Business Jet Traveler's 2nd Annual Reader's Choice Survey

Why do BJT readers fly privately? What have they liked and disliked about the aircraft they own and which models would they choose if money were no object? We posed these and many other questions to our readers and received answers from nearly 750 of you.

Flying Privately

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  • Smart communities try to encourage private flying. It generates and imports a very significant chunk of business.
    -Charter Customer
  • Our jet is like a time machine. Allows for getting much more accomplished in a given day.
    -Business Jet Owner
  • The airlines can't get it right. They are private aviation's biggest sales tool.
    -Business Jet Owner/Pilot
  • Nobody asks a CEO to take a city bus vs. their own car. Why do they expect them to fly airlines vs. fly privately?
    -Charter Customer

Fractional Shares

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  • Fractional shares are the best option for the traveler demanding professional service.
    -Fractional Jet Share Owner
  • Need more transparency in fractional shares. From the quoted to the true hourly rate is an increase of 40%.
    -Fractional Jet Share Owner
  • Cards may be a better value.
    -Fractional Jet Share Owner
  • Good second step into private ownership.
    -Fractional Jet Share Owner

Jet Cards

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  • Expensive but needed for short term supplemental lift.
    -Jet Card Holder
  • Easier than fractional ownership.
    -Jet Card Holder
  • Very creative and certainly a viable alternative to fractional.
    -Jet Card Holder
  • Love the concept–no long-term commitment.
    -Jet Card Holder

Charter Operators

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  • Why own the cow when milk is available in many places at standard price and quality?
    -Charter Customer
  • Ability to choose an aircraft for the mission rather than be stuck with the same plane for all missions.
    -Charter Customer
  • Simplify pricing. Add-ons like fuel surcharges, landing fees, crew charges, are frustrating.
    -Charter Customer
  • The most economical option when you do not own, but need to carefully select operators.
    -Charter Customer

Owned Aircraft

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NOTE: Respondents were asked to rate aircraft that they or their companies owned within the past three years. We received insufficient data to break out results for manufacturers not listed. Numerals are not shown forratings that received less than 5 percent of the vote. Percentages don’t always total 100, due to rounding.

Wished-for Aircraft

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Demographics

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  • It costs a lot but it is worth it.
    -Business Jet Owner
  • Private aviation is like going from buses to cars.
    -Business Jet Owner
  • The second most fun you can have with your clothes on (after skiing).
    -Private Pilot
  • It is addicting.
    -Business Jet Owner
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