Questions to Ask Your Business Jet Charter Broker

Don't forget to ask these questions before booking your next private business jet charter

April 23, 2019 Stratos Jet Charters

We are strong believers in transparency. When you are looking for a reputable business jet charter broker, we encourage you to ask important questions. At Stratos Jet Charters, we want our clients to feel they have the right information to make informed travel choices. So here are our Questions to Ask Your Jet Charter Broker, and our answers to those questions.

1. How long have you been in business?

Stratos has been serving the jet charter industry since 2007. Founder Joel Thomas built Stratos Jet Charters with the belief that success is the result of a continual pursuit towards excellence. Our business success is not a static achievement, but a sustained, ongoing effort to improve air travel for our business jet charter clients.

2. Can I read reviews?

Our Stratos Jet Charter reviews can be found on this Stratos Reviews Page. And we hope that after you have traveled with us and experienced our jet charter travel professionalism, you will continue the dialog by adding a review of your own.

3. What is your industry accreditation?

Our business jet charter clients know that Stratos maintains some of the most stringent accreditation in the air charter industry. These accreditations fall into two important categories: company practices and airline safety. As industry leaders, Stratos voluntarily opens its books to both ARGUS and Wyvern, which audit the charter airline industry, to ensure fair pricing practices. We also subscribe to the highest safety standards of the Air Charter Safety Association.  Stratos belongs to seven corporate and safety organizations; you can find them on our Stratos Accreditations webpage.

4. Is my aircraft safe?

We strive to make every business jet charter experience as safe as possible. Even in a highly competitive industry, we will never sacrifice safety to provide lower prices. Our approach is pro-active. We pre-screen our aircraft operator partners to ensure they are in compliance with Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. We review their training and maintenance standards and ensure they measure up to third-party safety audits. Our customers deserve nothing less.

5. What does a business jet charter flight cost?

At Stratos Jet Charters, we have two pricing models, depending on your preference. The most common is On-Demand Pricing, which is based on three variables: the type of aircraft being chartered, the availability of this aircraft, and the aircraft’s location relative to your departure location. To help you estimate the costs, we recommend our using our Instant Quote Calculator, or you can also look at our commonly-flown routes on our Pricing Page. The second pricing model is Fixed Rate Pricing, available with our Stratos Jet Card Membership. You can lock in hourly rates for an aircraft and only pay for the time you need, without worrying about repositioning fees or rising fuel costs. Many of our corporate clients love the convenience and easy accounting that comes with Fixed Rate Pricing. 

We hope these questions and our answers have given you an insight into our culture of safety and our desire to provide superior customer service at Stratos Jet Charters. 

 

When you are ready to arrange your next luxury charter flight anywhere in the world, call Stratos Jets—888-593-9066.

 

Sustainability in the Corporate Jet Charter Industry

How do the aviation industries develop and maintain sustainable air travel?

April 9, 2019 Stratos Jet Charters

Like many 21st century industries, Stratos Jet Charters and our peers in the corporate jet charter industry are striving towards environmental sustainability. New technologies, practices, and insights are reducing our impact on the environment. Some of these environmental concepts seem visionary, others are just common sense. Both travelers and travel providers have a shared responsibility to pursue the best alternatives for the future. Here are three ways the commercial airline and corporate jet charter industries are developing sustainable air travel.

New Initiatives

There are two recent initiatives in the aviation industry that address aircraft emissions. The first is CORSIA, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation. The plan is designed to offset aircraft carbon emissions by planting trees and using alternative, non-petroleum fuels. More than 70 countries representing 85% of international aviation have volunteered to participate. The program is being phased in, starting in 2021.

The second initiative was launched in Norway last year. In July 2018, Norway’s transport minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen took a short flight in a two-seat plane made by Pipistrel, a Slovenian company. What was unique about this flight was that the aircraft was entirely powered by electricity. By 2040, Norway intends all short-haul flights to be on electrical aircraft. And though the technology and the Norwegian initiative are still in the early stages, it demonstrates an important trend towards emission-free aviation.

New Technologies

Corporate jet charter travelers don’t have to wait for the development of electrical aircraft to enjoy efficient air travel. Stratos Jet Charters routinely books charters on the most fuel-efficient jets currently available.  For example, in the charter airliner category, the new Boeing 777-8 is built with General Electric GE9X engines made with a ceramic matrix composite. These engines have fewer emissions and are 5% more fuel-efficient than previous engines.

Similarly, in the super mid-size jet category, Brazilian manufacturer Embraer has designed its Praetor 600 line to fly further, faster. Since a large amount of fuel is burned on take-off, Embraer re-designed the jet for greater range between refueling stops.  Fewer refueling hops mean less fuel wasted on multiple take-offs.

Common Sense

Sometimes the easiest solution is the best. Technology and political initiatives can only get us so far towards reducing carbon emissions. At Stratos Jet Charters, we’ve applied a common-sense approach to reducing fuel usage.

First, we recommend the aircraft best-suited for your specific trip. By customizing your corporate jet charter flight, you travel efficiently at the right altitude, on the best route, in the ideal-sized aircraft for your destination.

Secondly, if we can avoid it, we don’t fly empty planes. We encourage effective fuel use by offering Empty Leg Flight discounts for our repositioning flights. If your itinerary is flexible, and one of our charter aircraft is going to your destination anyway, it makes sense to offer a discount. Our goal is to reduce the number of empty aircraft using up fuel.

Time will tell what impact these new technologies and initiatives will have towards carbon reduction. But there is a strong international commitment to improve air travel every day. If you wait for the perfect future technology to be developed, you may miss some amazing travel opportunities today. Book a flight, and enjoy the most efficient air travel available right now.

