Long considered to be aircraft used only by the rich and famous, private jets have a fascinating history within aviation. Considered to be important aspects of the aviation industry, private jets tend to have many myths associated with them. If you’ve had questions about these planes of mystery, here are some interesting facts about private jets that will blow your mind.
While it may be the commercial jumbo jets that you tend to see landing at major airports across the United States, you may be surprised to learn that private jets are able to access far more airports across the country than large commercial jets. According to the National Business Aviation Association, private jets can access 5,000 airports across the United States. However, commercial jets can access only about 500 U.S. airports.
As you read at the beginning, private jets are not used only by the rich and famous on a daily basis. In fact, it is far more likely that passengers on a Miami jet charter are sales personnel, middle-management supervisors, marketing staff members, and others who contribute to the day-to-day operations of a company. While it’s true celebrities, athletes, and other VIPs use private jets each day, statistics show that over 85 percent of daily private jet use is by those who are not household names.
If you think it is the commercial airlines that make the most impact on the national economy, you will be surprised to learn private jets have a huge impact on the economy and job market in the United States. In a typical year, private aviation is responsible for adding well over one million jobs to the nation’s economy while also bringing in a staggering $200 billion annually.
When it comes to small towns across the U.S. that have local airports, private jets add nearly three million dollars annually to local economies. Finally, the manufacturing and servicing of private jets is an industry that employs more than 100,000 workers.
When disaster strikes across the U.S. or other parts of the world, private jets are often the first aircraft on the scene to deliver humanitarian aid, medical evacuations, and essential supplies to people in need. In fact, private jets have provided disaster assistance in Australia during wildfires, in the Bahamas after hurricanes, and in many other parts of the world.
Private jets are also used to help transport cancer patients and their families to medical facilities across the country when specialized treatment is needed, and to date have flown in excess of 60,000 patients over the past four decades.
Since your pets are usually not allowed to be with you in your seat on a typical commercial flight, private jets are being used more and more to help Fido and Fluffy reach their destinations in style. Rather than having their pets fly in the baggage compartment on a commercial flight, you will now find many pet owners booking flights on private jets for their pets. On average, about 10 percent of all private jet flights each day are reserved only for pets and their owners.
Should you be a lover of red wine and think you’ll be able to sip a glass or two during your private jet flight, you’re going to be disappointed. On almost all private jets, red wine is prohibited in the cabin. As for why, it’s because their cabins are extremely well-maintained and decorated with the highest quality seats, tables, and other accessories. Should you be drinking red wine during a flight and have the jet hit a bit of turbulence, you’ll be spilling red wine on everything, leaving behind stains that may be hard or impossible to remove.
Even if you’re not rich and famous, there’s still a good chance that at some point during your business career, you’ll find yourself experiencing the luxury of a private jet. If so, you may not be able to sip red wine, but you’ll be doing your part to help small communities and their airports. And who knows, Fido and Fluffy may also be along for the ride.