FAQ

Are the aircraft safe?

We go to great lengths to ensure all featured jet operators have updated Aircraft Operator Certificates, operating licenses and insurance documents. In addition to this, all chartered aircraft are new or recently renovated and piloted by two professional pilots/co-pilot, in accordance with the regulation of the civil aviation authority of the aircraft’s registration country.


What’s the difference between private jet charter and fractional ownership?

Private jet charter involves paying to use someone else’s aircraft when they are not using it. This is normally a one off charter agreement with no long term financial commitment. Fractional ownership involves sharing the full cost of purchasing and operating an aircraft.


How much does it cost to travel by private jet?

The cost of flying by private jet depends on flight time, aircraft hourly rate, positioning sectors (where the aircraft is flown empty before or after the passenger sector) and airport fees. All prices that you receive from our network are fully inclusive, there are no hidden costs.


What happens after I book my flight?

Once you have booked your flight with BLS Airservice we will confirm the flight with the operator.
You then need to sign and return the contract that we send you, let us know any catering requests, and send us the passport details for each of the passengers.


How can I pay for my private flight with BLS Airservice?

We can accept bank transfers and payment by credit or debit card. To discuss payment options please call [Telefon Nummer]


How do I know where to go when I arrive at the airport?

Most airports have dedicated private jet check-in facilities. These are normally provided by specialist handling agents (often called FBOs).


Do I still need to show my passport when travelling by private jet charter?

Depending on your flight destination and nationality you may not require your passport when travelling by private jet. However BLS Airservice always recommends that our clients travel with a passport, even for domestic flights within their own country.


What are the benefits of using a private jet charter broker?

Using a private jet charter is like having a private aviation assistant. They learn about your preferences, needs, and family, ensuring a bespoke flying experience. They’ll also track your flight and take care of the little details.


What are Airport Slots?

Airport Slots are essentially a prior permission from the airport and Air Traffic Control to land at a specific airport during a major event when the area and parking spaces are expected to be congested.


Why should I use a private jet broker when I can book directly with an operator?

Booking via a broker can be cost-effective and safer. If you book directly through an operator, you’ll pay retail pricing. You’ll also be charged markups on extras that are added by the operator, and they’ll only give you quotes on aircraft within their own fleet, which hampers your options.


What are the disadvantages of an empty leg?

The main problem with empty legs is that they offer no flexibility. An empty leg is a particular aircraft flying at a specific time and date. If that doesn’t suit your needs, you can’t use it. Other disadvantages are restrictive departure times, price, stability, and cancellation terms.


Does it cost more to bring more passengers on our private jet charter flight?

Not as much as you may think. As you would expect, larger private jets able to carry more people will generally cost more to charter per hour than smaller aircraft with fewer available seats – but beyond that, the only additional charge per passenger is a standard fee, the amount of which is dependent on the nature of your trip.


Is it ok for unaccompanied minors to fly onboard chartered private jets?

Generally yes, as long as they are above a certain age (usually 12-13, but as young as 7 for some operators.) Minors under the age of 16 traveling alone require that a legal guardian complete a Chain of Custody form listing the approved contact at their destination, and this person will need to present identification to the designated flight crew member before the operator releases the minor into their custody.


What is an Aircraft Broker?

The job of an aircraft broker is to bring the buyer and seller of an aircraft together and to advise them on the contractual details.
He’s more or less a project manager who leads one or sometimes both parties through the jungle of an aircraft deal.


Which aircraft brokers are there?

Internationally, a distinction is made between private jet brokers, commercial jet brokers and helicopter brokers.
Some aircraft brokers are also at home in all three lines of business.


What is the difference between an aircraft broker and an aviation consultant?

Typically, an aircraft seller pays an aircraft broker to sell their jet or helicopter.
Therefore, the broker represents the interests of the seller.
A buyer generally secures the expertise of a consultant or advisor to represent his interests.


What fees, so-called commissions, does a broker charge?

Minimum Commission: $3,000
Commission up to $ 300,000: 10%
Commission for prices between $ 300,001 and $ 600,000: 7%
Commission for prices between $ 600,001 and $ 1 million: 6%
Commission for prices over $ 1 million: 5%
Additional fees: 1% for aircraft with damage history.
Aircraft History Research Fees: Negotiable.
Expenses: Will be reimbursed.


Charter a plane, how does it work?

Usually you inform the charter company of the date and time, the number of passengers, your starting point and of course your destination.
You will then be offered the aircraft based on experience that best meets your requirements and is available.
If you prefer a certain type of aircraft, you should of course express your wishes.


What services do we understand by special charter:

Special charter is understood to include ambulance flights, air transport on demand, spare part flights, event flights, flights to sporting events,
team flights, aircraft rental (also on a daily and monthly basis), crane flights, aerial photography, film flights, orchestras and music tours,
heavy transports with wide-bodied aircraft like the Antonov, transports to crisis areas.