What Private Jet Pilots Wish You Knew

August 2, 2017, Michael Arnone

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When you want to know the ins and outs of the private jet charter experience, it’s best to ask the person in control: the pilot. Private pilots have the luxury of transporting and meeting some of the world’s most high profile people. Those with a large amount of flight hours have flown to remote places and have seen it all. Here are just some of the things they wish you knew about worldwide jet charter.

  • Private flights are the faster option
    Some passengers have the misconception that a smaller plane means a slower flight. The opposite is actually true. Commercial airplanes fly at 35,000 feet while smaller jets are able to fly higher. This means that they don’t have to work around other air traffic and can make faster trips.
  • Your private flight is less likely to get canceled
    Private planes have more flexibility. So if unfavorable weather is in the forecast, the pilot can often choose an alternate route. Commercial flights would likely get delayed or canceled in these cases.
  • You will arrive feeling more awake
    The high pressure, noise, and vibration of large commercial planes are draining on the body, as is being crammed in a cabin with many other people. Private planes are smoother and more comfortable, allowing you to arrive at your destination feeling refreshed rather than exhausted.
  • Forget Everything You Think You Know About Airline Food
    Airline food’s punchline status is well deserved, but not in the private jet charter industry. That’s because the crew of your private aircraft will cater the menu to your tastes. Whether you want a cocktail, light snack, or four-course meal for all of your guests, the stratosphere is the limit. If you want your favorite meal from you favorite restaurant served to you immediately following takeoff, then consider it done.
  • You can keep a low profile
    Private plane pilots are used to transporting high profile celebrities, executives, and political figures, so you don’t have to worry about them focusing on your status. You can also work on high profile company information without them snooping, as they are required to be respectful in this way.

The next time you charter a private jet, be sure to thank the pilot for their service. They enjoy getting to know their passengers, and this personal connection is a perk of the flight experience. By establishing mutual respect, you can both have a successful and pleasant flight.

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