Most women dream of a job as a corporate jet cabin crew, and most men wonder about their daily life. Even though we live in a world of increasing tolerance, acceptance and diversity, most private cabin crew or VIP flight attendants are still positions occupied by women.
Whilst commercial airlines have a broader percentage of male cabin crew that has grown considerably since the early 1980s, ladies still tend to dominate in the private jet front. It’s, therefore, without surprise that their iconic lifestyle still poses a mystery for many – including frequent private jet passengers.
Today we have the chance to look behind the curtain as we go over a few intimate details on what takes these brave women – and men! – to embrace a career and a peculiar choice of life that is as glamorous as it is challenging.
Corporate Jet Cabin Crew in The Early Hours of the Day
Aviation is a demanding area whatever way you look at it. There is an established cult of the clock. This is by far no place for people that can’t make it on time to an appointment. Cabin crew in any line of business know there is no such thing as arriving late, with days planned by the second rather than hours.
An alarm can go off at 8 am for most people worldwide. It can easily go off at 11 pm or 3 am for those that make a career out of flying. Cabin crew VIP jobs have extremely demanding requisites in several areas, but few more important than outstanding time management.
Whatever time of the day – or night – this is not a role for the faint of heart or those that like to snooze that bit longer. Just like in the army, once the wake-up call is out, the clock is rapidly ticking.
There’s plenty of work before a private jet cabin crew even steps out the door. With impeccable image standards, there is a need to allocate enough time for hair and make-up. Personal hygiene has to be impeccable, along with the preparation to ensure a wrinkle-free, spotless uniform.
Glamorous as these angels of the sky may seem, there is much work behind the scenes that very few get to notice.
VIP Flight Attendants – Living off a Bag
You may associate the term with a door-to-door salesperson from the last century. The Truth is that private jet crew know best how to pack a bag. While a small trolley can only take a few items for most, they know how to take most of their homes if necessary. All of it in a carefully planned and strategical arrangement.
There are tricks to keep casual clothes wrinkle-free, with enough strategy to ensure the right outfit for the right venue is present. A little entertainment, documentation and much more. Gym clothes? – you got it!
The odds are that you would be surprised by the tactical approach to bag packing. The amount of content these often-small pieces of luggage can carry in the hands of an experienced corporate flight attendant is nothing short of impressive.
Adaptation is key. For more extended duties – or those expected to become longer than usual – there is a whole new level of bag packing that will rub shoulders against anyone’s month-long holiday. As long as it fits in the aircraft hold, it’s gold.
Due to their job nature, particularly in private jet companies, VIP flight attendants know best not to make plans too far ahead. What seems like a simple trip there-and-back may become a week-long stay or an island-hop across the Caribbean. To meet the demand for exceptional clients, you truly need to be an outstanding professional.
Therefore, it’s ever more relevant that you have a suitable luggage kit to play along with these rules.
Pre-Flight Brief and Checks
Much work goes into this field, and it’s one that most people tend to miss entirely. Not to mention that even getting considered for cabin crew VIP jobs requires a multiple set of skills and experience. It’s also necessary to endure highly demanding training and follow strict company rules.
Airline safety is relatively standard in the sense that it follows the highest international patterns. Deep knowledge of safety procedures, first aid, VIP service standards, and discrete behaviour are among these professionals’ main traits.
Since private jet customers get treated to a whole different level, their demands are accommodated by the company. They ultimately need to be considered by the operating crew. If there is a particular request for food, beverage, or any special item passengers would like to see on board, there is no room for mistake.
In the last instance, it’s all in the details. What makes the best VIP flight attendant is the ability to meet the customer’s demands without even seem to try. Simultaneously, an ability to make themselves invisible throughout the flight and yet available at a moment’s notice is pure class.
If you sit in a pristine cabin and everything seems to fall into place magically, you have much to thank for the dedication of these outstanding professionals. The same applies to ensuring that all attention to the minor details regarding safety are observed at all times.
Around the World
This is where things get fun, but not without its challenges. As duty starts, someone rings you with a schedule change. Your day has now turned into a flight to Dubai. Once there, you’ll be on hold for the following days until the client decides to fly elsewhere. It may be back home or head out to Singapore. Usually, there’s no way of telling, and embracing that lifestyle means giving up on what most people take for granted – life, in a sense!
There’s jetlag to consider, short resting periods and incredibly dull times. There is also enough time to rest wherever you’re heading at some point. At some point, the absence of a routine takes its toll, without a doubt.
Then again, it’s here that corporate jet crew shine. They get to walk the streets of Manhattan, shoot a selfie by the Kremlin or take a dip at the Great Barrier Reef. With an eye out for sharks, that is.
Being paid to travel is the ultimate dream. With so many exciting destinations at their disposal, it’s hard not to feel jealous. Especially when you can be in close quarters with the rich and famous and get to look behind the curtain over a lifestyle that very few can enjoy.
Breakfast in Dubai, dinner in Hong Kong. We can easily think of worse alternatives to life out there.
The Daily Challenges of Corporate Jet Crew
It’s not all glory, perfect hair and lipstick with a smile on their face. Corporate jet cabin crew know best that the weight on their shoulders is immense. As a result, their behaviour has to be on top of their game at all times.
They have to deal with the same challenges as everyone else in the aviation business. Delays, technical issues, jetlag, and bureaucracy are there at some point in time and space. Customers come in all forms, varying from the most demanding to the most adorable. Whilst we’d always love to fly with the second type, it’s the first that make the already small quarters of a private jet feel claustrophobic.
Armed with unbreakable resilience, VIP flight attendants know how to keep an iceberg of cool between them and the most unsatisfied passengers. At the same time, they know best when to hold someone’s hand with compassion—all of this without ever breaking character.
Above the many traits we’ve covered, compassion is often the most sought-after quality. The ability to understand each person’s different needs and to go above and beyond to meet them is not the type of sacrifice many are willing to make, regardless of pay.
Then, there’s social life. Or the absence of it. There’s never a guarantee that next Christmas will be spent at the dining table with the family. It’s very often the case that they get to fly across the world so that others can be with theirs. With friends and family living in different schedules, weeks and months can fly past without a chance to spend some time together.
The Perks of Corporate Jet Crew
Now that you’ve shed a tear for our corporate jet cabin crew, know there’s more to it than just flying to glamorous locations and rubbing shoulders with celebrities.
It’s common for these professionals to experience the gratitude of their exceptional passengers. Generous tips, invitations for exclusive events or even an irresistible job offer are not unusual. There are indeed few in this line of work that haven’t experienced such situations.
While many private jet companies have strict rules about accepting gifts or money, these are often the kind of customers that won’t take no for an answer – what a shame, another expensive bag for the collection!
As much as sacrificing your time and routine is expected, it is common to have generous resting periods associated with cabin crew VIP jobs. Not only in the form of several days off, but also extended periods of holiday across the year.
As you’d expect, an exceptional job comes with exceptional pay. Therefore it shouldn’t be a surprise that a VIP flight attendant will, on average, see a better compensation package than those working for commercial airlines.
A few companies offer extra perks such as gym memberships, extensive healthcare insurance, expense money for layovers and uniform allowances. The list is as vast as the number of companies operating, and it will vary considerably.
Since they are decently paid and well-treated to see the world over several adventures, the corporate jet crew lifestyle may not seem too shabby after all!
Next Time You’re Flying on a Private Jet
A life filled with glamour, incredible adventures, exciting people and unforgettable places. Always looking their best and never caught off guard. Corporate jet cabin crew are amongst the world’s most admired careers.
