Your next business trip will take you to areas not particularly well served by the airlines. That means you WILL either need to make a couple of connections to arrive at your destination or endure a long car ride from the airport to your ultimate destination. Instead, you could just as easily charter a business aviation aircraft and avoid the hassles. When considering your options, the following types of aircraft should be weighed.
Jet or propeller? If your team is small, ranging from four to eight individuals, you can secure a short range aircraft provided that your trip is within 1,500 miles of your home base. Select turboprops can take you a bit further without refueling, making it possible for you to get to and from your location within mere hours. KingAir, Hawker Beechcraft, Cessna, Piaggio, Pilatus and Piper are among the turbo prop jets you might consider. Small jets include Learjets, Citation and Beechjet. Choose the aircraft that satisfies your needs and fits your budget.
If you need more interior room, a basic galley and a nautical range of up to 3,000 miles, then a medium-sized or midsize business jet might be right for you. Hawker, Citation and Learjet have you covered here as does the Gulfstream G100, the smallest business jet from this iconic aircraft manufacturer. Such aircraft carry up to eight passengers and may prove to be the most cost-effective way for your team of three to five individuals to fly.
When you expect a certain level of service, then super midsize aircraft and large jets are the ones that deliver. Most super midsize jets come equipped with a large galley and offer room for up to 10 passengers. Gulfstream, Challenger, Falcon and Citation are represented here, jets that provide a range from about 3,200 to 3,800 nautical miles. That is enough to take you clear across the country and then some with stops along the way to pick up more people, if needed.
The largest aircraft seat from seven to 10 passengers with a few models configured to seat 12 to 16 people with ease. You will typically get a full galley, enjoy the services of a corporate flight attendant and find a flying range from 3,700 to well over 7,000 miles. Fly nonstop from New York to Honolulu, saving your team a change of aircraft and preserving much time in the process. These jets are produced by all the major aircraft manufacturers including Bombardier, Gulfstream, Falcon and Embraer, aircraft that can cross oceans, span continents and deliver you to your destination faster than any airliner can.
Perhaps your trip is short one or you simply need the convenience of landing at a downtown location that no turboprop or jet can match. A helicopter is a highly convenient business aircraft, able to land at heliports in downtown Manhattan or at other very convenient locations. A Sikorsky helicopters seats up to 6 passengers and can provide surprising range when you need it. Take off from a lower Manhattan heliport land at the Washington Heliport just three miles from the White House.
Your options are certainly many when considering a business aviation aircraft for hire. Clearly, the number of people in your party, the distance you plan to fly, the level of comfort required and your budget are among the top considerations as you plan your trip. Work with a charter representative to identify the right aircraft to satisfy your needs and the services required, including transportation to and from the airport, your hotel stays, aircraft catering and a host of other concierge services. When flying business aviation you will enjoy service that the airlines cannot match and the convenience that the business aviation industry is known for delivering.