A Private Charter Plane Traveler’s Guide to Toy Museums

See your favorite toys, and introduce them to a new generation.

January 22, 2019 Stratos Jet Charters

Toys and games are always popular around the holidays. We get bombarded by toy advertisers throughout December. But when the holiday rush is over, it’s pleasant to remember our favorite toys and games. If you are considering spring travel with young family members, or just enjoy the nostalgia of seeing the best toys from your childhood, we have some great travel suggestions.

Here are some of the best toy museums available to Stratos private charter plane travelers.

Branson MO, USA.

The World’s Largest Toy Museum Complex is not just one museum, but a complex of six unique museums. The Toy Museum Complex displays over one million toys! You’ll see everything from antique 19th-century playthings to modern favorites like Barbie, GI Joe and more. Kids can play with HotWheels tracks, Lincoln Logs, and coin-operated rides. Everyone, no matter their age, will find something to marvel at.

European Toy Museums

Taking a private charter plane to Europe?  Add one of these museums to your itinerary. Edinburgh Scotland has an excellent Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile. Established in 1955, the museum was recently renovated to improve the displays and facilities. You’ll find rarities like a doll from 1740 and some early Steiff teddy bears and Beatrix Potter animal characters. The museum engages visitors of all ages with performances, crafts, and interactive displays.

The Lydia Bayer Toy Museum in Nuremberg Germany has a vast collection of nearly 87,000 items! Though the museum was founded in 1971, the building itself was once an elegant Bavarian-style home, dating back to 1517. Each of the museum’s four stories is dedicated to a particular era or type of toy. You can start by looking at simple wooden toys, then dolls & dollhouses, metal toys and model railways, and finally, toys created after 1945, such as Barbie and Lego. The museum has thoughtfully provided two plays areas: one outside for sunny days, and one inside for crafts, construction toys, and children’s books.

Asian Toy Museums

If you are taking a private charter plane to Singapore, check out the Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys (MINT) museum. Though the name is a bit cumbersome, the intent is to display vintage toys and collectibles in mint condition.  The museum has an impressive array of toys from Asia and beyond. Spread across six levels, the galleries are divided into categories such as Childhood Favorites, Outer Space, Our Favorite Characters, Grand Prix and Winnie the Pooh. The museum also hosts Make & Play events, allowing kids to make their own toys, or try a game their grandparents once played.

Planning on checking out some of these fun-filled destinations with little ones in tow? Check out our previous blog article, “Travelling With Children – What You Need to Know” for tips on how to make your flight as family-friendly as possible.

We hope this list has sparked some Stratos private charter plane travel plans. After all, work pays for the things we need, but play keeps us young.

If you’re looking for a jet charter broker that can arrange luxury charter flights to anywhere in the world, including some of these great toy-loving destinations, call Stratos Jets—888-593-9066.

