Risks Involved in Hiring Charter and Private Aircraft

April 29th, 2015
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WN / Arturo Ubaub

Although it may seem like it would be safer to utilize a charter plane for private jet charter, there are inherently more risks associated with flying in this manner over commercial airlines. The fact of the matter is that charter planes do not require employees in the aviation industry to go through nearly as much training and hours of flight time to become certified. Read the rest of this entry »

Busy College Hopefuls Now Tour Campuses by Jet

April 20th, 2015

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Jet hire, a longstanding part of the aviation industry, has now been customized for prospective college students and their families by Magellan Jets, which offers tailored private jet charter to and from campuses.

Customers purchase a ten-hour flight card from the company and then use it to charter a plane. Families can then take advantage of the increased travel efficiency charter planes afford and the extras Magellan includes to visit multiple campuses and locales each day. Magellan creates a detailed, unique itinerary for each customer, and those who want to see as many college possibilities as possible can request their itineraries to include three or four campus visits a day, complete with ground transportation and private tours by hired drivers and guides.

This should appeal to families and single students with little time and lots to see. Plane charter lets customers skip long lines at the airport, and the ground services Magellan includes eliminate the hassle of navigating unfamiliar places and getting one’s bearings.

For a ten-hour flight card the cost is a little over forty thousand dollars. This won’t be a service everyone uses, but those who can afford it will have to weigh the cost of efficiency against the high costs of tuition. Busy students and families may find that, at roughly the cost of a year at school without room and board, plane hire is worth it. Others will have to rely on regular air and ground travel, guidebooks, and a little luck.

Jet..Set…Pet!

April 13th, 2015

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Commercial airlines often restrict the transport of pets due to a number of reasons, from seasonal delays, sweltering heat during summer months to the number of pets that can be accommodated on a single flight. And while airlines often claim the number of pet casualties are minimum during transportation, the unsuspected dangers are scary. Read the rest of this entry »

Privatized Air Travel in 2015

April 1st, 2015

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The aviation industry has projected seeing a rise in the amount of people hiring private planes and jets. An article written by Alyson Wuamett for Magellan Jets stated that last year “Augusta Regional Airport reported 2,034 private jets landed and took off during last year’s Masters Tournament in August, GA”. This year, they expect the number to be closer to 3,000. Read the rest of this entry »

Victor Lets Anyone ‘Order’ a Private Jet

March 27th, 2015

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These days, our smartphones are the single most important device in our lives. We order food, hail a cab, rent a room, and buy services at a convenient time and location. Now, to top it all off an app named Victor has entered the private jet sector industry, letting anyone order a plane with a single touch. Read the rest of this entry »

Private Jet Charters: who and where do they go?

March 20th, 2015

The typical ultra high net worth individual is a man aged 40-50, who own their own business in the oil and gas market. Their use of private jets have risen by 3% in just the last year.

The Unites States Of America claims 60% of these individuals and in the USA going from Miami to New York, New York to Los Angeles, New York to West Palm Beach, Chicago to New York, Houston to New York, and West Palm Beach to New York are all among the top ten destinations in the United States for private jet travel.

Though the majority of the travel in private jets happens in the USA, The ultra high net worth individuals are living in London, the second highest of these individuals lives in Tokyo, and the third highest ultra high net worth individuals are in New York.

The second ultra high net worth individuals travel is in Europe. London travel to New York is a popular travel destination. Europe’s travel is sure to increase because London is the most important city in the world. Private jet travel will also increase due to the fact that the ultra high net worth individuals have risen by approximately 5% in fifteen countries around the world. Among these people, the travel on private jets that have been chartered, is equivalent to the average person hoping on a bus or taking a taxi to where they want to go for both business and travel.

World’s most expensive private planes

February 27th, 2015

In the aviation industry, most planes are known for their utility. However, when it comes to celebrities and business industry, private charter planes and private jet charter are more common. Charter planes exude luxury, style and class and when the rich charter a plane, here is what it looks like:

1. Airbus A340-300

Airbus A340-300

Airbus A340-300

Alisher Usmanov’s plane might have cost $238 million when it was bought but thanks to the Russian billionaire’s expensive furnishings inside the plane, its estimated value is around $600 million.

2. Airbus A380

Airbus A380

Airbus A380

Prince Alwaleed bin Talai is the owner of this $500 million private jet which comes equipped with showers, bathrooms, wellness area, multiple bedrooms, hawk room, stable and a place where his luxury automobiles are kept.

3. Boeing 747

Boeing 747

Boeing 747

This might be a popular commercial jet but the $153 million beauty is owned and used as a private jet by various billionaires in the world including Joseph Lau.

4. Boeing 767

This Boeing costs $118 million and is owned by Larry Page and Roman Abramovich.

5. Boeing 757

Boeing 757

Boeing 757

The $100 million Boeing 757 is owned by Donald Trump and was previously owned by Paul Allen of Microsoft and comes equipped with gold seat buckles, 52” flat screen TV, gold faucets and gold bathroom sink, plus 2 bedrooms.

6. Airbus 319 Corporate Jet

This $80.7 million plane is owned by Vijay Mallya who is an Indian businessman.

7. Gulfstream G-550

Gulfstream G-550

Gulfstream G-550

Lakshmi Mittal and Phillip Green own this private jet that costs $59.9 million.

8. BD-700 Global Express

BD-700

BD-700

The elite of Hollywood prefer this private jet to others and it costs about $47.7 million. It is owned by Oprah Winfrey and Celine Dion and is ideal for business trips.

