On 2012-02-29 | In Articles
Have you ever thought of Chartering your very own Executive Jet rather than buying a first class ticket on a scheduled airline? Many times, people that have thought of chartering their own Executive Jet wonder how long it really takes to arrange for an Executive Jet to be ready on the tarmac. In this article we will explore the most common scenarios and show what needs to be considered before your Executive Jet can be ready for takeoff.
From the moment you decide that you want to charter an Executive Jet, there are a lot of things that need to happen before you can actually enjoy your very own Exec Jet charter experience. Following are typically the steps to follow along with their respective timelines:
Step 1 – Find a suitable Executive Jet for your Charter at an acceptable price
Generally the quickest way to find an Executive Jet is to use a Charter Broker. Charter Brokers will have a large database of Executive Jet operators and will know which type of Executive Jet you will need (in terms of range, speed, capacity) for you Charter requirement. Brokers that work 24/7 can generally provide information on availability and pricing within 2 Hours of receiving the enquiry.
Step 2 – Sign a Charter Agreement
Once you have found an Executive Jet of your choice and have agreed on a price you will need to sign a Charter Agreement in order to ensure that the Exec Jet is blocked and scheduled for your charter flight. It is preferable to sign the agreement with the Aircraft Operator who actually has commercial control over the Executive Jet directly – Typically it will take 1 hour to generate the Charter Agreement with the proper name and flight details, and then another hour for the charterer to read through, sign and send it back. Always make sure your Charter Agreement is countersigned by the operator.
Step 3 – Make the payment
As always in aviation, all payments are made in full and in advance. When you book a ticket on an airline, you can only board the aircraft provided you have paid for your flight. The same goes for when you charter an Executive Jet. You can’t pay the bill once you have arrived. Payments are generally made by wire transfer, however, some executive jet operators also accept credit card or cash prior to departure. Take note of the time it will take for the funds to hit the operator’s account when you make a wire transfer. This may take a day or longer.
Step 4 – Flight preparation
After contract and payments are done, the executive jet operator will start preparing the flight, i.e. arranging for all overflight permits, landing permits, catering, aircraft handling, pilots etc. – depending on the countries for which permits are required, and whether it is a weekend or a weekday, this may take 24-48 hours.
Step 5 – Show up and Fly
Now it is finally time to show up and step into your Chartered Executive Jet!, Enjoy your flight. In summary you should count minimum 1 day for contract and payment plus 1 day for permits and arrangements. Although it is possible to arrange flights at shorter notice; and brokers will have experience with arranging Executive Jet charters in a matter of hours, it is preferable that you plan things well in advance in order to avoid last minute disappointments.
Air Charter International recommends booking an Executive Jet approx 2-3 weeks in advance. For more information or advice on Chartering an Executive Jet please contact Air Charter International by email at email@example.com, by phone (24/7) on +971 48070707 or visit their website www.SkySearch.aero
On 2012-02-29 | In Articles
Medevac charters (also referred to as Medivac charters) are complex aircraft charter missions which require utmost attention. A Medevac Aircraft is a dedicated aircraft which is configured specifically to transport patients (somewhat like a flying hospital room with a stretcher and appropriate equipment). Medevac Charters are complex mainly because they involve the livelihood of the patient that is flying. Patients are transported by Medevac charter when it is not possible to transport the patient by scheduled airline (for example when an ICU unit, an incubator or other special equipment is required) or when the patient needs to be repatriated out of a remote location. In this article we will review some of the important information that one should be aware of when planning or considering a Medevac aircraft charter mission.
Obtaining a quotation on a Medevac aircraft
In order for a Medevac operator to be able to provide an accurate quotation, they will require a lot of information relevant to the requirement and the situation; as a general rule of thumb, you should have the following information at hand before you go out and ask for a quotation for a Medevac aircraft charter:
- Nr of patients & nr of escorts accompanying the patient(s)
- Name, age & gender of the patient(s)
- Condition of the patient(s)
- Latest medical report of the patient
- Ensure that the patient has been declared “fit to fly”
- Airport of departure and airport of destination
- Date of flight (this can be either “as soon as possible”, or a specific date in the future)
It will also help if you have the name and contact details of the treating doctor and hospital; this will allow the doctor that will come along with the aircraft to understand the condition of the patient and determine the equipment that is required prior to the Medevac charter taking place in order to ensure the safe transport of the patient.
Any information related to the insurance of the patient and if his/her insurance company would accept to cover the costs of the Medevac aircraft charter will also greatly help the operator that is quoting for the charter.
Preparing the Medevac aircraft charter mission
Once the contract for the Medevac charter has been signed; the operator will start preparing the flight. In addition to the preparations that take place for a regular charter flight, there are certain activities that require special attention when dealing with a Medevac charter;
- Ensure that all patients and escorts have the appropriate visas to enter the countries they are travelling to; bear in mind that this is the charterer’s responsibility, and not the responsibility of the Medevac operator.
- Ensure that the hospital of destination will accept the patient on the date/time that the Medevac charter is due to arrive.
- Ensure that appropriate ground transportation is arranged (i.e. ambulance at airport of departure and ambulance at airport of destination); the Medevac operator can assist with this, and sometimes it may even be included in the quotation.
