A First-Time Flyers Guide to Private Jet Charter

by Richard Zaher / Jan 09, 2020

First Time Private Jet Flyer

A First-Time Flyers Guide to Private Jet Charter

If you’ve never flown on a private jet before, you may be thinking about the rules and etiquette of using a business jet. But they are actually quite straightforward.

Your first time traveling on a business jet is something you should cherish, not fear. By following a few basic principles and guidelines, you’ll look right at home on that important business trip. That way, you can make the most of what will be an incredible experience.

Here are a few things you need to know ahead of your first flight on a private jet:

Find the FBO

FBOs help you avoid all of the queues and chaos at the main airport.

When you fly with a commercial airline everything is signposted as soon as you enter the terminal. But when you fly privately, you’ll depart via a fixed-base operator (FBO). This is an area located within the airport specifically for private aviation. It helps you avoid all of the queues and chaos at the main airport.

Ideally, you’ll receive an itinerary which will list the FBO you’ll be departing from. Feel free to give them a quick call or email to find out the details of your journey. For example, they can give you precise directions on where to go when you arrive at the airport. And they might be able to give you some tips on where to park.

Don’t forget your I.D.

As simple as it sounds, this is something that first-time flyers often overlook. Flying privately is a completely different experience to flying commercial, and you will enjoy tonnes of perks like skipping all of the usual check-in and security sections. But that doesn’t mean that you can board the plane without producing photo identification. A passport is ideal, but you can also bring the following:

  • Driver’s license
  • U.S. Citizen I.D. card
  • State I.D.

If you’re flying internationally, only a valid passport will do.

Pack appropriately

Private jet luggage restrictions
The easiest way to find out how much you can bring is simply to ask the person responsible for booking the private jet.

Unfortunately, space is usually limited on private jets. It’s true that you won’t need to check your bags as you would on a normal flight, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s enough space for 3 suitcases per person, etc.

The easiest way to find out how much you can bring is simply to ask the person responsible for booking the private jet. If every seat is being filled, you may be limited to one or two bags. Or, if it’s a large aircraft, you may have more flexibility.

There are certain items you won’t be able to carry on board which are quite self-explanatory – think sharp objects, firearms, and weapons. Unlike commercial flights, you will be able to bring on liquids, including your own drinks. But there is also likely to be gourmet in-flight catering.

Stay sober

Speaking of bringing your own drinks, some first-time flyers have been guilty of a little overindulgence. It’s easy to see how it happens with all of the excitement, but you should be careful to avoid consuming too much alcohol – just as you would on a commercial flight.

It has been suggested that the high altitude can make you feel drunk quicker than usual, so it makes sense to veer on the side of caution. And, on the subject of drinks, you may want to use the bathroom before you depart. Depending on the size and model you’re flying on, it can be tricky navigating your way to the lavatory.

About Richard Zaher

Richard Zaher Richard Zaher is the founder and CEO of Paramount Business Jets. He is a pilot and the President of Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA). Richard is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies. A seasoned international jet charter expert, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and the recipient of the Embry Riddle Eagle Excellence Award at the 2012 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. He is also an active member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as well as several safety and air charter organizations.

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