An Introduction To Charter Planes

Before you charter a trip, your chosen operator will need to know some information so as to be able to cater to your needs.

The first thing s that your operator will need to know about are basic things such as the number of people who will be making the flight with you and what your destination is. Knowing the number of people will tell the operator what size aircraft he will need to appropriate for you , and knowing your destination will indicate the range requirements of that airplane .

Another thing the operator will need to know is approximately how fast you need or desire to complete your journey from start to finish. A good cruising speed estimate for propeller planes is approximately 200 mph (322kmh). Jets fly at approximately 500 mph (805kmh).

When you are estimating flight-times, add in a little extra time–say, 10% of what you have just figured–to your final calculations to allow for the necessary time to achieve cruising speed and altitude.

The size and type of aircraft and the flight duration all factor into the price you will pay

The greatest advantage of chartered flights over scheduled commercial flights is, in fact, price. Although fares fluctuate considerably between and within seasons, chartered flights typically cost $50-$200 less than the lowest round-trip ticket to board a scheduled commercial flight .

Chartered flight fares run slightly lower on off-days and slightly higher on holiday weekends as they are sensitive to day by day fluctuations in business. Price alone might make the propeller plane seem the hands-down choice; however, you get what you pay for. Consider such basics things as going to the bathroom.

You will be making some inconvenient pit stops if you cannot do that on-board the plane, and you won’t be doing that on-board a typical prop plane. In addition, consider noise level. Pressurized passenger cabins and flying at high altitudes make conversations and meetings on-board jet planes a lot quieter and more pleasing than on-board a prop plane.

Chartered flights can have some significant advantages over commercial flights

Scheduled commercial airlines use fewer than 500 airports across the United States. Charter operators use those in addition to almost 5,000 more. It is likely that you can find a (less-crowded) airport used by chartered planes closer to your point of departure or arrival than the closest commercially-used airport .

You can make your business and personal journeys easier and more pleasant just by flying in and out of an airport that’s closer to your home. It can be surprising to learn how many airports are in or close to your own hometown. With literally thousands more arrival and departure points available, air charter travellers can significantly reduce time getting to and from the airport.

There are some factors to consider that aren’t so “perfect”, however. Chartered flights can mean standing in long lines after arriving up to four hours early, flying in typically tight cabins, not very much in the way of in-flight services, all-too-often late departures, and relatively less safety than is put into scheduled commercial flights. These are all things to think about before booking a chartered flight.


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