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Are Private Jets Safer Than Commercial Airlines?

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Air travel is by far the safest way to get around. That fact has been true for years. Thanks to its world-leading safety systems, in which every incident big or small is reviewed by an independent commission, flying on a commercial airliner ranks safer than trains, buses and cars. Despite this, 40% of people report being uncomfortable on airplanes. This further increases on private jets, which are far smaller and thus feel more vulnerable to the whims of the sky. However, private jets remain safer than many forms of private travel and are, at least in some ways, safer than commercial jets, mainly down to their adaptability in the sky.

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Private jets fly from private terminals

The vast majority of private jet journeys begin at a private terminal, and in many cases, passengers arrive to find they have the entire space to themselves. A research study from Air Charter Service found that a typical private jet journey sees passengers encounter four people compared to 600 people on a typical journey through a commercial airport.

That difference is staggering. Even if you are flying business or first class and enjoy the privacy of a business lounge, the study found you will still encounter on average 136 people at check-in, immigration control and baggage collection.

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Private jets have far fewer people on board

It sounds obvious to say, but the fact that a private jet has fewer people on board makes it extremely easy to guard against Covid-19 contagion. For instance, all aircraft interiors are treated with an antimicrobial barrier that bonds to surfaces providing lasting protection from various bacteria, germs, and viruses like Covid-19.

The Advantages of Private Jets in Avoiding Bad Weather

One of the biggest concerns with private jet safety is the fact that they are much, much smaller than a commercial airliner. Naturally, people conclude that as a result, they are more vulnerable to the elements, specifically turbulence. And while it is true that a jet may move more in windy conditions, in reality their agility and superior performance allows them to avoid the majority of bad weather.

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While commercial airlines cruise at altitudes between 33,000ft and 38,000ft, many private jets are able to operate at over 40,000ft. This allows them to fly above any inclement weather, and also provides a smoother, more comfortable flight experience for passengers. Additionally, the flexibility of private jets allows them to change flight paths and avoid bad weather with greater ease.

The Advantages of Landing at Smaller Airports

In the event of an emergency landing, private jets have the added advantage of being able to land at almost any airport in the country. This is in contrast to commercial airliners, which are limited to major airport hubs due to the length of runway required. This flexibility and adaptability in emergency situations makes private jets a safer choice for travelers.

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