It’s a private jet–flying across the blue sky, dipping underneath or through the clouds, reflecting the suns rays from thousands of feet in the air. It sounds luxurious, and it can be. But did you know that private jets can actually save your company time and money?
By 2011, more than 11,000 private jets were registered in the United States.
The United States accounts for 49.7% of the private jet market, with Europe in second at 20.8%.
Those are just two statistics to show the prevalence of private jets in the United States. While often looked at as a luxury for the rich and famous, private jets have become a more appropriate tool for businesses who are looking to remain productive while flying.
It makes sense on some level. Commercial airlines are busy. There’s ID check and baggage claim and then waiting at the terminal and then boarding and then, even if someone is in first class, having to deal with other passengers who may not understand the value of a quiet voice.
According to a 2009 survey, businessmen and women flying commercial reported a 40% drop in productivity. That’s not a small amount, considering some of the businessmen and women have flights that last hours–whether across the coast, to Alaska or Hawaii, or internationally.
Commercial aircraft are generally flown out of large public airports. This poses a difficulty, as the hassle of navigating through a throng of people in a crowded airport raises stress levels and can also lead to decreased productivity.
Fortunately, for those employees at least, more companies are moving to chartering business flights through private jets. This leads to less hassle for passengers, if for no reason than private jets use more airports and smaller ones too.
Private jets actually use 5,000 airports in the United States, while commercial airlines use just 550. In fact, one third of all business aircraft flights are into a secondary airport; whereas, 19% of flights are into a commercial airport.
Private jets even fly higher than commercial airlines. Commercial airlines fly at 35,000 feet, whereas private jets fly higher and above the fray–they deal with less air traffic, which often makes trips quicker.
Types of private planes vary but there are many in the United States that receive less mileage than others. When planning to rent a private jet, consider all the costs associated and work with a reputable person to find the most affordable jet quotes.
A private flight quote can be found through the airline itself. While many airlines will simply house the jets, they will put you in contact with the owner of the private jet to get that private flight quote.
Often, it is busy managers who fly with a private jet. One study showed that out of business aircraft passengers, 22% were top management, 50% were other managers, and 20% were technical, sales, or service staff.
It is helpful then that these executives have the same, the quiet, and the general lack of hassle to work on projects while in flight.
A private flight quote can enable you to make a conscious decision about the services you want and are being provided for. It will help you along your way to deciding whether the cost of a private jet is worth the rise in productivity.