Filled with multiple challenges, it’s an outstanding job for outstanding personalities. The list of skills and personal traits required is as vast as demanding. All of this tied around a schedule that is as unpredictable as a spin of the roulette in Monte Carlo. Again, never out of the question.
Sharing a few words with them reveals an inclination for outstanding customer service. This goes beyond professional requirements in what is often a genuine reflection of compassion for others.
With a smile that can take everything you throw at it and the type of discretion that never overhears the customer’s secrets, it’s a job unlike few. The next time you walk past one, take a good look at that VIP flight attendant. Beyond that classy look and glooming presence, you may realize that these are highly skilled professionals that make daily sacrifices for a lifestyle that very few can handle.
You have been a passenger on that flight before. The odds are that the persons’ professional tone of voice in charge of that private jet’s safety is humorous and reassuring. For the vast majority of passengers worldwide, though, a pilot’s life remains a real mystery. What are your private jet pilots laughing about?
Fly commercially, and most likely, you won’t even cross paths with these men and women proudly wearing stripes on their shoulders. It’s not the case that they prefer a hermit’s approach to life. More often than not, the nature of what private pilots do takes much of their time and focus.
Think of weather reports, fuel checks, air traffic control, performance stats. It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. Their job is often underappreciated by those that judge a pilot solely for the quality of the landing. On the other hand, it’s also deeply admired by those that define courage as a defining trait. Ask anyone that has landed on any given stormy evening, and you’ll get enough head nods in agreement.
Nevertheless, behind the cool sunglasses and the impeccable uniform, a question poses. What do these men and women chat about when the door locks behind their back? Is it a mundane world between the yoke and the cabin, or is there more to it than meets the imagination?
What does a Private Jet Pilot Do?
As you may have already guessed, there is much to a pilot’s job. Private jet pilots go through intense training and frequent simulator checks. Their knowledge regarding several complex technical areas must be constantly up-to-date, with the latest procedures always in mind.
It’s their job to keep the safety of the aircraft, passengers and crew as absolute priorities. With a workload that can go from incredibly dull to insane in seconds, it’s still a career that is deeply shrouded in mystery.
While you sat comfortably in the cabin, how many times has the question gone through your mind while you looked at that bulletproof door?
“What do these pilots chat about?”
Today, we will take you for a peek beyond closed doors as we share what a private jet pilot talk about throughout their day. Will the mystery remain after you’ve finished reading the next few lines?
Schedule, Schedule, Schedule
Whether you are a pilot or a private flight attendant, your schedule is everything and means nothing. It dictates your life for the foreseeable future. Nothing surprising there, you could while lifting an eyebrow. But the truth is universal to all of those that make a career out of flying:
A schedule means nothing.
It’s a mere indication that tells your alarm to go off on the first day of duty. From there onwards, the wheel of fortune is spinning. Commercial pilots and flights attendants know they can’t trust a published schedule. Extensive delays happen, weather changes. Technical issues arise. Crew issues can turn everything upside down – relax, not everything! The number of reasons is endless and can easily compete with your child’s ideal Christmas presents list.
Private jet companies and crew are subject to an even higher degree of flexibility than commercial ones to meet their client’s schedules. It means that most conversations occur around last-minute changes. Frequently about that cancelled commitment, the postponed family lunch or how a holiday can’t arrive fast enough.
Did Anyone Mention Holiday Time?
Ask what a private jet pilot’s biggest desire on any given day is, and most likely, it will involve a long-due holiday of some sort. Holidays are also a frequent topic of conversation amongst the crew. Don’t be too surprised if you overhear someone sharing detailed information about a secret restaurant in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
Passengers usually claim they travel frequently, but rest assured, such a concept is pointless when speaking to crew members. Private jet companies can place their crew across several locations of the world in any given week. They can easily be having early breakfast in London, lunch in Moscow and land in time for an afternoon swim in any Helsinki’s hotel heated pool. The next week? A roll of the dice! And by that, we may mean Vegas, surely.
The mere mention of the word holiday usually results in a conversation focused on an endless catalogue of exotic locations. Expect fabulous hotels, great deals for the money and the type of recommendations you can’t ignore. Want to eat off a street vendor’s cart in Cambodia? Do so at your own risk!
The Private Jet Pilot and the Company
Like any employee in any line of work, pilots love to chat about their employers. You’ll have a hard time finding a private jet pilot that dislikes their job. These professionals are amongst some of the most privileged and proud of all. Not necessarily because their career comes with exceptional perks, but mostly because they get to see the world from above through a big(ger) window than the vast majority of us.
Changes to procedures, holiday policy, pay rises, hiring and acquisitions are reason enough for big debates. Most pilots take a personal interest in their beloved companies’ destiny. With some being shareholders, it’s only expectable. Therefore, speaking about the company comes naturally.
Nevertheless, you’ll rarely overhear a crew member speak poorly about their employer. Unless you’re sitting at a table and sharing a few drinks, that is. And they’re off, with no unfamiliar hears around them. Even then, it’s not guaranteed.
What happens in the aircraft stays in the aircraft!
What does a private jet pilot do when bored and has exhausted some of the most relevant topics throughout the duty day? You’ve guessed it – chat about other crew.
This much you’ve always known. Secretly, but inherent knowledge. Whether it’s the private flight attendant with an obvious – secret, so don’t tell anyone – crush on the young first officer or a colleague who is always moody in the early hours of the day, the small fuselage is where many echoes about private life find a place to travel.
We are not by suggesting that private jet crew are any more into gossip than people from any other line of work. The specifics of the job make personal relationships tighter than most jobs out there. You get to know the people you fly with, what moves them, what triggers them, and what they excel in: the good and the bad.
Flying is not only about getting an aircraft in the air. It is much about the personal connection between the people that have chosen this demanding line of work. We can witness this attitude through their dedication to each other and towards the people they welcome on board. Or through an endless pit of silence, given the occasion.
You’ve guessed it. Most of the words exchanged inside a flight deck are related to the technical aspects of the flight. With so many areas to cover in what often seems like a smooth, hassle-free flight, passengers may be oblivious to all the work that goes beyond the door.
A good hour or more has already taken place before the first passenger steps on board. Until that point, a detailed pre-flight brief and a series of safety checks have taken place. Along with all the documentation carried – praise tablets for that one – a visual verification of the aircraft’s surfaces occurs before every flight.
The same is valid for all the aircraft systems, including both the areas of responsibility by a private jet pilot and the flight attendants alike. These cover anything from the simplest of areas: seatbelt buckles working to engine fire extinguishers.
Each take-off and landing is preceded by a quick brief and checklist, and a careful overview of the airfield’s specifics. And yet, these are only a minor sample of the technical aspects discussed amongst pilots to ensure you safely get from A to B.
In many ways, you’ve guessed it. Most of the chat that takes place inside the flight deck is of technical nature, with the occasional break to focus on any other topics in this list.
Endless Hobbies of a Private Jet Pilot
What does a private jet pilot do for fun, you may ask? Hobbies are a massive topic of conversation in the flight deck. If we have to generalize – and for good humour’s sake only, please – let’s divide pilots into two separate categories according to their age range.
More senior pilots tend to love golf. If a poll took place in most private jet companies, it would only split those that still play golf from those that tried it but won’t make much of it – yet! The stressful nature of the job is often compensated by physical activities that invite relaxation. If they’re any good at golfing, that is.
Younger pilots tend to focus on sports that are higher in octanes. Think paddle, surfing, jogging. Again, the nature of the job forces these professionals to spend countless hours sitting down, adding very little to their excellent health.
