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Selecting The Best Private Aircraft 

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What is the best private jet aircraft for my jet charter needs?

Flying by charter jet gives you flexibility on the type of aircraft you can use. There are several factors that will determine which aircraft is appropriate for your trip: the number of passengers traveling with you, the nature and amount of baggage or cargo you'll be carrying, your destination, personal aircraft preferences, and budget parameters will all factor into the type of aircraft you need. Before you charter a jet, you can expect ElJet to explore your travel needs with you. We'd like to offer you an idea of some of the information that an informed purchaser of charter will have considered or will need to consider with their ElJet representative.

The first question will be how many passengers are making the trip and where will you be going? The number of people in your party will tell the us what size aircraft you'll need and your location will indicate the required range. Some high-altitude airports like Aspen, Colorado, have limited accessibility, or accessibility that changes seasonally depending on the aircraft. Other airports such as Santa Monica have curfews and Las Vegas is almost always open for business.

Think about your destination and how fast you need to get there. Cruising speeds vary widely, but a rough speed estimate for propeller planes is about 200 mph/322kmh, while jets fly at something closer to 500 mph/805kmh. When estimating flight-times, add 10-15% for the time necessary to achieve cruising speed and altitude. With these figures in mind, it's fairly easy to conclude that an 800mile/1,287km flight from Dallas to Chicago would take four and a half hours in a propeller-driven aircraft, but less than two in a private jet.

Aircraft performance, size and passenger capacity all determine price, and choosing the right plane involves trade-offs. At first glance, price might make the propeller plane more attractive, but consider that unless the aircraft has a lavatory, you probably will need a pit stop. Also consider noise level. Jets have pressurized passenger cabins and fly at altitudes where the noise of the engines drops off, making conversations and meetings held at normal speaking volume possible. While it isn't impossible to converse in a propeller plane flying at 8,000 feet, you probably could not manage a nuanced business negotiation or romantic chat with your sweetheart. Do you need to stand up and speak to your group, make a phone call, have a cooked meal, watch a DVD or enjoy a few hours of uninterrupted sleep? Be ready to talk to your ElJet representative about your needs and we will help find the right aircraft for you.

You should always disclose any special type or quantity of baggage or equipment you'll be bringing along. A safe flight depends on appropriate weight and balance. You'd be surprised by some items that cause trouble. Snow skis, for example, are too long for the baggage compartment of many small aircraft. Operators are not allowed to lay loose items such as skis in the aisle. Travelers with monster golf bags can encounter similar snags. Also disclose things like the presence of heavy smokers, pets, or unusual items such as oxygen canisters.

Your ElJet representatives are trained to assist you with all aspects of your private jet rental and will be happy to provide you with options and recommendations to ensure a perfect fit and a wonderful experience.

 


 

ElJet acts as an agent for private air charter services on behalf of our clients. ElJet does not own or operate any aircraft nor is ElJet a direct or indirect air carrier. All charter flights booked with ElJet will be operated by FAR Part 135 air carriers "Operators" or the international equivalent, who will maintain full operational control of charter flights at all times.