So, you’ve had enough of the fuss and hassle involved in group booking scheduled flights and have decided to look into chartering your own aircraft.Whether you’re rewarding valuable staff members or customers, or making arrangements for an important conference or event, air charter can provide a cost-effective means of getting you where you need to be.
If, however, you’re new to aircraft charter, the process may seem a bit daunting – so here are our top tips to help you find charter nirvana.
1. Choose the right aircraft charter broker
Using a broker is pretty much a no-brainer – not only do you benefit from their industry experience and contacts, but it frees you up to focus on the other aspects of your project. However, doing some initial research on who you choose to help make your travel arrangements is paramount. With increasing numbers of smaller, inexperienced companies and so-called ‘bedroom brokers’ popping up in recent years, choosing an established and respected air charter specialist is your safest bet. In particular, look to see whether they’re a member of the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) – membership is only awarded to companies that adhere to the organisation’s strict standards of integrity and professionalism.
2. Know your passenger numbers and route
When it comes to chartering an aircraft, there’s an unbelievable amount of choice available; but a good broker can quickly filter these down with just a few pieces of information – namely, the number of passengers you’re looking to charter for and where you’re flying from and to. The size of the aircraft will largely be dictated by the number of people you’ll have on board. Similarly, a small commuter jet isn’t going to have the fuel capacity to fly a medium or long-haul route non-stop, so a larger aircraft will be necessary.
3. Communicate your service level expectations and requirements
Another contributing factor to aircraft choice is the level of expected service. If you’re looking to charter for a group of VIPs, you may want business-class seating throughout and fine dining options. Or, if you’re flying staff members overseas as part of a corporate event, you may be looking for something more economical. It’s important to make sure that your broker understands your requirements so that they can provide a suitable package. Additionally, most reputable brokers will be able to recommend enhancements to further personalise your experience, so don’t be afraid to ask about possible options.
4. Keep your budget in mind
Your broker will work as hard as they can to make sure that the package they put together meets your requirements. But, no matter how good they are, what they can offer essentially boils down to having a realistic budget to work to. If you’re new to charter you’re unlikely to know what the costs will be, but you also want to make sure that you’re getting value for money. It’s therefore essential that you continue to give your broker feedback so that they have an idea of where you’re at budget-wise.
ACC Charter – Aircraft Charter Services
At ACC Charter, we build the entire aircraft charter experience around you. Having been in operation for many years now, we’ve worked with lots of clients who are very new to charter – and we’re more than happy to spend extra time with you ensuring you understand all of your options fully.