Is The Future of Aviation Private?
As recently as October 2020, a survey by the US National Library of Medicines (NCBI) looked at why airline passengers are reluctant to return to commercial flights. The survey concludes that passengers are concerned about their health and the implementation of commercial airlines’ policies.
The study said that airlines should “reinforce the mask-wearing policies and enhanced disinfecting aircraft procedures before passengers would feel safe enough to fly again.” Private aviation has risen to the challenges of 2020 and beyond by providing increased safety and other benefits that are more valuable and advantageous than some commercial airlines.
While the survey is limited to commercial airlines, the thought chain has been discussed in the wider community. Private aviation anticipated this outcome and took steps to implement these recommendations much earlier on in the year.
So what is the future of aviation and is it private?
Safety is Key
Safety has always been uppermost in the mind of the aviation industry. A recent report, released by the management consultants McKinsey & Company, states that private aviation provides a safer way to travel by reducing the passengers’ exposure to health and security risks.
Reporting that many passengers flying via a commercial airline go through seven hundred touchpoints during every flight, whereas private jet passengers only encounter a maxim of twenty touchpoints.
By only having a maximum of twenty touchpoints the potential risk for contagion is thirty times lower in private aviation than commercial travel. Also, private jet travelers enjoy the facilities offered in private terminals where they can relax before their flight, without the stress of commercial airline terminals.
With the limited number of travelers at private airports, both personnel and passengers interact with only a few people, minimizing their exposure to Covid-19 and other such health risks.
Private charter has become more affordable in recent years, with flight costs reduced by as much as 50%. As a result, private aviation is beginning to compete with first-class and business-class on commercial carriers. Frequent flyers and those who travel in large groups can enjoy cost savings with private travel rather than regularly flying a premium class.
Additionally, private jet charter companies’ empty leg programs and jet card membership allows travelers to fly privately, removing the cost of full aircraft ownership and making private air travel more affordable.
For many executives, entrepreneurs, and heads of states whose time is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, having their private aircraft to fly when and where they wish is a practical option and better than losing hours and money waiting at busy airports.
Time is Money
Commercial travelers spend around ninety minutes at airports for domestic flights and three hours for international flights per trip. By flying private you remove all of the waiting time so passengers can arrive at the terminal 15 minutes before departure and complete travel procedures like immigration, customs, and boarding in no time at all
It is also easier and more convenient to work on a private jet. This means that busy people are able to maximize their hours by keeping productive and staying ahead of competitors – and for people whose time is money, this means creating profit even while flying.
Private travel also gives you the freedom and flexibility to fly according to your schedule. No matter where you need to get to, a private charter can get you there. Freedom to travel is ideal for those who need to fly at short notice to a remote location.
It takes only a few hours to arrange private air travel, meaning that passengers can fly according to their specific needs. During the current times, when travel policies are continually changing, the agility of private travel is more beneficial than ever. Private aviation has shown that a set schedule is of no use in times of crisis, especially with critical medical and repatriation flights.
Privacy and Security is Maintained
Private travel – unsurprisingly – offers unrivaled privacy, which is why it’s the preferred way of travel for many prominent personalities. From the minute you enter the private terminal and board the aircraft, clients can rest assured that their privacy is protected, leaving no space for prying eyes.
For business-people and famous travelers, traveling by private jet offers them space and peace of mind. Whether that be to avoid the flashing cameras of the paparazzi or being able to hold a sensitive meeting without the risk of people eavesdropping.
There’s little doubt that the travel industry’s course has changed beyond recognition – it’s what happens next that is essential. Private aviation will continue to be pioneers, finding new ways to support their client’s needs but have you thought about the broader economy?
Private fliers indirectly benefit the economy in every country. Business travel inspires growth in both aviation, such as aircraft operations and maintenance, as well as non-aviation sectors as it multiplies the connections between territories. This is because private aviation has a more extensive network than commercial airlines. As a result, the industry plays a strategic role in spreading growth from region to region.