On average, there are 42,000 flights and 2.5 million airline passengers across more than 29 million square miles of airspace at a time.
When you fly commercial airlines, it’s likely you’ll have to deal with crowded, stuffy planes and irritable, anxious fellow passengers. Additionally, delayed flights and missed connections due to both bad weather conditions and poor scheduling by airlines can make commercial air travel an aggravating experience.
If you’re tired of being one in literally millions of passengers flying commercially, you may consider booking a direct charter for your next business trip or family vacation. However, there are over 6000 private charter aircraft in the United States, and if you’re new to private air charter how do you know which plane is right for you and your fellow travelers?
Although, many people think of traveling in a jet when they think of private air charter, there are many more options.
The Pilatus PC-12 is a great and affordable option.
Whether you travel weekly or daily for business, or if you want a more private and exclusive flight experience for your family during trips and vacations, the Pilatus PC-12 has a lot of benefits to consider.
Inside the PC-12
The PC-12 combines reliability, excellent fuel economy, and versatility all into one aircraft with superior safety ratings. It offers multiple configurations of seating and cargo however the most common configuration allows for 8 passengers. With a cabin height of 4 ft 10 in, the plane itself spans almost 17 feet long. Passengers enjoy comfortable seating, a pressurized cabin, air conditioning, and a private bathroom.
Additionally, there is rear club seating with writing tables on each side of the aisle as well as an in-flight accessible baggage area so that passengers can access their luggage while in flight.
Are you contemplating a longer flight? We’ve got on-board catering available upon request.
Other Pilatus PC-12 Benefits
The Pc-12 has the ability to cruise at speeds over 285 mph so, while it’s not as fast as a chartered jet, it’s significantly faster than most single engine planes. The Pilatus is also known for its comfortable landing ability on short runways which is perfect for reaching many island destinations. This aircraft can truly go where other aircraft cannot.
The Pc-12 is also renowned for its smooth flying abilities due to its unique design. You won’t miss the bumpy take-offs and landings you are used to experiencing in large commercial jets. In fact, you might not even notice the plane lifting off the ground.
Another important fact about the Pilatus is that because it is a single engine plane, its operating cost is significantly lower than the operating cost of a small jet. Are you considering chartering a small jet? You can expect to pay anywhere from $2500-$9000 per hour. The Pilatus is typically closer to $1400-$1600 per hour depending on the length of your flight. As you can see, there is a substantial cost difference!
If you travel within Florida and down to the Caribbean frequently, the Pilatus is the perfect plane to get you to your destinations quickly and comfortably. Quick trips from Miami to Jacksonville without the annoyance of working with different airlines can now come with ease.
Private Charter Is Better Than Commercial Air Travel
Depending on where you are traveling and what airlines provide service to your local airport, you may not have an option for a direct flight to your destination because commercial airlines fly specific routes. And, catching a connecting flight is a hassle and adds to your travel time. Having to navigate a large airport that you’re not familiar with or being stuck between flights for hours are both unpleasant experiences.
Many people don’t realize this, but utilizing private air charter typically allows you to choose an airport closer to your final destination. Traveling to Colorado for snow skiing? If you’re hitting Vail or Beaver Creek and you’re taking a commercial flight then you’ll be landing in Denver, CO, renting a car and driving at least 2 hours to get to your ski resort. Flying privately gives you the option of landing at Eagle County Airport which is significantly closer to the slopes. There are thousands of smaller airports across the country that are not even an option for travelers who choose to fly commercial.
Using a chartered PC-12 for your travels avoids connecting flight and gets you where you need to be on time and with far less aggravation. There are no security lines or lengthy processes to check your luggage. You simply arrive at the airport before your flight and board the plane.
Tampa Bay Air Charter offers many services and has a great team of experienced aviators to get you where you need to go.
Get a quote to start your new journey with the PC 12.