In the past, the benefits of private aircraft travel were limited to an extremely exclusive group due to the staggering cost of owning and maintaining private aircraft. Recently, leaders of fortune 500 companies, heads of state, sports stars and celebrities have turned to hiring privately owned aircraft rather than actually purchasing a plane. This trend has led to the development of fractional jet ownership programs, with hourly jet cards. This kind of system can work for customers who know exactly what type of aircraft they will require, as well as their general travel needs. However, because many travelers do not match this profile, the charter travel industry has stepped in to fill the void.
The charter industry has seen tremendous growth in recent years, particularly as commercial flight has grown ever more difficult and time consuming in a post-9/11 world. Furthermore, due to increasingly stringent security measures, the level of privacy and privilege that was once offered to public figures traveling through commercial airports has dramatically decreased, and this has led many to seek alternative options for flying.
Private air charter services have made it possible for a wider range of travelers to take advantage of the benefits of private air travel. However, due to the cost of traditional charter flights, this option has also remained limited to a fairly exclusive group. This is where ElJet founder Ben Schusterman stepped in – to fill a growing need for affordable private air travel. â€œWe took a long hard look at the industry, and we thoughtâ€”there are so many benefits in private flyingâ€¦ how can we make it more accessible? We recognized a strong need to make private air travel more affordable,â€ says Ben Schusterman, ElJetâ€™s Vice President of Operations.
ElJet has pioneered a focus on â€œempty legâ€ fights, which are flights that are scheduled one-way and return empty to the point of origin. ElJet successfully pairs travelers with private jets on the empty leg of scheduled flights, and this benefits aircraft and owners and travelers alike. The owners are spared the expense of flying an empty plane, and the travelers reap the benefits of significantly reduced travel costs. ElJjet has built the largest network of empty leg flights in the industry to ensure that we can provide lower cost charter flights to as many destinations as possible. And while the cost of flying on an empty leg is significantly less than that of a standard charter flight, the benefits of flying privately represent a significant upgrade.
At ElJet, we take great pride in offering first class service. Eljet will ensure that your trip is as comfortable and pleasant as it can be. We will even arrange top quality dining, hotel accommodations at your destination, and door-to-door limousine service for most flights. Our customersâ€™ safety is also extremely important to us, and that is why all aircraft provided by affiliates of ElJet must be FAA Part 135 Air Carrier Certified. We offer the safest and most reliable air fleet you can find.
Because there may not always be an empty leg flight available to suit every travelerâ€™s needs, ElJet also offers traditional charter services. We maintain strong relationships with our affiliated charter companies and private aircraft owners, who benefit greatly from Elletâ€™s â€œempty leg flightâ€ service, so we are also able to secure the best and most affordable pricing on traditional charter flights. Thanks to ElJetâ€™s innovative approach to private charter travel, more and more customers are enjoying the benefits and luxury of private air travel.