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Coronavirus Special Report

As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, you may be thinking about ways to avoid crowded airliners and airports. If so, now is a good time to get acquainted with flying privately. Here are articles and a video that will get you up to speed in a hurry.

How to quit the airlines and fly on a private jet

It may be easier than you think, though you’ll need to do a little homework to figure out which of the many flying modes and providers would be best for you. If you’re new to private aviation, you might want to opt for ad hoc charter before trying a membership club or jet card. Later, you might consider fractional or full aircraft ownership. It all depends on your budget and your needs. In this video, we offer guidance from several experts.

How much does it cost to fly privately?

You might be surprised how much your money will buy. In some cases, prices can actually be on par with what you’d pay for a first-class airline seat. For $25,000 to $75,000, you can opt for a membership club or a low-cost jet card that buys you multiple private flights. Another option in some areas is so-called private airlines, which offer scheduled service on established routes, but with less hassle than airlines and much lower costs than traditional charter.

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Six questions every charter customer should ask

Never sign up with a flight provider until you thoroughly understand what it can do for you—and where it might fall short. Does the operator make you feel safe? Do the ground arrangements work? Is the cabin in excellent shape? Does the operator communicate with you? Answers to these and other queries can help you to quickly size up a company.

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Thanks to new regulations, you can breathe easier

Charter brokers have been unregulated since the industry’s dawn, yet many in the field have long called for oversight. Rules implemented last year by the U.S. Department of Transportation represent a big step in that direction by requiring lift providers to offer more disclosures and guarantees of transparency. For example, brokers must now make clear that they are only arranging the flight and have no operational control. And all flight providers must now give you the real price of the trip, including all known charges.

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What to do if you become ill while traveling

In a medical emergency, you’ll want to be able to get to your home hospital or other first-rate treatment facility once you’re stable enough to be moved. The bad news is that an air ambulance flight can cost $200,000 or more. The good news is that medevac insurance companies and membership programs can cover the cost and handle the arrangements. Here’s more on what they can do for you, along with expert advice on how to get care in a foreign country.

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Worldwide lift providers

Our directory incorporates contact information for lift providers worldwide, including charter brokers and operators, and companies that offer flight clubs, jet cards, and fractional ownership. You can search the guide by provider type and also narrow search results to show only the companies in a particular country or U.S. state.

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5 Tips Every Charter Customer Should Read

Last June, a charter brokerage called JetSmarter dropped membership requirements and stopped providing free seats on its scheduled shuttle flights, its signature benefit, leading to a spate of lawsuits from members accusing the company of fraud. Then a video of a disturbed and threatening passenger onboard a JetSmarter shuttle flight surfaced in the fall, followed in January by a scathing CNBC broadcast that reported the charter brokerage was losing millions of dollars monthly. JetSmarter was then acquired by Vista Global and folded into a larger platform called XO, but important lessons remain. Here are several takeaways that are worth pondering no matter what lift provider you employ.

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Avoiding Security Risks When Flying Privately

In a world where security threats seem to be around every corner, flying privately can help to keep you safe. But even business jet travelers face risks. The good news is that you can reduce them. In this must-see video, John Cauthen, security director of a company called MedAire, identifies the main risks that private travelers face and the geographical areas that are most dangerous. He talks about problems that could occur preflight, en route, and at your destination. He also details what flight crews can do to avoid those problems and what passengers can do to further reduce risk.

The Future of Air Charter

A handful of large companies are in the forefront when it comes to finding innovative ways for travelers to access business aviation. Here’s a look at the latest offerings of four of those companies: Directional Aviation Capital, whose subsidiaries include Flexjet and Sentient Jet; Wheels Up, which recently merged with Delta Private Jets; Vista Global Holdings, whose XO operation combines the former XOJet and JetSmarter; and fractional-share pioneer NetJets.

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NetJets Makes Delivery Run for Hospitals

Business aviation companies are providing much-needed help in the COVID-19 crisis. One example: fractional-jet-share provider NetJets sent a pair of its Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nanjing, China, last week to pick up five and a half tons of much-needed medical equipment, including N95 masks. The jets then flew to New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, where the equipment was unloaded and sent on to New York City’s Mount Sinai Health System.

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Embraer To Make Ventilator Parts To Combat Covid-19

Brazilian business aircraft manufacturer Embraer has announced that it will manufacture ventilator and respirator parts to help combat the COVID-19 crisis. It will also help to develop filtration systems that could turn regular hospital beds into ones suitable for patients in intensive care. In addition, it is providing technical support for development of biological air-filtration systems for hospital beds.

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