How to Find the Top Private Jet Charter Companies

by Richard Zaher / Jan 08, 2020

Gulfstream Jet on Tarmac

Whether you’re looking for private jet charter, checking out car dealerships, or even shopping for groceries, all companies will have one common theme – they’ll all claim to be the best.

Normally, you’ll use your experience and instincts to determine whether a company is likely to offer you the best service possible. And it’s no different when it comes to private jet charter.

Here are five major features to look for to find the best private jet charter companies:

Accredited Safety Checks

Private Jet Safety Audit
Reputable private jet companies are accredited by many business aviation industry organizations

The number one thing on your list should always be safety. But don’t just take the company’s word for it – perform a background check. There are some relatively simple checks you can perform without being an expert which will help give you peace of mind that the company is safe and reputable.

If a private jet charter company takes safety seriously, they’ll welcome inspections from third-party auditors such as ACANA. Shady brokers won’t achieve membership, so the best private jet charter companies wear it as a badge of honor.

Here are some of the companies that Paramount Business Jets voluntary works with, to improve safety and passenger experiences:

  • Better Business Bureau
  • The Air Charter Association
  • Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA)
  • National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
  • European Business Aviation Association (EBAA)
  • ARGUS International
  • Dun & Bradstreet (D&B)

Learn more about Paramount Business Jets’ Accreditations.

Just Say No

Super Midsize Jets
Honest brokers advise their clients on each trip, such as when a smaller size aircraft will be more cost-effective.

Private jet charter is uniquely luxurious, and all companies will be eager to please their clients by meeting their demands. But that doesn’t mean the broker should simply say yes to everything. If a client makes a request which isn’t appropriate, a respectable broker will turn around and tell them that it’s an unrealistic request.

For example, a client who wants to fly at short notice will likely be willing to pay an added fee. But, if the weather conditions are unsuitable, the broker should tell the client that it’s unsafe and recommend that they wait.

Similarly, a client may request an ultra long range jet when a super midsize jet will do the job just as efficiently. An honest broker should make the client aware that a smaller, more cost-effective model is a feasible option. The client can then make an informed decision.

If a broker simply says yes to every single request even when it’s unsuitable, they may not have your best interests at heart.

Complete Service

Booking a private jet should be a thrilling experience, but this can only be achieved with an efficient team behind you. A broker will book a private jet for you but, if they’re working at one of the best private jet companies, they won’t stop there.

Car Next to Private Jet
A reliable private jet company will provide additional services such as ground transport, in-flight catering, and accommodation arrangements among other services.

The complete service should include a trip support team who will take care of every aspect of your trip, including:

  • Transfers
  • Car hire
  • Food & drink
  • Accommodation

If a broker is operating alone and can’t help with anything bar the basic charter, they’re not likely to have the manpower required to give you an elite trip.

Insurance

In addition to standard liability insurance, many of the best private jet charter companies such as Paramount Business Jets will provide extra coverage. This is an indicator that the company is confident in their abilities and – in the rare instance there’s an issue – they’re willing to compensate you handsomely.

Reviews

You should only use experienced brokers. And, if they have the experience, that means they have plenty of customers. Use this to your advantage by reading reviews from previous customers. There are few better ways to get a complete picture of the company, including both positive and negative feedback.

Private jet charter is a complicated business, which means that companies who have been around for a long time are much more likely to know what they’re doing. Check the company history to make sure they haven’t changed names or had financial issues, and err towards those with a long, steady background.

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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