What To Expect On Your First Private Jet Flight
Flying on a private jet can be refreshingly different from the usual airline experience. London Executive Aviation (LEA) chief executive Patrick Margetson-Rushmore explains what to expect so that your trip goes smoothly.
It’s your first time flying on an executive jet: so what should you expect from the experience?
In some ways a private jet charter is very similar to using a mainstream airport and airline (only much better). In other respects, the experience is markedly different.
It’s hugely different, for example, in the amount of time you have to spend on the ground before take-off. Flying on a mainline flight, you will spend two hours or more working your way through a congested airport and then waiting on the tarmac as everybody boards. Before a private jet flight, you hardly spend any time on the ground at all.
One of the biggest surprises for novice travellers, therefore, is that for an 0830 flight, you arrive at 0815. If it’s your first time flying in a private jet, we say ‘Please don’t turn up 1½ hours in advance.’ If you do arrive very early you may be able to take off earlier than planned, but it can depend on the availability of air traffic control ‘slots’. The major advantage of private jet travel is that you don’t have to waste time, and that starts before you even get to the airport.