When it comes to arranging business travel for your company, there are so many different options that must be taken into consideration. While most businesses simply buy airline tickets for their employees and don’t give it a second thought, another option that sometimes makes sense is to charter a private plane.
The benefits of chartering a private plane for business purposes have been discussed in the subsequent paragraphs.
1. Making Multiple Stops
One situation in which you may want to think about chartering a private plane is when you need to make multiple stops. For example, imagine that your employees have to go from City A to City B first, and then they have to turn around and go to Cities C and D. If you were to try to coordinate multiple flights on multiple aircraft through a commercial airliner, it would probably be very difficult. You would undoubtedly have your employees sitting around at multiple airports for hours at a time waiting on connecting flights to arrive. This results in an unbelievable amount of time being wasted and probably a lot of additional cost.
By comparison, if you charter a private plane for your company, you don’t have to worry about any of that. The plane simply picks up the employees when they are ready to leave and flies them where they need to go. There is no sitting around and waiting for planes to arrive or for unnecessary trips to be made. In many cases, it is more cost-effective to charter a private plane instead of worrying about getting all of those tickets on commercial airliners.
2. Shortening Other Necessary Travel
You may also want to charter a plane for the purpose of eliminating other unnecessary travel. For instance, if your business is in a small town that doesn’t have an airport, your employees might have to drive two to four hours before they can get to an airport. Then when they arrive at the airport that is nearest to the destination they are trying to reach, they have to rent a car and drive for another few hours before they get there. When you charter a private plane, you don’t have to worry about this anymore. You simply fly from a small, local airport and land in another local airport. This takes you on a direct route from Point A to Point B, without having to worry about the wasted time and cost that is incurred in renting cars and driving long distance before and after flights.
3. Company Trips
In many businesses, employees can be offered incentive trips based on their performance. If your business offers something such as this, then it would could make sense to charter your own aircraft instead of paying for multiple tickets. A commercial airline has to charge enough to pay for the operation of the plane, pay for the flight crew, and earn a profit. If you charter a plane, you don’t have to worry about adding in profit to the cost of the flight itself. You can cut out a big chunk of the cost, and it will help develop a little bit of camaraderie with the employees as you fill up the plane. You can play games, watch movies, or engage in many other activities while you are on the plane, which is probably not an option if you fly on a commercial airliner with other passengers.
4. Unavailability of Direct Flights
These days, many airlines are cutting down on the number of non-stop flights to and from destinations. This means that it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to fly directly from one point to another. When you multiply this hassle by the number of employees that are going to be going on a trip, it can really lead to a lot of headaches for both you and the employees of your company.
5. Cost Comparison
The costs of chartering a flight can vary considerably, depending on where you’re flying to and from, and which type of charter plane you take. For a small charter plane, you might expect to pay $5,000 to $8,000 for an average domestic flight. Compared to commercial airliners, you might pay somewhere between $300 and $1,000 per ticket. This means that if you’re going to have multiple employees flying, it might make economic sense to charter a plane.
Overall, the decision of whether to fly commercial or charter a plane can be difficult. However, when you get past the initial apprehensions that come with the idea of chartering a flight, it starts to really make some sense.
Joe Anderson is Social Media Coordinator with Trade-a-Plane.com, a website that allows people to sell small planes such as the gulfstream jet, hawker jet, and Cessna 310.