Rick Schirmer, an entrepreneur, says flying a private plane makes him and his family “feel safer”.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of us have never flown on a private plane, it’s easy to see the appeal.
You can skip huge airports and other travelers in this beautiful and exclusive world.
There’s no need to rush to meet the check-in time, as the sleek plane will take off when you’re ready, not the other way around.
“Flying privately means our family is able to avoid the experience of airport security, airport crowds, flight rage and being around people who often don’t mask themselves properly. “says the Los Angeles-based marketing director.
You may not even need to enter a terminal in many circumstances.
Instead, the limo pulls up next to the plane on the tarmac.
As you recline in a plush leather chair, a cheery cabin crew member offers you a glass of champagne.
Another notable advantage of private planes is that they have continued to fly during the pandemic.
As airlines have halted service for the past two years, the ultra-wealthy and business leaders have been able to travel, confident in the assurance that they are staying in their own Covid-19 bubble.
As a result, the use of private aircraft has increased significantly, especially in 2021.
According to aviation data research firm Wingx, there were 3.3 million such flights worldwide last year, the most on record.
This is a 7% increase from the previous record in 2019, with the United States and Europe leading the way.
The Malta-based global company owns 73 aircraft.
Ian Moore is the commercial director of the private aircraft company, VistaJet.
He says consumer demand in Europe grew 26% last year and 21% globally.
According to him, 71% of the firm’s incoming requests come from passengers who have never used private aviation before.
“And we expect the number of first-time private travelers to continue to grow in 2022 and beyond.”
“More and more people are looking for travel solutions that provide a controlled and flexible experience that a commercial flight cannot provide,” says Ian Moore.