A discussion focused on several sports and hobbies takes place as you read these lines, somewhere out there above the clouds, that we can assure.
Their Overview of the World
Although moved by a passion for flight and shaped by their jobs’ challenges and nature, private jet pilots are the same as everyone else, with the occasional positive twist. Sit down with any of them, and you’ll be carried across the sky to visit several locations through their eyes.
Most of the time, you’ll find humorous and open people that realize the deep value of personal relationships. The nature of their jobs often reflects sacrifices made on behalf of their families and themselves. When asked, they’ll happily talk about them in further detail.
They tend to attract sheer admiration – as they should. These are the people who make a daily pledge on behalf of everyone’s safety and moved by what is frequently a childhood dream. Their conversations are nothing ever short of interesting, amusing, and inspiring.
Perhaps the next time you step onboard a private jet, you’ll be awarded the privilege of getting to know a little more about these dedicated professionals that help us navigate the sky every day. If it’s your first time, we have a few suggestions regarding Jetiquette – Private Jet Etiquette in order to make you feel even more comfortable.
Were you planning to renew your passport any time soon? Well, you may now be forced to make additional space in your wallet for a vaccine passport too. COVID has changed many fundamental aspects of our lives and it seems IDs are next.
In the near future, we may be required to possess additional documentation to prove that we do not represent a risk to the country we want to travel to, the so-called vaccine passport. This new term has entered the vocabulary of many politicians in recent times and has even found its way to some of the top airlines in the world.
Just to be clear, a vaccination ‘pass’ or passport is a document proving that you have received a vaccine against COVID-19. It may even include your recent test results, showing that you tested negative for the virus, making it even easier to travel. The details are still unclear, as it is currently being worked on by governments and airline companies alike, but the general consensus is that it will have a digital format.
And that is about all the consensus we can talk about, as we will soon see. Countries have struggled with both the pandemic response and vaccination efforts. This includes the G7 nations. Let’s take a look at how they plan on tackling the new vaccination passport idea.
Canada’s minister of health Patty Hajdu acknowledged the need for the country to be involved with the talks of a vaccine passport, and even prime minister Justin Trudeau confirmed this. However, no specifics have been given by either in terms of what Canada is actually doing or plans to do in this regard.
TOTAL POPULATION VACCINATION STATISTICS: 5.11% has received at least one dose, 1.51% have received two doses Total population: ~37.6 million (2019)
Transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari announced on the 11th of March that Air France passengers will be required to use a smartphone app to prove that they have either received a COVID-19 vaccine or tested negative for the disease. This is part of a 1-month trial for the system and it only applied to passengers traveling to the French Caribbean territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe.
The minister added that the ‘goal is to see if it works well in real-time’ and whether it can ‘ensure against fraud and shorten waiting lines’ or not. He also mentioned that there are no plans for such a passport to be used in other sectors such as restaurants or the cinema, at least for now.
TOTAL POPULATION VACCINATION STATISTICS: 7.2% received at least one dose, 3.3% received two doses Total population: ~67 million, with overseas territories
German chancellor Angela Marker is in favor of such passports, though only after most of the population has been vaccinated. While the German public is majoritarily in favor of the concept, many believe the country should wait a bit until more people get vaccinated. The passport would allow entry to gyms, theaters, sporting events, and travel, but concerns have been raised on how the situation would evolve for those who refuse to be vaccinated.
TOTAL POPULATION VACCINATION STATISTICS: ~8% received at least one dose Total population: ~83 million
Can’t wait for your next gondola ride through the Grand Canal of Venice? Well, you are not alone. Many tourists are waiting to get their tickets and have already started making vacation plans. The Italian government has, however, not stated any intent or plans regarding the certificate, but it has been called upon by Italy’s National Federation of Travel and Tourism Industry to step up its vaccination efforts.
TOTAL POPULATION VACCINATION STATISTICS: ~10.3% received at least one dose, ~3.3% received two doses Total population: ~60 million
The Japanese government acknowledges the need for digital vaccine passports, as the minister in charge of administrative reform, Taro Kono indicated “There is a global effort to systematize vaccination records for international travel”. The health minister, Norihisa Tamura has expressed his concerns, shared by many in the country, that Japan could ‘see a problem with discrimination and prejudice’ against those without the vaccine passport.
Therefore, the aim, for now, is to develop and use such certificates for international travel only. We could see them in action as early as April, according to the Japanese government.
TOTAL POPULATION VACCINATION STATISTICS: ~0.2% received at least one dose Total population: ~127 million
The United Kingdom
At present, anyone receiving a dose of vaccine in the UK will receive a ‘vaccination card’, but its purpose is only to remind patients that they require two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, so it features a date and batch number of the first and the later second vaccination for the user’s own information only.
In terms of an actual vaccine passport, the UK government is still reviewing the potential benefits for international travel. The COVID vaccine Deployment head, Nadhim Zahawi stated that “If other countries will require a vaccine certificate then I think it’s right that we facilitate it”.Domestic use is currently not planned.
TOTAL POPULATION VACCINATION STATISTICS: ~35.5% received at least one dose, ~2.3% received two doses Total population: ~67 million
The United States
The US is also currently ‘assessing the feasibility’ of vaccine passports. However, since December of 2020, passengers en-route to certain destinations have been using the CommonPass system to show their COVID-19 test results to airport officials. Groups like United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic have conducted trials with the system showing promising results. The vaccine passports are not mandatory yet, many carriers offering Covid-19 tests at the airports instead.
TOTAL POPULATION VACCINATION STATISTICS: ~21% received at least one dose, ~11% received two doses Total population: ~331 million
The European Union
While the EU is not considered a sovereign Member State and is thus incapable of assuming G7 presidency, it is a ‘non-enumerated’ member of the organization and takes part in all of its discussions.
The 27 member states have agreed on the issue of the so-called ‘Digital Green Pass’. In order to prevent discrimination, the digital document would also include recent Covid-19 test results. The European Commission is currently in the process of drafting legislation for this purpose. While the general consensus between the members is that such a vaccine passport is needed, there are still disagreements on whether vaccination should be a prerequisite to traveling.
TOTAL POPULATION VACCINATION STATISTICS: ~8.3% received at least one dose, ~3.7% received two doses Total population: ~520 million including EEA member states
Worldwide, besides the CommonPass digital vaccine passport platform, IATA is currently working on the IATA Travel Pass app as a ‘standardized solution to validate and authenticate all country regulations regarding passenger travel requirements’.
Will vaccine passports include information regarding both vaccination and test results?
This varies from country to country. Generally, information regarding vaccination status is mandatory, while test results are not the main concerns.
Are vaccine passports ethical?
This is the number one dividing topic in regards to vaccine passports. The main fear is that unvaccinated individuals may be discriminated against and/or be refused access to facilities in some countries. A solution to this concern is still unclear.
Are vaccine passports needed?
This question concerns many scientists around the world. This is because the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines against several virus variants circulating in different countries is still not sufficiently documented and studied. Additionally, many countries still present a slow vaccine roll-out, so vaccine passports may prove to be a divisive factor between vaccinated and unvaccinated populations.
Will there be a unified vaccine passport system?
The IATA Travel Pass system has seen more and more airlines signing up for its use. These include, but are not limited to, Air New Zealand, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, and All Nippon Airways (ANA). The EU is planning on having such a system applied to the 27 nations bloc, but it is still unclear how it will synergize with other such vaccine passport systems.
Does China use digital vaccine passports?
