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4 Reasons Why Private Jet Brokers are the Smartest Way to Travel

Not everyone can afford to own their own personal private jet, and many of those that can still prefer to charter a jet using a private jet broker. Here are four big reasons why using a private jet broker is the smartest way to travel.

1. No Commitments or Risks. Private jet charter using a broker is the most affordable option and involves the least amount of commitment and involvement from the client. Unlike private jet owners, who have to worry about licensing, maintenance and operational costs of a depreciating asset, clients who charter a private jet simply book a flight and go.

2. Best Prices. Private jet brokers use their industry knowledge and contacts to find the best price for each flight. They compare prices from many different owners and operators. When booking directly through an operator, there is no price shopping or competition. Operators may take advantage of the client and upcharge for fuel or other hidden costs that a broker knows to watch out for.

3. Safety. Private jet brokers also ensure that both the jet and pilot are current on all safety regulations and licensing requirements. Brokers such as JetHub only work with operators that are Part 135 Carrier Certified, which requires them to meet rigorous inspection and maintenance protocols.

4. Tailored Travel. Private jet brokers tailor each flight to personal preferences. Operators have a limited number of planes available, and there is no guarantee that the plane you want will be ready and available when you need it. Brokers can find the type of plane you want and have it when and where you need it since they work with hundreds of operators nationwide.

Private jet brokers save you time and money by finding you the flight you want, at the best price available and ensuring all safety standards are met, all with little to no commitment or effort from you, the client.

The best part? A good broker can do all this with as little as four hours' notice.

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Business Jet Safety Improves by 69% in 2009

Private aviation has become increasingly safer in the last few years, with 2009 being a record low for the number of accidents for both turboprops and business jets. While the decrease in accidents is slightly in part to the reduced number of private flights last year, there was still a large enough difference to be significant.

Analysts reason that the increased safety is due to improved simulation technology that allows pilots to train by practicing different simulated situations. Pilots are more able to react quickly and, thanks to the new technology, in a practiced, confident manner that may make all the difference.

Private planes have also become safer to fly with improvements in engine technology and navigation systems. These improvements include many new features that act as built-in back up plans for private pilots. Fuel additives have also dramatically improved business jet safety as they prevent fuel systems from icing over in high altitudes.

For private jet charter clients, the assurance of a safe flight is even greater. With safety tracking and reporting systems like ARG/US and Wyvern that report safety ratings, clients can ensure that everything checks out before ever boarding the plane. Flight safety reports rate both the pilot and plane based on a series of rigorous maintenance and inspection regulations. Private flight providers can become Part 135 Carrier Certified, meaning they have met all protocols.

As technology continues to improve, business aviation and private jet charter will only become safer. The 69% decrease in accidents from 2008 to 2009 demonstrates how much difference one year of technology can make.

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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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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.

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Scottsdale Raises Aircraft Weight Limit - Good News for Business

NBAA and businesses in the aviation industry are praising Scottsdale council members for a decision that allows more aircraft to fly in and out of the Scottsdale Airport. By increasing the weight limit for aircraft allowed to takeoff and land at the airport, they are helping grow the Scottsdale aviation industry. Allowing heavier planes will attract more aviation business to Scottsdale and hopefully create more jobs in Arizona in the aviation industry. The decision raised the weight limit from 75,000 to 100,000 pounds.Arizona Aviation

The decision was approved unanimously after a long campaign from Arizona-based aviation business, as well as multinational corporations wanting to do business through the Scottsdale Airport. The Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) spearheaded the campaign, using letter writing, community mobilization and advocating directly with Scottsdale city council members.

The decision to raise the aircraft weight limit at the Scottsdale Airport is expected to boost the Scottsdale economy. There are a number of businesses in the aviation industry that wanted this decision because they want to do business in Scottsdale but were unable to due to the restrictions of the previous weight limit. In addition to the expected increase in business, there will also be a increase in tax revenue. This decision comes at no cost to the city and will likely increase the number of jobs available, grow the aviation business presence in Scottsdale and make life much easier for the aviation businesses already present in Scottsdale.

It's a win-win for aviation businesses and for the city of Scottsdale. Scottsdale hopes that more businesses in the aviation industry will come to see Scottsdale, Arizona as a destination for international businesses. The NBAA has publicly praised the Scottsdale city council on its decision and JetHub is eagerly looking forward to helping develop the aviation industry presence in our hometown.


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JetHub Grows Exponentially in 2009

In 2009, JetHub was such a hit with consumers that we more than doubled our revenue from our first year of business in 2008. Bursting onto the scene with passion and vision during a time when many private jet brokers were closing their doors, JetHub has proven that a strong emphasis on client satisfaction, competitive pricing and safety is a winning combination.

JetHub's vision means providing 24 hour a day, 7 days a week service to clients. Designated charter advisors attend to every detail of a trip from the time the client steps out their door until they return home. This allows clients to save time and energy, letting them focus on what matters. Charter advisors reserve car services, organize catering, make dinner and hotel reservations and whatever else the client requires.

