Four Reasons Private Jet Charter is Safer Than Commercial Airlines

by Richard Zaher / Jan 15, 2020

Private jet ready to board

When considering the benefits of chartering a private jet, there are many perks that spring to mind: luxury, convenience, privacy. However, there’s another significant advantage that should be added to that list: safety.

Safety is something we often take for granted when we fly, bolstered by our industry’s impressive safety record. However, occasionally we’ll see a news story that causes us to re-evaluate the safety of commercial flights, even as we also know that millions of people safely fly onboard commercial airliners every day.

That said, safety is about more than the possibility of an accident; in today’s environment, we must also consider who is flying onboard. According to Forbes magazine, 4.1 billion scheduled airline flights took place in 2017. That is a staggering number of people to vet and search, regardless of cutting-edge technology and a slew of extensive safety measures.

Despite these measures, it’s possible that someone with nefarious intent may slip through the cracks – a possibility that is more concerning than ever in these uncertain times. However, things are completely different when you use a private jet charter.

Here are four reasons why private jet charter may be considered safer than flying on commercial airlines:

Every Passenger Vetted

Passenger arriving in car to board jet via ramp access
When you hire a private jet for charter, however, your broker receives a much more detailed picture of who’s flying.

Airline passengers only need to supply a few basic details when booking their charter flight. When you hire a private jet for charter, however, your broker receives a much more detailed picture of who’s flying. Often, everybody onboard will know each other. It may be a family, group of friends, or business colleagues. This means that you can clearly see who is flying, why they’re flying, and what level of threat they could pose – which is usually zero.

Because brokers speak directly to their clients when booking the flights, it’s a simple process to vet the clients and ensure everything is safe and in order. By contrast, commercial airlines know nothing about the passengers’ reasons for flying, their relationships to others on the plane, or any other useful information which could help alleviate any threat.

When you’re on a commercial aircraft it’s prudent to pay attention to other passengers in order to spot any suspicious activity. But, when you use private jet charter, these worries disappear. Instead, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your flight.

Familiar Crews

Private Jet Charter Crew
When you use PBJ’s private jet charter services, you’ll fly with a crew vetted by our team of professionals.

Have you ever known the name or qualifications of your pilot before boarding a commercial flight? Do you ever receive an itinerary telling you who’ll be serving you? Of course not! However, the crew can significantly affect the quality of your trip; a rude cabin attendant might ruin your flight, while a kind one could leave a great lasting impression.

When you use PBJ’s private jet charter services, you’ll fly with a crew vetted by our team of professionals. Frequent fliers may even find themselves often flying with the same pilots and flight attendants, which means they’ll become familiar with your flight preferences – no matter if that includes a fresh glass of orange juice before takeoff, or an extra pillow in the evening.

Our team of charter professionals will brief the flight crew on your preferences even if you haven’t flown with them before. A familiar face is always a safer option than an unknown, and this is yet another way that private jet charter can be safer than commercial airlines.

Fewer Incidents than Expected

Private Jet on Tarmac ready for boarding
The reality is that private jet charter is extremely safe

You’ve probably seen news reports about incidents involving private aircraft, including chartered jets.  And you’ve probably also heard about many large-scale, tragic commercial airline accidents.

There are a few reasons why private aircraft accidents seem to garner the lion’s share of headlines. Generally, the typical clientele onboard a private jet charter is comprised of high profile, high net worth individuals. This can skewer the public’s perception of how safe it is to fly privately.

For example, if a Hollywood star had a minor scare on a private jet, it would certainly be reported in magazines and newspapers across the country. If the same thing happened on a commercial flight, it would be dealt with and forgotten very quickly with no public coverage.

The reality is that private jet charter is extremely safe when you book through a respected broker such as Paramount Business Jets… and here’s why.

Third-Party Safety Checks

Private Jet in the Sky
Many clients consider private jet charter safety checks to be more thorough than major airlines.

When customers compare commercial airlines, they’ll typically look for aspects like price, transfers and travel time. Thoughts of safety will rarely enter the equation.

However, private jet charter industry brokers desire to stand out from the crowd as reputable and trustworthy, and one way they do so is by rigorously tracking the safety records of the operators they utilize. That’s why PBJ utilizes the services of several third-party companies and auditors; when an operator fails to adhere to our own standards for safety, we don’t use them.

Because of this, many clients consider private jet charter safety checks to be more thorough than major airlines that need to accommodate more flyers and have much faster turnaround times. 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.

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.

One Response

Levi Armstrong says:

Richard, I like that you discussed that private jet charters are actually extremely safe compared to commercial flights, it’s just that they’re more likely reported in news and magazines because private jet accidents often involve high-profile people. I’m planning to hire one for a vacation with my family this coming holiday season, but my mom refuses to use one because she thinks it’s dangerous. Hopefully, I’ll be able to convince her soon so I can already reserve a private jet from a reputable charter service. Thanks!

May 27, 2020 @ 3:04 am