Yes, they are dubbed ‘international travel health certificates’, which are essentially QR codes that when scanned lead to the user’s vaccine and Covid-19 test history. This system, however, has been developed without input from any international organization and does not have the power to permit international travel.
The topic of vaccine passports is still very much debated. Many questions remain unanswered and additional studies and reviews need to be made. It will be worth keeping an eye out on how things evolve from here on.
Air travel has changed significantly since planes were first invented.
Private jets are not only a method of getting their owners from A to B but an extension of their personalities. The most expensive private jets are designed and created with love, care, and the utmost attention to detail.
Let’s have a look at some of the most expensive private jets in the world, and what makes them so special.
Interestingly this list is created using publically available data, it is imaginable that there are more extravagant and expensive planes that their owners wish to keep private.
In short here are the most expensive planes in the world:
Air Force One – $660 million
Airbus A380 – $600 million
Airbus A340-300 – $500 million
Boeing 747-8 VIP – $367 million
Airbus ACJ350 Custom – $366 million
Boeing 787-8 BBJ – $324.6 million
Boeing 747-430 – $220 million
Boeing 767-33A/ER – $170 million
Gulfstream III – $125 million
Airbus ACJ319NEO – $101.5 million
Boeing 757 – $100 million
Keep on reading to find out what makes these planes so expensive and exclusive.
1. Air Force One – $660million
It’s no surprise that one of the most well-known planes on the planet is also the most expensive. The Air Force One is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B.
It comes fully equipped with a medical quarter (with an operating room), a conference room, two kitchens, and multiple sleeping quarters. This is all spread out over 3 decks and 4000 square feet. Donald Trump has also issued a redesign in 2019 including in color scheme and interior design.
Furthermore, Air Force One is both physically and electronically hardened. On top of this, it can be refueled mid-air and is always followed by two fighter jets. While it’s the most expensive aircraft it’s also the most exclusive and money alone won’t get you a visitation on this plane!
So what makes this airbus so expensive? A concert hall with multiple pianos, everything is brimming with gold, a boardroom, a Turkish bath. If that wasn’t enough the prince can park his Rolls Royce in luxury and features a prayer room where the mats automatically rotate to face Mecca.
3. Airbus A340-300 350-$500 million
The third most luxurious private jet belongs to no other than Russias richest man Alisher Usmanov. Though originally he paid $238 million for the plane, he spared no expense in making it his own. Unfortunately, the details of the plane are kept highly secret but alongside what must be a lavish interior there’s reportedly a nightclub too!
4. Boeing 747-8 VIP $367 million
The Boeing 747-8 VIP is aptly nicknamed the Dreamliner. The model in question has nearly 5000 square feet of usable space. For this private owner, they have equipped it with a stateroom, dining room, lounges, and even an office zone.
Despite its price tag, this Boeing jet is very minimalistic in design and its master bedroom puts many five star hotels to shame.
5. Airbus ACJ350 $326 million
The Airbus ACJ350 costs from $326 million USD just for an aircraft. The custom interior designed by Lufthansa Technik is extra and may hit up to $500 million USD additional. This aircraft feels like a second home in the skies whereas travelers can enjoy spa on-board, private offices, full size bedrooms, children play rooms.
The front of the cabin is devoted to family space, with a VIP bath and bedroom, plus a lounge area and office. In the midsection, a guest lounge provides relaxation and comfort. A formal dining area seats eight, and a full galley supports a range of luxury meals. Four private guest rooms share two baths.
6. Boeing 787-8 BBJ $324.6 million
The Boing 787-8 retailers for approximately $225 million. However, after spending an additional $100 million it, China’s HNA Group’s private jet has been aptly named the Boeing BBJ – Boeing Business Jet. The plane comfortably seats 40 people over 2400 square feet. As expected there are multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and even heated marble flooring.
7. Boeing 747-430 – $220 million
The Sultan of Brunei is well known for having a collection of expensive things. Therefore, having a private jet with a $220 million price tag isn’t something of a surprise. Like with many other planes on this list, the plane itself costs a mere $100 million, and then the Sultan spent around the same amount in customizing it.
As you’d expect, inside it’s brimming with gold, fine woods, and the comfiest leather seats you can find. When even the toilet handle is made of gold it’s not hard to spend so much on customizing your plane. That’s what we call a royal flush.
8. Boeing 767-33A/ER – $170 million
This Boeing aircraft belongs to no other than Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. The aircraft is equipped with a missile warning system and radar technology – because what private jet doesn’t need that. Inside it’s filled with leather, fine woods, and gilded outlines.
Interestingly there’s no huge entertainment system or over the top eccentricities. Instead the aircraft can fly a huge number of friends and family in absolute comfort and even the dining area has seats for 30 people. Dinner in the air anyone?
9. Gulfstream III – $125 million
A typical Gulfstream III would set you back in the region of $75 million, which would make it too cheap for this list. However, like any person with the means, media mogul Tyler Perry invested a whopping $50 million to make his jet really stand out.
As expected, theirs a huge cinema room, a dining area, a lounge, a VIP bedroom, and a bathroom. And just to really make it pop, he’s filled it with some expensive antique objects and paintings for good measure. This Gulfstream III might not be the biggest but it sure is classy.
10. Airbus ACJ319NEO – $101.5 million
The Airbus ACJ319NEO costs $101.5 million without any customization. Not much else is known about this aircraft but it can fly from LA to Geneva on a single tank of gas.
11. Boeing 757 – $100 million
It’s no surprise that Trump’s 757 has made it onto this list. Though the current US president currently uses the Air Force One, his family can often be seen jetting around in their 757. Thanks to its two Rolls-Royce RB211 turbofan engines it can travel at over 500 miles per hour for nearly 16 hours.
Like many planes on this list, it has private bedrooms, a cinema room, and of course a dining room. While it’s not much compared to the Air Force One, you definitely wouldn’t complain if you got to fly on it.
In short, those are the most expensive planes that money could buy you. If that’s not enough and you’re looking for something cheaper, then here are some alternative options:
Gulfstream G700 – $75 million
Bombardier Global 7000 – $73 million
Gulfstream G650ER $71.5 million
Bombardier Global 8000 – $66 million
Embraer Linage 1000e – $53 million
Bombardier Global Express $47.7 million
Gulfstream G500 – $44 million
Gulfstream IV – $38 million
Embraer Praetor 600 – $20 million
What’s the most expensive airplane?
The most expensive plane in the world is the B-2 Spirit. Depending on who you ask, it costs between $700 million and $2 billion. Of course, you’ll never be able to buy but they are a beautiful plane to behold.
These luxurious private jets are absolutely beautiful and we’d love to have the opportunity to fly on any one of them. Unfortunately, for most of us, that’s going to be impossible. However, we can help you charter a plane in a similar class, and you’ll definitely fly in style.
Let us know in the comments what’s the most exciting plane you’ve flown on.
We all love our pets. Approximately 70% of the population has a pet and almost 30% of the population owns at least one dog.
If you have a pet you probably also hate leaving them behind. While some people put their pets into daycare when they go on holiday, a lot of people choose to travel with theirs.
Unfortunately while driving with your car or going by boat can be easy, flying with your pet isn’t as straightforward.
In this guide, we’ll cover all the important aspects that you’ll need to be aware of if you’d like to fly with your dog or pet.
Initially, we’ll cover Private Jet travel, since this is our business, however, we’ve also got plenty of information for commercial airline travel with pets too.
Private Jet Travel With Your Pets
Traveling with pets on private jets still has a lot of the same limitations that commercial airlines have. Limitations which we cover below.