- Confirm with the Medevac aircraft operator that the appropriate equipment and medical personnel will be available on board; for example, infants may need an incubator and a pediatrician whilst an adult may need an ICU unit with ventilation and a lung specialist. (It must be noted that the equipment and medical personnel that is required for a specific mission will have a great impact on the cost of the Medevac aircraft charter)
What exactly is provided during a Medevac aircraft charter?
A Medevac aircraft charter is a turnkey solution and is used when other means (such as scheduled airlines) are not suitable or not available to the patient. Generally the Medevac aircraft charter will be provided as an “all-inclusive” solution and will come with the following services/amenities included:
- All costs related to the charter of the aircraft and the operation of the Medevac aircraft for the specified route
- Stretcher for the patient
- Medical equipment (ICU/Incubator/ventilator or other) – as required
- Medical team (consisting minimum of one paramedic and one specialist doctor)
- Catering (for patient and escorts)
If you would like to know more about this article, please feel free to contact Air Charter International, a well established aircraft charter broker based in Dubai since 1994. Air Charter International specializes in the provision of Medevac Aircraft Charter, Executive Jets, Passenger Aircraft, Cargo Aircraft, and Helicopter charters as well as ACMI Wet Leasing.
On 2012-02-29 | In Articles
For most people chartering a private jet is not that common. It all sounds very glamorous and tempting, but what is chartering a jet all about? Why would someone charter a corporate jet if they can fly at a much lower price with a first class service on a scheduled airline? In this Article we will look at the three most popular reasons for chartering a private jet.
The quick answer to this question generally is “time”. Time is one of the most popular reasons for people to charter a private jet. So let’s look at this a little closer; how does chartering a jet save you time? First of all, when you charter a private jet; you can basically choose your own date and time of departure, so even if you’re running a little late, the aircraft will wait for you.
Secondly, there is no need to check-in hours before your flight departure; all you have to do is show up 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time of departure, clear customs, and hop on your chartered jet. Chartering a jet can also help you avoid airport transfers in big hubs, and so instead of using two or more different aircraft for one journey, you use only one all the way and once again, you save time.
Fly to Remote Locations
Another well known and valid reason for chartering a private jet is because chartering enables you to fly to airports and destinations which commercial airlines do not cater to. For example, there are many remote destinations in Africa and the Middle East which CEO’s, VIP’s and other business men and women still need to visit. Private Jets are often used to bring small groups of people to War Zones or other remote locations where commercial airlines do not fly to. In this scenario the private jet becomes a commodity rather than a luxury.
And finally, the glamorous reason for chartering your very own private jet is the “exclusivity” of it all. When you charter an aircraft, you rent the entire aircraft just for you and your own private usage. This way you avoid crowds, noisy people around you when you want to sleep; you get to choose your own special catering requests, and you enter and exit the airports with almost nobody knowing about it.
If you would like to know more about this article, please feel free to contact Air Charter International, a well established aircraft charter broker based in Dubai since 1994. Air Charter International specializes in the provision of Private Jets, Passenger Aircraft, Cargo Aircraft, Medevac and Helicopter charters as well as ACMI Wet Leasing. Air Charter International is specifically good at the provision of Private Jets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia regions
On 2012-02-29 | In Articles
For most people chartering a corporate jet is not that common. It all sounds very glamorous and tempting, but who typically charters a corporate Jet? Why would someone charter a corporate jet if they can fly at a much lower price with a first class service on a scheduled airline? In this article we will look at the typical profiles of people that are likely to contract a corporate jet charter.
Beware! Chartering a corporate Jet is not restricted to the rich and famous only! In fact, most of the rich and famous will probably own their own jet anyways and don’t need to charter unless their own aircraft is undergoing maintenance or has technical problems. Below you will find some examples of profiles of people that charter corporate aircraft regularly in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Far East;
CEO’s and Entrepreneurs
For example, a board of directors may require to conduct site visits in several different countries in a short time frame; in such case a corporate jet charter will provide them with flexibility in their schedule. CEO’s are a popular profile for the chartering of corporate jets.
VIP’s, Artists and Sportsmen
This profile generally seeks the exclusivity of chartering as well as the anonymity. In fact at most airports, when you charter a corporate jet, you use a private Executive Jet Terminal and not the regular Passenger terminal.
Royalty and Royal Families
Royal families will often charter jets for exclusivity during their summer holidays; if they do not have an aircraft of their own, they will charter a heavy corporate jet and bring along their families as well. The most popular heavy jets used by Royal families are the Airbus Corporate Jet (also known as A319CJ’s) and the Boeing Business Jets (also known as BBJ’s)
High Net worth Individuals & Private Individuals
High Net worth Individuals charter corporate jets quite often and also seek exclusivity as well as saving time and avoiding big hubs during their journey.
Particularly in the Middle East and Africa regions, government officials travel more and more by corporate jet. Although certain governments will have their own fleets, ministries, embassies and other similar entities will occasionally charter a corporate jet in order to save time, and ensure complete anonymity.
If you would like to know more about this article, please feel free to contact Air Charter International, a well established aircraft charter broker based in Dubai since 1994. Air Charter International specializes in the provision of Corporate Jets, Passenger Aircraft, Cargo Aircraft, Medevac and Helicopter charters as well as ACMI Wet Leasing. Air Charter International is particularly good in the chartering of corporate jets in the Middle East, Africa andAsiaregions.