Private Jets – Necessity or Whim?

Nowadays, being as quick as possible can make you save a fortune – both money and time. Having a private jet or maybe renting one has become a more and more common acquisition, of course, still for the ones who afford paying the real price for it. Think a little – how about skipping queues at check-in, then the time before getting on the plane, before taking off and after landing when you have to take your luggage back. Quite a long time lost, instead of having rest or staying with your family and friends enjoying the time together. One question can come across our minds – why do rich people choose to spend fortunes on this type of travelling instead of flying with the rest of us?

Inside a Private Jet
Inside a Private Jet

Because the money they spend on the plane conditioning is less than the money they earn by being in the right place at the right moment. Moreover, for a celebrity, flying by a private jet implies also the privacy they are seeking for. There is another issue coming forth – are private jets safer than the commercial ones? The answer is ‘no’. From Jan. 1, 2008, to Oct. 24, 2008, there were only 16 major accidents on commercial planes—including flights carrying passengers and those carrying cargo. Seven of them had no dead victims, while the biggest crash of the year killed 154 people (Spanair Flight JK5022 on a Boeing MD-82). In the same period, however, there were 10 accidents on private or business jets. There were no fatalities on three of these flights and eight (the largest number) on East Coast Jets Flight 81, which crashed at Owatonna Airport in Minnesota. So, the accident rate is almost identical.

Light Private Jet
Light Private Jet

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there were 135 accidents per 100,000 flight hours on commercial air carriers in 2007. In 2007, the corporate accident rate was 103 per 100,000 hours, and the business rate was 72 per 100,000 hours.
Luxurious Private Jet
Luxurious Private Jet

But, the costs for the private jet maintainance and equipment may cost you some money, but this is not a problem in comparison to the benefits. Companies which rent this kind of jets have thier prices, that start at around $127,000 for a seven-seat Cessna—which comes out to $5,000 an hour, or about $1,450 per person, for a two-hour flight with a full plane. Hourly rates depend on the aircraft, and start at around $2,600 per hour for a round-trip flight on a light jet.
Fast Private Jet
Fast Private Jet

In addition, a private jet is also used as ‘air-taxi’. Sounds good, right? This is a customized flight service targeting business travelers. Some argue that owning for instance a private jet could cost about US $45,600 to mantain so using an ‘air-taxi; is more covenient for business travelers. “Business groups could invest in an air taxi by purchasing the aircraft, while leaving the maintenance and management to an air taxi operator,” says Lin Chin, who a professor at National Cheng Kung University, promoted the concept of an air taxi service at a seminar hosted by the Aviation Education Foundation.
Medium Private Jet
Medium Private Jet

So are private jets necessity or whim? They are convenient and efficient. If a businessman needs to get ot a small town with little or no airline service or to make many stops in just one day, then a private jet is his salvation. In the end, why not taking some friends or your family away for the weekend? Choose any destination you want! That’s why you have a private jet – to be free to choose.

Private Jet Interior
Private Jet Interior

Private Jet
Private Jet

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