Too
As with all businesses, this one too has its fair share of brokers. Air charter brokers have alliances with several operators, thus, providing you an expansive selection of aircraft. These companies also manage to squeeze you in on extremely short notice, and get you where you want to be, in time.
Thus, the very task of picking a jet charter company isn’t too tedious. All you need to do is ask around, and indulge in some online scrutiny. But before you sign them on, do ensure that you have been thorough with all the ‘checks’ mentioned above.