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.
Have a favorite flight or destination? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.
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
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. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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?
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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:
Bombardier Global 7000 – 73
Gulfstream G650ER 71.5million
Bombardier Global 8000 – 66
Embraer Linage 100e – 53million
BD-700 Global Express 47.7
G500 – 44million
Gulfstream IV – 38
Embraer Legacy 500 – 20
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.
Whether you’re a private jet owner or just a fan of private jets, it’s great to keep in the loop.
Unfortunately, most pieces of content online are regurgitated and boring.
With this in mind, we’ve selected the top 5 private jet magazines that will keep you up to date and entertained. Of course, these all have a website and a newsletter so you can remain entertained even if you’re on the go.
Jetset Magazine is the prominent lifestyle magazine for luxury travelers. Unlike many of its competitors, it has plenty of exclusives and though-provoking articles. Alongside this, they also have a TV show for easier consumption.
Alongside classic articles, they also have up to date news, life experience tips, and much more. Jetset Magazine is a must for all those that live and breathe luxury.
Business Jet Traveler releases a physical magazine once every quarter and keeps their website regularly updated. Their business aviation content is entertaining, factual, interesting to read, and packed with visuals.
Understandably, their core content revolves around private jets, aircraft, and their operation. If you own or looking to own a private jet, then this is a perfect magazine for you. Additionally, they have content about people and lifestyle too, just in case you get bored of ogling at beautiful planes and destinations.
As the name suggests Elite Traveler is all about traveling the globe in luxury and style. They have great articles on food, travel, and everything else that’s luxury. From superyachts to superjets it’s all included and if you’re looking for some elite travel inspiration then you’ll find plenty here.
On the whole, a fantastic magazine, with a beautiful design and great content.
As the name suggests LLM isn’t dedicated to private jets exclusively but instead a luxury lifestyle as a whole. They have a whole variety of content to entertain anyone with a certain degree of wealth. They cover everything from destinations, watch investment tips, foods, and fashion to even the most expensive honey in the world.
Overall it’s an extremely well put together magazine and should keep you informed and entertained for a good proportion of time.
Soar brands itself as the premier private jet magazine. Being run by Jetlinx, a premium US aviation company, this is a pretty valid statement. While it’s definitely an entertaining read, it’s more of an in-flight magazine rather than something that you would read for entertainment purposes.
Unfortunately, it’s also primarily a print magazine. Though it’s accessible online it’s not exactly user-friendly or easy to read. Despite these factors, it’s still a great magazine and packed full of interesting articles for any private jet traveler.
What are the best aviation magazines?
If you’re looking for more general avation magazines we’d recommend looking at: Flying, Air & Space, and Plane & Pilot.
What are the best luxury magazines?
If you’re looking for more general luxury magazines we’d recommend looking at: Robb Report, Buro, and How to Spend It.
There you have it, the top private jet magazines. If you think there’s a magazine or two missing from this list then contact us to let us know.
When you’re booking your next private jet charter, think about the possibility of helping someone out. If you volunteer to help a charity when booking through us we’ll make sure that you get a complimentary bottle of champagne even if no charity requires help at that time. If a charity does join you on your flight we’ll make sure you and your guest(s) get an even nicer surprise.
The Benefits of Supporting a Charity
Helping those out in need is a staple of human nature but volunteering for an aviation charity providers much more than that. Here are four ways that your private jet flight can help someone out.
1) Getting Patients to Their Destination
One of the most common ways that private jets help is by getting those in need to their destinations. Unfortunately, there are scenarios in the world when the destination is too far away to be able to reach easily or for an affordable price. This is where private jets can come into play.
Donating seats on your flight can help patients get to a specialized hospital. Alternatively, it might help medical professionals get to where they need to be. In some cases, it can even help adopted pets get to their forever homes. Whatever the case may be, you’ll definitely meet some great personalities.
2) Offer Therapy
If you fly private regularly you’ll know what a pleasant and calming experience it is. In our bustling world, the peace, quiet, and sights that a private jet flight can offer are often underrated. Many charities help patients by providing them with a flight to help bring some happiness and motivation back into their lives.
3) Helping Those in Need
The world isn’t a perfect place, and while we might have plenty of resources for ourselves, not everyone is so fortunate. Often you can use the spare space on private jets to transport medicine or supplies that are required at your destination.
This is also true when a natural catastrophe strikes. Volunteering space on your private flight can mean delivering water, food, or supplies to those effected.
In some extreme cases you might even be asked to transport body parts for transplant patients!
4) Search and Rescure
Flying is expensive, therefore when people go missing, the amount of resources authorities can dedicated to aerial photography is limited. My volunteering some of your air time you’ll be able to help authorities find important information and clues that could lead to saving someones life.
Aviation Charities You Can Help
Here is a list of all the aviation charities you could be helping.
AEROBridge is an NBAA–endorsed group of experienced aviation specialists who coordinate emergency aviation response during disasters. Their primary mission is to assist governments and NGOs by moving people and supplies to where they are most needed.
The Air Care Alliance is a collection of humanitarian flying organization. Its members are dedicated to helping the community. In short, it’s a charity network with flights happening for a number of compassionate purposes.
The Air Charity Network is specializes in providing free or heavily discounted flights to those with medical issues. Additionall they also help with community or national crisis and getting loved ones to their families.