However, on private jets, you’re allowed to take any kind of pet you’d like. With commercial airlines, this is limited mainly to dogs and in some cases cats. Where it becomes difficult is that not all operators allow pets on board. Operators and their pet policy can be broken down into three simple groups;
No Pets Allowed
Allowed with a surcharge.
The latter is the most common one and the cost for this can vary from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. While some limit their policy to dogs and cats most realize that a reptile, parrot, or gerbil will most likely cause fewer issues. Therefore they don’t mind if you bring your pet along as long as they are kept securely and you pay a cleaning surcharge. In fact, there have been extreme cases of pet ponies, and even emus on private jets.
If you’re looking to travel with your pet, then contact us and we’ll create a flight tailored to you.
Is Flying With Your Pet Risky?
As with all travel options, flying with your pet is risky. Air travel is especially dangerous for animals with “flat faces” such as pugs and Persian cats. The reason being is that at altitude the air is thinner and this can lead to breathing problems. This is less of an issue if they are traveling in the cabin compartment but can be a huge issue if they are in the luggage hold.
Therefore, if you own one of these pets it’s best that you leave them at home. However, if that’s not an option, see if you can find an alternative travel method for them.
When it comes to traveling with your pets, the most important factor is where your pet travels. For private jet charters, this isn’t a problem, since if the operator allows it, they can fly in the cabin. Unfortunately, for commercial airlines, this is significantly more limited.
Each commercial airline limits where pets can travel on a flight. This varies by company but the general rule is that only service and emotional support animals can be checked, and pets under 10kg can be carried in a carry-on.
Checked travel is the best for your pet in all aspects. Unfortunately, most commercial flight companies strongly restrict checked pets. Not only do they have to meet strict criteria, only one checked pet is allowed per flight. However, if you can manage it, you should use this option. It provides the most comfortable and stress-free travel for your pet.
The next best option is to carry your pet in a carry-on. You’re required to put this under the seat in front of you. Understandably, this is limited to small pets and luggage size.
The luggage compartment (cargo hold) is the worst option for your pet, but unfortunately, sometimes it’s the only option. The restrictions on traveling in the luggage compartment are a lot fewer. Additionally, there are strict rules and guidelines the airport has to meet so your pet will be safe and secure. Furthermore, if the temperature is too high or too low on the day of flying, you won’t be permitted to as it would pose a health risk to your pet.
Service Animals and Emotional Support Pets
With commercial flights, a lot of the time the only pets that are allowed to travel are service animals and emotional support pets. This is because most pets are untrained and would therefore cause mayhem in the passenger compartment.
Unfortunately, it’s likely that even emotional supports pets won’t be allowed on board in the united states anymore as many people have been abusing this system. The reason for this is that it’s relatively easy to register a pet as an emotional support animal. On the other hand, getting a service animal is extremely expensive and requires a lot of training.
Pet Flight Restrictions
Whether you’re traveling with commercial airlines or private jets, the normal restrictions are all the same. However, check with your provider before booking as some provide additional checks or paperwork.
Vaccinations – Your pet must be up to date on their vaccinations and will need a rabies shot before traveling
Breed – Some companies don’t accept brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs of any ‘mix’
Age – All pets must be at least 8 weeks of age and in some cases 16.
Quarantine – Depending on your host and arrival country, you might require to put your pet into a quarantine
Type of Carrier
Check in advance if the airline requires any special kind of carrier as most airlines require IATA standard hard sided carriers. Additionally ask at the airport what the procedure is when having your pet’s carrier x-rayed, you don’t want them getting an unhealthy dose of rays. However, for most scenarios as long as your pet is well trained and you give them food and entertainment they shouldn’t have any problems on a medium-length journey. However, do make sure to get a kennel that’s large enough for your pet to move around in comfortably.
Variation By Countries
Flying with your pet varies considerably depending on where from and where to you’re flying. While it’s straightforward and simple in the EU and the US, if you’re flying another router then we’d recommend looking into the details.
Flying with your pet is unfortunately a long and complicated process and there isn’t a single straightforward guide that could cover the whole topic. If you’re flying private then it becomes significantly easier but it does come with a cost. In conclusion, make the best decision for you and your pet both financially and emotionally.
Flying on a private jet is the epitome of luxury travel.
While it’s a lot of fun, excitement, and pleasure, there are some basic rules you need to know about private jet etiquette and private flight.
Therefore whether it’s your first time or a hundredth, make sure you that follow these simple tips to have the best experience possible.
The tips here can vary depending on your flight crew, which operator you choose, and your trip details, however, they will hold true 99 percent of the time. Furthermore, you should also ensure that all passengers follow these rules and not only the host. If you’re ever in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask or double-check the operators’ private jet etiquette guidelines.
Be on Time
One of the advantages of flying private is the flexibility of time. You can travel when you want and how often you want. However, that doesn’t mean that you can turn up late to your flight. It’s expected that you arrive around 15 minutes before flying so that your documents and luggage can be handled accordingly.
Luckily, if you are running late then it is possible to ring the operator and get them to delay the flight. Depending on the airport your flying from this usually won’t be an issue. However, busy airports have a heavy timetable of take-offs so if you’re late your flight might be delayed by a few hours.
In short, don’t waste the pilots’ and employees’ time as surely you wouldn’t want your time wasted either.
Don’t Forget Your Documents
Even if your flying private you’ll still need your documents. The documents you require will depend on your take-off and destination airports. Your operator will make sure to let you know specifically what you need. However, if you’re unsure, you can always double-check. Unfortunately, if you don’t have all of the required documents you can be refused travel and even lose your deposit.
Watch Your Luggage
Unlike with commercial flights, your luggage will be loaded by the pilot and/or the flight attendants. There won’t be any dedicated personnel doing this. While pilots are trained for this, and they work out regularly, they aren’t fans of lifting 40kg suitcases. Therefore, make sure you pack light or in multiple suitcases. You’re pilot and crew definitely won’t be in the best mood if they have to fly after having to move everything including the kitchen sink. In fact, for this reason, some operators do have a weight restrictions which can be lower than for commercial flights so do check before flying.
Tipping is Appreciated
Despite what many people believe, pilots don’t get paid millions. In fact, usually, a pilot’s pay is relatively average and depending on their employment type they might have hefty yearly training fees to pay. Therefore like many people in the service industry tipping is greatly appreciated. The average 10% stands, however, if you feel they’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty then do feel to tip more. Of course, it’s not mandatory and completely up to the consideration of the booker.
Unless you own your private yet, it’s important that you follow a simple dress etiquette. The level of this ranges from operator to operator and you’ll be informed before your flight. It might be just that you dress sensibly, while some require you to wear a full suit. The latter is less common but it does occur.
Respect is Paramount
Like with any service or equipment that you may use through your life, private jet etiquette requires that you respect the crew and the equipment. This comes down to three distinct sections.
Alcohol, Drugs, and Partying
Everyone wants you to have a good time while flying private. However, the drugs, sex, and rock and roll attitude displayed in movies are extremely overexaggerated. No-one will mind if you become a bit drunk or do an impromptu karaoke session. However, drugs and sex and strictly forbidden on private jet charters. Worst case scenario you could be sued for sexual harassment. If you own your aircraft then it’s a whole different scenario.
Unlike with commercial flight, with private jet flight, there are no predetermined. seating locations. It’s customary, to allow the lead passenger or host to chose their seat first. From then it’s their close relatives or significant. After that, it’s a free for all.
Respect the Equipment
You wouldn’t want anyone defacing or causing damage to your car or house. The same goes for private jet charter services. They want you to have a good time and enjoy your flight, but they don’t want to see any damage to their property. Therefore, whether it’s your first time or a hundredth, respect the equipment. Causing damage to a private jet could be extremely costly and not something that most people would want to pay for.
