Flying » Business Jet Charter

April 13, 2014
Many repeat customers learn to love the view out the big window up front. And it's not just pilot wannabees. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Hopscotch Air, a small charter operator that uses five-seat single-engine Cirrus light airplanes, just celebrated its fifth anniversary, a notable accomplishment in this economy. The company—which focuses on short flights, primarily within a 300-mile radius of New York City—serves destinations throughout New England and as far south and west as Washington, D.C., and most of Ohio.
April 7, 2014
Flight attendants prepare and serve gourmet meals, help passengers navigate entertainment systems and provide life-saving help in an emergency. (Photo: TWC Aviation)
You may never charter a business jet that requires a flight attendant. No chartered aircraft with 19 or fewer passenger seats needs one, according to U.S Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency regulations.
May 14, 2013
Last-Minute Moves
A quality air charter provider should be able to have you in the air within two hours of receiving a call for a pop-up, or last-minute, domestic flight. [See “Taking Off in a Hurry”] But what if you need to alter the passenger manifest or amend your destination shortly before takeoff?
February 26, 2013
Exit Strategy
Trip-protection insurance is popular with airline passengers who worry that a change in plans could mean forfeiture of airfare, prepaid accommodations and other upfront travel costs. Many air charter customers could benefit even more from such coverage, due to the amount of money at stake. Charter operators typically assess cancellation penalties that escalate as departure times approach.
December 5, 2012
Chartering out your jet
Perhaps you own a business jet and have been thinking about making it available for charter. That’s not always a great idea (see below) but if it makes sense for you, it can offer a rather painless way to recoup some operating costs. Here’s how to proceed.
December 5, 2012
Can you really fly privately for airline prices?
You’ve probably seen ads and articles that suggest you can fly privately for prices that rival first-class airline fares and even coach prices. Last year, for example, Forbes headlined a story “How to Fly Private Jets at Airline Prices,” while The New York Times ran “Try a Private Jet, at Public Prices.”
August 7, 2012
Navigating the Charter Market
The last decade’s boom days for fractional shares and jet cards made traditional air charter seem almost old-fashioned–and unreliable, as the charter fleet was often busy meeting overflow demand from fractional and card programs. Then the economy tanked and the upfront and hourly costs of those programs rendered them less appealing than charter to many flyers. In the few years since, innovations such as one-way pricing and guaranteed access have made charter look even more attractive.
June 4, 2012
You absolutely, positively have to get there right away. How quickly can you be airborne?
April 23, 2012
Flying on borrowed time
Perhaps you have access to a private jet through an owner you know. It seems like a great deal: the aircraft is available almost any time, you fly with the same crew the owner uses and you pay considerably less than standard charter rates.
March 1, 2012
Vinit Phatak, CEO of Invision, which is launching an air charter service in India
Invision Air has launched a charter service in India, using a pair of Embraer Phenom 100 very light jets. The company says it has four more Phenom 100s on order as well as six Phenom 300 light jets, the first of which is to be delivered in the middle of this year.

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