Flying For Our Futures

Looking at Consumer Engagement with Eco-Friendly Airlines

December 19, 2018 Stratos Jet Charters

For reasons relating as much to their profits as the planet, America’s major airlines are reconsidering how much fuel they burn on each flight. As jet fuel prices rise more rapidly than demand for seats, carriers have been forced to hike rates and restrict their flight schedules. Additionally, new international agreements are poised to come into effect in the coming years, forcing airlines to explore sustainable alternatives to their current fossil fuel consumption. In fiscal and regulatory terms, improved efficiency is imperative for the industry. But there may be another reason for airlines to adopt environmentally conscious practices: public opinion. Recent years have seen a surge in consumer support for fuel-efficient automobiles, but does the public have equivalent expectations for air travel? We set out to find the answer. In this project, we gathered government data related to fuel efficiency and passenger volume for America’s 10 largest airlines, studying the efficiency records of the biggest names in air travel. We then surveyed 1,000 individuals about their environmental attitudes regarding air travel and whether they’d be willing to pay for more sustainable flights. Our findings present demographic differences in concerns about airlines’ carbon footprints, as well as ideological contrasts across the political spectrum. To learn how environmental concerns stack up against travelers’ other priorities, keep reading. Our findings suggest that market share and fuel efficiency rarely coincide: Many of the airlines Americans fly most frequently are among the least environmentally friendly. American Airlines (the country’s most popular carrier) and Delta are emblematic of this trend, although these companies have invested in newer, more efficient aircraft in recent years. Southwest Airlines provides an interesting counterexample, however, serving nearly 19 percent of all passengers while maintaining a relatively strong efficiency record. The company aims to continue this balancing act by adding more fuel-efficient Boeing 737 Max aircraft to its fleet in the years to come. Smaller airlines have a mixed record on efficiency. Alaska Airlines and JetBlue serve a similar proportion of flyers each year, yet they could hardly be more different in terms of environmental impact. In fact, Alaska Airlines has been hailed as a model for sustainability in the industry: The carrier is consistently profitable, proving that paying attention to emissions can be good business. Conversely, JetBlue ranked dead last among the carriers studied. Interestingly, the company’s founder has recently formed another airline startup, and his business plan hinges on operating more fuel-efficient jets.  

Cash for Conservation?

Will sustainability ever become an essential concern for airline travelers? In some respects, our respondents seemed to possess the attitudes necessary to spur such a change: Three-quarters said they agreed with the statement “I am concerned about climate change.” Because air travel accounts for a significant and growing percentage of global carbon emissions, these feelings would certainly seem relevant to the industry’s future. Additionally, 72 percent of respondents agreed with the sentiment that individual consumer choices can make a difference in environmental matters. Yet these sentiments stood in stark contrast to another finding: Most consumers aren’t willing to pay significantly more for environmentally friendly flying. In fact, 40 percent said they wouldn’t be willing to pay anything extra for a ticket that incorporated some kind of carbon offset program. Of those who would pay something, large contributions were rare: Merely 10 percent would add $21 or more to their ticket price. These findings contradict broader patterns in conscientious spending: Globally, 66 percent of consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable goods. But when we studied our respondents’ motives more closely, an emphasis on thrifty flying became clear. Price and convenience far surpassed other factors in informing our respondents’ airlines selection: 85 percent of respondents picked one of these two as their top priority. These findings speak to the effects of competition in the air travel industry: As more airlines fight for consumer dollars on price-comparison platforms, flyers can get picky with regard to price and flight timing. Comparatively speaking, environmental questions were just a remote concern: Two percent of respondents rated an eco-friendly track record the least important factor in choosing which airline to fly.  

Pollution Concerns by Party

Because climate change continues to sow division on Capitol Hill, it’s reasonable to expect concerns about the environmental impact of air travel to differ by political affiliation. Still, the disparity between Democrats and Republicans is quite striking: Whereas over a quarter of Democrats said they worried about the effects of air travel on the environment, just 1 in 10 Republicans said the same. Independents aligned more closely with Republicans on this issue; just 14 percent said they worried about the subject. Among Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, the majority agreed or strongly agreed that human actions contribute to climate change. This finding presents yet another seeming contradiction: Although people across the political spectrum acknowledge the impact of human activity on the planet, most don’t worry much about emissions from air travel specifically. Perhaps those who care deeply about environmental issues are simply making changes in other aspects of their lives, reluctant to relinquish the travel that planes make possible. Indeed, some critics have even identified air travel hypocrisy among climate change scientists, noting that many jet around the world to conduct research and attend conferences.  

