With the lift of international travel bans, long-haul private jet flights are on the rise and some of the fastest private jets have been fuelled and ready for takeoff. International charters can serve as a viable option for commercial flights, especially if you pay close attention to the details provided below by the private jet company Monarch Air Group.
Business aviation is recognized worldwide for its efficiency, safety, and simplicity. The customer can choose from a wide array of aircraft that adapt to their travel needs, for long or short routes, asphalt, gravel, or grass airstrips. However, there is a lack of knowledge regarding how to charter a private jet for an international flight. Well, the truth is that the process is quite simple, as long as you choose a company with real experience in the field.
The company (and the plane) need specific flight permits, which include:
1. Permits granted by national civil aviation authorities, such as FAA, EASA, ANAC or DGAC. Without them, the aircraft can only fly on domestic routes. It is worth noting that these permits are often divided into regions, such as South America, North America, Central America, and the Caribbean, among others.
2. Permits for charter flights in Europe (TCO – Third Country Operators) and the USA (various rules related to the licensing of foreign airlines).
As a customer, you should always ask the provider to prove that they have the necessary permits for a given flight. Many smaller executive flight companies do not bother to register their fleets to have an operator certificate from a tertiary country, relying only on the permits of the authorities of their country of origin. For passengers, this could cause problems during the journey. It is not uncommon for authorities in Europe or the US to take the plane into custody and penalize the crew for making international flights without permits in the destination country.
What Planes Can Be Chartered?
Although business aviation offers its clients a wide range of aircraft to choose from, most international flights require a medium or large jet, while for the most demanding clients, there will always be the option to charter larger long-range aircraft.
Consider the following differences:
• A turboprop can perform international flights, but its range will be limited. A suitable route for a King Air is Miami – The Bahamas, while the trip between Miami and New York could be exhausting for passengers (a 4-hour flight).
• A medium jet, like the Citation X, is ideal for flights within North America. With a range of 3,700 miles, it can fly nonstop to almost any point within the U.S. and Europe, depending on how many passengers are on board. A route that you can complete with maximum capacity (8 passengers) and nonstop is, for example, L.A. to Chicago.
• Longer distances require the charter of so-called “ultra-long-range” business jets, such as the Gulfstream G550 or Global 6000. Such aircraft can fly nonstop between North America and almost anywhere in Europe or Latin America.
Documentation And Permits
International flights require proper documentation, including a Visa. A private jet operator or a broker will take care of entry permits, embassy authorization (if necessary), among other procedures. Likewise, dogs can be transported, as long as they have certifications of their vaccines.
Furthermore, there are clear rules in terms of transporting cargo or valuable items. A serious company will always check these documents and the cargo before approving the flight. Similarly, the customer may have to pay customs at the destination when transporting products across the border.
Some airports, including almost all major airports in the U.S. and Europe, have a general aviation terminal to facilitate boarding and disembarking for international business aviation customers.