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.
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.”
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.
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.