First Class Interiors. Thursday , May 17th , 2018 - 04:14:59 AM
The Business Class cabin was two thirds empty on the two hour Buenos Aires - Santiago sector and we landed an hour of so before sun down in clear and warm conditions with the Captain informing us it was still 29 degrees C. All passengers were deplaned at Santiago during the one hour station stop so that the aircraft could be groomed for the long-haul flight back to Toronto. Interestingly enough Air Canada has traffic rights between Buenos Aires and Santiago so some passengers left us but a larger number along with the new crew were waiting to join the flight at gate 15 in the new Santiago Airport terminal. Large glass windows are a prominent feature of the new airport which is great for aircraft spotters but they somehow forgot to incorporate an adequate air-conditioning system. It was stifling hot as we waited to board the flight although the Servisair-GlobeGround contract agents boarded the plane efficiently there was no advance boarding for Business-Class passengers as normal in Canada.
For those who use the charter frequently there are a few options. One will be to opt for something like an annual pass become a card holder member which will allow for lot of added benefits cost wise. But take into account the membership fee` here as well. The other option will be to share the ownership of a craft like in time share. But this will include the aircraft maintenance cost as well and as you will be a part owner it is possible for two owners to demand the use of the craft at the same time. And always read the fine print especially for hidden costs like cabin crew in flight snacks etc.
If you often need to make flights on short notice or have an unpredictable schedule or planned route the total access that ownership provides is its own greatest benefit. With your own private plane there is no minimum call out time no concern that all the charter aircraft are booked when you need to make a critical flight. Even jet card and fractional ownership programs may take hours to sometime days during busy time periods like holidays to make an aircraft available.