Private Jets: Speed, Service and Privacy
The calm elegance of the MJets Private Jet Terminal in Don Mueang International Airport embraces you after a busy day in Bangkok. A porter takes the luggage out of the taxi, and with only a small day pack, you walk to the reception.
The meeting in town took longer than expected, but there was no rush. Your pilot already changed the booking for the take-off slot, allowing plent
y of time to finish your business.
While you take a shower and relax, the staff efficiently takes care of all the paperwork and makes sure any favourite food and drinks are brought on board and ready. A car with a driver will transport you over the tarmac to the plane. Is this a dream?
Flying in a private jet is becoming more popular in Asia and booking a flight is easier than you might think. According to Sonny Souvannavong from VönnJets, there is a growing demand in the market for private jet charter. It’s no wonder.
With travel opportunities opening again, travellers will still be cautious about their safety. Flying with a private jet offers a great alternative. Using an app like Victor, you can easily make a comparison.
The typical benefits of flying in a private jet are:
• Safety: Private jets fly at a higher altitude and adhere to strict safety regulations
• Privacy: Check-in goes through a dedicated private jet terminal; you have the plane for yourself and your party
• Time and flexibility: There’s no need to wait in the terminal for a long time as the plane remains waiting for you; furthermore, the cruising speed is faster than a commercial jet
• Service: Imagine having a gourmet dinner at altitude or super-fast Wi-Fi; in-flight catering by a private chef is often a highlight of the experience
Flying a private jet is a real luxury and the perfect way to start a weekend away or go on a business trip. When catching up with Sonny over Zoom, the importance of the right plane for your trip quickly became clear.
When searching for your charter flight, keep these questions in mind to avoid booking the wrong type of plane:
• Usage: Is the flight for leisure, business or cargo?
• Length: How long will my flight be?
In Asia, there are many planes available for charter that will suit even the most demanding guests. Private jets roughly have three categories: short range for flights from two-three hours, mid-range for three-six hours and long-range for six-15 hours.
The planes go up in size, affecting the number of seats and more, so the price per hour is different for these three categories. For me, the most significant similarity is that planes and yachts are incredible pieces of engineering.
Being onboard a luxury yacht or a private jet is an exhilarating experience. Ask Sonny when you talk to him how long I kept smiling after he took me flying. Your plane is waiting for you!
Nicole van de Wall
Based in Phuket, Nicole van de Wall is currently a Brokerage Representative for Engel & Völkers Yachting and the owner of Artemis Yachts. She has two decades of experience in the yachting industry and been in Asia since 2013, working for Simpson Marine as a Senior Yacht Broker and for Boat Lagoon Yachting as a Sales Manager. She is a keen sailor and yachtswoman who enjoys both yachts and planes.
Sonny is a passionate aviator who enjoys flying and absorbing the latest technological advancements in general aviation.
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