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How to achieve effortless aircraft ownership

27 September 2022• Written by Jet Aviation

Owning an aircraft is, of course, a lot of fun. Those who want to maximise their time in the air and their efficiency on the ground can certainly warrant their value. However, owning an aircraft comes with a great deal of responsibility and raises questions such as, where do you park it? How do you hire the rights crew and ensure they are on top of their safety training? And who can maintain it?

Taking the time to answer these questions and organise an aircraft can take away from the enjoyment and freedom of being an owner. That’s why many owners turn to Jet Aviation – a company with a 50-year pedigree in business aviation – to ensure a carefree ownership experience.

Jet Aviation manages around 75,000 hours’ worth of flights across the world per year racked up by a fleet of some 300 aircraft. While each aircraft is unique in size, usage, type and location, the Jet Aviation management team have taken the time to craft a tailor-made management plan for each owner.

“Every customer is unique,” says Jeremie Caillet, Jet Aviation’s senior vice president of regional operations EMEA. “And that’s where we’re unique. Our scale and footprint allow us to be global, anticipate the client's requirements and innovate continuously to simplify the experience of owning and operating a business jet. By becoming a customer, your needs can be met with personalised attention to detail, wherever you are in the world.”

To begin, a dedicated management team will take the time to get to know an aircraft owner’s needs and preferences when it comes to flying. First and foremost, a management plan will revolve around safety. This can be anything from managing the maintenance schedule and the crew training to medical and travel safety, or IT security. To add to the list, a global response team is on hand 24 hours a day and is formed of highly trained security personnel who monitor world events, facilitate security programs, and can coordinate evacuation strategies if needed.

Regardless of whether they are an existing or newly recruited crew, an aircraft’s crew are kept up to date with training, protocols and any airport and governmental regulations. Jet Aviation has a reputation for its rigorous interview process when hiring professional members of crew. The process involves an in-depth meeting and a review of regulatory and licensing requirements. As a result, the firm has acquired and retained the best pilots, flight attendants and maintenance personnel in the industry.

And once you have the aircraft and the crew, it’s time to travel. The management team also take care of route planning and regulation negotiation, ensuring that you get to where you need to be easily and on time. “With some 50 locations across the globe covering everything from completions, charter and management, to maintenance, staffing and even government support, Jet Aviation is a trusted partner for every aspect of an aircraft’s lifecycle,” explains Caillet.

So, when you have your aircraft and you’re wondering where to land, Jet Aviation makes the decision easy with its network of some 30 fixed-base operators (FBOs) worldwide. “One of the benefits of our global presence is knowing what to expect when you land,” Caillet explains. “Whether it’s touching down for a business meeting in Teterboro, travelling to see customers in the Middle East or a vacation, our ground staff know a customer by name and their needs and preferences.”

Afterwards, if your aircraft is scheduled for maintenance, you’ll easily find a hub in Switzerland, Dubai, Singapore, Australia and the US with emergency support available 24/7 all around the globe. And if this sounds complicated, there’s an expert team on hand to take care of every aspect of aircraft management and operation.

Jet Aviation can also manage sustainable fuelling, with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available worldwide through the company’s global Book & Claim service. In this initiative, customers who want to benefit from SAF but fuel in a location where physical SAF is not available can fuel with regular jet fuel, while the same amount of SAF is uplifted in a location where it is available. It’s a way to get more SAF out there, and what’s more, the original aircraft owner receives the accreditation for their records. Jet Aviation offers physical SAF in Van Nuys, California, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Singapore, and was the first company to introduce SAF temporarily into Switzerland for the World Economic Forum 2020.

The Jet Aviation management team are able to take care of every detail of owning, managing and operating an aircraft. To find out more about how the team can help you, contact them directly here.

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