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Business Jets or Business Class?

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Business Jets or Business Class?

Business Jets or Business class, similar in some ways, very different in others. We took a look into the benefits of using a business jet over business class. 

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Time

A huge factor for anyone who travels regularly for business purposes! Business class is a pleasant experience, with many commercial airports offering  separate security queues and lounges for these customers. However, this doesn't automatically reduce your total time spent travelling. With a business jet, you're able to arrive up to just 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time, with the option to arrive sooner and enjoy lounge facilities if you wish. We are also able to provide for most catering requests and include this in the charter price, meaning employees can eat anything whilst in the air. A small touch maybe, but reducing the number of things to do on the ground can really help reduce the overall duration of the journey.

Private jets also have generally shorter flight times than commercial aircraft, due to the fact that we fly higher and have more direct routings in to the arrival airport. We thought a side by side comparison of the time taken by a business jet charter versus a commercial trip would give a better insight, so you can see a breakdown and just how much time you could potentially win back. We have based this on one of our more common business routes - London (office situated in Canary Wharf) to Dublin City Centre for a meeting at 11am. This is a common occurrence due to the large number of tech companies based in Dublin.

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LEAVE OFFICE: 9.00

ARRIVE DEPARTURE AIRPORT (LONDON CITY): 9.11

DEPART LONDON CITY: 9.25

LAND DUBLIN AIRPORT: 10.24

CLEAR SECURITY AND LEAVE AIRPORT: 10.25

ARRIVE DUBLIN CITY CENTRE: 10.55

MEETING: 11.00 -12.00

ARRIVE DUBLIN AIRPORT: 12.30

DEPART DUBLIN AIRPORT: 12.45

LAND LONDON CITY: 13.44

CLEAR SECURITY: 13.45

BACK IN OFFICE: 13.57

 

TOTAL TIME OUT OF OFFICE: 4 hours 57 minutes

Commercial flight


LEAVE HOME (AVERAGE COMMUTE 1 HOUR): 03.45

ARRIVE DEPARTURE AIRPORT (LONDON HEATHROW): 04.45

DEPART LONDON HEATHROW: 06.45

LAND DUBLIN AIRPORT: 08.10

CLEAR SECURITY AND LEAVE AIRPORT: 09.00

ARRIVE DUBLIN CITY CENTRE: 09.30

 MEETING: 11.00 - 12.00

ARRIVE DUBLIN AIRPORT: 12.30

DEPART DUBLIN AIRPORT: 15.20

 LAND LONDON HEATHROW: 16.45

CLEAR SECURITY AND LEAVE AIRPORT: 17.30

RETURN HOME/OFFICE: 18.30

 

TOTAL TIME OUT OF OFFICE: 14 hours 45 minutes

 

Immediately you can see that flying commercially can cost you more than an entire working day, whereas a business jet charter allows your employees to start their day at the usual time, and still be back in the office for the afternoon. Not only this, but flying commercially limits you to flying at the times of the airline, which can leave large chunks of wasted time in between flights and meetings. The commercial flight is also best case scenario, and you have no control over any delays which may cause you to miss crucial meetings or lengthen the trip even further. 

Convenience

Although time spent at the airport plays a part in this, chartering a private jet for business also gives you many more options. Being much smaller than commercial aircraft, private jets are able to fly into smaller airports that may be much closer to your final destination and therefore reducing your transfer time. When flying with a commercial airline you are limited to their schedule, but if you charter your own jet you have full control over when you travel. Business jet hire can be fully worked around your needs, and there is even potential to have facilities for employees to sleep on a flight back from a business trip, allowing them to be ready to get back to work the next day - potentially removing the need for an overnight stay. Private jet cabins are also pressurised to an altitude usually around 2000ft lower than those of commercial aircraft,  this greatly reduces the impact on the human body that flying can have, such as fatigue and dehydration, allowing you to be working at full capacity sooner after landing. 

