For a lot of people, air travel is usually about economy class and commercial airlines than luxurious private jets. That may be about to change as empty leg flights become more and more popular in the air travel industry.
What is an empty leg flight?
Empty leg flights occur on a regular basis when a private charter plane has to fly to their next destination without a passenger, either to return to their home base or to pick up scheduled guests. Most of the time, these relocation flights go unsold – so often that private carriers have resorted to selling these flights for a fraction of the normal price, which can lead to a saving up to 75%. Yes, you’ve read that right, you could possibly fly privately for 75% less than the normal private flyers pay.
Consequently, empty leg flight is a “win-win” situation for both the guest and the private charter operator – discounted price for the guest and an unexpected revenue for the operator. However, as the same with anything else in private aviation, the price should not be the most important consideration. The following are a few points to consider before engaging:
- Safety should be the first and foremost concern of any traveler. It is important to find out the specific operator, aircraft and the crew that you will be flying with. Find out if they have top safety ratings from services. Are the pilots experienced enough in flying that specific aircraft? What avionics and other safety equipment are on the aircraft?
- Most empty leg flights will list the type and model of aircraft, a specific departure date and point to point cities or airports. Most of the time, these dates and locations are meant to identify general preferences. However, there may be some flexibility with the trade-off often reflected in pricing.
- It is important to understand that empty leg can disappear. If a full fare inbound flight is canceled, the empty leg repositioning flight will be canceled as well. That sort of situation is just part of the deal. Thus, make sure to have a plan B, just in case.
Empty Leg Flight with Elan Air Charter
Elan Air Charter is a full-service private and corporate jet charter company based in the United Arab Emirates. With their well-maintained fleet and dedication to exceptional customer service, they aim to deliver world-class private jet travel options to all their clients.