Pitching in vs. Income

Perhaps it’s unfair to expect some consumers to pay more for sustainable flying – many Americans find the price of travel uncomfortably high already. But our findings suggest wealthy travelers are actually least likely to pay for a carbon offset. Of those who earned $100,000 or more each year, 47 percent said they’d be unwilling to pay anything above current prices. Comparatively, 36 percent of those who made less than $50,000 would be unwilling to pay anything to curb the carbon footprint of their flight. One possible explanation for this counterintuitive trend may be the frequency with which each income group travels. It’s reasonable to assume that those with significant means fly more frequently, so the additional cost per ticket could add up over dozens of flights. Conversely, those who earn less may only travel occasionally – if at all. One recent study found about 1 in 10 Americans never leave their home state. Of course, you may not mind an additional carbon offset fee if your job pays for your ticket. That attitude may explain why business travelers were less likely to say they’d pay nothing than those who typically fly for leisure. Likewise, business flyers were much more likely to approve of an added sustainability cost above $10. With Americans taking approximately 460 million business trips each year, those added fees could make a significant difference. We also saw a difference between generations. Over 60 percent of millennials were willing to pay more per ticket to offset their carbon footprint, and a quarter reported being willing to pay over $10 per ticket. On the opposite end, 44 percent of baby boomers said they wouldn’t pay a dime more to offset the carbon footprint of their tickets.

The Value of Values

Our results suggest a gulf between abstract concerns and concrete action: Although most respondents expressed worries about global warming, few passengers were willing to pay substantially more for environmentally friendly flights. In the long run, however, consumer savings and sustainability may prove compatible. As fuel prices climb, carriers are looking to fuel efficiency to lower costs, and consumers could eventually benefit from these savings. And while short-term investment in newer technologies may raise ticket prices temporarily, that investment could help keep flight prices reasonable in the years to come. Whether you’re looking for low costs or luxury, great flying experiences depend on responsive service. If the team behind your flight drops the ball, even a great deal can prove disappointing. Stratos Jets offers an unparalleled degree of personalization to ensure your private jet experience delivers the luxury you deserve. To see how much better flying private can be, check out feedback from real customers.  

Methodology

We surveyed 1,000 people on recent air travel and their beliefs about climate change through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, with a survey built on SurveyMonkey. Our respondents included 498 men, 500 women, and two respondents who specified a different gender. To qualify, respondents had to have taken at least one commercial airline flight in the past two years. To determine environmental friendliness rankings, we used the 2015-16 ICCT Fuel Efficiency Rankings (released 2017), and passenger volume was taken from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. We did not include an attention-check question in this survey, so it is possible that our results are skewed by respondents who did not take the survey seriously. The data we are presenting rely on self-reporting. There are many issues with self-reported data. These issues include but are not limited to: selective memory, telescoping, attribution, and exaggeration.  

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What the Private Jet Charter Traveler Can Expect at a Private Jet Terminal

How the Luxury Hotel Business is Influencing Private Jet Terminals

October 16, 2018 Stratos Jet Charters
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Creating comfortable, beautiful and functional aircraft terminals was the biggest aspiration of airport designers over the last 75 years. But unlike other structures, airports are constantly evolving. Changes in aircraft, runways, security needs and passenger demand will impact an airport’s functionality. The good news for Private Jet Charter Travelers is that many private jet airports are looking to luxury hotels for inspiration. Here are some ways private jet charter airports are working to make your travels more comfortable.

Top 4 Ways Private Jet Terminals are Improving Your Travels

The airline industry refers to Private Jet Terminals as FBO’s (Fixed-Base Operators). Essentially, FBOs provide aircraft maintenance, fuel service, catering, ground transportation and hangar services.

Until recently, the aircraft would get lots of pampering, but the passengers had to make do with whatever facilities were available. However, times have changed, and terminals must compete with service in addition to price.

Here are some improvements you will love:

Upscale Lounges

This is the biggest change in recent years. The Private Jet Charter Traveler expects a certain level of style and comfort. FBO lounges are being re-designed with stylish, ultra-comfortable chairs, functional work-spaces, a bar and perhaps a spa area. Some even border on whimsical, with hammocks and foosball tables – just in case you miss summer camp.

