Private Aircraft travel is cool and affordable

Private Aircraft travel is cool and affordable A private plane could be the way forward Ever thought of hiring your own plane? Why not dry-hire your own plane Private Aircraft Travel is no longer for the super-rich How do you put a value on your time prime target for improving time productivity is air travel improve productivity with air travel What impact did 9/11 have on air travel Conde Nest traveller Federalizing and professionalizing the screener workforce Protecting the Aircraft

Private Aircraft Travel is no longer for the super-rich. It has become possible for private individuals and businesses to hire their own aircraft at a sensible cost but why would you pay for private hire in the first place. My experience has shown me that time-poor executives and individuals are being treated as a ‘problem’ by the commercial airlines when they want to be treated as valuable individuals with limited time to spare.

How do you put a value on your time is really a fundamental question that need to be considered by you and the people looking after your travelling arrangements? We all have a limited amount of time so we should place a premium value on it. This especially applies to executives and private individuals who need to optimise their time. A prime target for improving time productivity is air travel.

It’s a familiar story of time wasting which many of you will have experienced:

  • 6am arrive at the airport two hours early or more.
  • 7am booked in after security
  • 7am executive lounge with all the other executives (limited privacy)
  • 7-30 Flight delay
  • 8-30 or later- Flight departs (little or no privacy, phone use or computer use)
  • 10-30 Arrive

This has used almost five hours and you have not done much

What impact did 9/11 have on air travel? The 9/11 effect has been profound on the amount of time and it looks likely to take even longer in the future. According to CondeNest Traveller in September 2016 the changes have been very significant and are being developed further in a lot of areas including:

  • Protecting the Aircraft- This means pilots locked behind impregnable doors for the entire flight. Unfortunately, a modern necessity.
  • Separating the ‘known’ travellers-This made a lot of people uncomfortable, as it seemed to put us on the slippery slope to unacceptable profiling techniques
  • Federalizing and professionalizing the screener workforce- Has to be a good idea to raise standards and improved the flow of people.
  • Upgrading the technology- Great idea especially for the scanners.

 With a private plane you can arrive earlier, with less fuss, have privacy while you travel, and use your technology. It is not a luxury but a good business decision.

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Will Graham

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I graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc Hons in Mathematics & Statistics. Since leaving university I have become Founder and Director of

While studying I played an active role in the family nursing home business, The Graham Care Group, and have continued as a Graduate Trainee alongside my work with FlexiFly, being involved with all areas of the business.

For some years I have been actively involved in international motorsport and achieved numerous awards as co-driver to a European Rally Champion (my dad!). It was these experiences of weekends in Europe that partly inspired us about how we could make air travel more flexible and convenient. The calibre of competitors we met on events have given us insight into the potential our alternative to traditional aircraft charter has.


Phil Blackett
Interesting take on it. I quite agree.
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