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Big Changes Ahead for Santa Monica

After decades of protests from residents and the city itself, the FAA and the city of Santa Monica have reached a compromise — moves to finally phase out the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) are underway. The complete shutdown of the airport will happen on December 31, 2028, but as of the end of January 2017, it’s been announced that the SMO is about to enter the beginning phase of shutdown.

The call to have the SMO shut down began in the 1980’s, so this move was a long time in the making—around three decades, in fact. However, it was only this year that the city of Santa Monica finally had its way.

Of course, private jet owners and operators can still go through the Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Burbank Airport (KBUR), or the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), but as we all know, the commercial air carrier traffic is considerably heavier at these airports.

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What Does This Mean for Smaller Aircraft?

The good news is that the runway shortening will affect commercial flights, for the most part, and aircraft that can manage with just 3,500 feet of runway can still use the SMO. However, for clients with larger aircraft, it may be high time to start using the other airports.

“This a historic day for Santa Monica. The FAA has finally and categorically said that we could do whatever we want with our land at the end of 2028. This is a windfall for the residents of the city.” – according to Santa Monica Mayor, Ted Winterer.

In place of the airport, plans are underway for a public park and recreational facilities.

The City of Santa Monica is required to keep the airport fully operational until 2023, as the city received a federal grant for the SMO’s improvements. Meanwhile, though, two fixed base operators, the Atlantic Aviation and the American Flyers, have been evicted. In their place, the municipal employees of the City of Santa Monica have taken over operations.

Skeptics are quick to point out that it’s more probable for skyscrapers to rise in the area, though. Per president of the Santa Monica Airport Association, Christian Fry: “Get ready for the high-rise wall. It won’t all be a park.”

As the Santa Monica Airport is closing, height restrictions for building construction will be relaxed. Thus, there just might be a wave of new high-rise developments in the area over the coming years.

Private Jet Charter Sales Spike Due to Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma, now downgraded to a Category I hurricane, continues to wreak havoc across the East Coast of The United States.

There were very few businesses that this devastating hurricane did not affect, and private jet charter companies such as Jet Partners saw a dramatic upsurge in flight demand as the storm approached.

The Cost of Last-Minute Flights Increased Dramatically As The Storm Approached

Hurricane Irma’s rapid rise and approach gave most South Floridians very little time to plan for evacuation. However, many residents and visitors did not take the storm seriously and did not make travel arrangements beforehand.

Even as late as Wednesday, September 6th, demand for private jets was relatively healthy – and Jet Partners, alongside other air charter companies, had plenty of flights available for average, standard hourly rates.

However, on Thursday, September 7th, evacuation orders were issued in South Florida. It became apparent that Hurricane Irma would be an incredibly powerful Category V hurricane when it made landfall in South Florida – and demand for flights increased dramatically.

Jet Partners, like other companies in the area, had an incredible upsurge in flight requests, which exceeded our total number of available aircraft in the area.

A Shortage Of Aircraft Meant Some People Couldn’t Fly – For Any Price

Many incoming callers believed that, if they had enough money, they could simply book a private jet with any air charter company. But this was not the case – even the wealthiest customers could not just book a flight by paying a lot of money.

For example, we had a CEO who was in Palm Beach and needed a flight to Atlanta. He offered a budget of $40,000 – but Jet Partners, just like many other companies, had already been fully booked. He was forced to drive north with the rest of the evacuees – which could have placed him in significant danger.

Booking A Charter Flight in Advance Provides Peace of Mind (And A Fair Deal)

If you book private jets often, you’ll know that waiting until the last minute can sometimes help you get a better deal. However, we’re here to tell you that this is not the case in a crisis.

Hurricane Irma is a great example of this. Once it was evident how dangerous the storm was, demand surged – and we were unable to serve every incoming client. This illustrates an important point. In case of a serious incoming natural disaster like a hurricane, the best way to secure a fair rate is to book early.

