11 Fun Facts About Flying Private

Fun facts about private flights

You probably know that flying on a private jet is convenient, luxurious, and an exciting way to travel, but do you know what features you could find on the most expensive and opulent private jet in the world? Read on to find out the answer to this question and discover other fun facts about private air travel.

 The first ever private jet flight occurred on October 7th, 1963

Inventor William Lear and his team created the first Learjet plane based on Swiss military aircraft design. Two test pilots named Hank Beaird and Bob Hagen flew the plane on its first flight and several other Learjet planes were created in the following years. Today, you can see many of them on display in various museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. 

The top airport for international departures in Europe is Vnukovo International Airport in Russia

In addition to being the top airport for international departures in Europe when it comes to private aviation, Vnukovo International Airport is also the tenth busiest airport in Europe for all plane travel.

The most popular event for private jet travel is the Super Bowl

Tickets to the Super Bowl are always a hot item and many people who attend like to do so in style. Several hundred individual private jets fly to the Super Bowl each year, some privately owned and some chartered.

Teterboro Airport near NYC

The top airport for international departures in the United States is Teterboro Airport in New Jersey

Located close to New York City, the Teterboro Airport is home to numerous based aircraft, and is an extremely popular airport choice for those who fly private. 

Flying private is usually faster than traveling commercial

Flying private can save you a significant amount of time. Firstly, you’ll be able to bypass a lot of the standard security screenings that are required for commercial air travel. There is some level of security when it comes to flying private and there are still some rules that apply, but you won’t need to worry about certain things, such as strict carry-on restrictions. You can cruise through a brief screening without worrying about the size of liquids or taking off your shoes. 

The world’s most expensive private jet, an Airbus A380, is estimated to have cost over $500 million

The private jet in question in owned by Prince Al Waleed bin Talal Al Saud and although precise details of the interiors are not available for the public to see, the jet features a marble-finished Turkish bath, a parking garage that is perfect for the prince’s Rolls-Royce, opulent bedrooms, and an elevator that helps travelers quickly access each of the aircraft’s three floors.

World's smallest piloted plane

The world’s smallest piloted plane was eight feet and ten inches long and had a wingspan of five and a half feet

The majority of private and recreational aircrafts are much larger than the world’s smallest piloted plane, the Bumble Bee II, which was built by Robert Starr. The plane was built specifically to attain this record and was flown in April of 1988.

You can customize many aspects of your private jet experience, including certain aspects of the route

You may expect that certain aspects of your flight can be customized to your tastes and needs such as the menu, but you can go even further than that if you’d like. For example, if you’re heading out on a relaxing vacation, you can hire a masseuse to provide massages during the flight. You could also hire a mixologist who could bartend for you and your group throughout your journey. You could also request some deviations to the standard route within reason; flight routes must be approved ahead of time, but if you’d love a view of a certain landmark from the air, your pilot may be able to make that happen.

Flying private can end up being cheaper than flying business class on a commercial flight

It might sound impossible, but if you’re traveling with a group of people, then chartering a private jet might end up being more cost-effective than booking individual seats on a commercial flight. When you factor in the tickets, additional fees like baggage costs, and the food and drinks you may pay for on the flight, traveling on a private jet with your group may end up being a better option.

Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles

Van Nuys Airport is the busiest general aviation airport in the world

The International Civil Aviation Organization defines general aviation as civilian aircraft operations other than commercial travel, which includes recreational flights, as well as private travel. It’s not a huge surprise that Van Nuys Airport, which services the Los Angeles metro area, is the busiest airport in the world for private travel, as many celebrities fly in and out of this airport.

There are five times more airports that you can access with a private jet compared to those you can travel to with a commercial flight

In addition to being a convenient way to travel, private jets can also allow you to head to a larger variety of destinations than you would flying commercial. As private jets are typically smaller than the average aircraft, there are smaller airports in many exciting places that are only available to those flying private. 

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