The best part of flying a luxurious private jet is not just the flight, but also the entire flight experience. This total experience consists of arriving and checking in at the private jet terminal, relaxing at the private lounge, getting on the jet, in flight services and entertainment, lots of selfie with friends and family, arriving and checking at the private jet terminal, and then on your way to your destination.
Private jet terminals are just like nice top end hotels with different star rating. Hotels like the Marriott, W, Ritz Carlton, and Four Seasons, to name a few are similar to different ratings or luxury of a private jet terminals. With that said, let’s breakdown what a private jet terminal is and what makes them to be ranked in the top in terms of luxury.
One of the major purposes of
a private jet terminal is for passengers and owners of the jets to park their
jets, check-in, board the aircraft and departure. Unlike commercial jets, the passenger processing
is tiring due to large amount of passengers and can sometimes quite
overwhelming with different regulations applied to the process.
Another point to make is that
a private jet airport and private jet terminal are not the same. Some countries will have a private jet airport
like Teterboro, New Jersey or Santa Monica, California, which is specifically
built to cater the private jets. Santa
Monica private jet airport is quite well known for movie stars like John
Travolta, who is an avid pilot to fly in for a quick pit stop.
While the private jet terminals, like Harrods Aviation or Signature Aviation can be located in private jet airport or can be in commercial airports. In this article we will focus on the overall private jet terminals and what simply makes them luxurious.
To own a private jet especially the high-end ones like Gulfstream G650, Global 7500, Falcon 8X, or Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), Embraer Lineage 1000E the owners of these multi-million dollar jets expect nothing less when it comes to private jet terminals. They view these jet terminals as if it is a five-star hotel lobby with a top-notch concierge. This service would include a beautiful lobby, grand entrance, fine arts, concierge, top security, catering, CIQ (Customs, Immigration, Quarantine), easy access to the jets, parking for their jets, and others.
Imagine you are waiting at a
beautiful lounge prior to your flight with drinks, snacks, chatting with your
friends, board the flight, flight level at 50,000 feet, way above the
commercial airlines altitude, arriving into a remote airport on a beautiful
island. Waiting is a red carpet for you for
your first step out of the jet and a nice glass of Dom Perignon, swift immigration
process while you have your luggage carried by a concierge to your awaiting
limo. Ahhh what bliss.
On that note, let’s breakdown
what a private terminal is and which are some of the most luxurious ones. There
are two major continents that lead in private terminals, North America (in
particular United States) and Europe. In
aviation term for private jet terminal is FBO or Fixed Base Operator. An FBO is an all inclusive service for jet
owners to park their planes, lounge, do their immigration paper works, pilots
and crew prepare their flights, service on the aircraft, inflight catering, host
airshows, and lots more. The final thing
to consider is the destination of where the FBO is operating.
Another nice aspect of an FBO
or a private airport is the hosting of airshows. This aspect of having an airshow adds another
spice to the life of private jets. It is
similar to a motor show in US or Europe where ones can see the latest and
greatest or the most luxurious or the newest EV (Electric Vehicle). The Air Show are hosted throughout the year
at some of the most popular airports which includes Paris Air Show at Bourget, NBAA
in Las Vegas, ABACE in Shanghai, and others.