WiFi Access

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This is obvious when catering to business travelers, but some FBOs lacked the bandwidth and security to meet the demand. Many have invested heavily in upgrades, to provide a seamless wireless experience for passengers.

Luxury Partners

By catering to a more discriminating clientele, FBOs have attracted upscale business partners. For example, Harrods luxury department store opened FBOs at airports in Britain and intends to franchise out the brand. Hotel chains are also creating their own FBOs. Hilton recently opened a FBO/Hotel on St. Simons Island in Georgia, U.S.A. It is the height of convenience: passengers can literally walk off the aircraft and into the hotel.

High-level Amenities

This is everything else an astute Private Jet Charter FBO can offer. For example, here is a list of other amenities offered by the top 7 FBOs in the Los Angeles area:

  • Gourmet catering
  • Conference rooms
  • Hot cookies
  • Notary service
  • Kids play areas
  • Nap rooms
  • Exercise facilities
  • Concierge service

Long gone are the days of waiting in a shabby lounge while your private jet charter aircraft is being readied. Book a flight today, and discover the extraordinary comfort of the new FBOs!

If you’re looking for a private jet rental company that can arrange luxury charter flights to anywhere in the world, call Stratos Jets—888-593-9066.

Renting the Luxury Lifestyle

Enjoy an upscale lifestyle without the upfront capital investment

August 21, 2018 Stratos Jet Charters
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If there’s one thing the private jet rental crowd already knows it’s this: it is far less expensive to charter a plane than it is to buy one outright. We’re talking about a difference of thousands of dollars versus millions. Why not apply this to other aspects of your life so that you can enjoy the luxury lifestyle, without the upfront capital investment?

If you fly often enough, owning a jet might actually make some sense. However, if you only travel abroad once in a while, a private jet rental will be much more cost-effective. You won’t be responsible for the ongoing costs associated with ownership, such as:

  • Hangaring
  • Maintenance
  • Staffing

Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about a depreciating asset or any long-term obligations.

Vegas or Bust

Let’s say you make it a point to hit up Las Vegas every year with the boys. If you were to charter a King Air 350 turboprop from Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Los Angeles to McCarran International (LAS), it would cost you and average of $4,000 each way.private jet rental

Coming from the east coast, a private jet rental departing from Teterboro (TEB) to Sin City would be somewhere around $32,000 aboard a Gulfstream G200 jet charter.

If you were travelling with six friends, you could share the cost of your private jet rental. Otherwise, to purchase a used King Air 350 in good condition, you’d be looking at a price tag of around $2 million. A G200 would cost even more. You could play a lot of blackjack for that kind of money.

Performance On-demand

We’ve all dreamed about driving a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin or some other exotic sports car. There’s just something about having that much horsepower at your disposal, not to mention the bold styling and throaty roar of the engine.

While it is certainly a ton of fun to cruise around Miami or Santa Barbara with the top down in one of these supercars, they don’t exactly make great ‘daily drivers’ private jet rentalbecause:

  • Gas mileage is atrocious
  • You can’t fit anything in them
  • They’re quite uncomfortable to ride in for long periods
  • They require constant cleaning and maintenance

Plus, to buy something like a Lamborghini Huracan, you’re looking at about a $200,000 bill. On the other hand, you can rent one for about $1,500 a day, so you can get your thrills and then happily trade it back for your Prius when you’re done.

Bon Voyage

Is there anything that screams ‘celebrity lifestyle’ quite like a private yacht? Island hopping from one tropical paradise to the next sure seems like an idyllic way to spend your holidays.private jet rental

By renting a yacht for your next Caribbean getaway, you get all of the perks of owning the boat, at a fraction of the sticker price. For instance, you can pay about $15,000 per week to rent an entry-level vessel capable of housing up to eight guests.

If you’re looking for a private jet rental company that can arrange luxury charter flights to anywhere in the world, call Stratos Jets—888-593-9066.