If you have the money and flying is a business requirement that you simply cannot forego, then private charter is probably your best bet to travel safely
A private jet is a good option for business travelers who are wondering how they can continue doing business during and after the uncertain Covid-19. The human interaction aspect in a business can never be replaced with virtual meeting options. CEOs, CFOs, Board Members and celebrities being physically present is an essential aspect of conducting their business. Private Jet is the right solution for someone who still needs to travel but wishes to avoid crowds and long airport queues.
The private aviation industry has seen a surge in demand for private jets during the Covid-19 outbreak. Many private jet charter companies, including Urbane Jets, have been busy flying their customers, mostly evacuating them and bringing them back home in the comfort and safety of a private jet. This is not an easy task by any means as we have seen most countries banning flight movements, closing borders, cancelling visas and changing regulations on a regular basis. Private jets in the US, Europe and UK have flown many repatriation passengers in spite of the restrictions. Some charter companies have even used their own aircraft to position their flight crew to operate evacuation flights.
Long range business jets which can fly more than 10 hours non-stop have been the most in demand as customers prefer to fly direct to their destinations.
The world is expected to return to a new normal in the coming days. The new normal will bring many changes in our lifestyle like the way we travel, the way we greet each other, how we conduct our business, how we plan our holidays, how we manage our finances and carrying a mask would be a higher priority than carrying our cell phones.
Aviation is among the worst-affected sectors amidst the Covid-19 crisis. Many airlines around the globe are on the brink of closure and may not survive the pandemic induced lockdown period. Most airlines will take time to operate again on all routes with full capacity. The hub flights to smaller cities will be the last to normalise. From a health and safety point of view, a commercial aircraft has a higher health risk, cabin seat trays, lavatory and head rest have found to have high content of bacteria and fungi on the surfaces when compared to a private jet cabin.
A private jet passenger avoids the long queues for check-in, security and boarding which reduces his human interactions. Many airports have private jet terminals popularly known as FBOs (Fixed Based Operators) or General Aviation Terminal which are less congested than a commercial airline terminal. Airports are also working to develop their safety measures to process passengers in a safe way post the pandemic, may result in longer check-in times and ques for security and immigration.
A private jet passenger has the option to choose who he flies with and the crew members in the cabin undergo thorough medical screening before every flight like on any other commercial flight. Private Jets with larger cabins have fully functional offices equipped with computers, Wi-Fi, satellite phones and video conferencing facilities which enable a passenger to conduct his business in a safe, and a secure way, within the privacy of his aircraft cabin.
Risk of contracting the virus is largely reduced when flying privately. Most importantly it reduces the human interaction to more than 80 per cent compared to travelling with a commercial airline. Most charter companies and aircraft owners have already enhanced the cabin cleaning processes. Some charter companies have formed special operating procedures to ensure health safety of their passengers and flight crew.
Demand for private jets is expected to increase once the pandemic is over. Frequent private jet flyers will now use it more than they were using it the past due to the fear of contracting the virus. This demand is also supported by the fact that the commercial airlines will not resume operation at full capacity and fly all routes.
The private aviation or the business aviation industry has anticipated the upcoming demand. Some aviation companies across the globe have also restructured their pricing for the Jet Cards to offer an all-inclusive reduced pricing. Another successful private aviation company which owns an all Bombardier Business Jet fleet has recently introduced a program offering short term lease of its aircraft. This lease can be as short as one month and can extend up to one year.
The business aviation industry is also experiencing an increase in the number of preowned aircraft available for sale. The pre-owned private jet market is currently experiencing a 15 to 20 percent reduction in the sale prices and moving towards a buyer’s market. Potential aircraft buyers may get good deals in the pre-owned aircraft market as the inventory is increasing and available at good discounts.
Long range business jets like Gulfstream 650, Gulfstream 550, Bombardier Global 7500, Global 6000, Global 5000 and Falcon 8X/7X are a popular choice for Asian buyers. These jets offer excellent cabin comfort and enough range for clients to zip across from Asia to Europe and the US. For flights with 6 to 8 hour flight times or less the mid-size jets like Falcon 2000, Legacy 650, Challenger 350 and Challenger 605 is the preferred choice of aircraft. These jets typically accommodate 8 to 10 passengers and fly 6 to 8 hours non-stop. For shorter trips of 3 hour duration or less, light jet aircraft like Cessna Citation XLS, Phenom 300, Learjet 60 and Hawker 800/900XP are the popular choices. These aircraft are configured to accommodate 6 to 8 passengers and fly 3 to 4 hours non-stop.
In the coming days we will experience a new term “Sanitised Travel” and a business jet will be the right way to fly sanitised. For the elite travelers, the lock down is a good time to identify a reliable charter company or a charter broker and find out the available aircraft options available at his nearest airport. A reliable charter broker can provide you a good overview of the business aircraft available in your region and also help you identify the best jet suited for your needs.
Speaking about the Indian aircraft charter market the inventory of aircraft available for charter is smaller in size estimated to be less than 40 jets. Most charter companies have a fleet size of less than 3 aircraft. Indian charter market mainly works on on-demand or ad hoc charter models. This is slowly moving towards clients demanding aircraft for short term leases of dedicated use.
The present charter market in India lacks a large fleet dedicated charter company, and unlike the US there is an absence of a guaranteed availability Jet Card program. Using a reliable charter broker and purchasing block hours in advance has been found to provide better customer satisfaction and reliability. The charter broker can be your valuable resource in sourcing the right aircraft for your flying requirement.
Private jets can be a great asset in the post-Covid era as it will not keep you from going places, increase productivity and provide you with the much required safety cover.
LONG RANGE BUSINESS JETS WHICH CAN FLY MORE THAN 10 HOURS NON-STOP HAVE BEEN
THE MOST IN DEMAND AS CUSTOMERS PREFER TO FLY DIRECT TO THEIR DESTINATIONS
A PRIVATE JET PASSENGER HAS THE OPTION TO CHOOSE WHO HE FLIES WITH, AND ENABLES
HIM TO CONDUCT HIS BUSINESS IN A SAFE AND SECURE WAY DIRECTLY FROM HIS CABIN
THE CHARTER BROKER CAN BE YOUR VALUABLE RESOURCE IN SOURCING THE RIGHT
AIRCRAFT FOR YOUR FLYING REQUIREMENT