Explaining the differences between broker, fractional fleet, managed fleet and owned fleet jet cards

There are over 40 jet card providers offering more than 250 programs, and there are some significant differences and not just in price

 

In this article, I want to explain the differences in how aircraft for various jet card programs are sourced. Of the subscribers to Private Jet Card Comparisons, I estimate about 75% are flying via on-demand charter, but after getting tired of the work it takes for each trip to compare quotes, quality of providers and varying charter terms, they are seeking an easier solution but don’t necessarily want the long-term commitment of leases and fractional shares, hence jet cards. The benefit of jet card programs is once you choose the right program, arranging your flight is generally one phone call or can even be handled online or through an app. Of course, finding the right provider and program takes a bit of work. We’ve identified over 65 places that the card programs vary, which depending on your flying needs can be critical or incidental. 

Questions to ask when buying a jet card

The HondaJet cabin measures 222 cubic feet

The number of jet card programs has more than doubled in the past decade means more choices for you. Before you buy, here are some of the questions to ask

 

With jet card programs that staring at just five hours as well as cards for 100 hours of flight time, an area that used to be reserved for fractional ownership, there is more choice than ever. Some programs don’t even require you to buy hours in advance, although they may have a nonrefundable membership fee. We’ve identified 65 variables that can influence which program is best for you. 

Five safety questions to ask private jet charter operators before you buy

While many searches for private air charter start with ‘how much does a jet cost?’ or some derivative about pricing and hourly rate, jet card and charter operator XOJET outlines some key safety questions to ask

 

The following was published on XOJET’s blog and is reprinted with the company’s permission:

The key to finding a great private aviation provider is knowing their number-one priority is the same as yours: for every flight to be as safe and secure as scientifically possible. To confirm that to be true, says Dan Ramirez, XOJET’s Director of Safety, customers should ask private aviation companies five simple safety questions before considering flying with them. “Every staff member of credible, safety-first organizations,” he explains, “will be happy to answer those questions in detail.” 

Does Your Private Jet Operator Meet IS-BAO Standards?

The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and its member associations, is a recommended code of best practices designed to help private aviation operators and corporate flight departments achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. IS-BAO is an industry standard built for operators, by operators that provides standards based on the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS). Both the FAA and CAA in Canada recognize IS-BAO as meeting the ICAO standard. The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) also recognizes IS-BAO as an industry standard for business aircraft operations. 

Before You Buy, Here Are Key Questions About Private Jet Safety And Operations

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) publishes some key questions you will want to ask when buying a jet card via a broker or provider that will be sourcing third-party planes to fulfill your travel needs.