Buyers' Guide

July 1, 2008
"If I took a private jet to Boca, I could save a whole travel day on both ends." When a thought like this pops into your head, it can trigger a process that ends up as a thoroughly memorable experience-or one fraught with frustration. As with most things, the more time you spend in the beginning, the better you'll come out in the end.
July 1, 2008
The culinary bar has been raised substantially, and dining in a business jet today is often a memorable experience. Caterers are well aware that growing numbers of their customers are "foodies" who are more than just mouths to feed. And so they have stepped up every aspect of their business, from quality to presentation, and now offer a wide range of organic, ethnic and exotic dishes.
July 1, 2008
Charter brokers and even some management companies don't have "operational co
When you buy a seat on a commercial flight, the choice of airline can matter less than the departure and arrival times. But when you book a charter flight, picking the operator is the most important decision you can make. The wrong choice can cost you lots of time and money, or even create safety risks.
July 1, 2008
A consultant’s first question is likely to be, “What’s the mission?”
You've decided to buy a jet. Maybe it was your most recent airline trip from hell that convinced you. Perhaps a growing business commitment increased the need for easy access to locations where even Southwest doesn't go. Or maybe you just want the freedom and excitement of private flying and would like to be able to keep your golf clubs and favorite sweater on the airplane.
January 7, 2008
Using a ”marketplace” is a great way to save money. Brokers might also be abl
Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity and other Web sites have made booking airline flights online incredibly easy. By comparison, just finding legitimatebusiness jet charter Web sites can be tough. A recent Google search for "private jet charter," for example, listed 185,000 Web sites (in all of 0.22 seconds).
January 7, 2008
“The jet card is like buying wine by the glass. If all you want is a glass, i
Tired of the hassles of commercial air travel-or perhaps of the responsibilities of owning an aircraft? Maybe it's time to play the jet card. Jet cards provide guaranteed access to flight time aboard private aircraft without the "deadhead" or repositioning fees associated with charter, and without the huge upfront investment or long-term commitment that go with jet ownership.
January 7, 2008
Fuel charges now substantially affect the cost of fractional flying
Fractional ownership became popular in the 1990s and now is a staple on the private air travel menu of options. With fractional, you purchase a partial interest in an aircraft that an aviation company operates. Along with other owners, you have the right to use any comparable aircraft in the company's fleet, on demand, for a predetermined number of hours each year.

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“I have an obligation to get you to your destination. You have an obligation to pay. What else is there? We don't need 24 pages of legalese.”

-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts