What You Need To Know Before Hiring an Air Charter Service
Time is gold. Time is money. Time is precious. However way one puts it, we can all agree that time is important. More so, because once spent, we can never take it back.
As some like to put it, “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” And one way VIPs and company executives like you can take charge of your time, without having to waste it waiting for check-in, security, and baggage clearances, is by hiring private jet charter services instead of going on commercial flights.
But with so many private jet charter operators, all claiming to provide you with the best flight available, how do you choose?
Safety, of course, will be foremost in your mind. The last thing you want is to put your life on the line with fly-by-night operators managing ill-maintained aircraft. You want convenience. You want comfort. You want quality. You want professionalism. Most importantly, you want the premier service you deserve.
So, when thinking about what factors should be taken into account when hiring an air charter service, you may want to consider the following:
1. Backup plan
Picture this – the aircraft you hired from your chosen jet charter service suddenly becomes unavailable. Can they provide you with a suitable alternative? What you need is peace of mind, secure in the knowing that your flight will push through. That peace of mind can only come from a reliable air charter operator that has the resources, including aircraft, to ensure that your flight will proceed as scheduled – when, where, and how you want it.
2. An Eye for Detail
Before hiring a jet charter service, do an ocular inspection. Excellent aviation service providers take pride not only in their aircraft but also in their people and their facilities. If the company you are considering seems disorganized; the plane smells and looks dirty; and the people unprofessional, walk away.
3. Reputation for Service
Ask the company for references and check on all of them. Ask for customer feedback. It will also be a good idea to read online reviews. If you’re flying out from a specific area, don’t forget to ask the locals for their opinion on the reputation of the service provider you have in mind.
4. Company Certifications
A jet charter service should be ready to show you their air operator certificate and insurance coverage. If they can’t present you with these, look for another company.
5. Safety Standards
To make sure that passengers are protected wherever and whenever, reputable charter service providers undergo thorough safety audits, both internal and external. Years ago, only huge aircraft were subjected for review. Today, even chapter planes go through the same process. If a jet charter service regularly submits itself to these safety audits, you’re in good hands.
6. Make Friends with Google
Google, the mighty king of browsers, can give you everything you need to know about airplanes, from the latest models to safety tips. Since the aviation community is keeping abreast of the times, you can expect to find more information, certifications, and reviews via the websites of different charter jet service providers. How reputable are they? How safe and reliable is their aircraft? Check their website for this information and corroborate their claims with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) through its contact number: (+632) 944 2030.
7. Crew Training
To provide you with the best services, a reputable aircraft charter provider will literally pay thousands of dollars for quality training of their pilots and mechanics in facilities both local and abroad. At INAEC, we send our pilots and mechanics to established training facilities, such as Airbus Training Center in the United States, Airbus Philippines, Flight Safety international, and Bell Training Academy. Premium services, indeed, do not come cheap.
8. Aircraft Inspection and Maintenance
To safeguard the safety and security of its passengers, a reliable and respectable aircraft charter provider will have a crew to inspect and conduct regular maintenance on the aircraft, both the exterior and interior. They will strictly follow scheduled tasks on the aircraft, as mandated by the manufacturer, and generate a report each time they perform their tasks. A trustworthy aircraft charter service provider will be transparent with these reports should you ask for them.
Here at INAEC, we are authorized to conduct our own fleet inspection and line maintenance. You can check the Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) Certificate issued to us by the CAAP.
Indeed, INAEC has a complete safety and maintenance program specifically created for VIPs like you so you can arrive at your destination safely and on time.
You may contact INAEC through the following:
You may also accomplish the contact form at our website and our customer service representatives will respond to you immediately.
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