This would have been the ultimate day to charter a private jet.
As Solar Eclipse 2017 ends, a number of Americans are thrilled to post their photos on social media proving that they were in the right place at the right time. An equal number of Americans, however, were not. Whether they were trapped in traffic on a crowded interstate or trapped with no options because they failed to plan, the people who did not get to witness today’s great solar event may already be making plans for the April 8, 2024, eclipse that will cross a smaller portion of America. And instead of getting stuck on the interstate, or caught off guard with no plans, some Americans may make sure that they have the most detailed plans, even a private jet trip to get you to your destination.
Not every event is worth a chartered flight, but a total solar eclipse may indeed be at the top of the list. From the 250 or more plans that flew into the small town airport in Ainsworth, Nebraska, to the lucky few who were able to fly through large sections of the path of totality, private jets are often the ultimate ticket to getting where you want to go when you want to be there. When it comes to private charter quotes, though, it is often the best planning and the earliest reservations that can get you the best price.
Have You Ever Flown on a Private Jet?
Although many Americans fly on commercial plans several times a year, private jet flight passengers are less common. And while people think very little of taking the time to spend hours waiting to get through security and boarding on a commercial flight, they might be far better making sure that you put more value on your time than on the price of a plane ticket. When you understand that a chartered private flight can save you travel time, hotel fees, and other expenses that you incur when you can only fly somewhere when the commercial flights are offered, you may find out that spending more money on the flight can save you time, energy, and money on other expenses.
Consider some of these comparisons between the commercial airline industry and the private charter industry:
- 33% of all business aircraft flights are into a secondary airport.
- 19% of business aircraft flights are into large commercial airports.
- The business aviation industry generates $150 billion in economic activity a year and employs 1.2 million Americans.
- Business workers are 20% more productive on a company aircraft than in the office, according to respondents to a 2009 survey.
- In comparison, business people flying on commercial airlines reported a 40% drop in productivity, according to the same 2009 survey.
- Commercial airlines only use 550 airports, but private jets use a network of more than 5,000 airports in the U.S.
- 11,261 private jets were registered in the U.S. by the end of 2011.
You may have missed today’s total solar eclipse, or that important business meeting where you were supposed to present, but making the decision to work with charter flight planners can help you make sure that mistake will not happen again.