“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
Bombardier Revamps Block Charter Program
Bombardier has revamped its Skyjet International block charter program, unveiling the new Jet Member card. The company claims its terms make the program the most flexible block charter offering in the market.
The most apparent change is the introduction of fixed prices for every route flown, so customers pay surcharges to cover fuel costs or holding times at busy airports. For same-day round trips, members will get a 20-percent discount off the fixed prices. There is no minimum-hour purchase, although buyers of 25 or more hours will earn perks, including upgrades to larger aircraft and discounts on goods and services.
The program introduces much greater flexibility in terms of aircraft type availability, prior-notice requirements and ground-handling and catering arrangements, according to Skyjet International managing director Judith Moreton. Essentially, Moreton said, it means customers don't have to pay for options that aren't important to them and can focus on specifying those program features that most closely meet their needs.