Image source: financesonline.com

Surf Air founders take off with all-you-can-fly private flight service Beacon

February 19th, 2015

Service polls indicate that traveling via a plane has one of the worst ratings regarding customer feedback. Most business travelers cringe having to report to an airport a couple of hours in advance in order to get through the always unpredictable security screenings. If one resides in the San Francisco and Los Angeles area, consider Surf Air introduced to the aviation industry in mid-2014. The private jet charter operates a subscription model consisting of a $1,650 per month fee for unlimited flights in the Bay area, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. One can have four reservations at a given time on a Surf Air plane charter Pilatus PC-12 executive aircraft.

Surf Air’s charter planes avoid the congested airports, and instead identify landing areas that are used at ten percent of their capacity. The plane hire is useful since the Los Angeles and San Francisco area is one of the most highly trafficked in the world. Those that charter a plane want an easier experience which Surf Air supplies which includes showing up around 30 minutes prior to your flight; check in via an iPad, spacious seating, and luggage back to the traveler within minutes. The jet hire has grown from 23 employees to 81 in a few months. Surf Air has 16 to 20 flights per day, and will avoid competing against the big airlines in San Francisco and New York. The Pilatus aircraft is efficient to operate, and Surf Air continues to buy the same model to keep maintenance costs in check while having spare parts at their disposal.

JetBlue becomes first airline to accept Apple Pay support

February 12th, 2015

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Here’s some good news for frequent fliers. In case you still haven’t, JetBlue has just given you a reason to upgrade to an iPhone 6. Starting next week, Apple Pay is all pumped up to take off with JetBlue, facilitating iPhone 6 owners to make in-flight purchases and onboard amenities with a single touch. They will be able to purchase snacks, drinks as well as upgrade to available premium seats, too. As of now, this service is possible only on transcontinental flights between New York’s JFK and San Francisco and Los Angeles airports. But more destinations are expected to be included by June.

Hands on with JetBlue\’s new iPad Mini with Apple Pay support

Passengers using credit cards are aware of the inconvenience it possesses while paying for in-flight purchases. Pulling out the card out of their wallet or grappling with a purse under the seat can be difficult for the passenger. However, Apple Pay promises a quick and easy experience. It will not only speed up the payment processing but accelerate the food service for everyone on the plane.

Around 3,500 JetBlue flight attendants will be trained to use customized iPad Minis and accept payments made through Apple Pay. Besides the digital wallet service, the tablet can also process regular credit cards. More than 750 banks and Visa, MasterCard, and American Express have offered support to Apple Pay.

In April, when the Apple Watch hits the market, passengers wearing the watch will also be able to make in-flight purchases from their wrists.

Qatar Airways Buys Stake In IAG

February 3rd, 2015
Qatar Airways A7 ACE EDDF

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Qatar Airways, one of the leading plane operators in the aviation industry, recently purchased a 1.7 billion dollar stake in British Airways-parent International Consolidated Airlines Group according to the Wall Street Journal. (WSJ) The recent purchase was a business move made by Qatar in an attempt of further improving ties between Middle East growth carriers and Europe’s aviation sector in charter planes.

Qatar Airways is currently the second ranked Persian Gulf plane charter, and is competing with Emirates Airlines, the world’s biggest plane hire carrier by international traffic. Qatar Airways’s has previously invested into the EU airline industry, acquiring a 35% stake in Cargolux in 2011, one of the biggest jet hires in the world specializing in cargo distribution. Despite the large investment, Qatar would later pull out of the deal just a year later over a significant dispute over strategy with the private jet charter for cargo.

The difficulties surrounding Qatar’s previous investments in Cargolux, poses concern for Qatar’s relationship with IAG as the two organizations establish their relationship moving forward. With a nearly 10% investment into IAG, Qatar will become the largest shareholder for the group, representing the first instance of a Middle East carrier owning such a significant stake in one of Europe’s leading airline groups. Despite potential criticism, the Chief Executives at Qatar and IAG have a long tenured relationship that they believe will produce successful results, despite existing conflicts that have occurred with other European airline executives on how to charter a plane.

Qatar Airways, one of the leading plane operators in the aviation industry, recently purchased a 1.7 billion dollar stake in British Airways-parent International Consolidated Airlines Group according to the Wall Street Journal. (WSJ) The recent purchase was a business move made by Qatar in an attempt of further improving ties between Middle East growth carriers and Europe’s aviation sector in charter planes.

Qatar Airways is currently the second ranked Persian Gulf plane charter, and is competing with Emirates Airlines, the world’s biggest plane hire carrier by international traffic. Qatar Airways’s has previously invested into the EU airline industry, acquiring a 35% stake in Cargolux in 2011, one of the biggest jet hires in the world specializing in cargo distribution. Despite the large investment, Qatar would later pull out of the deal just a year later over a significant dispute over strategy with the private jet charter for cargo.

The difficulties surrounding Qatar’s previous investments in Cargolux, poses concern for Qatar’s relationship with IAG as the two organizations establish their relationship moving forward. With a nearly 10% investment into IAG, Qatar will become the largest shareholder for the group, representing the first instance of a Middle East carrier owning such a significant stake in one of Europe’s leading airline groups. Despite potential criticism, the Chief Executives at Qatar and IAG have a long tenured relationship that they believe will produce successful results, despite existing conflicts that have occurred with other European airline executives on how to charter a plane.