Parking and Ramp Access
Most private air charter services allow for ramp access. This means that you or your chauffeur can drive up to the plane as you can board directly. However, don’t assume that this is always the case. Driving up to an airplane randomly can get you in a lot of legal trouble and even police storming your vehicle. It might be an obvious jet etiquette rule, but trust us it has happened.
Here are some commonly asked questions that come up when flying on private jets and the etiquette you should follow.
Can you bring anything on a private jet?
Unlike with commercial aircraft, there are very few restrictions. As long as it’s reasonable the operator shouldn’t have a problem with accommodating your needs. Whether it’s 100 kilos of gold, a Picasso, or an antique machine gun, it doesn’t matter, just let them know.
Do you get searched on a private jet?
No. Your paperwork will be checked but there won’t be any TSA, body scans, or X-Rays. These things are intended for public flights where there is a risk of wanting to cause harm to others. On private jets you may only cause harm to yourself.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about private jet etiquette. Keep those in mind and your pilot and crew will take care of you and make sure you have an unforgettable flight whether for business or pleasure.
Skiing was initially a sport for the aristocracy due to its expensive costs.
While it’s now become a lot more accessible, there still remains plenty of places where you need to be a millionaire to be able to stay, eat, and ski.
In this list, we’ll examine the best luxury skiing resorts and everything they have to offer. From designer shops, breathtaking views, Michelin starred restaurants, and exclusive hotels, this list has everything.
Whether you’re looking for something relaxing or 24/7 entertainment, this list has everything covered.
1. St. Moritz, Switzerland
St Moritz rates as the poshest ski resort in the world, without surprise. This place not only sounds posh, but it has it’s own airport too (Samedan) – packed with private jets of course. This is thanks to its fantastic champagne climate (dry air and sunshine), and it being in Switzerland
The skiing area is made up of four different sectors Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza, and Zuoz, but there are plenty of other opportunities nearby too.
The town is filled with luxury hotels, exclusive boutiques, and glamorous restaurant with live music. Of course, the pistes are fantastic too, with a wide range of skiing available with beautiful views of the Swiss alps. As you’d expect from a town filled with money, it’s regularly visited by Russian oligarchs and A-list celebrities. Running into the likes of George Clooney, and royalty is extremely likely here.
On the whole, St Moritz is the highlight of most people’s skiing holiday.
2. Aspen, Colorado
Aspen experienced decades of neglect but during the 20th-century skiing boom, it made a miraculous comeback. It’s now a glamorous and iconic place to visit. If you ever watch a movie with rich Americans going skiing, it’s most likely going to involve Aspen.
Aspen has four different skiing areas: Buttermilk, Highlands, Snowmass, and Aspen Mountain. These offer everything from blue to black skiing opportunities. Despite its small size it’s extremely popular and should keep you preoccupied for a week.
The town itself is packed with all of the important boutiques from Moncler to Dior, and restaurants where the champagne keeps flowing indefinitely. There’s also an Art Museum, an Opera House, and quirky little antique and bookshops.
On the whole, Aspen, despite its small size, is a luxurious and fantastic little ski resort for a getaway.
3. Kitzbühel, Austria
Kitzbühel is one of the best-known ski results in the world thanks to its large variety of offerings, skiing opportunities, and beautiful sites.
Kitzbühel az the surrounding area has 215km of official slops as well as a dedicated area for off-piste. The slopes are aimed towards intermediate skiers but there is definitely something for everyone. It also hosts one of the toughest downhill race in the world, where racers can reach up to 100km/h!
Kitzbühel is located in the beautiful Wilder Kaiser mountains in Austria. This medieval town is filled with beautiful buildings to low and behold. While the streets are packed with luxury, it’s 4- and 5-start hotels as in-fact reasonably priced even for the average person. Due to its size, the town is also filled with plenty of day and night time activities even for non-skiers.
On the whole, it’s a beautiful town with fantastic skiing opportunities, and even the average joe can afford a vacation here!
4. Courchevel 1850, France
Courchevel 1850 is one of the most commonly visited ski resorts on this list due to its ease of accessibility and a large range of activities.
Situated in the three valleys of Courchevel, France, Meribel, and Val Thorens, gives this location great skiing possibilities. Whether you want easy, difficult, on- or off-piste, there will be plenty of options for you to chose from.
Courchevel 1850 is bustling with exclusivity and A-listers. However, it’s not the cheapest with a cocktails easily costing $40 each! Unlike other locations on this list, Courchevel is really aimed at partying and having a good time.
On the whole if you’re looking to go skiing with a bang and a touch of luxury, then Courchevel is your place to be.
5. Cortina, Italy
This chic little valley is placed high up in the Dolomites. This gives it a perfect basis as one of the most luxurious ski resorts.
Cortina sports 85km of groomed snow with most of it covered by snowmaking to ensure constant skiing pleasure. The three areas Faloria-Cristallo, Tofana, and Lagazuoi-Cinque Torri are connected by free buses and suits intermediate and expert skiers perfectly.
The town of Cortina is decorated by 19th century mansions and buildings. As with all of the of the places on this list, the streets are covered with luxury designers and brands. There are also plenty of opportunties to have a relaxing drink in one of the excellent wine bars, and expensive restaurants.
While Cortina isn’t as fancy as it used to be, it’s still a fantastic and beautiful place to ski and relax.
6. Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt offers one of the most scenic views of the alps with a different beautiful view from all angles. As one of the most iconic ski results in the world, due mainly to the Matterhorn.
At 238km Zermatt offers plenty of skiing opportunities. As most of these are intermediate runs, everyone has the opportunity to experience the views offered by this luxurious ski resorts. For more advanced skiers there are also great off-piste opportunities.
The town itself is accessible only by train, residents permit, or by knowing the right people. It’s filled with luxury hotels that can cost up to $100,000/ week! Alongside this, there’s the mandatory chic boutiques, shops, and entertainment. The beautiful town also pays homage to its mountaineering history and its cultural buildings will leave you breathless.
To sum it up, Zermatt is definitely one of the best luxury ski resorts in the world, and if you ever get the chance to visit, you definitely should!
7. Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley is a purpose-built luxury ski resort. It’s small a secluded but providers plenty of opportunity for skiing and relaxing.
The area of Sun Valley and Ketchum are hosts to 120 different runs most of which are beginner and intermediate. There is a small ratio of advanced runs, but the focus here is on enjoyable skiing rather than on pushing the limits.
Sun Valley itself is small and idyllic with the focus being on skiing rather than glitz and glamour. This might be why many famous people such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Client Eastwood, etc like to come here to relax.
If you’re looking for something private and low-key then Sun Valley is a fantastic place to go and relax. Just don’t get too giddy when you’re having dinner next to one of the many famous people that comes and visits here.
8. Verbier, Switzerland
Verbier is one of the highest altitude ski resorts in the world. Celebrities come here from far and wide to expeirence the challenging runs it provides.
Verbier is the opposite of Sun Valley. It’s filled with tough ski runs and countless off-piste opportunities. While the skiing here isn’t for the faint of heart it’s definitely something to experience. There are easier runs too but we’d definitely pushing yourself to the limits here.
The town itself is filled with luxurious chalets and hotels and has a vibrant party scene. However, it doesn’t have as much to offer as many other destinations. The focus here really is on hard-core skiing.
If you’re looking to challenge yourself but also treat yourself to the good things in life the Verbier will perfect for you.