Even if a storm does not look too dangerous, it’s better to be safe than sorry – and making travel arrangements in advance is well worth the peace of mind, knowing that you have a confirmed, reliable method of evacuation, if necessary.

At Jet Partners, we offer fair rates, reliable service, and a service area that covers the entire United States. In a critical situation, we can provide you a cost-efficient, time-saving method of evacuation – and if you book in advance, you’re sure to be able to secure transportation out of the affected area.

Private Jets with Wi-Fi Connections

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It seems like everywhere you go these days there is access to at least one Wi-Fi internet connection.  It has become so common that many of us are almost shocked when we can’t find a wireless network available.  Many commercial airlines have been offering Wi-Fi on flights for some time now.  Surprisingly enough, private jets with Wi-Fi internet connections are still considered a luxury among luxuries.  This is quickly becoming a thing of the past.  More and more, we see the air charter industry responding to the increasing demand for Wi-Fi equipped private aircraft.

No Wi-Fi on this Jet?

One reason why private jets with Wi-Fi connections are not an industry standard yet is the technology is relatively new and expensive.  Even for private jet components the price of the hardware and installation can be hefty.  The equipment alone can cost up to $400,000 and the monthly service fees can be as high as $8,000.  While commercial airlines can cover these expenses by charging a large number of passengers a small fee, business jet owners must recuperate these costs by either charging higher charter rates or picking up additional business by offering free Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi is a Must!

Many charter operations have seen a rise in demand and are urging owners to equip their private jets with Wi-Fi internet connections.  Business travelers who are introduced to Wi-Fi on charter flights are starting to request private aircraft with an internet connection for every trip.  After all, using a private jet for business travel is all about saving time and increasing productivity.  What better way to do that than staying connected with work while traveling?  We live in the information age and within almost every profession there is an ever growing dependence on instant access to email, data stored on clouds, stock prices, market information and even social media.

Ask Jet Partners About Private Jets With Wi-Fi

Jet Partners has an extensive network of private jets with Wi-Fi connections available for charter flights.  From very light jets up to long range heavy jets, we can find the right Wi-Fi equipped aircraft for your mission.  When booking your next trip on a private jet ask your Jet Partners representative for a charter flight quote on an aircraft equipped with a Wi-Fi internet connection.

For more information call Jet Partners Today at:  +1 (866) 235-2852
Or email us.

Spring has Sprung!

Spring time is right around the corner as the weather begins to heat up and days lengthen so does the demand of private jet charter. With popular Spring events like March Madness, Easter, Passover and The Kentucky Derby, private jets will be flying all over the country.


Private Charter Travel & March Madness

Last year travel to Houston in the Spring was up an estimated 15% due to the NCAA Final Four with popular teams like North Carolina, Syracuse, Villanova and Oklahoma drawing in large crowds to fill up the 70,000+ fans into NRG Stadium.

March Madness Final Four

2017 will sure bring the same fanfare as Phoenix’s University of Phoenix Stadium will be host to the Final Four. Similar to Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, Phoenix Airport Int’l(PHX) will be the most popular airport, with Deer Valley (DCT) being a close alternative airport option.


Popular Easter & Passover Destinations

Palm Beach Airport (PBI) and Miami/Opa Locka Airport (OPF) are two of the east coast’s most frequently used airports to celebrate Easter and Passover. With the kid’s out of school for Spring Break and time to escape the cold temperatures these east coast beachfront cities are the perfect escape for sun and relaxation.


The Kentucky Derby – An American Tradition

This will be the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Saturday May 6th the horses, hats, and age old traditions will make their return to Kentucky for another weekend of highly anticipated race excitement. The Derby is the longest running continuously contested sports events in history. They are also the only horse races to be held at their original location since their conception.

Kentucky Derby Private Flights

On average, the race attracts more than 100,000 spectators and race enthusiasts annually. Some of the most anticipated and important events at the derby are not the races themselves, but rather the traditions. Grab yourself a mint julip, a derby hat and a fancy new outfit for the annual running at Churchill Downs.

