kielly meth. First Class Interiors. June 04th , 2018.
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.
While looking at aircraft charter rates you will have to consider the weather a big and uncertain factor. Most responsible charter companies have up-to-date weather information and you should we able to calculate possible delays and added charges before booking a charter. For instance due to bad weather the airport you want to land on becomes unreachable and you have to redirect the flight to another airport. Consider the added costs now in terms of transport to the point of destination from the new airport etc. If you are well informed you can bargain over these factors to adjust the aircraft charter rates before flying.
Private aircraft charter companies don`t always own the planes they run. Many belong to rich private owners or big businesses who lend them to the charter companies to keep up maintenance. Generally like car rental companies private jet charter companies are legally bound to keep their aircraft well maintained. You can chose to ask for the latest inspection report or anything similar for assurance and see that the last maintenance of the particular aircraft on offer is not too long ago. Same applies for the pilots. You should never compromise on these for lower aircraft charter rates.
In the race among most airlines to pack in more paying customers into a fixed and very limited aircraft cabin the idea of what constitutes "foot space" or any "space" at all for that matter is a fungible and never easily understood concept on the part of an airline passenger. Believe me when I say that - as a former airline manager - that the airlines would LOVE to give everybody in every section of the plane their own personal "space" but that`s not going to happen in this lifetime from what I can tell.