Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?
The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator or pilots may call ahead. This way there will be a fuel truck waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.
When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?
A landing or take off slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is set to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the USA. A high-density airport is one which is hosting a special event, with a high number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major cities in Europe.
Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?
Private Jet clients can often drive their car or have a limo drive them right up to the private jet. There are different types of airports. Some offer ramp access, and some do not. Most regional airports allow for ramp access.
Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?
It is possible to have a flexible departure when flying private. Typically, operators offer a two-hour window. You can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight.
What happens if a private jet has a mechanical and is grounded?
One of the most significant issues in the private jet charter industry is reliability. Mechanical issues happen for a variety of reasons. When a mechanical occurs, the aircraft maintenance team will take a quick look to see if they can fix it immediately. If a quick fix is not an option, the aircraft has to go into maintenance.
What if I need to charter more than one private jet at the same time?
Sometimes corporations need to fly in executives from multiple locations. The beauty with PBJ's on-demand charter service is that you can secure multiple aircraft of different sizes at the same time. We will suggest the best private jet for each mission to optimize efficiency and cut costs.
When flying privately when is on demand private jet charter better value than the fractional?
Generally speaking, the on-demand private jet charter model offers better value. But this is only true if you have a broker who prepares a backup option on every trip. This makes your flight just as reliable as a fractional model, but at a much cheaper cost.
Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?
Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry. For example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. And you’ll need to stop at the first port of entry when leaving Mexico.
How does the cost of flying commercial compare to private charter flights?
Private charter flights are much more expensive than commercial flights. To estimate the cost of flying privately in the US, use the following formula: (Cost of a first class commercial ticket x 4) x number of seats in the aircraft. For example, a cheap first-class ticket is about $500. Multiply this by four to get $2,000. A light jet seats six. Multiply $2,000 by six to get $12,000. Always remember that you pay the same for a private jet regardless of how many people are flying.
When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?
Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight. You can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.
What are the disadvantages of the on-demand private jet charter model?
The biggest challenge in private jet charter is to find a reputable broker. A good broker will be honest with you, consider your safety, and have your best interests in mind. This means providing an excellent service that includes a backup option available for your flight.