When you charter an aircraft, in many cases, it might owned by somebody else. This person will have to give their approval before your booking can be confirmed; if not, you’ll need to consider other options.
Most aircraft are individually owned by a single owner, whose average personal usage is approximately 300 hours a year. However, some owners may only fly their aircraft for 200 hours a year, so they may ask a plane management company or operator to charter it for them. The owner maintains the right to approve each trip, or decline a charter flight if they’ll be using the aircraft themselves, so the operator will need their approval for every trip they book.
We will ask you to select one or two preferred aircraft. The operator will then check on their availability with the owners. Typically, operators will have an owner’s schedule in advance. This means they can make an educated guess on when it’ll be available, but they still require the owner to sign each charter request off.
Owners may sometimes turn flights down for reasons other than availability. For example, if they own a large jet, they may reject any requests for flights of less than three hours, as those flights put too many cycles on the engines and burn too much fuel.
Sometimes, the operator will own the aircraft outright, so no separate owner approval is needed. The flight can be booked as soon as we sign the flight contract with the operator.