Angel Flight is a non-profit charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends that are proud to serve the heartland area of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas. They help arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need.
Similarly to Challange Air, Childrens Flight of Hope aim to fill seriously ill and injured children feel with hope and healing. Alongside experience flights, they can also help arrange transport to and from medical facilities.
LifeLine Pilots is a private, non-profit organization that provides people in medical and financial distress with access to free air transportation on small, private aircraft for health care and other compelling human needs.
Pilots N Paws is a non-profit organization. It’s intended to be a meeting place for volunteers engaged in the valuable services of rescuing, sheltering, and adopting animals, and volunteer pilots and plane owners willing to assist with animal transportation.
The mission of Wings of Hope is to save lives, improve the quality of life and bring hope to people around the world where the utilization of aviation is vital to the accomplishment of these human endeavors.
They also sell charity airline tickets to help raise money, and in 2020 you could even win a Beechcraft Musketeer aircraft.
Similarly to many other charities on this list, WoM helps provide free air transport to people with limited means who need treatment at distant facilities.
So there you have it, all the reasons to help charities and all the charities you could be helping. If you’re a charity that would like to be included on our list and would like us to try and help you out, then please do get in contact.
We all love flying and traveling. Unfortunately, travel can have issues associated with it.
The most common issue that people face while flying is plane motion sickness.
In this article, we’ll examine what it is, what causes it, and a few simple tips on how you can overcome it, or at least reduce its effects.
If motion sickness is an extreme problem for you, then chartering a private jet can be a great solution. It will provide you with a more relaxed environment and staff will be able to need your needs and requirements with ease.
What is Motion Sickness?
Motion Sickness is the feeling a feeling of unwellness during traveling. Its root cause is due to a difference in expected motion and actual motion. This is caused by your inner ear sending different signals to your brain than your eyes are expecting.
In simple terms, your brain is unable to accurately compute what’s happening. If you’ve ever experienced motion sickness you’ll know that it’s fine on a smooth flat road, but you’ll probably end up being sick if you’re driving down a canyon-like a rally driver. Therefore the bumpier the journey the more motion sickness you’ll experience.
Most people are able to adjust to it quickly, however, some people are more prone to motion sickness and it can last with them for the entire journey.
What Are The Symptoms?
As the name suggests, the main symptom of motion sickness is the feeling of sickness. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, cold sweat, headache, sleepiness, yawning, loss of appetite, and increased salivation. Except in extreme cases, motion sickness only comes with the symptoms and no complications.
Tips for Avoiding Motion Sickness
If you are one of the unlucky people to experience airplane motion sickness, here are some great ways to deal with it.
Watch What You Eat
Flying on an empty stomach is a bad idea. So is eating heavy foods that take a long time to digest and can cause nausea by themselves. Additionally, it’s good to avoid any chemicals that affect your heart rate; coffee, alcohol, nicotine, or drugs. The best thing is to eat a light meal before flying.
Choose the Right Seat
Choosing the right seat is one of the best ways to control motion sickness. Firstly, choose a seat that’s close to the window which will allow you to focus on the horizon. Additionally, choose a seat in the middle of an aircraft (over the wings of the airplane) where there is the least amount of turbulence.
Avoid Staring at Objects
Looking at a screen or a book for too long can directly lead to feeling sicker. The reason for this is that it increases the difference between expected and true motion – the lead cause for motion sickness. Therefore, whenever possible don’t focus on objects too long when flying.
Focus on Your Breathing
Focusing on your breathing can help significantly. Try some breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga if you have the chance. Additionally chewing gum can help focus your breathing without having to concentrate on it.
Try Some Ginger Ale
Ginger is a natural remedy for motion and airsickness. Therefore eating some ginger, ginger laced lollipops, or even ginger ale can help prevent motion sickness. Sprite has also released a ginger-flavored beverage that may help. The more ginger, the better.
If all else fails there are various commonly available over-the-counter motion sickness pills that can help you tackle the symptoms. However, always look at the recommended usage and side-effects as you would with any drug that you may take. Consult your medical professional if you have any doubts or worries.
According to some studies performing acupressure can help with the treatment of motion sickness. Try using your thumb to push into your wrist about two inches down from the crease of your wrist. Hold it down for a few minutes with varying pressures to find out what works best for you.
Avoid digital screens and reading materials
Reading, whether from a book, magazine or digital device, can cause motion sickness or make it worse. If you enjoy reading, try an audio book using headphones instead. Avoiding tense thrillers, mystery novels and anything about flying may also be a good idea to help you stay relaxed.
How long can motion sickness last after flying?
For most people flight sickness passes relatively quickly, however, all symptoms go away after 4 hours.
What is the best medicine for motion sickness?
Consult your doctor about the best medicine, however, Dramamine tends to work for most people.
Is there a permanent cure for motion sickness?
Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for motion sickness at this time, and it’s unlikely they will find anything for it in the future.
There you have it, all the issues and solutions to being motion sick while flying. Try the methods we’ve recommended to see what works best for you. While some people will favor breathing techniques others will prefer a motion sickness pill. It’s up to you to test and experiment. If you’re extremely prone to air motion sickness we’d recommend taking some small flights to help you determine the best option for you.
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