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Productivity

A business jet is all yours for the duration of your flight, and other passengers looking over your shoulder is one thing you shouldn't have to worry about. The aircraft can essentially become a flying boardroom so that business can go on as usual with minimal disruption. Wifi is now available on many private jets (read more about it here), so you don't even need to disconnect from your colleagues whilst you fly. We understand how important it is to maximise the productivity of employees, or even make the most of a contractors hourly rate, so from booking to post flight feedback, we ensure that the process is smooth and requires minimal time input from Personal Assistants or travel bookers, compounding the benefit of charter.

Cost

Buying a business class ticket for just one person may work out cheaper than chartering an entire jet, but there are definitely circumstances where charter is the more cost effective option. This may be if you need to send several employees on the same trip, and chartering one plane could well be cheaper than buying multiple business class tickets for a flight. And as previously mentioned, a private jet is usually able to fly much closer to your destination, reducing the cost of transfer time after the flight. Empty legs may also be an option, we will always see if there are any aircraft heading to, or from your destination around when you need to travel, as these aircraft can be priced up to 75% off the usual charter price. 

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All images provided by Gulfstream 

Whatever your reason for flying, we would love to help you organise your trip. 

Get in touch with one of our private jet charter experts today and let us tailor a schedule to suit you +44(0) 203 880 9005

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Private Jet Charter at Christmas and New Year

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Private Jet Charter at Christmas and New Year

We often receive questions regarding flying over the festive period, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that private jet travel is as restricted on public holidays as commercial flights. However that is not the case, and we operate all year round to offer a bespoke service.

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Can I fly by private jet on Christmas Day?

Aboslutely! FBOs are open all year round, and private jet charter flights can be arranged for any day of the year. We are available for consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - meaning we can organise a flight on public holidays in advance or right at the last minute. Private jet hire is all about convenience for you. Even though availability may be more limited on Christmas day, we have access to over 30,000 aircraft and will quickly be able to find something to best suit your needs.

Can I bring my pet with me on a private jet? 

You may be flying out for the festive period and want to bring your furry friends along, and private jet hire offers the perfect solution for this. Providing they have the correct completed paperwork for international flights, any animal can travel in the cabin with you - making their journey much less stressful. For more information, take a look at our post about Pets on Private jets

Can I visit Christmas markets by private jet?

Visiting the Christmas Markets is perfect way to combine luxury travel with traditional festive shopping in the run up to  Christmas. There are so many possibilities, so if you need help deciding where to go you can check out the best European markets here

Can I hire a private jet on New Year’s Eve?

Just as with Christmas day, FBOs are open and private jet flights can take place without any problems. Private jet charter also allows for maximum flexibility - meaning you can experience New Year twice if you plan your route and timings right!

 

Travelling by private jet gives you and your loved ones maximum flexibility and comfort, allowing you to focus on what matters most. Whatever your plans for the festive season, we would love to help you organise your trip. After all, life is about adventure so why stay grounded? Get in touch with one of our private jet charter expert and let us tailor a schedule to suit you +44(0) 203 880 9005.

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How much does it cost to hire a Private Jet?

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How much does it cost to hire a Private Jet?

The cost of chartering a private jet can vary largely, but it may not be as expensive as you might think.

There are several factors which will shape the cost hiring an aircraft, some having a larger impact than others. 

  • Size of aircraft

  • Distance of Flight 

  • One Way or Return

  • Airport Landing & Handling Fees 

  • Empty Legs

Our previous post on this topic describes how each of these factors could impact the cost of private jet charter, and how we do our best to tailor every detail of your trip to be as cost effective as possible.To give you a better idea of the approximate cost of hiring an aircraft, we decided to use one of our most common aircraft and routes and show the breakdown of the total price. 

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We have used the example of four passengers travelling from Farnborough Airport to Geneva, in a Citation XLS based at London Luton Airport. This jet was manufactured in 2006, and boasts a luxurious, quiet cabin with plentiful luggage space - whilst offering excellent time efficiency and value for money. The total quoted price for this journey was £11,572. 


outbound flight

Luton to Farnborough Airport (repositioning): 39nm/26 minutes

Farnborough to Geneva Airport: 407nm/1 hour 20 minutes

Total flight time: 1 hour 46 minutes

Hourly cost for Citation XLS hire: £2684

Total cost to hire aircraft for outbound flight: £4742

inbound flight

Geneva to Farnborough Airport: 407nm/1 hour 28 minutes

Farnborough to Luton Airport: 39nm/26 minutes

Total flight time: 1 hour 54 minutes

Hourly cost for Citation XLS hire: £2684

Total cost to hire aircraft for inbound flight: £5100

The remaining £1730 covers the airport landing and handling fees at Farnborough and Geneva airport for the outbound flight, and at Farnborough airport for the inbound. Fuel stops would also be included in the charter price if they are necessary for your flight and aircraft type. Crew costs and catering are all a part of the hourly hire cost for your private jet, meaning there are no extra expenses outside of your quote provided by us. 

