A PA's introductory guide to private jet hire


Private jet hire is one of the most luxurious and convenient ways to travel. Offering a completely tailor made transport itinerary, it's perfect for those seeking a unique peaceful voyage away from the hassle of commercial flights, or for those who need to travel long distances fast. Chartering a jet can be a cost effective way to enjoy personal and company plane access, being being more cost effective than owning or maintaining your own private plane.

Whilst jet hire can be expensive, often it is the best method to transport a whole company or individuals without the worry of commercial flight delays. Private jets can be personalised to offer a number of different services. For instance, if you need to transport a whole company or team for an important meeting, a private jet will allow for presentations and meetings during the flight.

Simplexity Travel can offer a complete itinerary for business and leisure travel. From arranging all of the transport, accommodation and even activities like restaurant or ticket reservations, we will organise every aspect of travel. Whilst we are experts in the field, it can still help for you to know about what's involved in chartering a private aircraft.

In this guide we'll be looking through just a few of the things to bear in mind when arranging private jet hire.


Plan Ahead

The number one piece of advice that we can give you is to plan ahead. There are a whole variety of things to consider when looking at private jet hire. From the choice and size of aircraft, travel time, flight operator to even in flight food and entertainment, there's a lot of things that you need to let your travel expert know to ensure a perfect trip.

By knowing what you want, booking and organising a trip becomes much easier. Of course, if you're not sure what you'll need, Simplexity Travel are more than happy to discuss any queries or concerns you may have. Here are some of the things that you should consider before booking a flight.


Journey Itinerary

Decisions ranging from how many stops you should take, number of flight staff you'll need, and the type of aircraft will all be based on how long your journey will be. This is the first thing to plan for when arranging and considering private jet hire.

One of the great advantages of jet hire is that it offers the fastest speeds of any personal use aircraft. With an average speed of 500 mph, it means that a trip from London to New York is possible in around seven hours. To put that into perspective, hiring a propeller powered plane with an average speed of around 200 mph, it would take seventeen and a half hours. For this reason, jet hire is the best solution for international travel.

How many people are you planning on taking on board? Jets come in a wide variety of sizes, some with a capacity for a few important executives or potential clients, others able to transport a whole company should you need to. The larger a plane you hire, the less stops you will have to take for fuel, but the more expensive it will be.

To give you an idea of aircraft available for plane hire, here's a brief outline of capacity:

Executive Airliners: These offer a capacity of anything from 20 to 60 and more. It's the most expensive form of jet hire, but will also provide the greatest amount of space and make the biggest impression on potential clients.
Light Executive Jets: For a company seeking the speed and luxury of a jet, but not needing quite so much space, a light executive jet is a great choice. The potential capacity of these is between 4 - 8 people.
Executive turboprop: For companies looking for an efficient and more affordable charter option, a propeller powered plane can seat up to 9 people in a more intimate space. These planes are slower and require more pit stops for refueling, but still offer the joys of international private travel.

Choosing the type of aircraft you wish to charter is an important decision. Many smaller planes may not have a toilet or washroom facilities on board, meaning that you will need to plan in toilet breaks along the flight path.

An advantage of private jet hire is that a chartered flight can follow a more direct path, but requires more planning than a commercial flight. An important thing to bear in mind when timing the duration of a flight is to add roughly 10 - 15% on top of the average speed to distance, as you will need to account for take off time, getting to the correct altitude and cruising speed.

The utility afforded by private jet hire means that you can make as many stops as you wish along the way to a destination. So a long journey could turn into a vacation destination could turn into a grand tour along the way to the final stop. Knowing how long it will take to reach your destination, and the number of passengers will give you a much better idea of the costs involved and what you need to tell your broker.


Flight Crew

Choosing the right flight staff is an important part of chartering a jet. Making sure you get the right company and the right crew is crucial to having an enjoyable and successful journey, so make sure you're only hiring the best.

Simplexity Travel have worked with a number of private jet hire operators and companies, so know what to look out for when choosing the best operator for your journey. There are some key things to inquire about to ensure you have the best crew possible for your flight.

There are two main aspects to on flight crew. In order to fly the jet you will need a flight operator. This is a company that offers trained pilots and other cabin crew to take you where you need to go. They are experts in ensuring that the journey meets (a) all your requirements. Another part of the flight crew to consider is on board entertainment and catering. We'll talk about this in more detail later, but as you have complete control of the flight during charter, there are a great deal of choices available.

Regarding a flight operator, all companies must be able to produce an operating certificate. Simplexity Travel only work with certified companies that have an excellent safety track record, so you needn't worry about these things. When choosing Simplexity Travel to arrange your private jet hire, we can provide you with copies of the FAA flight certificates and all other associate paperwork to leave you rest assured.


Catering and Entertainment

Do you need a brainstorming meeting whilst on the way to your meeting? Want to make a presentation to employees or clients before arriving at your destination? Let us know and we can have this arranged for you. Even if it's making sure there's a DVD player for the kids on a vacation flight, there's no reason why the holiday can only start at the destination.

Even if you're after something a little more unique and unusual whilst on board, let us know. We love making our customers happy and are always available to arrange and advise on the very best services.

When organising a long flight, catering is something that's important to keep in mind. It's worth considering that the flight pressure and time it takes to prepare for a jet voyage means that many food types could spoil, so it's important to choose the right inflight catering specialists.

Be sure to inform us if any members of the travelling party have specific dietary requirements. Also, let us know what type of food you'd like and we can arrange a completely unique and personalised culinary experience. Whilst smaller jets may not have their own cooking equipment, we work with a number of companies that specialise in small jet catering.

Given time to order ahead, Simplexity can arrange nearly anything your travel party could require. Private jet hire offers tailor made transport where every traveller can have their own needs and requirements met. There's no better way to impress a client or guest than inviting them aboard a completely personalised and professional private jet hire service.


Private Jet Hire

As you can see, the possibilities for private jet hire are endless. Not only can you go wherever you want, whenever you want, but you can have a completely customised flight experience too.

Simplexity Travel have arranged countless private flights for a number of companies and industries. By following the advice above, we can arrange the trip of a lifetime for your executives and their families. Just let us know a time, place and what you'd like on board, and we'll see that you get the very best.

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