9. Megève, France
Megève is often referred to the Paris of the Alps. It’s backed with outstanding food, beautiful skiing opportunities, and famed luxury retailers.
For skiing, there are miles of groomed pistes perfect for relaxing intermediate level skiers. The three ski areas – Rochebrune, Mont d’Arbois, and Le Jaillet can be reached by cable car from the town and provide you with the opportunity to take the sights in.
Founded by the infamous Baroness Rothschild as a competitor to St Moritz, it’s no surprise that Megève is everything but cheap. It is packed with 5start hotels, private chalets, Michelin starred restaurants, and much more. Alongside this, there are plenty of activities to choose from and sights to take in.
Overall, Megève is a picture-postcard perfect location and will provide you with everything you need to relax in style.
10. Lech, Austria
Lech in Austria is a quiet little luxury village that has been host to a range of royalty on a regular basis.
Lech has limited the ski passes it issues to 14,000 per day. While that may sound like a lot, it helps guarantee that you’ll have a relaxing time skiing without the hustle-bustle. The
As with all of the locations on this list, the town is just absolutely beautiful and there are 5 start restaurants to help you relax. To go along with the relaxing attitude of the place, apres-ski is in the form of cocktails and caviar instead of boom-boom music and discos.
If you’re looking for a peaceful but high-class snow holiday to relax, then look no further.
What is the most expensive ski resort?
All of the resorts on this list are extremely expensive and will set you back a pretty penny. We really couldn’t narrow it down to a single one as you could keep spending money endlessly at either one of them. However, if we had to choose then St Moritz would probably make the top of the list.
What is the most expensive ski resort in Europe?
As stated above, St Moritz is probably the most expensive ski resort in Europe. However, Lech and Courhevel and very closely behind.
Which ski resort has the best nightlife?
In North America, Whistler will probably win the award for this one. However, in Europe choosing can be very difficult. Personally, we would most likely Alpe d’Huez from personal experience.
Where is the cheapest place to ski?
If you don’t want to go to a luxury skiing resort, then there are some great cheap skiing options. In Europe, Les Houches in France and Vogel in Slovenia make great options. While in the US there’s Crested Butte in Colorado, and Powder Mountain in Utah. Of course, there are plenty of other options too but these would be our picks.
So there you go, these are the most luxurious ski resorts to visit. With multiple ski resorts per mountain it’s easy to find great skiing for cheap, but choosing the right place provides that little bit of extra.
Many people are worried about flying, and even more worried about flying in the snow.
While there are some fantastic winter destinations, “can planes fly in the snow” is a question that often comes up.
Though it is true that snow can cause delays and issues, it’s a misconception that they can’t fly in snow.
In this article, we’ll look at the issues of flying in snow and why it causes no real problem for planes.
Flying in the Snow
Cruising altitudes for commercial airplanes is usually around 10km and for private jets, it’s around 12km. At this altitude, temperatures can go as low -60C. Since planes are designed to fly in this temperature, cold weather on the ground does not, by itself, inhibit flight.
However, cold weather can impact activities on the ground. While less of an issue for take-off, an icy or wet ground can extremely inhibit a plane’s ability for landing safely. On top of this, heavy snow can decrease visibility which can make navigating difficult.
The biggest issue comes with equipment icing. This is when ice builds up on the components of the airplane. This can severely impact the aerodynamics of the aircraft which can cause all kinds of issues when it comes to flying. However, this is where de-icing comes into play. Furthermore, all pilots who are flying in these climates are able to handle ice build-up that could occur during flight.
Flying in the winter is something that we all do regularly. Just because there is winter weather outside, it doesn’t mean that planes will suddenly stop flying. As we’ve discussed above, snow, ice, and bad weather do not hinder a flight. It remains safe to fly as long as precautious and pilot training are both up to date.
How High is Snowfall?
Snow typically forms around 4-5km below the surface. Therefore at cruising altitude, you’ll be well above any snow formations and this won’t affect your flight.
Importance of De-Icing
When it comes to icy weather conditions the most important thing to watch out for is de-icing. De-icing is the spraying of a special liquid over the surface of the airplane. This liquid ensures that no ice forms and existing ice is washed away. Unfortunately, this is only short term so if there are any delays due to unforeseen circumstances then your plane may require a second round of de-icing.
As a passenger, most of your cold-weather annoyances will come from delays due to de-icing.
Will my flight be canceled if it snows?
This depends on a lot of factors, but in most cases, you’ll only have a delay. Firstly, small airplanes are pretty much grounded during snow as they do not have the required de-icing capabilities. Secondly, it depends on the airport and their snow management. Interestingly London Heathrow has had plenty of issues with snow despite its large size.
Is it dangerous to fly in the winter?
No, not at all. Most countries and airports don’t experience heavy weather even during winter. For those locations that are more problematic during winter, all of the pilots are trained for this. Therefore unless you’re flying to some really dangerous location such as the north pole, your flight won’t be any more dangerous than on average (which is not dangerous at all).
Can planes fly in freezing weather?
Yes, at a flying altitude planes experience temperatures of -40C to -57C. Therefore freezing weather on the ground usually doesn’t affect airplanes.
Can planes fly in the rain?
Yes, planes can fly in the rain. Heavy rain does affect visibility so pilots tend to avoid storms, however, there is very little concern when flying in the rain.
In conclusion, planes can and do fly in the snow! It does cause some challenges, but nothing that a well-trained pilot and ground crew cannot handle.
When it comes to having a private jet, there are plenty of options; outright ownership, leasing, jet cards, charters, and fractional jet ownership to name just a few.
Of course, it can be difficult to decide which one is the best one for you.
In this guide, we’ll outline everything you need to know about fractional jet ownership – the pros and the cons!
What is Fractional Jet Ownership?
As the name suggests, with fractional jet ownership, you own a percentage of an aircraft with a group of other people. It can be compared to a time-share whereby your share dedicates how many hours you can use a plan for during the year. Depending on a number of factors your shares can range anywhere from 50 hours to 400 hours of flight per year. Generally speaking, you can buy the following share sizes:
Hours Per Year
How Much Does Fractional Jet Ownership Cost?
The cost of fractional jet ownership depends on the jet and the share size that you choose to go for. At the lower end of the spectrum, you’re looking at around $275,000, and this can go all the way up into the millions. You also have to remember that there are monthly and fuel costs, and in some cases yearly costs too.
Of course, you do have to remember that for this price you will also own part of the plane, which depending on the market can appreciate or depreciate during your ownership. At the end of the term (usually 5 years), you also have the option to sell it back to the operator at market value.
How Does it Work?
When you buy a fractional jet share, you become part-owner of a jet. In return for your money, you’ll be allocated a number of hours in the aircraft as indicated by the table above. The larger the share the more time you have.
With most flight share companies, they operate multiple aircraft. Therefore, when you fly, you might not actually be using your own jet. Instead, you’ll be allocated seats on another plane. Depending on the company, these other jets might also be bigger, or in some cases smaller than the one you’ve bought shares in.
When you purchase your share you will have to sign the following documents:
Master Dry Lease Exchange Agreement
Whenever you enter a flight share agreement, it’s recommended that you hire a lawyer experienced in such deals as it’s both a long term and expensive agreement.
This is the document through which you purchase your fractional share from the provider. We make sure that this document includes iron-clad representations and warranties from the fractional company regarding title to, and the condition of, the aircraft. Just as important, the Purchase Agreement provides the terms under which the provider will repurchase your share at the end of your contract term.
