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Relief Efforts by Private Planes in Haiti Earthquake Recognized

On January 12th, the island of Haiti experienced a massive earthquake with devastating consequences. Many people, organizations and businesses rallied from all over the world to come to the aid of vulnerable Haitians. The problems in Haiti were complicated due to the difficulties of getting aid to those who needed it most. Boat transport was too slow and air transport was very expensive. Many of the airports had been damaged.

Recognizing the extreme need in Haiti, many aviation businesses volunteered time, flights, and other aviation related services. The National Business Aviation Association reports that hundreds of plane owners, operators and pilots contacted the NBAA and colleagues to coordinate relief efforts. They estimate that in the first five days after the airport in Port-au-Prince was reopened to humanitarian flights, approximately 100 flights bringing relief came from the United States. In another two days, this number increased to 330, with about half of the requests to land coming from civilian aircraft. 

The National Business Aviation Association played such a significant role in the Haiti relief efforts that their work has been recognized in Congress by both the House and the Senate. Business aviation participants organized the transport of cargo, supplies and medical relief to the areas most in need. 

The NBAA has continued to advocate the role of the business aviation community in Haiti earthquake relief. NBAA members continue to fly relief missions to Haiti and other areas in crisis. 

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Private Jet Advantage of the Day: Pets

There are countless advantages to flying on a private jet. The entire experience is specifically tailed to you and your needs. Traveling with pets is one example of how private jets simplify traveling, saving you time and trouble. Pets and Private Jet Travel

Think how great it would be if you could bring your animal companion with you on your skiing trip to Aspen or to your vacation home. Unlike commercial airline passengers who must submit all kinds of paperwork and sedate their pet in order to place it in the cargo bay, when you fly on your private jet, you can simply bring your dog along.

Private jet travelers can easily bring their dogs, cats, or fish (no fluid restrictions) on the plane. Dogs and cats have plenty of room to sit or lay quietly, and don't need to spend the trip in a traumatic and confining cage in the cargo bay. Even better, your pet will be treated to the same luxury and service standards you are, with fresh water and comfortable accommodations.

True pet lovers can even take it one step further by having food available on board. Did you book yourself an in-flight massage? Why not book one for your animal companion as well?

Topics: private jet travel pets

Volcanoes & Labor Strikes: More Reasons Supporting Private Jet Travel

The list of benefits to private jet travel is long and plentiful. The last three months have provided two examples that have caused unrelenting disruption to commercial airline passengers from March through May.


Iceland's Volcano Disrupts AviationIceland's volcano:

Eyjafjallajokul Volcano in Iceland erupted in March 2010, and, for most travelers, the consequences of that eruption are still being felt. The massive cloud of volcanic ash given off by the eruption clouded the skies and grounded all European commercial airlines for days, leading to weeks of disruptions for all commercial travelers.

Despite the inability of commercial airlines to fly, private jets were still able to fly without a problem. So, while travelers using commercial airlines were stranded, some for over a week, at the airport waiting for a flight, private jet travelers arrived at their destination on time, as expected.

 

Recent labor strikes:

Commercial airlines are often heavily unionized, which means that labor strikes can and do occur on a semi-regular basis. Right now, British Airways cabin crews are striking because of wage disagreements. They have selected to strike during the busiest travel season for Europe, and may jeopardize many people's plans to travel to South Africa for the World Cup. Spirit Airlines in the United States is also staging a similar strike this summer. Airline unions wait until the busiest seasons to go on strike because it has the biggest ramifications on travelers and the employing company. This means that all the innocent commercial airline travelers trying to make it to home for Christmas or to their long-planned summer vacation often are unable to get to their destination at all due to labor strikes.

Private jet charter clients know that the flight they booked is theirs and won't leave the runway without them. They know that they will arrive at the World Cup exactly as planned because the personalized service of private jet charter companies guarantees it. Business executives take comfort in the confidence that they will be home in time for dinner, without the long, grueling, uncertain journey that flying commercially has become.


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What is a Jet Card and Why is it Replacing Fractional Jet Ownership?

As most people familiar with the aviation industry know, fractional jet ownership programs are steadily on the decline. This is because fractional jet ownerships are inefficient and a bad investment. The other reason is because they are being pushed out by the future of private jet travel for frequent fliers: jet cards.

Jet Card 2.0
A jet card is a prepaid debit card that is bought in 25-hour increments. Participants in jet card programs can book a flight on a jet anytime, anywhere, with very little advance notice. Even more convenient, clients have already paid so they don't have to take the time to go to the bank, wire the money and sign the paperwork.


What really makes jet card programs so desirable? Fixed rates. It costs the same amount per hour to fly from Seattle to Houston as it does from Los Angeles to New York, or anywhere else. For clients that fly to multiple destinations in the US regularly, this can mean huge savings, sometimes thousands of dollars. It also means being reassured that the fee is always the same - no surprises. Programs like the Jet Card 2.0TM program from JetHub take it one step farther by including fuel in the hourly rate. Many private jet charter companies use fuel as a way to make extra money on flights, sometimes charging clients up to $10,000 per year in inflated fuel costs.


In sum, a jet card program is:


• A smarter financial investment than fractional jet ownership - no inflation, no depreciation of assets, and planes are always available when clients need them. No blackout days.
• Cheaper than booking flight-by-flight for long trips. A fixed hourly rate saves bi-coastal travelers (think Los Angeles-New York) thousands of dollars per year.
• Money saved on fuel costs. With fuel built into the price, there are no surprise costs outside of what was already paid.
• No surprises and no waiting. Clients pay in advance and fly whenever they want, wherever they want, without any hassle.

 

Now is an especially good time to purchase a jet card. JetHub, a private jet charter company based in Arizona, is offering a promotional special on the Jet Card 2.0TM. Buy 25 hours and get 5 hours free with your first purchase. Save over $21,000!


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Fractional Jet Ownership Declining for Private Jet Industry

 

Fractional Jet Ownership

 

Fractional jet ownership has been a popular mode of affordable private jet travel since its inception in the mid-80s. Recently, however, smart travelers are making the switch to private jet charter services for their travel needs. While both options afford the benefits of time-savings, flexibility, luxury, and convenience, private jet charter is a more reasonable and usually more convenient alternative.


More people are now realizing that fractional jet ownership is one of the most costly ways to enjoy the luxury of traveling about in a private jet without buying one outright. Although not as expensive as jet ownership, partial jet ownership still passes along the cost of owning, operating, and maintaining a jet aircraft along to its owners. Partial owners are charged whether or not they fly, and many owners for one jet can create a nightmare of conflicts, especially on common traveling holidays like Thanksgiving. In these instances, some partial jet owners end up on private jet charter flights anyway due to a lack of capacity in the partially owned fleet. This introduces unnecessary hassle and overhead, and makes fractional jet companies less efficient and less able to handle the needs of passengers.


When travelers are in a position where they need or prefer a private jet for their air travel, the typical 5-year minimum commitments for partial ownership and minimum number of flight hours are off-putting to some. Private jet charter is quickly becoming the preferred method of aviation for those looking for convenience, reliability, and money savings without being locked into a specific aircraft. Private jet passengers want to be able to specify when, where, and how they travel without being locked into a particular aircraft and without having to work around others' schedules, and the private jet charter industry is an affordable option to cater to these passengers' specific needs.

Topics: private jet charter private aviation industry fractional jet ownership