Private jet hire does not need to be complicated with many separate payments. We organise absolutely everything and provide you with one simple quote, so you can remain focused on the bigger things. 


Whatever your reason for flying , we would love to help you organise your trip. 

Get in touch with one of our private jet charter experts today and let us tailor a schedule to suit you +44(0) 203 880 9005

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De-icing for Private Jets

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De-icing for Private Jets

Much like cars, the winter also affects private jets. With winter fast approaching, the likelihood of an aircraft needing to be de-iced is on the rise - so we thought we would give some insight on how this may affect your private jet flight. 

Why must a private Jet be de-iced?

It is illegal for an aircraft to take off if there is any snow or ice present on its surface as the presence of either of these on the wings will reduce the performance. Further to this, ice can block controls on a private jet (ailerons, elevators and rudders), and safety issues arise if these cannot perform at full capacity. 

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How is a Private Jet De-iced?

The principle is very similar to de-icing a car windscreen, in the sense that a formula of chemicals is sprayed over the jet to remove any ice, and prevent further ice from forming. However, for safety reasons, it is a legal requirement to remove all snow and ice from an aircraft prior to takeoff. This is done using a specialised vehicle called a de-icing rig, which allows the fluid to be evenly sprayed on to all areas of the jet. De-icing fluid is applied at a high temperature to assist with the process of removing ice and snow, and tends to contain a bright coloured dye - which allows the de-icing team to see where it has already been applied and ensure they cover the entire aircraft. As a private jet client, you will usually be on board whilst de-icing is carried out, so you can be airborne as soon as possible upon completion. 

Different types of de-icing fluid can be used, depending on the needs of your private jet. The most commonly used fluid is a short acting de-icer,   which is sprayed on at a high temperature and pressure to quickly and effectively remove ice before takeoff. Other de-icing fluids are thicker, so they do not run off the aircraft as quickly after being applied. These tend to be sprayed on after the initial de-icing fluid, to prevent ice from re-forming during flight.  

How much does it cost to de-ice a private jet?

Cost can vary largely between airports, as each has their own price per litre for de-icing fluid. On average, it costs around €5 per litre, so the table below gives an approximate price for de-icing different types of jets. 

 
 

jet type


Small Propellor

Small Jet

Medium Jet

Long Range Jet

Regional Airliner

Airliner

 

Fluid quantity (Litres)


50

200

300

500

700

2000

 

 

Total price


€250

€1000

€1500

€2500

€3500

€10,000

 

How to avoid paying de-icing costs for your private jet

Keeping a private jet in a hangar can prevent the need for de-icing altogether, but in some airports this may cost more than the de-icing. On top of this, many private jet airports do not have sufficient hangar space for all aircraft. One potential solution is to use a heated hangar for a short period of time before takeoff, as in many cases, one hour can melt the ice on the private jet that would otherwise require de-icing. 

In some circumstances, we can organise a de-icing waiver for low risk bookings. This will allow an element of security without fear of supplementary invoices.  

Whatever your reason for flying , we would love to help you organise your trip. After all, life is about adventure so why stay grounded? 

Get in touch with one of our private jet charter experts today and let us tailor a schedule to suit you +44(0) 203 880 9005

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Top 3 European Ski Resorts for Private Jets

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Top 3 European Ski Resorts for Private Jets

During the winter months we see a huge surge in private jet flights to the many wonderful ski destinations Europe has to offer. For that reason, we want to share with you the top 3 european Ski resorts for private jets. 

