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Jet Charter Cards… A RIP OFF!!!

I receive daily alerts for all things private jet charter related and just finished reading an article about a well-known jet charter / fractional operator who offers members a flat rate amount of $8500 per hour which includes all fees, taxes, and fuel. Ironically, I just got a quote 3 days ago for a trip from Van Nuys, California to Teterboro, NJ from this same operator. My customer’s flight is a one-way flight AND KEEP IN MIND A LOT OF THESE PROGRAMS SELL THEIR PROGRAMS BASED ON ONE-WAY ITINERARIES! These companies swear by not having to pay round-trip pricing for your one-way flights.

Let me explain what a rip-off jet charter cards truly are. My flight quote obtain from this carrier was for $21,000 even and based on 5.25 hours of flight time (according to their quote). As an aircraft charter broker, my quotes are sent net/net – meaning that they don’t include Federal Excise Taxes, my commission, passenger segment fees, etc… This particular aircraft seats 8 passengers and my “all-in” price to my customer would be $23,281.85. If you break that down to an “all-in” hourly rate… $23,281.85 divided by 5.25 flight hours, that becomes $4,434.64 hourly. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTAND HOW THESE PROGRAMS EVEN SELL? $4,434.64 PER HOUR VS. $8,500.00 PER HOUR??? This is not rocket science!

Let’s consider customer service… Exquisite Air Charter guarantees we rank better than most! We are a boutique charter brokerage firm who gets to know each and every customer and their needs/likes personally. How can a huge company compete with that? We know the industry like the backs of our hands – those big companies hire people and attempt to train them to do something ( A JOB TO THAT PERSON) that we are passionate about. Life never ceases to amaze me… someone (ANYONE) is willing to waste an extra $4,065 per hour (or in this case more than $21,000 extra) to get less quality customer service than what we provide.

Jet Charter Cards… sometimes you just have to laugh! That’s all you can do!!!

Did you know that the Citation X Is the world’s fastest production civil aircraft? Once upon a time there were plenty of jokes about the “slow-tation” Cessna but not anymore. The Citation X was originally announced at the 1990 NBAA (National Business Administration Association) convention. The CE 750 (Citation X) was announced with the ability to cruise as fast as Mach 0.90 (basically it could fly 6 passengers from New York to LA in about 4.5 hours).

Many aircraft charter customers have stated that they love the Citation X’s look as much as they love the performance after deliveries began in January of 1997. In 15 years of production total deliveries have not met expectations. Some customers have expressed concern regarding the lean cabin cross-section that is shared with the Citation III, VI, VII, XLS, and Sovereign and that the aircraft is narrower than some comparable aircraft; however, the cabin’s double club main seating section is 19.7 feet long.

The Citation X is equipped with both slats and flaps and has amazing runway performance; something that customers who travel in and out of airports with compromising weather and runway issues are thankful for. The Citation X is also equipped with the Primus 2000 avionics suite including five CRTs up front and is offered a $600,000 Primus Elite upgrade that will prepare the aircraft for FAA’s NexGen. The aircraft is priced between $12-15 million and not usually much more. The Hawker 800XP and 900XP are big competitors because of their wider cabin cross sections. Super-mids (such as the Hawker 4000, Gulfstream G200, and the Challenger 300) also compete but have larger cabins and better range but if you have a need for speed then you’d certainly enjoy chartering a Citation X aircraft.