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UNDERSTANDING THE OPTIONS
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29. Page 4-7

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4. Key Attributes 

 

 

 

Private Jet Travel: Understanding the Options  

October 2003 

 

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higher level of operational flexibility compared to commercial operations such as 
Charter.  
 
Fractional. Among the remaining options, Fractional programs have set the 
mission flexibility standard.  Fractional program service areas usually include the 
United States plus a buffer (i.e., 200 miles beyond the border).  Some programs 
specifically include the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico.  Further, some offer 
reciprocal rights with affiliated Fractional companies in other parts of the world.  
Downgrades to aircraft smaller than your aircraft are usually guaranteed.  
Upgrades are available as well, but are in many instances limited by your aircraft 
type or ownership level.  Under the new FAA regulations governing Fractionals, 
the programs must comply with operational restrictions similar to those of Charter 
operators; the larger programs already do so. 
 
Block Charter and Block-Frax. Block Charter and Block-Frax have much in 
common with Fractional programs, but tend to offer somewhat lower mission 
flexibility.  For example, upgrades and downgrades are less likely to be 
guaranteed and peak day limitations are likely to be stricter. Block-Frax offers 
access to international flights (as offered by the Fractional operator’s reciprocal 
agreements), which may be attractive to certain customers. 
 

 

Fractional has set 
standard for 
flexibility 

 

 

 

Block Charter and 
Block-Frax are 
very flexible but 
can vary 

 

 

 

 

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"Chartering a plane, either directly from a charter company or through a charter broker, is often the most cost effective way to fly private."

Independent Source: Deloitte Private Wealth, Private aircraft: Flying private makes sense for those with the right information (page 20)
*This website has no affiliation with Deloitte.

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