 

St. Moritz, Switzerland 

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St Moritz is the most popular ski resort among private jet setters in Europe. St. Moritz is located high in the Engadin Valley, in the southern part of Switzerland. With a mix of slope, and cross county skiing on offer it's a hit with most. 

The closest commercial airports are Innsbruck or Milan, both of which are around three hours away by road. This is one of the reasons this is so popular for private jet setters, as the nearest we can get you is into Samedan Airport which is around ten minutes from St. Moritz. 

LONDON LUTON - Samedan airport   | 6 PASSENGERS | 3 DAY RETURN  | CITATION CJ2+| £9998

 

Courchevel, France 

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Courchevel has a little bit of everything, world class slopes, great night life and plenty for activities for the family.  Courchevel is broken down into four beautiful villages,  each of which is at a different altitude which is reflected in the name of the village.  Courchevel  1850 is best known for it's popularity with VIP clients, luxury chalets and hotels. The other levels are more geared towards families and cost conscious visitors. 

Untill recently, Courchevel has only been reachable by road or helicopter, unless you own your own private jet. Recently some operators have been given permission to operate commercial private jet flights into Courchevel. This presents the opportunity for our private jet charter clients to charter directly into Courchevel, without having to change to a helicopter. This also means that you avoid the long road transfer, giving you more time on the slopes. 

Prices for this flight are available on request 

 

Gstaad, Switzerland

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Gstaad boasts one of the longest ski seasons, with the first usable snow falling in October, and the last melting in May. This means 6 months of guaranteed, usable snow. Adding another string to Gstaad's bow, it's absolutely beautiful, making it the perfect setting for a romantic, picturesque winter wonderland. 

When flying to Gstaad, we would recommend Sion over Geneva, it's smaller, less busy and more than capable of accepting private jet's. You can then either go by road, or take a helicopter for the short transfer into resort. 

LONDON LUTON - Sion airport   | 6 PASSENGERS | 3 DAY RETURN  | CITATION CJ2+| £9500

 

Chartering a private jet for your winter escape will not only extend your time on the slopes, it will take all of the hassle out of getting to your chosen resort. We have a team of charter experts on hand 24/7 to assist you in selecting the right airport and the right aircraft for your selected ski resort. Get in touch today. 

 

+44(0)203 880 9005 

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Top 5 European Islands - By Private Jet

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Top 5 European Islands - By Private Jet

With summer in full swing, we thought it would be good to shed some light on the most popular European Islands for private jet's

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As you would expect, islands are incredibly popular destinations for private jet customers during the summer season. High demand for slots at these airports means that we encourage our customers to look into their bookings earlier than they normally would. 

Sun, sea at every turn & sand, these islands have all of it, which is one of the reasons they are so popular with private jet setters. 

So without further ado, let's get into our top 5 islands by private jet and give you an idea of what it could cost to get there. 

MALLORCA

Sitting comfortably in the top spot is Mallorca! This is Europe's most popular island for private jet travellers. Mallorca is the largest of Spain's Balearic islands so this comes as no surprise. 

 
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Mallorca offers it's fair share of luxury hotels like the Cap Rocat, however this tends to be a big hit with clients meeting their yacht, or heading to their summer homes. 

London Luton - Palma de Mallorca  | 4 Passengers | 3 Day Return  | Citation Mustang | £9900

 

IBIZA

You knew it would be near the top somewhere, yes Ibiza is our second most popular destination for private jet setters. Not surprisingly seeing as Ibiza is the mecca for party goers and international music artists. 

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With Ibiza being home to some of the best clubs on the planet, it becomes one of the busiest airports in Europe during the summer months, with the influx of the worlds biggest artists all flying in to deliver their sets. That said we have a large number of our clients that choose to charter a private jet back from Ibiza so they can get some sleep, and much needed hydration. 

LONDON - IBIZA | CITATION MUSTANG | 4 PASSENGERS |  £6990

 

MYKONOS 

Mykonos is growing in popularity with the private jet traveller, with it's culture and iconic white washed walls Mykonos is just stunning. 

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Mykonos caters for everyone, whether you're looking to soak up the sun and serenity or to party into the small hours, Mykonos has it all. 

