Private jet: what is the customer profile?

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While the world comes to a standstill in 2021, private aviation is seeing record numbers of private jet flights. In 2022, who has the privilege of flying in a private jet? Do you have to be a billionaire to fly in a private jet? Do you have to be a footballer to fly on a private jet? The world of private aviation questions, intrigues and feeds the collective imagination with preconceived ideas about private jets and their clients. Are private jet trips really so exclusive? What is the reality? Who really travels by private jet? AEROAFFAIRES reveals everything about private jet travel and draws up a profile of the clientele travelling by private jet in 2022.


A business clientele travels by private jet


The company director flies in a private jet for business and private purposes :


No, it is not only Bernard Arnault, Martin Bouygues or Pierre Fabre who travel by private jet. Great power, great responsibility, great means of travel. Company directors have the onerous task of keeping the “shop” running and their turnover at its highest level. This often means signing major contracts across Europe and the world.


For these business customers, the urgency and time factors are important. AEROAFFAIRES regularly charters private jets for company directors who have last-minute obligations, which can represent several thousand euros for the benefit of their turnover. Business aviation is therefore a real tool for economic development.


For our clients, using business aviation to travel allows them to :

  • time savings : a recent study has shown that business aviation can reduce travel times by 2.5 hours compared to conventional travel via commercial routes.


  • great flexibility : flights can be changed at the last minute. In business aviation, these last-minute changes are not a problem: there are no time constraints. In addition, business aviation has access to more than 25,000 airports worldwide, allowing passengers to land or take off in a private jet closest to their destination.


  • A high level of comfort : the business leaders we accompany on their trips travel a lot and are subject to a lot of stress. A comfortable environment is a real advantage to allow them to continue working while travelling, or to recover some energy before their next meetings.


Corporate seminars


Company directors are not the only ones who come to us. Every year, several large companies call on AEROAFFAIRES to organise travel for company seminars. Few people are aware that travelling by private jet and chartering a private aircraft for a group is not much more expensive than buying a ticket on a commercial airline for each seminar participant. The advantages of flying by private jet for seminars are many:

  • There are no time constraints : in business aviation, everything is done to ensure that the client has as few constraints as possible. The schedules are chosen by the trip organizers.
  • The aircraft is fully privatised, allowing the business seminar to start as soon as the passengers arrive at the airport.
  • There is the possibility to personalise and decorate the aircraft with the company’s colours to make the trip even more experiential.
  • Create a corporate atmosphere and memories that foster a sense of belonging. Chartering a private jet for a seminar is an incredible and unique experience that companies offer to their employees.


Private clients use private jets to travel


The retired company director flies in a private jet with his family, in a private capacity : 


In the “private clients” category, our clients are mainly former company directors who have retired. Often anonymous and discreet, they use private aviation for comfort, in order to enjoy good times with their families. Their favourite destinations are Switzerland and the South East (Corsica, Saint-Tropez, Cannes or Monaco). These clients book their flights in advance. There is little urgency on this type of trip.


Showbiz stars and footballers rent private jets :


Yes, it’s not a myth…showbiz stars or footballers fly in private jets. And that’s understandable! Thanks to private aviation, they have access to many destinations. They can travel in total discretion and in perfect anonymity for those who wish it. For the others, the images of footballers or stars travelling in private jets fuel their notoriety on social networks. Their communities of followers enjoy dreaming through them.


Very special travellers charter private jets :


EVASAN : patients fly in private jets as part of a medical evacuation


Did you know that medical evacuations were carried out on board a private jet? It’s a special private jet profile travellers. Some medical emergencies require the use of a private jet (organ transport, medical evacuation, air ambulance). Adaptable and flexible, their cabins can be easily transformed to be medicalised. They can be used to receive patients during repatriations. These patients travel to receive adapted care, in adapted conditions. Depending on the type of aircraft, several stretchers can be placed in a private jet cabin. These situations are not as exceptional as they seem. By 2021, EVASAN flights will account for 8% of private jet flights in Europe.


Travel agencies and private concierges rent private jets :


It may be less well known, but it is not uncommon for AEROAFFAIRES to charter aircraft for private concierges or travel agencies. The advantage of private aviation is its accessibility and responsiveness. Private concierges are regularly subjected to the stress of unexpected customer requests and need to know that they can count on a responsive team, such as the one at AEROAFFAIRES. All concierge companies that book private jet flights know they can trust AEROAFFAIRES to meet their clients’ travel needs.


Production companies use private jets for filming :


Whether it’s a quick appearance in a box-office movie, a commercial or an aerial shot, production companies are using private jets.

This is a new profile of private jet clients that you may not have expected. Keep your eyes peeled when you watch a film, there are sometimes scenes on board a private jet. To make these scenes, production companies hire a private jet, which usually stays on the ground. This way, the actors can shoot their scene in complete safety and in ‘real life conditions’.


2021 or the emergence of a new clientele: young, mobile and connected


Unexpectedly, in 2021, while the commercial aviation world has been at a virtual standstill for months on end, the business aviation world has seen a new clientele, new private jet profile come to private jet handlings.

Compared to 2020, there has been a 20% increase in private flights. The closure of borders and the cancellation of flights for commercial routes have contributed significantly to this increase. Business aviation has been able to respond to the travel needs of a slightly younger, mobile and connected clientele.


Business aviation, despite the current jet bashing, is above all a travel tool. It offers much more flexibility and responsiveness than commercial aviation. Of course, flying in a private plane is a budget. But, private jet customers see benefits that drive them to use private aviation rather than commercial aviation. No, the private jet customer is not just the rich billionaire businessman, but has many faces.


If you too would like to charter a private jet for a business or leisure trip, contact our team of aviation experts on +330144099182 to book your private jet. You can also contact us by email: or make a free estimate with our online quote.