Safety is often a top priority for travelers, but rest assured, flying is by far the safest way to travel. Flying private can offer you the safest experience possible, and the peace of mind it provides is invaluable. Some of the many reasons that flying private can maximize safety when traveling include:
Smaller planes and fewer passengers
The first reason flying private is safer is because private planes tend to be smaller than commercial airplanes. Smaller planes have fewer passengers, which means that generally, the overall weight of the average private aircraft is substantially less than a typical commercial plane with full capacity. In the very rare case that an incident happens while on board, a smaller and lighter aircraft is much more likely to have a favorable outcome.
Private jets are often better maintained
Another reason flying private is safer is because private jets are often better maintained than commercial planes. That’s because private jet operators can’t afford to skimp on maintenance—their reputation and livelihood depend on their planes being in tip-top shape at all times. As a result, private jets often undergo more thorough and regular maintenance than commercial planes, which means they’re less likely to experience mechanical failures that could lead to accidents.
Pilots for private flights are generally more rested
One more reason flying private is safer is because private jets typically fly fewer passengers per flight than commercial airlines. This gives pilots more time to get to know their passengers and develop a rapport with them. It also allows pilots to get more rest between flights, which reduces the risk of human error. Pilots who are well-rested and have good relationships with their passengers are more likely to make smart decisions in the event of an emergency.
You’ll limit your exposure to COVID-19 and other viruses
With the COVID-19 pandemic raging across the globe, more and more people are rethinking their travel plans. One of the most common questions we get asked is “is it safe to fly?” The answer is yes—but much more so if you’re flying private. Here’s why.
Private jets have a shorter turnaround time. This means that there’s less time for germs to spread between flights. In addition, private jet terminals are typically smaller and less crowded than commercial airports, which further reduces the risk of exposure to airborne viruses.
Private jets allow for passengers to have more space. Even if you’re flying with friends or family members, as opposed to strangers, allowing yourselves to spread out during a flight can help reduce germ exposure. Most private jets have a 2-2 or 1-1 seating configuration, which means there’s no need to worry about being sandwiched in between any of the people you’re traveling with, unless that is your preference. This allows for more personal space and reduced contact with your family party while you’re in a condensed indoor space, both of which are important for minimizing the spread of germs.
Private jet cabins are thoroughly cleaned between each flight. Given the shortened turnaround times, private jet operators have developed very efficient cleaning procedures that ensure that all surfaces in the cabin are disinfected before each flight. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, which often do not have time to thoroughly clean their planes between flights.
How to maximize your safety when flying private
Although flying privately is generally a very safe way to travel, there are some things you can do to maximize safety. Some tips include:
Choose a reputable operator. When booking a flight, do your research on the operator. Make sure they have a good safety record and that their aircraft are well-maintained.
Pre-flight planning is key. Before take-off, make sure you know the route the plane will be taking and have an idea of what to do in the rare case of an emergency.
Buckle up—and make sure your belongings are secure. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s important to remember that even private planes can experience turbulence. Secure loose items and always wear your seatbelt during takeoff and landing.
Follow your crew member instructions. Even on a private flight, it’s crucial to keep in mind that your flight crew are the experts. Be sure to be attentive during any safety briefings and follow any of their in-flight instructions, which are meant to keep you and your travel party safe.
Charter a private flight today with Luxury Aircraft Solutions
Flying private is hands-down the safest way to travel by air. That’s because private jets are small and lightweight, they’re better maintained, and they fly fewer passengers per flight. If you have the opportunity to fly private, take it! You’ll be glad you did. Contact us today to learn more about flying private and to get a quote for an upcoming flight. Be sure to also ask us about the wholesale rates available only through our exclusive Jet Membership program!