London - Mykonos | 7 passengers | 3 day return | citation cj2 | £19,800

 

SARDINIA

Sardinia is still one of the most popular islands in the Mediterranean it's so big it actually has 3 private jet airports Alghero Olbia and Cagliari.

Private Jet to Olbia

Private jet setters can enjoy a number of luxury hotels, or again can connect with their awaiting yacht.

London Luton - olbia | 4 Passengers | citation mustang |3 day return | £9900  

 

CORSICA 

Like Sardinia, Corsica is popular among clients looking to to meet with a yacht or sailing boat. Nestled between Rome and Nice, Corsica offers a taste of both, and flying in by private jet is by far the easiest way. 

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Corsica has 4 private jet airport to choose from, Figari Sud Corse, Calvi, Bastia and Ajaccio. Figari is most popular in summer, due to its distance from Porto Vecchio.

LONDON LUTON - Figari Sud Corse | 4 PASSENGERS | 3 DAY RETURN  | CITATION MUSTANG | £9000

 

You can depart any of London's 14 airports and still arrive when it suits you. During the summer months we find that London Farnborough (Private Jets only) has the highest number of private jet departures to these islands. Being completely dedicated to private jets, this offers the smoothest experience and makes it super easy to grab a coffee while watching your bags being loaded onto the aircraft.

Whatever your reason for flying , we would love to help you organise your trip. After all, life is about adventure so why stay grounded? 

Get in touch with one of our private jet charter expert and let us tailor a schedule to suit you +44(0) 203 880 9005 

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Private Jet to The Monaco Grand Prix

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Private Jet to The Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix is the one event throughout the year that everyone has a ring around. Whether looking for a high octane thrill, or simply looking to observe while sipping Rose Champagne from the deck of a yacht.

Private Jet to Monaco

The Monaco Grand Prix attracts people from all over the world, from the rich and famous to the devoted petrolhead, this event serves up for anyone. This is one of the busiest events on the calendar for private jet charter companies like us, people flock from every corner of the globe for this event, many of which choose to charter a private jet. 

There are a number of widely unanswered questions when it comes to chartering a private jet to the Monaco Grand Prix so I thought we would take some time to explain. 

So which airport should you fly into?

 

Nice Côte d'AzuR | DISTANCE FROM MONACO - 11.60 MILES

Cannes-Mandelieu | DISTANCE FROM MONACO - 26.99 MILES

La Môle – Saint-Tropez | DISTANCE FROM MONACO - 59.72 MILES 

 

There are many myths around which is the closest & best airport for getting to Monaco, however in distance Nice is the clear winner here.  Not only is Nice the closest airport to Monaco, it also has the least expensive landing fee so it takes a clean sweep for points here.  Many people have suggested that La Môle is the best airport for Monaco, but as we can see it's actually the furthest away taking around an hour by road to reach Monaco. 

 

So how much does it cost to charter a private jet to Nice?  We  get asked this question very regularly so we decided to give you an idea based on a full weekend return.

 

LONDON - Nice | CITATION CJ1 | 5 PASSENGERS | £8600

This option is perfect for couples or small groups. This aircraft is ideal for any flight within Europe and very cost effective which makes the Citation CJ1 one the worlds most popular private jets. Flight time in this aircraft is around 1 hour 55 minutes.

 

LONDON - Nice | Citation cj2  | 8 PASSENGERS | £14,300

This option is perfect for medium sized groups. This aircraft is fast and offers great seating capacity for a Light Jet. Flight time in this aircraft is around 1 hour 50 minutes.

 

LONDON - Nice | Gulfstream G-IV | 13 PASSENGERS | £17,200

This option is perfect for large groups and VVIP's looking for extra room and luxury. The Gulfstream G4 is one of the most widely used private jets in the world, offering a stand up cabin and great range this aircraft is perfect for almost any flight.  Flight time in this aircraft is around 1 hour 32 minutes.

 

Monaco grand prix private jet

So we have figured that flying into Nice airport is the best option, but how do you get from the airport to the race? Well there are a number of different options, you can of course drive, but during the Grand Prix, the roads are super busy and parking is really, really tough. We recommend that you fly by helicopter directly into Monaco from Nice Airport. This is super fast easy and allows you to take in the beautiful French Riviera from the air.   This option is so popular we generally offer these as a package.  You can either charter an entire aircraft or hop on one of the shuttle flights, for which the price varies.

