Chartering a private jet is exciting, especially when it’s your first time. Knowing what to expect can play a significant role in ensuring a positive flight experience. We put together a guide, answering 10 of the most common questions clients ask us when chartering for the first time.
How early do I need to arrive? While it is a good idea to show up a little early for your flight, there is no need to show up hours beforehand. It is recommended that you arrive 15-30 minutes before your flight’s scheduled departure time. Your flight revolves around you which means the aircraft can be in the air shortly after all passengers arrive.
What do I need to bring with me when boarding? Although you won’t need to go through a TSA checkpoint, you will still need to bring a form of identification with you. A driver’s license works perfectly; however, you will need a passport when boarding an international flight. You will not need a plane ticket to board as private flights are ticket-free. You will receive an itinerary beforehand detailing your route, aircraft tail number, and other critical information regarding your flight.
How much baggage can I bring? The amount of baggage you can bring depends on the size of the aircraft you are chartering. We recommend you traveling with soft-sided luggage as it is easier to stack and stow. Read our full blog post about how to pack here.
Can I bring my pet?
Check with your sales executive beforehand and find out what their company policy is when traveling with pets. It also depends on the aircraft operator. Most of the time, bringing a pet with you isn’t an issue.
What are my transportation options when flying private?
You have many options when it comes to transportation once you are on the ground. One of the easiest ways to schedule transportation for your trip is to let us take care of it for you. We already have all of the information needed, such as FBO address, arrival time, etc. All you would need to do is let us know your vehicle preference and the duration that you would need the vehicle.
Where do I keep my car?
When chartering a private aircraft, you can typically drive your vehicle right up to the aircraft. The FBO team will park your car and keep it there until your return; some FBO’s even wash them for you. If you aren’t comfortable driving up to the ramp, keeping the car in the parking lot and walking in works just as well.
Where do I pick up my rental car?
If you schedule a rental car through us, most of the time, the vehicle will be there waiting for you when your plane lands at the FBO. If you plan your rental reservation on your own, make sure you give your provider the address of the FBO, the aircraft tail number, and clarify the pickup location. Do this to ensure the vehicle will be ready to meet you right when you de-board the jet.
Can I bring food or drinks on the plane?
Another perk of flying private, bring as much or as little food and drinks as you want. You don’t need to worry about liquids being appropriately stowed. If bringing a case of wine or larger, make sure to let your sales executive know.
How do I order catering?
Just like we can schedule ground transportation for you, we can arrange catering as well. You come to us with your desired order, and we work hard with local kitchens and catering companies to fulfill your order. We can schedule the catering to arrive at the aircraft before you even get there. While these services may be an additional charge, we make the process convenient and stress-free.
Do I need to tip?
Tipping a pilot on commercial airlines is out of the ordinary, but tipping on a private jet makes more sense, especially if your aircraft has a flight attendant. The crew not only gets you safely to your destination, but they load your bags and help to clean and prepare the aircraft before your flight. Tips can vary anywhere from $20- $1,000. Tipping is very much appreciated but not expected when chartering a private jet.