Let it be known, there is luxury travel and then there is luxury travel. A fine line is drawn between those who travel the world in first class and those who are the true definition of jetsetters, en route to their next fabulous destination via private aviation. In 2012, Van Nuys Airport was responsible for more than 250,000 private jet take-offs and landings, according to Los Angeles World Airports. Whether it be for flexibility, quality of service, privacy or status, sophisticated travelers and professionals say it is “the only way to fly.”
Hop a flight to Miami, take a holiday in Spain, or a weekend in Mexico, and have your getaway begin the moment your hired driver (or in some cases, you helicopter pilot,) rings your doorbell to take you directly to the tarmac. Yes, it’s true — when you charter your own flight there is no such thing as time. You are driven right up to the jet steps allowing you to bypass traditional security and if you happen to be running late, no worries! Captain Fantastic will not take off without you, it’s a promise.
Once on-board the private aircraft, the “eye in the sky” knows absolutely everything before you even need to ask. Each charter company delivers special added touches to each flight by anticipating the personal needs of their passengers. One can expect to find their favorite beverages, organic snacks, luxury amenities, entertainment, and even special treats indigenous to their destination the moment they step on the plane. Some take it further and arrange to have a feast of one’s favorite gourmet cuisine (even if it is flown in special from across the country), spa treatments and acupuncture.
Interested in flying private? These private jet companies fly regularly out of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County airports.
Jet Edge International
Jet Edge International delivers custom-tailored jet charters with global solutions because they understand everyone’s travel itineraries vary. Offering access to one of the largest and most diverse fleets in the world, Jet Edge International has access to charters throughout the United States and Asia, guaranteeing availability within 10 hours. Providing unparalleled service, Jet Edge International is the fastest-growing large cabin aircraft charter company in the U.S., and currently has a total of 19 Gulfstream aircrafts worldwide. They recently announced the anticipated arrival of a G650 in early 2014.
According to Anthony Tivnan, President of Magellan Jets, the company strives to stay steps ahead of the curve by focusing on one-of-a-kind experiences. Magellan Jets prides itself in delivering excellence and leaves no rock unturned when orchestrating in-flight escapades that surpass the client’s expectations. Magellan Jets does an exceptional job at keeping client profiles, identifying passenger “must-haves” and favorite things. In fact, the flight crew probably knows you better than you know yourself. The company has just introduced the first ever Wi-Fi Jet Card, which provides fast and secure internet service on-board premium, late-model aircrafts making it easier to stay connected.
TWC Aviation eliminates the middleman in private aviation. Regardless if you are looking to charter a Bombardier or Gulfstream, TWC provides clients with a single point Charter Advisor who will coordinate your itinerary and become familiar with your specific requirements and preferences from start to finish. Looking to bring along a “furry-child?” Upon request, TWC can make accommodations to pamper your pets as well. While creating a memorable experience is important to TWC Aviation, they are exceptionally proud of their Safety and Security Vigilance Program, which they are known for throughout the industry.
Named as one of the Best Private Jet Services by Inc. Magazine, evoJets boasts that “Not all jet charter brokers are created equal.” By participating in evoJets pairing program, The Evolved Membership, one allows their flight to be open to other evoJets members which will reduce costs significantly by sharing the aircraft with others. evoJets provides access to more than 5,000 domestic airports and “countless” international destinations as well.
Blue Star Jets
With as little as four hours’ notice, Blue Star Jets is prepared to have your private jet ready and waiting. The company is the largest broker of private jets for hire, under the FAA and featured in the movie “Wall Street 2: Wall Street Never Sleeps.” Your wish is Blue Star Jet’s command. Whether you are looking for a team of stylists to get you ready in-flight for your event, or yoga lessons above the clouds, they are ready to make it happen.
While the cost of a Gulfstream V for the weekend from Los Angeles to New York City can easily run you north of $100,000, it includes incidentals like airport transfers, full-time on-call captain(s), flight attendant, fuel surcharges, taxes, etc. Sound a little steep for your fanny pack? Having a flexible travel schedule can afford you a flight for the fraction of the cost. Private aviation companies now offer Empty Legs, where non-members can book last-minute flights from a set selection of destinations available for a discounted rate. These flights change minute-to-minute; however preferred jet charter companies can help assist you with finding a flight.