After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant booking technology, it’s finally arriving. Should you book a private jet online?
After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant
booking technology, it’s finally arriving. But should you use it?
Many of the broker websites and apps promising online bookings were nothing more than electronic request forms.
But that’s changing, and increasingly, you may find yourself able to rent a private jet or turboprop digitally from a broker or platform, and without much human oversight, or at least human oversight looking after your interests.
There are 1,929 operators of private jets, turboprops, piston aircraft, and helicopters authorized by the FAA to conduct commercial flights for hire under Part 135
How do you ensure that the operator who is flying you is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct charter flights for hire?
Private Jet Card Comparisons has published the most recent list from the FAA in an easy-to-scan A to Z format.
You can view the list here.
Jet card and charter operator Jet Aviation has signed a long-term deal with GE Aviation for a safety and fleet modernization program covering the private jets it manages
During the National Business Aviation Association’s annual
convention in Las Vegas, Jet Aviation and GE Aviation said they have signed a
long-term agreement for a comprehensive safety and fleet modernization project
The program covers Jet Aviation’s global fleet of some 300 aircraft, including those from Airbus, Boeing BBJ, Bombardier, Dassault, and Gulfstream. The Jet Aviation managed fleet is split between Part 135 and Part 91.
When you charter a private jet, you’ve probably seen a reference to FAR Part 135. Here’s what you need to know
Understand why the price of private jet charters can vary so much
– Part 135 (charter) operational requirements are considerably different than Part 91 (full ownership) with much more stringent regulatory safety requirements
– There are over 2,000 Part 135 Charter Operators and four different categories impacting landing in low visibility as well as the ability to find replacement aircraft if there are mechanicals or pilots if one gets sick or runs out of duty time
When you book a private jet charter flight or are shopping
for a jet card, you probably have seen at the bottom of various websites,
wording that goes something like this: “Company X arranges flights on behalf of
its cardholders and charter clients with FAR Part 135 air carriers that
exercise full operational control of charter flights at all times. Flights will
be operated by FAR Part 135 direct air carriers that have been certified to
provide service for Company X clients that meet all FAA safety standards.”
The recent JetLux indictment alleging over $2 million in credit card fraud may have been enabled by bargain hunting customers
Private jet charter brokers are often harangued for not having to disclose their mark-ups. The assertion is they are charging whatever the market will support, and savvy customers can negotiate better deals.
Several websites have launched in recent years connecting consumers directly with jet operators, ostensibly cutting out the middleman or at least the commissions. They claim to offer wholesale pricing making money via membership fees.
Of course, if you use them, you need to be experienced enough to know what questions you should be asking the operators to ferret out the flowers from the weeds.