New Twists to Corporate Aircraft Use from YYZ...

Brooke Shaw
September 27, 2007
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311-yyzDuring the recent NBAA Trade Show and Conference in Orlando, Toronto based Chartright Air Group were showing off their latest new aircraft and telling folks about their newest charter travel programme.

An established and respected corporate aircraft management and charter services provider, Chartright¹s fleet currently numbers 10 aircraft ­ ranging from small and mid-sized Citations, Astra and Falcon 50 to intercontinental capable Falcon 900 and Gulfstream aircraft. As with any management company, the firm is always looking to capitalize on opportunities for their aircraft owners and realize full potential from the corporate biz jets that these individuals and corporations entrust them with. This means charter use ­ and this time Chartright have come up with a new and competitive twist to the question of building traffic and making aircraft work better.

Charter clients are always looking for alternative ways to make use of corporate charter services and escape the cold of winter. So Chartright have come up with Florida Easy ­ a seasonal private jet service to Palm Beach and surrounding areas. The web-based program matches the travel preferences of individuals going to and from Palm Beach and creates itineraries that allow the cost of a private jet to be shared. This way people who only need a portion of all the seats on an aircraft can share the benefits and efficiency of a business jet charter with similar like-minded folks whose travel needs coincide with theirs.

There is no membership cost or obligation for participation in the Florida Easy programme. Users simply log onto the web site, enter their travel information such as departure date, return date and number of passengers in a database. As and when that information corresponds with that of another individual or an empty leg that becomes available, the flight planner from Chartright contacts the interested parties with the opportunity to share a private jet.

And how much does this service cost? That will vary depending upon the size of the aircraft being used and the number of people traveling, however some sample prices have been calculated based upon current operating figures. As an example, five individuals returning to Toronto on a light jet that has been pre-positioned to Palm Beach could expect to pay $2,000 each. Or three passengers flying to Palm Beach on a mid-sized jet that returns empty to Toronto could expect to pay $10,000 each. In some cases the real efficiency will come from use of aircraft that otherwise were on an empty leg.

Chartright recently added a Citation III to their management fleet. This aircraft is perfect for the Florida Easy traveler offering eight to nine passengers the range, comfort and speed they want at a smaller sized jet price. What makes this particular Citation unique is the optional seating capacity. It has been given a higher density interior that will accommodate up to 13 passengers in a corporate shuttle type seating arrangement. For shorter trips this will be a very effective and attractive option to companies needing to go Toronto to New York or Montreal and back in a day.

With the Florida Easy programme, passengers will be notified at least three weeks in advance of their flight ­ and possibly earlier. Once they are contacted by Chartright, the flight is guaranteed. Service is provided through Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) in Florida and Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto (YYZ).

And for those not staying in Palm Beach itself but within the region, Chartright will even arrange limousine transportation to any point within a 90 minute drive of Palm Beach Airport ­ free of charge! Even small pets are permitted on board the aircraft. And as for those who do not wish to share their trip with others, they still have the option to purchase the entire aircraft for any given flight.

The Florida Easy programme is even taking into consideration special events that occur in the Palm Beach region over the winter months. Currently the web site is cross promoting the Palm Beach Jewellry & Antique Show ­ reported to be the largest vetted art, antique and jewellry show in the United States. Other similar events will also be tied to the site as they are announced.

The world of corporate aircraft continues to grow and develop ­ both in Canada and around the world. The vision and forethought of firms like Chartright is helping to build on this groundswell and continually bring new users to the system. Those who charter once, usually get hooked and charter repeatedly ­ especially once they sample the efficiency, quality of service, safety and dependability that firms like this can provide. Programmes such as Florida Easy just make it that much more appealing for first timers and veterans alike to put these services to work. And a first timer today ­ could be an owner tomorrow ­ especially as the scheduled and commercial carriers continue to frustrate those with the means to travel in an alternative manner.

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