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A white-gloved attendant waits at a roped red carpet that leads to the stairs of a private jet.Have you been wondering how to turn an event or important day into something exceptional? What about a private plane charter? Nothing says “thank you” or “I love you” as much as an exclusive experience. Find out what you need to know about renting an aircraft for your special occasion.

What You Need to Know About Hiring a Private Jet for an Event

Whether you want to treat your family to the holiday of a lifetime, reward key personnel for exceptional service or make that marriage proposal something your better half will keep talking about for years to come, a private jet charter can take your event from “nice” to extraordinary. Let’s find out what you need to know about chartering a private plane for your special occasion.

Create an extraordinary event

While we’re all familiar with the idea that life’s a journey, not a destination, we’ve come to accept unpleasant journeys as part of life. Family vacation trips by car are never as much fun as we thought (or hoped) they’d be, while hours spent close to a stranger in a narrow airplane seat aboard a commercial flight can be pretty uncomfortable, too. These experiences may be okay for certain times in our lives, but they can easily ruin a special occasion.

Private jet travel takes the opposite approach. The luxury, convenience, and comfort of flying by private jet become an integral and exciting part of your special occasion. Instead of being the “better get there” phase of an event, travel to and from the event becomes an unforgettable part of it.

Tailor the travel experience

A young, smiling couple walking away from a private plane parked on a runway.
A young, smiling couple walking away from a private plane parked on a runway.

One of the most gratifying aspects of flying by charter plane is that you can tailor the experience to your specific requirements. Here are some of the things you can customize:

  • Catered meals

  • Flight entertainment

  • Onboard gifts for loved ones

  • Branded check-in desks, boarding passes and ticket wallets

  • Dedicated security lines 

  • Private airport lounges for valued clients or high-performing staff members.

Plan your flight with a travel concierge

The private aviation experience can be quite different from a commercial flight, and while you’ll have additional decisions to make, such as choosing an aircraft for your journey, you will have a dedicated account manager to assist and guide you through the process.

A large, experienced private charter company such as Air Charter Service (ACS) gives you access to more than 50,000 aircraft. We pride ourselves on sourcing the jet or helicopter that’s just right for you. You will, for example, be sent a selection from our aircraft guide, with planes flagged that are best suited to the distance you wish to travel, the number of passengers you’ll be taking along, and the airports you’ll be travelling to. 

Your account manager will also be able to guide you through other aspects of aircraft rental, including the lead time you’ll need to book (booking a charter at short notice will incur additional costs,) and the best times of the year to travel to different destinations.

Understand private jet costs

The main factors that affect the cost of a private plane charter are your choice of aircraft, the number of passengers flying, the fuel usage for the distance you’ll be travelling, and journey costs such as airport handling fees, crew salaries, crew expenses, airport landing fees, handling fees and passenger taxes.

Typically, a flight is cheaper if you travel on a smaller aircraft, but not all small aircraft will be priced the same, and you’ll be more limited on passenger numbers. Certain high-end, luxury light jets can be as expensive to charter as mid-size jets, and the same can be said for the cost of heavy jet charters versus private airliner flights. Since prices are calculated by the aircraft and the route you’re flying and not per passenger, a group charter may be more cost-effective for a larger group.

You will not be able to save costs by hiring a small plane for a long flight. The longer the flight, the larger the plane must be to be able to travel the distance without stopping to refuel. Aside from adding travel time to your journey, there are additional fees included when stopping to refuel. A long-distance flight from Toronto to London would require a mid-size jet such as the Bombardier Learjet 60XR, or a heavy jet, like a Gulfstream G550, depending on your passenger count. If you want to transport a number of key personnel in comfort, you could go even larger with a luxury airliner such as an Airbus A319, which seats up to 19 passengers.

On the other hand, if you didn’t have much luggage, no more than five passengers and weren’t travelling a distance, you could opt for a turboprop such as Piper Seneca, which has a much lower price point.

Two women sit at a table inside a luxury private jet.

Elevate your journey beyond mere transportation with ACS

If you’ve never thought about factoring in private jet flights for your event or special occasion, you might want to consider this option for yourself, your loved ones or key personnel. Continued disruption to commercial flights and worries about the lingering virus have led to many companies and individuals choosing to travel by charter to avoid busy terminals and crowded planes.

You can either get a fast quote now, or our representatives can put together a private jet charter quote for you.

To find out more about this exceptionally comfortable and convenient way to travel, please contact us or call one of our experienced aviation consultants now on +1 416 628 9412.

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