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Public Charter Vs. Private Charter

Charter flights are uniquely designed to fit the specific schedules of business groups, individuals, or organizations. While regular commercial flights are constrained to exact times and places, charter flights are a flexible option to get where you want for your desired length of time. Instead of purchasing a ticket for a single seat on a crowded airplane, clients can arrange the use of an entire airplane for dates needed. Both private companies and some big airlines offer the use of public charter flights and private charter flights. There are disadvantages and advantages of using a charter flight, but depending on your situation, desires, and financial budget, it can also be the best option for your needs.

When people think of charter planes, they often picture celebrities and a high price tag. While private planes are an excellent way to rent out an entire plane and avoid large crowds, they serve many other purposes, too. They can be used for cargo, medical reasons, and passengers. When cargo is larger, holding sensitive documents or perishable items, or must arrive at a specific time, cargo charters make it possible to transport the goods in a safe and timely manner. In case of a medical emergency, when people or even organs need to be transferred immediately, medical charters can move between locations quickly while commercial flights cannot. Medical charters are especially critical to carrying patients safely between countries when medical attention is required at a more advanced hospital. Passenger private charters can be taken by large groups, tourists, or even individuals. Businesses who constantly have to fly groups back and forth between places for conferences or meetings often sign contracts with charter companies to guarantee convenient, cost-efficent flights. Others want a flight to be completely comfortable with excellent service and the peace and quiet of no other passengers. Private charters offer flexibility, direct flights, and convenience, but they are typically higher-priced than standard commercial flights.

Public charters are similar to private charters in the way that companies can rent an aircraft for a specific length of time and purpose. Once an aircraft has been rented out by a company, it is then used to service third parties. For instance, a tourism group will often rent a charter plane and then sell tickets to passengers through their own business or another company. These services are usually only offered during high tourist seasons to the public. A travel agency will sometimes combine the price of a ticket with an entire vacation package: This can often save people money. Public charters have to follow strict laws and regulations to ensure the safety of passengers and the protection of their money.

The biggest difference between a public charter and a private charter is the direct service and experience for passengers. Private charters are much more flexible with schedules; you don't have to arrive 2 to 3 hours early to check in and can walk directly onto the plane. Charter companies proudly appeal to passengers with a variety of meals, drinks, and other services. This tailored service is one of the advantages and luxuries of taking a private charter. Luggage is also not an issue; there is no limit on the amount that can be brought onto the plane. The aircraft is as spacious as the amount of people added as passengers allows: This means that it can be a filled to capacity and save a business or organization money, or it can be nearly empty for an open and comfortable environment for a few individuals.

Public charters, on the other hand, are typically used by tour companies that are looking to save money. If meals are a part of the flight, they are going to be of a lower quality than on a private charter. Luggage will have restrictions, and extra baggage will have additional fees. Aircraft are usually filled and booked well in advance. Unlike with a private charter, passengers should arrive a couple of hours early to check in and pass through security. Public charters and non-charter aircraft typically provide similar experiences for passengers, but public charter flights are usually only run during holiday seasons and can reach more remote destinations. Non-charter flights are operated by commercial airlines and run year-round with specific flight schedules between major airports. These scheduled flights only fly to the most popular and largest cities. There is no flexibility with schedules, and luggage has strict regulations and often additional fees. Depending on the time of year, your budget, and your desired experience, choosing a charter flight could be the best option for you, an organization, or a business.

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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.