The demand for private aviation is soaring. More business and leisure travelers are relying on private charters to reach their destinations. Last year, the number of first-time private charter customers rose by 300 percent according to the Robb Report. If you’re one of the thousands of new charter passengers, you may not know what to expect.
Our guide, Flying Charter for the First Time: What you Need To Know, is a helpful resource for both green and seasoned passengers. But, even in an age where information is just a click away, a handful of myths continue to surround private aviation.
Without first-hand experience, many people rely on anecdotal evidence to form their opinions about charter services. However, this approach can quickly lead to misconceptions. So, let’s debunk some of the most common myths about private charters and find the truth behind each one.
Myth: Private Charters Are Only For the Rich and Famous
Some people believe that private aviation is an exclusive way to travel. Only celebrities, Fortune 500 executives and high-net-worth individuals charter flights. However, this is simply not true.
Small businesses operate the majority of business jets. Nearly 60 percent of organizations that use private aircraft have fewer than 500 employees. Many business leaders recognize that charter flights allow their employees to work in privacy, rest on long flights and avoid long layovers.
Direct flights make it possible for sales teams to travel efficiently. Visiting regional clients who are located far from big-city airports allows teams to make additional visits in their sales territory or see clients more frequently.
Working and traveling efficiency can lead to higher productivity and in increase in revenue generating activities. Private aviation allows companies to achieve more in less time. Many small and large organizations recognize the value of efficient travel.
Myth: Flying Private is Like Flying First Class
You’ll find plenty of extras when you fly First Class, but private charters offer additional advantages. With private aviation, it’s easy to make last-minute changes to your travel plans. If a meeting changes locations or it takes longer to reach a key deal, it’s no problem. Privately chartered flights work around your schedule, even if it changes. Your flight will never leave without you.
You can also customize the amenities on your flight. You can pre-select your in-flight meals, request your favorite cocktails and even cater from your favorite restaurant. There’s plenty of space to work or rest without distraction. You can count on a comfortable, quiet environment on every flight. Complimentary Wi-Fi makes it possible to keep in touch with your colleagues on the ground or stream your favorite movie.
Private aviation also allows you to skip long security lines and head directly to your plane. You only need to arrive 15 minutes before your flight departs. Crowded terminals and lost luggage aren’t something you have to worry about on your charter flight.
Myth: Flying Private Comes with Hidden Costs and Fees
Charter flights offer affordable options and plenty of ways to cut costs. SkyPass makes it easy to fly with inclusive, fixed rates. You’ll save money over traditional charters and the transparent pricing structure allows you to budget for your travel upfront without any initiation fees or annual membership dues. You won’t pay any additional catering or ground transportation charges either.
When you fly with SkyPass, you are eligible to utilize Omni Air Transport’s entire fleet. Plus, you can book quickly, without a signed quote. Some programs charge travelers in block hours that are timed ramp to ramp. With SkyPass, your flight time is deducted only from wheels up to wheels down. You’ll never pay for unforeseen delays or undesirable weather conditions.
If we sell empty segments of your trips or acquire revenue-generating charters while you enjoy your destination, we will even make a contribution back to your SkyPass account.
Myth: Private Jets are Unsafe
This misconception could not be farther from the truth. Omni Air Transport has been operating safely for nearly 40 years. We hold the top 1 percent of all safety accreditations in the industry, including ARGUS Platinum, Wyvern Wingman and IS-BAO Stage III. Safety is at the forefront of everything we do. Since 2015, we’ve had the honor to be a preferred domestic charter airlift service provider for the Department of Defense.
From pre-flight inspections to routine maintenance, we operate according to the highest industry standards in aviation safety and best practices. You can fly confidently when you fly with Omni Air Transport.
Learn more about our safety accreditations.
Myth: Booking is a Headache
Booking a private charter flight is simple. Our 24/7 concierge service is just a phone call away at (918) 836-3131. Once you give us your departure city, travel destination, travel dates and number of passengers, our expert team can take care of the rest. In most cases, we can have a quote for you in less than an hour.
Our professional scheduling team will listen to your needs and ask about any special requests you may have. We can arrange in-flight catering and plan menus for you. Most of the time, your flight can be ready to fly in two hours or less.
If you prefer to book online, you can request a quote from our website. Let us take care of the details, so you can focus on your destination.
Charter with Omni Air Transport
As you can see, there are plenty of misconceptions when it comes to private charters. At Omni Air Transport, we want to be known for our safety and remembered for our service. We hope you will fly with us so you can see for yourself all of the benefits private charters have to offer.