Private Aviation in a World with COVID-19 Pandemic

Traveling private has always had advantages over commercial airlines even before the novel Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic.

As a reminder, the advantages of flying Private vs Commercial are (and will always be):

  • Ability to fly directly to over five thousand public-use and private airports in United States, which may be closer to your departure point, over ten times more options to choose from compared to commercial airports.
  • Fly on your own schedule; depart whenever you want and manage delays more efficiently.
  • Be able to select the right aircraft for the right mission.
  • Spend less time at the airport – no check-ins, no baggage claims, no TSA security checkpoints -be in the air in minutes!

One of the major advantages of flying private is to have the entire aircraft to yourself! A Washington Post article from 2016 outlined how the airlines lack space, comparing a Boeing 737 fuselage to a New York apartment. While the Boeing 737 has been around since 1960s, and now adapted many next generation technical capabilities, this popular single aisle domestic airliner confines passengers to less than seven square feet of space* at most. Even if you fly first class on a domestic route, chances are that you’ll never be able to match the comfort of a private jet. In comparison, the new Bombardier Global 7500** ultra-long range large-cabin jet or the Embraer Praetor 600*** super-mid features at least over twenty square feet of space per passenger at full capacity.

Image Source: Washington Post

We featured these two private aircraft, as they represent some of the latest developments in the industry. The Embraer Praetor 600 has ability to move 100% fresh air through the cabin with its HEPA filtration system, now a standard feature on new aircraft orders. And Bombardier’s proprietary Pũr Air system features activated carbon filter along with a HEPA filter, to remove even the volatile organic compounds (VOCs), odors and gases and provide fresh air to the cabin every 90 seconds.

While the space density of an airliner would improve based on occupancy, most near-future flights will be operating at close to full capacity, as the industry is trying to efficiently go back to profitability.

While the Coronavirus pandemic is continuing to impact our daily lives across the globe, many aircraft management & charter operators have taken necessary steps to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus and increase safety and peace of mind of the passengers.

  • All Wing Aviation aircraft are being deep cleaned before and after each owner (Part 91) or charter (Part 135) flight.
  • We conduct regular wellness checks for our flight crew, including our support team.
  • We adjusted onboard catering to align with the most recent health regulations.
  • We assess and review Covid-19 protocols of the Fixed Based Operations we utilize at destination points, to ensure they can safely handle our arrival.
  • Additionally, we’re monitoring U.S. government announcements constantly for any travel restrictions. Click here to see our complete Covid-19 Protocols

Overall, chartering a private jet, or owning one adds an optimum peace of mind and flexibility to your travel needs.

* The Boeing 737-700 features around 900 square feet cabin space for around 140 passengers.

** The Bombardier Global 7500’s interior cabin dimensions are 54.5 feet length by 8 feet width; providing 436 square feet cabin space for up to 19 passengers.

*** The Embraer Praetor 600 super-midsize offers standard eight-passenger seating configuration, in its 27.5 feet length by 6 feet 10 inches width cabin; a total of 165 square feet of room.