Helicopter Charter Monaco

So to conclude, if you're looking to charter a private jet to the Monaco Grand Prix you should fly into Nice airport and take a helicopter transfer from Nice directly to Monaco. For more specific information or to request a bespoke quotation, please get in touch. 

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Private Jet From London To New York City

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Private Jet From London To New York City

New York City, The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps. London to New York is one of our most popular private jet routes.

When people think about private jet hire, they would normally assume they would be used for short trips this however is not strictly the case. We have found one of our more popular private jet routes is from London to New York. While you would be correct in thinking that private jets would mainly be used for short-haul flights, this route is certainly our most popular Long-haul routing.

Private jets offer the ultimate flexibility, so it's hardly surprising that we see so many flights between these two international financial powerhouses. We see a high number of our corporate clients booking these flights,  flying by private jet offers them ultimate level of privacy, comfort and above all speed.  Not only does a private jet fly faster and higher (with a lower cabin altitude which reduces fatigue) than a commercial aircraft, you don't have to be at the airport 3 hours before departure which further contributes to reduced stress and fatigue, just turn up 20 minutes before departure, grab a coffee and walk onto the aircraft. At airports such as London Luton we will pre-clear your flight with customs & immigration to ensure your transition in New York  is smooth. 

We see people chartering private jet's to New York for a number of reasons, whether they're business people utilising the time saving aspect of using a private jet or flying for leisure. When it comes to long-haul private jet flights, the cost can really vary depending on the aircraft you choose and the duration/distance of the flight so we wanted to give you an idea! 


private jet from london to new york - Next day return

 

LONDON - New York City | Teterboro airport | Challenger 350 | 8 PASSENGERS | £61,490

This option is perfect for medium sized groups, whether travelling for business or pleasure. The Challenger 350 is a super modern, entry level long range jet. But by no means is this aircraft mediocre, the Challenger 350 is a stunning aircraft, featuring a full stand up cabin and flight attendant capability, even when full.  Flight time in this aircraft is around 7:40 

 

LONDON - New York City | Teterboro airport | LEgacy 650 | 13 PASSENGERS | £66,490

This option is perfect for larger groups, whether travelling for business or pleasure. The Legacy 650 is a modern, long range jet. Featuring a full stand up cabin, flight attendant and a 3 zone cabin with lounge area.  Flight time in this aircraft is around 7:30

 

LONDON - New York City | Teterboro airport | GLobal express | 16 PASSENGERS | £82,300

This option is perfect for groups of any size, whether travelling for business or pleasure. The Global Express is  one of the most successful  long range private  jets. Featuring a full stand up cabin, flight attendant and a 3 zone cabin with lounge area and an incredible non stop range, this aircraft is one of the best. Flight time in this aircraft is around 7:00

Whatever your reason for flying to New York city, we would love to help you organise your trip. Why Stay Grounded?  

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Why Music Artists Use Private Jets

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Why Music Artists Use Private Jets

When it comes to the music industry, private jets are essential. 

This is particularly true when it comes to electronic dance music producers, with so many festivals tightly squeezed into the summer months many music artists practically need to cut themselves in two just to make all these appearances, a good number of them playing two or three sets, each different countries and all on the same day! 

Obviously they cant cut themselves in two, but using a private jet is the next best thing. Unlike flying on conventional airline flights where more often than not you spend more time in the airport and waiting for scheduled flights than actually flying. When flying on a private jet, you don't have to worry about scheduled services and long waits, you simply turn up at the private departure lounge, pick up any of the complimentary refreshments you fancy, then whisked through a private security area and onto the waiting jet, doors closed and engines running within 15 minutes of arriving at the airport. This saves on average 3 hours per flight, assuming the scheduled flight departs on time and works perfectly with the artists schedule.  

When they hire a private jet, they also get more direct routings, meaning the total time in the air is less. This is incredibly valuable when it comes to music travel, with some artists chartering a jet for 4 months at a time so they can move freely, making sure they reach all their shows. People like Martin Garrix do this every year, usually basing themselves our of Ibiza as they will often have a residency in one of the major clubs out there. 

