When one looks to charter an aircraft, a private jet, or similar, an assessment of priorities is performed. Safety is of course paramount and in many cases, pricing comes in a close second. Many companies and individuals seeking to use private jets for a particular trip will often call around and put air charter operators on the chopping block asking them for their best price or low balling them telling them that a competitor is charging a certain rate and to beat the price if they want to win the business.
In a world of luxury lifestyle and white-glove service, private jet providers are often treated like used car salesmen. There are reasons why aircraft charter for the rate they do. Someone calling to request Wyvern approved or ARGUS Platinum approved private jet will realize that you get what you pay for. Private jet air charter operators spend a lot of money in order to surpass what the FAA mandates for safety standards.
Third party safety auditing companies such as Wyvern and ARG/US come out to the field and inspect all aspects of the aircraft, crew, and maintenance to ensure that safety and reliability aren’t compromised. The cost of these audits has to be offset somewhere and will often be the reason why a BeechJet 400 with a Wyvern stamp of approval will cost a few hundred dollars more per hour than the same jet aircraft that isn’t a third-party audited. It’s important to keep an open line of communication with your air charter provider, to let them know your priorities and preferences, likes and dislikes.
If you have already received options, let the next private jet provider know. They can often quickly assess your options and tell you on the spot if they could do better or if you should be running to book the other option.
Many experienced air charter brokers will give you a relationship where they go into the market on your behalf to find you the best private jet or other aircraft for the best price. Establishing a relationship with a veteran air charter broker will save you time which translates into saving money. They have your best interest in mind and already have the relationships with charter operators, knowing the best aircraft options to provide depending on your scenario on a trip-by-trip basis.