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The beginner's guide: 4 ways to fly by private jet

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A report compiled by UK private jet charter service Victor claims charters have grown in no fewer than 18 of Europe’s 20 top airports, while private jet travel in general has shown a 0.8 per cent increase across Europe. In the busiest month, July, there were 77,000 private departures in Europe alone with top routes including Paris-Le Bourget to Geneva and Vnukovo, outside Moscow, to Nice.

With private air travel now better value than ever and superyacht helicopters becoming the norm among the world's largest yachts, what is the best way to shake off the shackles of conventional commercial flying and upgrade to a jet of your own? Essentially, there are three options – outright ownership, fractional ownership and charter. Here are the pros and cons of each…

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Chartering is undoubtedly the easiest way into – and out of – the private jet experience. It enables the use of an aircraft for a one-off payment, without the commitments associated with fractional or outright ownership. And once you’ve arrived at your destination you can walk away with nothing more to worry about. There are downsides, however. The type of aircraft you need may not be available at short notice; the destination you wish to travel to might not be covered by certain charter companies and, in relative terms, the cost per journey is high. For occasional users, however, charter is undoubtedly the answer. 

One of the leaders in the field, Vistajet ( vistajet.com) maintains a fleet of 55 Bombardier business aircraft that fly to 1,200 airports. For example, a one-way flight on the popular London to Ibiza route on a Challenger 350 for up to eight passengers is $30,430.

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