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Top 10 Airports for Executive Jet Travel - #8 San Francisco

Executive Jet Travel at San Francisco  International Airport

With its business amenities, close proximity to San Francisco, and modern style, it's no wonder that San Francisco International Airport is one of the top 10 airports for charter flights nationwide.  San Francisco International Airport is located 18 miles south of Downtown San Francisco, in unincorporated San Mateo County on the edge of the San Francisco Bay.  This airport is the most convenient for charter flight travelers doing business in the San Francisco Bay Area, as the airport is directly connected to U.S. Route 101, Interstate 380, and the BART system.

San Francisco International Airport was first opened on 150 acres of cow pasture leased from prominent local landowner Ogden L. Mills, (who in turn had leased it from his grandfather Darius O. Mills) and was named Mills Field Municipal Airport. From the 1930s on, the airport now known as San Francisco International has been the airport of choice for the jet set in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since the opening of the central terminal in 1954, the airfield has grown to become a major airport for both commercial aviation and for private jet charter flights.

Culturally, the airport is much more than one would expect. Jazz performances, a library, the San Francisco Airport Museums (accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1999) and beautiful and creative architecture make SFO a gateway of choice for over 30 million passengers every year.  

Looking to book a charter flight to or from the San Francisco Bay Area? Contact your private jet charter representative to book your ground transportation and lodging as well to completely eliminate stress and worry from your plans.

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Top 10 Best Airports for Executive Jet Travel - #10 William Hobby

Executive Jet Travel to Houston

Located in Houston, Texas, William P Hobby Airport is the tenth most popular airport for executive jet travel, specifically business jet charter flights. Open seven days a week, year-round, William Hobby Airport is located only eight miles southeast of the central business district of Houston. Covering 1,304 acres, William Hobby Airport has four runways and is the oldest commercial airport in Houston. Built in the 1920’s, William Hobby Airport has been revamped as a primarily private airport for business executives utilizing private jet travel to Houston for maximum efficiency.

With its close proximity to the Houston business district, William Hobby Airport is the ideal airport for executive jet travel and business jet charters to Houston. Minimize wasted travel time by flying business jet charters and utilizing smaller, more convenient airports closer to commerce destinations. Have your private jet charter representative book your ground transportation and lodging as well to completely eliminate travel stress and worry.

William Hobby Airport is also celebrating a recent $250 million dollar makeover that was completed in August 2010. With over 8 million people traveling through William Hobby Airport every year, they changes were necessary to update and streamline operations. With its enviable location and new, state-of-the-art facilities, it seems obvious why it would be one of the ten best airports in the country for executive jet travel.

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Private Jet Charter Advantage of the Day: Good Food

Everyone has heard horror stories about the quality of airline food, or experienced its lackluster charms firsthand. Given the option of either a mysterious TV tray dinner or a stale sandwich, most passengers try to survive the long day of travel by sustaining themselves pretzels alone. Nowadays, most commercial airlines don’t bother offering food, or even peanuts.  

Private jet charter means a lot of things, but mostly it means that your traveling experience is tailored to you. Fly in the type of plane you want, leave when you’re ready and bring your dog or your guitar on board if you want. Chartering a private jet also means eating whatever you want. Feel like having Thai food catered on your flight? Go ahead. Are you vegetarian or allergic to peanuts? No problem. Private jet charters will cater your flight with any food or beverages you want.

Flying no longer has to mean a day of bad food. Private jet charter clients can eat well and enjoy their favorite meals in-flight. Just tell your private jet charter representative what kind of food you want catered on your next charter flight, and it will be there waiting for you when you board the plane.

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Advocating for the Private Jet Industry

"No Plane, No Gain" is the name of an advocacy campaign supported by different organizations and businesses in the private jet industry. Started by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the advocacy campaign attempts to garner support from legislators and the public for private aviation. No Plane No Gain advocates the value of private jet aviation to the public, the economy, the business and the individual. Private aviation is a $150 billion dollar industry that provides millions of jobs, helps businesses expand and become more efficient and allows for humanitarian and emergency missions.

One of the strongest arguments the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign makes is that private jets can reach thousands of airports that commercial airlines don't fly to. Major airlines operate out of approximately only 70 hubs throughout the United States, but there are over 5,000 airports that private jets can access.

Aviation is also an incredibly valuable export, with about half of American-made private airplanes being exported overseas. There is little to no outsourcing to overseas factories. Quite the opposite is true. Most of the few overseas private jet manufacturers there are send their planes to the United States to be finished, since the United States is the leader in avionics, private jet engines and many other system technologies. Also worth mentioning are the millions of private jets that are brought to the United States for maintenance, servicing and upgrading.

The private aviation industry is an industry that produces some of the most highly skilled, well trained laborers. Wage averages are high and there is excellent job security. In addition to manufacturers, mechanics and developers, there are pilots, dispatchers, schedulers, operators and millions more that keep private aviation thriving in the United States.

Private jet aviation also helps other businesses. It not only allows businesses to provide goods and services to smaller cities and rural areas, it also allows them to travel to multiple destinations in the same day. Private jet travel allows businesses to respond to time-critical situations, save time and increase productivity. Increased productivity and expanded markets equals more opportunities and increased profits for all businesses using private jets.

The private aviation industry is highly valuable to the United States economy. No Plane, No Gain seeks to educate the public on that fact and lobby for legislation that will support a healthy industry.

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Private Aviation Industry Showing Signs of Recovery

Private aviation was one of the many markets to reach the peak of the economic high from 2005 to 2008 with many businesses and individuals buying private planes. There was also a high demand for partial jet ownership and money saving programs like jet cards for frequent private plane travelers. When the bubble burst in 2009, the private aviation industry experienced a sharp decline.

Compounding the difficulties of a strained global economy were the harsh criticisms from US politicians and media regarding the private aviation industry as evidence of big business wastefulness. Many businesses cancelled orders for private planes and executives curtailed their use of private jets in exchange for less efficient commercial flights.

Slowly but surely, private aviation is getting back on its feet. The first quarter of 2010 has shown promise of a return to a thriving market for private aviation. Private plane sales have begun to increase and Gulfstream reported the first quarter of 2010 as its biggest sales quarter since 2008. Criticism of private jet use has eased in the media.

Additionally, commercial airlines have become less attractive with reduced seat capacity, numerous airline strikes, longer wait times and extra fees. With frequent delays and hassles, private aviation has become financially attractive again with all of the opportunity cost saved through more efficient time and money management. Businesses pay slightly more for the flight, but save money everywhere else.

While the private aviation industry is still facing hardship, experts believe that the industry will be recovered by 2011.

For more information, view articles here and here.
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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?

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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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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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