What is the Stratos Jets Approved Vendor Program?
Stratos Jet Charters has developed strong working relationships with private plane charter operators all over the world. But before we recommend a private plane charter operator, they must first demonstrate their ability to meet the conditions of our Approved Vendor Program.
The Stratos Approved Vendor Program
Stratos Jets imposes several of its own standards on approved vendors to help ensure client safety for every charter flight. These standards are based on some of the most rigorous standards in the industry.
“The restrictive covenants of our program encourage air carriers to place an emphasis on air charter safety,” Thomas said. “Were not willing to take a chance with disreputable air carriers. We strive to protect our clients by only partnering with the best service providers in the industry.”
– Joel Thomas, President & CEO, Stratos Jet Charters Inc.
A Culture of Safety
At Stratos Jets, we believe that safety is a derivative of a companies culture. We seek out air carriers who make significant financial investments in taking a proactive approach to safety through the implementation of regular safety training and assessments as well as the implementation of a robust SMS Program. And to ensure these carriers are compliant, we regularly interact and monitor their sales and operations staff to confirm their dedication to safety and professionalism.
Extended Crew Requirements
Stratos Mandates that all charter flights are flown with two pilots regardless of aircraft designated as single-pilot certification.
In addition to that, the pilot-in-command of every jet charter aircraft must have a minimum of 3,000 total hours as well as hold a prestigious Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating. Similarly, the second-in-command must have 1,000 hours and hold at least a commercial, multi-engine license with an instrument rating.
These standards go well above the minimums established by the FAA for a legal charter flight.
*Stratos will only charter flights on a turboprop or jet aircraft, and to further ensure client safety, we will not organize flights on any piston-powered aircraft.
Safety Through an Insurance Policy
At Stratos, we require our vendors to hold and maintain at least $25 million of insurance on turboprop aircraft and $50 million on all other private aircraft. These high levels of insurance can protect jet charter passengers and their families in the event of an emergency.
Stratos Jets utilizes an ARG/US or Wyvern third-party safety audit to verify that operators comply with these standards. All air carriers who provide service for Stratos clients must participate in consideration of inclusion into our Approved Vendor Program.