Private Air Time

High Fliers

Dreaming of literally joining the jet set? Here are a few things to know.

By Catherine Lutz November 1, 2015 Published in the Holiday 2015 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Often parked wingtip to wingtip on every square inch of available tarmac, the private jets at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport attest to the preferred means—for those who have the means—of getting into and out of Aspen. 

Our airport is notorious for weather delays and cancellations, but private carriers can adjust flight times and pre-position aircraft to minimize travel snafus. Wholly owned private jets are at their masters’ beck and call, and some jet-card programs allow flight bookings with as little as ten hours’ notice.

Aspen can see upward of three hundred flights per day during peak holiday season. Still, customers of private carriers like Sentient Jet are required to give just four days’ notice to fly on the twenty peak days of the year.

Crucially, the cost of entry for flying private has gone down dramatically. Travelers can opt for fractional ownership, an on-demand charter, or a jet-card program; Sentient Jet’s version offers twenty-five hours of flight time for $125,000.

Flexibility and economy notwithstanding, “the number one reason people fly privately is to save time,” says Sentient Jet CEO Andrew Collins. That, more than anything, can leave private fliers feeling like they’re walking on air.

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