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1. Approach Aircraft Operators Directly
Many private jet owners do not use their aircraft on a day to day basis, and in order to earn on their asset they will lease their aircraft to a company who then ‘operate’ it on their behalf, and take on some of the operating costs. In turn, whilst the aircraft is not being used by the owner, these companies make the aircraft available for charter by individuals or companies at a given price.
Some ‘operators’ manage several jets, others may manage only 1; indeed, there are a number that actually buy and manage their own private fleet. So for an individual, whilst it is possible to approach aircraft operators directly, this route is not one we would recommend as depending on a particular operator’s fleet size, aircraft type, and availability, costs will vary dramatically. As such, you will have to phone a large number of operators for a quote before having some confidence that you have found the right operator at the most competitive price, which can be both time and labour intensive.
2. Speak to a Private Jet Broker
Brokers present a much more accessible entry point to the private jet charter market for the uninitiatetd, or those unfamiliar with the intricacies and inner workings of the industry. Good brokers will be familiar with almost all reputable aircraft operators, with a knowledge based on experience of who are the best operators for you dependent on your exact requirements. They also have the ability to tender out your flight request to the wider market, allowing individual operators the opportunity to provide their most competitive quote and thereby ensuring that you have the comfort of knowing that you are paying the lowest possible rate for your specified flight.
The benefits of using a broker are numerous: not only can you be reasonably confident that you will end up paying the most competitive price for your stipulated flight, but you can dip in and out of the market at your leisure without needing to pay monthly membership or subscription fees.
3. Join a Fractional ownership Programme
Some aircraft operators buy and manage their own fleet before offering them out on a fractional ownership basis or based on a subscription or membership fee.
Typically, fractional ownership involves an individual buying a share of an aircraft based on their anticipated flight requirements, and then being given access to that jet, or similar aircraft within the companies fleet, upon request. Essentially this is similar to owning your own private jet, albeit with running costs being split between the various fractional owners (as well as usage!)
Similarly, other companies can offer access to their private jet fleet based on annual subscriptions on membership fees.
In both instances, given that there is an ongoing cost to you in return for access to these companies fleets, unless you have a regular need to charter a private jet these methods of access can be expensive and preclude your ability to shop around for a better deal.
Villiers Jets tips for Booking a private jet:
1. Do your research
This will help to make the process as quick and efficient as possible, as well as ensure that the quote you receive is as accurate as can be. If you are able, let your broker know as many details as possible, in order to help them match you with the most appropriate operator and aircraft type. Think dates, times, luggage requirements, and number of people travelling in your party, as well as the location from which you’d like to depart and your preferred destination.
2. Be prepared to be flexible
It may be that by flying a little later on your chosen date of travel, or by flying from an alternative airfield to the one initially stipulated, you’ll receive a better quote. Listen to your brokers advice.
3. Be proactive and responsive
If you are submitting a charter enquiry online, be prepared for a broker to call you back and discuss in person your requirements in a little more detail. This helps the broker ascertain more precisely your exact requirements, and thus will help them save you money. If they do call you, reply as quickly as you can – jet availability can change quickly, and often those who are most responsive to their brokers will be in a position to secure the best possible deals.