JetHub expanded from only a small handful of luxury charter advisors, hiring several more in 2009. By 2010, JetHub anticipates so much new growth that we intend to continue expanding our number in order to provide the same attentive, consistent luxury concierge services to JetHub clientele. JetHub also made such an impression on jet operators with our reliable business practices and fair dealings that JetHub now has access to the largest network of private jets in the United States. Our positive relationships with jet operators allow us to consistently offer the lowest prices available for private flights. With as little as four hours notice, JetHub can provide a quote for the lowest price, book a trip and have you in the air and on your way to your destination.

2009 was an exciting year for JetHub, but 2010 will be even better. With several new promotions coming up to inform clients about our innovative take on jet card programs - the JetCard 2.0TM and plenty of ideas for ways to improve private charter services for clients and operators, JetHub has a lot to look forward to.

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3 Reasons to Use a Broker For Your Next Private Jet Charter

  1. When looking for the best service and overall peace of mind for your next charter flight, try creating a relationship with a charter broker. Broker's are not biased on using aircraft in their fleet, mainly because they do not have a fleet. Brokers take all request from their clients to the open market where charter operators bid on the specific trip. This huge marketplace enables the broker to have visibility of all available aircraft and locate the perfect fit for your charter flight.private jet, jet safety, charter flights
  2. Industry relationships are very important in the small community of private jet chartering. A charter flight broker normally has an established relationship with the highest rated and safest operators in the industry. The main focus of the broker should be to find the right aircraft that is operated by the best rated company. Most companies are rated by one of two firms, ARG/US or Wyvern/PASS. Both of these ratings provide a complete look into the safety record, insurance and pilot type ratings. These reports can be supplied to the client on every trip, be sure to ask your private jet charter broker for this information.
  3. Charter flights don't end with finding the right aircraft for the mission. There is catering, ground transportation and any number of special request, all of which a charter broker is able to arrange for the client. A broker can be looked at as your personal flight department. The professional manner in which most broker's conduct business is focused on one thing; provide their clients' service that is Beyond Safety...Luxury...Expectation.
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Gulfstream Launches New G650 Private Jet

Gulfstream's new top-of-the-line private jet, the G650, rolled out of the Savannah, Ga., factory on Sept. 29. The airplane rolled out under its own power, in front of an audience of over 7,000 onlookers.

"Our customers had an instrumental role in the design of the G650," said Pres Henne, Gulfstream's senior vice president of programs, engineering and test. "The G650 will set new levels of performance in aircraft capability, cabin environment, and maintainability. Customer input was used to guide fuselage selection as well as aircraft performance characteristics."

The G650 will come with what the company calls Gulfstream Cabin Essentials. This includes redundant fiber optic and wireless technologies, along with the "latest innovations in lighting, seating, acoustics, and cabin systems," said Henne.

Gulfstream announced the G650 in March 2008. The airplane is set for its first flight later this year and is expected to be certified in 2011. First deliveries are planned for 2012.

The G650 seats 11 to 18 passengers; is powered by two Rolls-Royce BR725 A1-12 engines of 16,100 lb thrust apiece; has a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.90; and can fly 7,000 nm at Mach 0.85. Maximum operating altitude is 51,000 feet.

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Corporate Private Jets Boost Local Economy

pwk, chicago executive airport, private jetThere many articles circulating these days on how evil private jets and their owners are in this economy.  Well, here is a report that shows how much of an impact corporate jets have on the local economy.

Here is a snapshot of one-year activity from Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK) in Wheeling. This report is from one FBO and the revenue generated over this period. Remember, this is just one airport and one FBO reporting these numbers.

  • 745 - Number of hotel reservations booked
  • $83,880 - Revenue for Hilton Northbrook, Wingate Inn and other hotels
  • 3,385 - Number of car rentals from the one FBO
  • $580,446 - Revenue for on-site Hertz car rental
  • 1,388 - Number of taxi cab rides originating from Chicago Executive
  • $48,544 - Revenue for 303 Taxi cab service that originated from KPWK
  • $17,796 - Dollars spent in Wheeling area restaurants for the FBO related business meeting

Overall, these number are not huge. But when you look at the thousands of similar airports across the US, the impact is enormous. 

Source: Chicago Executive Airport, 2007 report

 

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Increased Gulfstream Jet Orders Reported by General Dynamics

One of the largest makers of business jets, General Dynamics Corp. is seeing an increase in orders for its large-cabin Gulfstream private jet aircraft.

Jay Johnson, chief executive officer of General Dynamics, "Not to say business is booming, but clearly we are starting to trend to more activity.

Gulfstream is focusing it operations toward private companies and individuals, Johnson said. Less than half of new jet orders are from North America, and the company's backlog of private jet orders is approaching $20 billion.

Johnson later said, "You will see margin growth, sales and an order book that is going to be robust as the industry rebounds from the challenges right now. 

Source: Bloomberg 

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