Flying » Business Jet Charter

June 14, 2016
PHOTO: FOTOLIA
Apps for booking charter flights on smartphones and tablets continue to mature as accepted wisdom loses weight: it turns out that more and more convenience-minded customers are indeed willing to consummate five- and six-figure transactions without speaking to a human. 
May 8, 2016
You have room to move on an ACJ318.
Maybe your group is too big to fit in a large-cabin business jet, or perhaps you and your travel companions simply want more space than those aircraft provide. Either way, you may be a candidate to charter a so-called bizliner—an airliner model that has been reconfigured for private use. 
May 3, 2016
Qatar Executive, the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways, is stepping up the expansion of its fleet with the recent arrival of a second Gulfstream G650ER aircraft. The long-range jet, which can fly non-stop from the Middle East to North America, is part of an order for thirty Gulfstream aircraft that will eventually include the new G500 and G600 models.
October 12, 2015
Jet held up in maintenance (Photo: Fotolia)
A new insurance policy offers owners and operators of charter aircraft protection from loss of income should mechanical issues cancel or terminate flights. Typically the charter customer gets all the sympathy when these events occur, as the broker and/or operator scramble to find a replacement aircraft. But if you’re the owner or operator of the grounded airplane, the cancelled flight could cost you thousands of dollars.
July 29, 2015
Photo: Delta Private Jets
Delta Air Lines has taken significant steps toward introducing its elite airline fliers to the convenience and privacy of business jets. The carrier will now offer a business jet upgrade program for its “Medallion” frequent fliers (those who fly more than 25,000 miles annually on the airline).
July 21, 2015
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January 20, 2015
Travelers are growing more comfortable with online booking. One company sold a BBJ flight on  its app for half a million dollars. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Several online charter portals have launched recently, giving you the option to arrange trips via the Web instead of picking up the phone.
September 1, 2014
Surf Air offers unlimited San Francisco/Los Angeles flights. (Photo courtesy of Surf Air)
The airspace between traditional business jet access models (charter, fractional ownership and jet cards) and first-class airline travel has been active lately, even if there’s not much to show for it. But while some would-be per-seat charter providers and fledgling “flight club” programs appear to be in a holding pattern, one alternative operator in California has quickly taken off: Surf Air, which offers more than a dozen scheduled daily flights between off-the-hub airports in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
July 29, 2014
Teterboro, New Jersey-based charter company Meridian also offers FBO, aircraft management and maintenance services.
Air Charter Service (aircharterservice.com, NY office: 516-432-5901) Worldwide charter broker has access to more than 50,000 aircraft.   Air Partner (airpartner.com, 888-247-7278)
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.

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