When you charter on-demand, buy a full aircraft or fractional share, you buy a specific aircraft type. What about jet card membership programs?
In case you haven’t noticed, most jet card programs specify cabin size, then fulfill your needs from a variety of aircraft types in that cabin category. In some cases that’s because you are buying your jet card from a management company and they are clustering all of the aircraft in that cabin size category together. In other cases, it’s a broker program that is sourcing aircraft from charter operators, including management companies and fleet operators. You’ll often see a range of seating for the aircraft that apply to that category, so in the SuperMid category you could get a jet that fits eight people one time and 10 the next. In Large Cabin jets it’s not unusual to see a range of 10 to 14 seats.
VistaJet Direct is the name of a new private jet membership program the operator has quietly started rolling out. While not calling it a jet card, like its Programs that target frequent global Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) travelers, royalty and Chairmen/CEOs, it is a prepaid product.
When flying by private jet, one noticeable difference from flying in a commercial airliner is a lack of headroom. The height of the cabin in the aisle of a Boeing 737 is about 7 feet, 2 inches. The average height of a man is 5 feet, 9 inches while a woman is 5 feet, 4 inches. Out of 112 business jets Private Jet Card Comparisons analyzed, 67 had a height where the average man would need to duck with 37 private jets being the same for women.
Bombardier Business Aircraft opened the Bombardier Tianjin Service Centre on April 7 in China. The Montreal-based manufacturer in a press release said it “has had the largest fleet of any business aircraft manufacturer in the region for the last 12 years.” Bombardier aircraft are popular in the fleets of various private jet card and prepaid private jet charter programs, including VistaJet, Netjets, XOJET, Zetta Jet and Flexjet as examples.