This is probably the most important document for fractional owners. It outlines everything that ownership provides for you. For example your management fees, requirements, flight agreements, additional cost structures, contract length, etc. In short, this document is the what and what you can’t do with your share and flight hours. With most companies, the terms of these are negotiable, so if you have some additional or unusual requirements, then make sure you bring this up with your provider.
Binder/ Deposit Agreement
If your provider is awaiting the delivery of your aircraft, it may want you to put up a deposit to hold your share. This document should identify the specific aircraft in which you’re buying the share, guarantee that the pricing won’t change, and include a firm delivery date. Most importantly, make sure you understand how and when your deposit becomes non-refundable.
Master Dry Lease Exchange Agreement
This document governs the relationship among all fractional owners in the program. Essentially, each owner agrees to share his plane with every other owner, thus enabling the provider to utilize the entire fleet to service all the owners. This arrangement is a common feature of all fractional programs; so much so that you may rarely, if ever, actually fly on the aircraft in which you own a share.
Primary Service Area
Each company has an area that they are dedicated to, as you can see in the table below. Unfortunately, not all companies operate worldwide. Though they might provide global flights, this could potentially cost you extra as it’s outside their normal service area. Unfortunately, most companies only operate in North America, with some even limiting themselves to mid-, and easter-US. If you’re looking at global options then NetJets will be your only choice. This lack of choice could be a huge put off for some people as NetJets might not meet all of your needs or requirements.
The most important factor to consider, when deciding to go down the fractional ownership route is your travel needs. While we’re used to A to B flights, travel needs can be more complex:
How quickly do you want to be in the air
From where, and where to would you like to fly
How many hours are you planning to fly per year
What are conditions like at the airports that you’re touching
What is the Best Fractional Jet Ownership Program?
There are multiple companies offering a fractional jet ownership program. Unfortunately, without testing them or a large base of client reviews, it’s impossible to determine which one is best. Therefore, if you think that fractional jet ownership is something that you’d be interested in, we’d recommend contacting each of these companies and choosing the right one for you.
Light, Mid, Super-Mid, Heavy
Light, Mid, Heavy
Light, Mid, Super-Mid, Heavy
The Company Jet
Fractional Ownership vs Full Ownership
When it comes to full ownership, the most prominent difference is the price. When you’re the owner of a jet the costs increase significantly. You have to pay for pilots, downtime, maintenance, fuel surcharges, all by yourself. Not to mention you also have to organize this yourself or hire someone to do it for you. In short, with whole aircraft ownership, the costs really start to stack up.
Also when you share a private jet, it becomes harder to track you. With private ownership, anyone can track your plane using its tail number. This might be great if you’re Iron Maiden on a world tour, but less so if you’re a private business person.
Fractional Ownership vs JetCards
A Jet Card allows you to purchase flight hours up-front, and are often offered by shared ownership operators. In essence, a Jet card lies between chartered flights and fractional ownership so the differences are less substantial. With JetCards you’re not tied into a long term deal but of course, it is likely to be more expensive per flight.
Fractional Ownership vs Private Charter
Private charters are perfect for casual and non-frequent flights. If you’re planning on flying a lot of hours, then Jet Cards or even fractional ownership is probably a better option. While private charters are more expensive, you do get to choose the aircraft so if you can get a larger or smaller plane as required. Furthermore, with a private jet charter, you have a lot of added flexibility and can choose options more freely.
Fractional Ownership vs Leasing
Fractional Ownership can be frowned upon by shareholders due to the large upfront investment that it requires. Of course, you might recoup this at the end of your term but investors mainly care about the current situation. For private use, the two are very similar and the decision should be personal and depending on which option you’re happier with financially.
When it comes to fractional jet ownership, it really comes down to two things. Which one is the most cost-effective, and also meets all of your needs and requirements.
With money comes happiness. The jury is still out on how true this statement is.
However, with money comes with private jets. And with private jets comes access to some locations that you couldn’t get to with your average airline.
In this article, we’ll have a look at the most popular private jet destinations. In fact, some of these places you can only get to with a private jet!
1. St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz in Switzerland is the skiing paradise of the elite, with royalty and A-list celebrities visiting it year-in-year-out. While you can visit without a private jet, it will take you 3 hours by car from Zurich. Whereas if you fly into Samedan Airport it will take a meer 15 minutes!
Samedan Airport can’t accommodate commercial aircraft due to its short runway, in fact, even larger private jets can be turned away if the conditions aren’t good. Located at an altitude of 2000m you’re guaranteed to have fantastic views coming in, and with what’s on offer you’ll definitely have a great holiday at St Moritz.
2. Norman’s Cay, The Bahamas
Once a property of the Medellin Cartel, Norman’s Cay is now a super-exclusive resort owned by the Four Seasons Hotel. It’s so exclusive that you can only approach it by private jet or yacht.
As you’d expect there are beautiful views, a fantastic environment, and plenty more. In fact, you can even do some treasure hunting and maybe run into some hidden stashes of money or drugs.
3. Sint Maarten, St. Barts & Anguilla, Caribbean
The Caribbeans are packed full of fantastic travel destinations. Its islands are some of the most beautiful in the world, and are known globally. So it’s no surprise that Sint Maarten, St Barts, and Anguilla are among the most popular destinations.
While Sint Maarten does have a commercial landing strip, the other two are only accessible via boat or a private jet. These millionaire playgrounds are packed with beautiful beaches, gorgeous lagoons, and much more. If you want an extremely relaxing holiday then look no further.
4. Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are hidden within the Arctic Circle and is one of the best places to catch the northern lights. With 18 major islands and plenty of minor ones, there are plenty of dramatic and breathtaking views to experience.
The island inhabitants have some extremely interesting, albeit controversial, traditions too, therefore you can experience views and culture in a single trip. Flying into Varga Airport is an experience in itself, just make sure that you dress correctly for the environment.
5. Paro, Kingdom of Bhutan
The airport in Paro is one of the most dangerous in the world. It’s located 2,225 meters above sea level and surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. In fact, the land strip can only be seen during the last few minutes of landing and involves a sharp left turn as you approach.
It’s not surprising that it only 8 pilots are licensed to land here. If you’re looking to experience an amazing flight, and one-of-a-kind views of the Himalayas then this is your spot.
6. Easter Island, Chile
Easter Island is a popular destination due to the Easter heads. These sculptures have intriqued people for centuries and visiting them is a unique opportunity. Unfortunately, they are a bit harder to get to then Stonehenge. However, once there, Easter Island is a sight to behold.
7. Telluride, Colorado
Telluride is the American equivalent of St Moritz. Similarly, it’s a place where commercial flights won’t take you, but of course, you can go there by car. This is exclusive ski town will provide you with fantastic views of the San Juan mountains and days of skiing pleasure.
8. Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza is probably the party center of the world with 24-hour clubs, pool parties, discos, and live music. So what better way to truly party then to arrive in style via a private jet. No European summer is complete without spending a week partying and relaxing at this world-famous destination.
9. US Virgin Islands, Caribbean
Similarly to the other Caribbean destinations, the US Virgin Islands is a great spot to fly to with a private jet. While it’s often due to the off-shore banking benefits it provides for business, it’s also filled with plenty of history and culture.
10. The United States
The United States sees some of the heaviest private jet activity. Not only due to the wealth of the country but also due to the amazing experiences one can have. Whether it’s from New York City to Palm Beach or to Los Angeles, the US has a lot to offer. US residents also have the advantage of more companies to choose from and cheaper private jet charter services.
Private aviation is something many of us dream of but will never be able to afford. However, private jet routes and flights are becoming more common and affordable so it’s actually a dream we can work towards.
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