Business aviation is becoming more and more affordable to travel. It is now possible to hire a private jet for the same price as a business class flight. And many private jet compagnies offer their aircraft to transport you. But which one to choose, and on what criteria?
The Essential Criteria of a Business Aviation Company
Several essential criteria must be taken into account when choosing your private jet airline and travelling in the best conditions.
Safety, professionalism of operations and crew training
The most important criteria for choosing a business aviation company is safety. Make sure the private jet company has an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). This is an approval issued by the air transport supervisory authorities on the basis of very strict criteria. It authorizes the company to carry passengers under the public transport’s rules, and proves that it is able to transport you safely.
The requirements for obtaining an AOC are defined in Europe by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). There is an obligation for business airlines to carry out regular maintenance on their private jets. They must take out insurance policies with very high floors to protect you in case of damage. Pilots must also maintain their qualifications by undergoing training at least every 6 months, and with the obligation to complete a certain number of flying hours on the aircraft.
Nevertheless, the emergence of new business models sometimes challenges these requirements. Some private jet companies are trying to offer business travel at very low prices, circumventing the law and security requirements. At AEROAFFAIRES, we are concerned about the safety of our customers. We only select private jet companies that demonstrate a very high level of quality in the maintenance of their aircraft and the training of their pilots.
The aircraft fleet and its quality
Each private jet airline has its own fleet. Make sure that the business jet company has the aircraft that best suits your needs.
The size of the aircraft is critical, depending on whether you are travelling alone or in a group. Their range is also important, depending on whether you are travelling close to or far from your departure point. Their cabin and the equipment they have at their disposal are also an important element depending on your needs. Some private jets have a toilet, sofa, TV, or even Wi-Fi.
Some companies choose to standardize their fleet with a single type of aircraft to reduce their costs. The price is often cheaper, but you have to make sure that this private jet perfectly meets your needs.
Finally, it is necessary to ensure the quality of the fleet and its maintenance. Safety is a parameter not to be neglected when flying in a private jet.
The diversity of destinations
The diversity of destinations offered by airlines should be taken into account. Private jet companies do not operate on regular routes and can therefore take you anywhere at any time. This allows you to arrive as close as possible to your final destination.
Some companies only offer short and medium-haul flights, others offer long-haul flights. It is essential to compare them according to your needs.
Pilots must also have specific qualifications to land and take off at unusual airports. For some mountain airports, such as Saint-Morizt, Gstaad and Courchevel, pilots must have a mountain flying qualification. And some airports that are difficult to access, such as Saint-Tropez or Calvi, require pilots to have a special qualification to land. You must therefore make sure that the airline has the right pilots to take you to your destination.
On-board service and ground assistance
The services offered and the quality of customer support are important elements when choosing your private jet compagnie.
Some business aviation companies that have positioned themselves on a low-cost segment do not offer the same customer service as traditional compagnies. This parameter is essential in the event of flight cancellation, damage, or the need to change schedules or even the destination at the last minute. Some private jet companies refuse or charge significant fees, while others respond favourably and take care of your requests.
It is also an important criterion in case of specific needs: a request for a special meal on board, a group flight, a transport of animals, or even the carrying of special goods. Some companies will accompany you to the best of their ability and take care of all the administrative procedures.
AEROAFFAIRES : An all-in-one and tailor-made solution
The consideration of all these criteria may seem long and complex. At AEROAFFAIRES, we make it easy for you to book your private jet and offer you an all-in-one, tailor-made solution.
Our airline experts will search for you the compagnies and private jets that best meet your needs. We propose solutions that meet your criteria and you choose the one that suits you best. You don’t have to worry about anything, we take care of the administrative procedures and make sure that you travel in the best conditions.
Contact us at any time via our online quote form. Our team is also available 24/7 by telephone on +33 (0)1 44 09 91 82 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.