A typical day for them could look something like this: 

 

Pool Party at Ushuaia, Ibiza

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Private Jet to Brussels, Belgium

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Close Main Stage - Tomorrowland, Belgium

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Private Jet back to Ibiza, Spain

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Late set at Hï, Ibiza

 

Another reason music artists choose to fly privately is due to the amount of attention they get walking through the airport, although they love the interaction with fans, it can be incredibly distracting when preparing for a huge show.  This, mixed with the fact they usually have lots of equipment with them, can make it quite difficult to put incredibly expensive pieces of kit in the hold of the aircraft without worrying that it will get damaged or not arrive at the right location on time, this would really ruin the day!

People often think that music artists operate alone, this is not the case. To use Martin Garrix as an example, he has an entourage of around 6 people at any one time, booking airline seats on the same flight for this number of people consistently through a show season is very tough, and this is often the only true down time the team get's. When flying by private jet, this just is not an issue, they can sleep, work, eat or whatever they want to do without fear of someone disturbing them, or looking over their shoulder when creating a new track. 

The way we see it, private aviation make the modern music scene possible, without it, it just simply wouldn't be possible for these artists to be in all the places they need to be, when they need to be there. 

There are many other reasons that music artists would charter a private jet, however these are a few reasons our clients within the music industry choose to charter with us. 

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How much does it cost to charter a Private Jet?

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How much does it cost to charter a Private Jet?

how much does it cost to charter a private jet? 

The cost of chartering a private jet his based on a number of factors, of which the main are:

  • Size of Aircraft 

  • Distance of Flight 

  • One Way or Return

  • Airport Landing & Handling Fees 

  • Empty Legs 

 

Size of Aircraft

The size of the aircraft is key when choosing the correct private jet for your trip! It wouldn't make sense to charter a jet for two people from London to Paris on a 16 seat 'Ultra Long Range' 'Global Express', the cost would be disproportionately large. It might be surprising to find that this happens more often than might be expected, purely due to a lack of understanding. 

A more appropriate private jet for this kind of short range trip could be a ultra light Citation Mustang. Fast, inexpensive in comparison, and with plenty of luggage space to bring back all your continental purchases. 

Distance of Flight

There are circumstances where the number of passengers becomes irrelevant when deciding on the size of the aircraft required for a journey. For example, if the requirement is for two people to charter from London to New York, a larger private jet is required purely due to the fuel needs.

The use of a larger jet will also generally result in a reduced flight time. Generally a private jet is charged at an hourly rate, so the longer an aircraft is airborne, the more it will cost. 

One Way vs. Return

It might seem logical to assume that a one way private jet flight would cost less than a return, however there are factors that mean this is not the case. Generally it will only cost slightly more, or perhaps even the same to return on the same aircraft. 

This lack of difference in price is due to the jet still needs to return, even if the passengers are not, so the cost of this return leg will need to be recouped from the single outbound journey. 

Landing and Handling Fees

Landing and handling fees are commonplace at every airport in the world. Each airport will charge a fee for the landing and handling of the aircraft. These costs will vary based on the weight of the aircraft and where in the world you are landing.

Airports like London Farnborough are fairly costly to land at, but more than make up for the cost with its proximity to central London, and dedication exclusively to private aircraft.

The other factor to consider is the parking cost associated with the airport in question. Parking a private aircraft can be a very expensive ordeal. Parking can be so expensive in fact that it can often be more economical to fly the aircraft back to its home base in order to avoid these parking charges, these are referred to as 'empty' legs. 

Empty Legs

Empty legs present a significant money saving opportunity, as operators will offer these legs to paying customers at a substantially reduced rate. The downsides to this are apparent: the route is set (however operators can usually be persuaded to make minor detours if desired), and the date and time of the flights are not adaptable, so you would need to align your schedule with the movements of the aircraft. 

Another situation where an aircraft will have an empty leg, would be when passengers are wanting to be collected from anywhere other than its home base. This will also be offered out at a reduced rate. 

 

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