The world of flying by private jet has always seemed far removed from the plans of the ordinary traveler. However, a closer look at this travel niche reveals an interesting shift over the years.
In the past, private jet travel was unfathomable for the overwhelming majority of people. Individuals who flew by private jet owned a private jet. The proliferation of private jet charter however has expanded the pool of private jet travelers (you can see an example of private jet charter options at this link: https://www.chapman-freeborn.com/en-us/private-jet-charter).
If you’ve been considering flying by private jet, it’s important to note the differences between private and commercial flights. We have listed the 6 most profound differences here.
6 Differences Between a Commercial and Private Jet Travel
To board a commercial flight, you have to purchase a ticket. The earlier you do it, the better. Even if your need to travel came up abruptly and you had to dash to the airport to catch the earliest possible flight, you’ll still have to secure a ticket.
For private jet travel, flight tickets are superfluous. Flight details and the reservation process can be commenced and finalized online or via a phone call.
When you book a commercial flight, there’s a fixed price for the day and time you choose to travel. Once you pay, that’s it. Unless you exceed the luggage limit, you are unlikely to pay anything more.
Private jet travel follows a different pricing model. Payment is by the hour. How much the flight will eventually cost you depends on the duration the jet is assigned to you.
Flying private jet is still much more expensive than flying coach but the ability to charter has greatly enlarged the potential number of people who can do so. It’s no longer the exclusive preserve of people with a net worth of at least hundreds of millions of dollars.
Leg room is one of the biggest pains of commercial flights. Unless you can afford business or first class, you can expect to be seated in an uncomfortable position for much of the flight. With people seated on one or either side of you, you cannot really adopt a sitting posture of your choosing.
Private jet leg room on the other hand is a world away from such discomfort. In fact, on a private jet, it feels as though you have more space than you know what to do with.
On a commercial flight, you have to be conscious about what you say and do because you are sharing the trip with dozens or hundreds of fellow passengers.
You need to think twice before doing even relatively ordinary things like sneezing, laughing and mild snoring. And forget about kicking off those smelly shoes!
In fact, privacy is perhaps the number one reason the rich and famous prefer private jet. You can, for instance, read a confidential document on your laptop without worrying about someone next to or behind you stealing a glance.
When you are on a commercial flight, your meal options are limited to what is available. You have to eat what is offered or be ready to do without, as there are very few foods you can bring through security yourself.
This can be particularly disconcerting for people with a sensitive stomach or allergies especially because airline food doesn’t have the best of reputations for it’s ‘plastic’ food.
On a private flight, you have much greater leeway in determining what you’ll eat. Days or weeks before your trip, you can let the charter company and the flight crew know the exact meals you’d want to have.
For a commercial flight, you are more likely to experience anxiety over locating your baggage when you arrive than you will be about the plane’s take-off and landing.
If you are on a large flight or landing at a busy airport, you not only worry about finding your bags safe and sound but also have to contend with fighting your way through the crowd in the baggage claim area.
On a private jet, your bags are ready for pickup as soon as you walk out of the plane. If you arrange for a car to meet you on arrival, it could be minutes between disembarking from the plane and arriving at your hotel room.
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