You can be sure that flying private into Louisville International Airport (SDF) is going to be a fashionable event in itself!

The One Thing These 5 Celebrities Have in Common

Tyler Perry, Donald Trump, John Travolta, Ralph Lauren, and Tiger Woods… aside from living the life of the rich and famous, these multi-millionaires all have one thing in common: they all own some of the most expensive private jet aircraft on the market. More and more people opt for renting a private jet for vacations and business trips due to benefits such as saving time but these celebs have made it an option take a trip anytime they feel like it.

See which celebrities have opted to travel in luxurious style with their own private jet.

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1. Tyler Perry – $125 Million

Along with his own tropical island, Tyler Perry owns a Gulfstream III jet. Equipped with extravagant features such as a 42-inch HD LCD screen, multiple Blu-ray players, satellite TV, theater lighting, and electronically controlled window shades, this jet is the epitome of luxury. It also includes the iPod docking stations for music, ports for computer video, and additional 20-inch and 10.2-inch personal HD screens.

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2. Donald Trump – $100 Million

When you’re Donald Trump, nothing seems too expensive or luxurious. Mr. Trump owns a $1000 million Boeing 757 private jet, originally owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Smith, has recently been refurbished to fit his taste. With a private bedroom paired with a large flat-screen TV and desk, as well as a fair amount of closet space, the jet also boasts gold plated sinks, faucets, and even seatbelts. And of course the Trump jet wouldn’t be complete without the name and family crest imbedded throughout.

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3. John Travolta – $70 Million

The Grease star enjoys flying in style with not one, but three of his own private jets. Travolta also happens to be a certified pilot and proud owner of a Bombardier Challenger 601, Boeing 707, and Boeing 727. Whether he’s traveling the US for acting gigs or is taking friends and family to his favorite vacation destination, the Hollywood star is no stranger to the private jet industry.

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4. Ralph Lauren – $58.5 Million

Apart from owning a Hawker private jet, Ralph also owns a Gulfstream G650. The Gulfstream is capable of cruising at Mach 0.85 at over 51,000 ft. over land and has a maximum nonstop range of 7,000 Nautical Miles. With hi-tech entertainment features, wireless internet and satellite phones, we don’t think we’d ever leave.

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5. Tiger Woods – $48.2 Million

The golf superstar owns a Gulfstream G550 as a perfect business jet aircraft. The jet is unique in the fact that it is capable of flying to 6,500 nmi and carrying up to 16 people in standard seating configurations… talk about a party!

Top Three Benefits of Using a Jet Charter Service

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The Benefits of Using a Jet Charter Service

 

We’ve all waited in those long, winding lines at the airport waiting to go through security before waiting another hour or two to book our flight.  Many flyers are unaware of the option of a private jet charter, which can save you from the typical hassles associated with flying on a commercial plane.  Aside from providing luxury that is simply unavailable on commercial planes, a jet charter service allows you to save time and offers convenience and flexibility in schedule.

Comfort, Space, and Luxury

When flying with a private jet charter, you can travel comfortably with plenty of leg room, space, and sleeping quarters. Whether you want to converse with friends, watch a movie, take a nap, or simply sit back and relax on your flight, a jet charter service offers luxury that you can’t receive on a commercial plane. You can also travel comfortably with children and pets while receiving personal attention from staff.

Time is of the Essence

The average time spent at the airport when flying commercially is at least a couple of hours if you’re lucky. With a charter jet, you can eliminate wasted time at the airport and even fly into an airport closer to your destination, reducing your ground travel time upon landing. Consider the ease of stepping right onto your chartered jet and how much time it saves you when you don’t have to worry about overbooked flights, delays, connecting flights, and dealing with lost luggage.

Using a Jet Charter Service Means Convenience and Flexibility

With a chartered jet service, you get the schedule the date and time that works best for you – you also have the ability to schedule a flight at a moment’s notice. Jet Partners Worldwide works with your needs and budget without sacrificing safety or flexibility. Call us today at 1-866-235-2852.