Earlier this week I had the chance to fly on a private jet from Van Nuys to Las Vegas…something I could easily get used to.
This wasn’t my first time flying private, but it was a very different experience than being packed onto a small turbo-prop last time around. My friend Nancy invited John and me to join her on the journey to Las Vegas. She’s a JetSmarter member and was able to bring both of us with her for free…
Our jet from Van Nuys, CA to Las Vegas was a Challenger 300, a beautiful 8-seat jet. It was spacious and comfortable onboard with six chairs and a couch for two.
There are several things I love about flying private. First, no security. We still had to submit our names and DOBs, so assumedly some background check was performed, but the lack of metal detectors is a beautiful thinkg.
Second, departure time is fluid…we were scheduled to leave around 3pm, but left early because all five on the manifest showed up. There is no needless waiting around.
Third, fast wi-fi and mobile phone coverage onboard made the 1hr flight productive. While commercial airlines could also emulate this, no commercial airlines in the USA currently permit onboard calling. We enjoyed strong coverage and were even able to use FaceTime.
Later in the week I’ll provide a full trip report. As I look at what JetSmarter offers and calculate the business travel I likely have coming in 2019, a membership may actually make financial sense.