 

For an extraordinary private jet rental company that can arrange luxury charter flights anywhere in the world, call Stratos Jets—888-593-9066.

Best Value: Jet Charter or Private Jet Card Membership?

Depending on your aircraft needs, a jet card membership may be more useful

March 26, 2019 Stratos Jet Charters

How do you get the best value for private jet travel without buying a jet? With Stratos on-demand private jet charters and a Stratos Private Jet Card membership, you get all the travel options without the cost of private jet ownership. But having more options also means making more choices. Which is the better travel value: a private jet charter or a private jet card? Let’s look at the advantages of both, in terms of jet availability, flight costs, and convenience.

Jet Availability

When you book a private jet flight, you expect that your travels will go exactly as planned. This is crucial with business travel, where important meetings and potential deals depend on your itinerary. It is one area where a Stratos Jet Card can provide a measurable advantage to travelers.

With a Stratos Private Jet Card, you can be assured your jet will be available. Give us 10 hours’ notice and we’ll have your private jet ready for you at the airport of your choice. Even if your original aircraft develops a maintenance issue prior to your flight, Stratos can provide a back-up aircraft. Since most of your travel costs are already pre-paid, we can make any changes seamlessly.  

Guaranteed Flight Costs

This is the main advantage of using a jet card membership over an on-demand jet charter. With a jet card, you know exactly what you are going pay, up front. It’s ideal for corporate travel, where each travel expense needs to be budgeted and justified.

Pricing for our private jet card membership is based on the category of aircraft you choose. However, there are many financial advantages to purchasing a card at a fixed-rate:

  • Immunity from fluctuating charter market prices
  • Easily-managed aviation expenditures
  • No additional aircraft maintenance, crew or ownership fees
  • No aircraft repositioning costs

If you look at our pricing page, you will see that some on-demand charter flights cost less than jet card flights, especially on standard routes with specific aircraft types. If you are booking a one-time flight to a popular destination, an on-demand charter is a viable solution. Yet, you may still incur some additional costs. The flexibility of a jet card allows you to fly to ANY appropriate airport at a pre-paid fixed rate, even if it is a non-standard routing. It is something to consider if you plan to fly to non-standard destinations such as recreation resorts, factory sites, or family properties.

Convenience

Stratos Jet Charters prides itself on providing complete comfort and convenience in every aspect of your travels. All our clients get our best service, whether they have booked an on-demand charter or are using a jet card. Stratos offers the convenience of a dedicated Trip Support team that can handle every travel detail, from arranging meeting rooms and hotel reservations to providing in-flight amenities and ground transportation.                                    

If you need to book a corporate trip or a vacation getaway, we can get you there. When you need a private jet rental company that can arrange luxury charter flights anywhere in the world, call Stratos Jets—888-593-9066.

 

 

 

Take the Stress out of Commuting with an Air Taxi

Say goodbye to traffic and other ground transportation hassles by booking a jet charter

August 7, 2018 Stratos Jet Charters
Air taxi ready for takeoff

You’ve got an important meeting to attend in a nearby city, but you know the traffic is going to be bumper-to-bumper all the way. Normally, you’d either have to drive the night before, or wake up extra early to beat the rush. But what if we told you there was a more convenient way to travel: chartering an air taxi.

Air taxis provide short-haul flights between two destinations aboard a smaller aircraft, such as:

  • HelicopterAir taxi is faster than a real cab
  • Turboprop
  • Light Jet

To learn more about aircraft selection for air taxi flights, read our post: When Are Turboprop Charter Planes Preferable to Light Jets.

Similar to booking a cab ride, arranging a charter flight is an on-demand service, albeit a little more complex than simply waving your arm from a sidewalk curb. Another similarity is that you get the whole plane, rather than just a seat. That’s why the cost of an air taxi is calculated by flight time, rather than per seat.

While an air taxi will likely be more expensive than flying commercial, it can be a cost-effective option for business travellers to whom the mantra ‘time is money’ is gospel.

Air taxi avoids commuter traffic

It is also a worthwhile option for people heading away on holiday who feel the added convenience and time savings warrant the extra expense. For instance, if you’re facing an eight-hour drive to visit relatives, or to reach your summer vacation rental, renting a private jet will alleviate much of the hardship.

Greater Travel Flexibility

One of the primary benefits of private aviation is that you enjoy access to a greater range of airports than you would when flying commercially. This is even more evident when chartering an air taxi, as smaller aircraft invariably have better runway

performance compared to larger planes such as heavy jets and airliners.

This opens up a range flight planning advantages:

  • Access smaller airports with less infrastructure
  • Fly into remote areas
  • Access airports underserviced by commercial airlines

Having more points of departure and arrival means you’ll be less likely to experience a delay or cancellation. If there’s an issue at one airport, you can usually reroute your aircraft to land at one nearby.

No Road, No Problem

In some cases, there might not even be a road where you’re heading, in which case,

Air taxi on runway

flying might be your only option. A good example of this would be a family that wants to do some island hopping in Hawaii or the Bahamas (you could take a boat, but it would significantly add to your transportation time).

 

Furthermore, many industrial companies rely on air taxis to transfer personnel to and from remote worksites, such as mines and oil fields, as the roadways are either inefficient or nonexistent.

Eliminate Other Travel Costs

Flying on an air taxi can reduce other travel expenses. With the ability to fly in and out for a one-day business meeting, you won’t need to stay at a hotel. In many cases you won’t even require a rental car.

If you’re looking to reduce travel time while increasing convenience and comfort, talk to a Stratos Jets charter associate about booking an air taxi. We can help you select the most suitable aircraft and airports for your unique travel needs.