The different ways executives use private air travel are as varied as the types of businesses they lead. Private airplanes are more than a mode of transportation—they’re critical business tools. A company’s highest paid executives don’t have time to sit in airport terminals waiting on the next flight. They would rather be conducting business and closing deals in the most efficient (and impressive) manner possible.

Depending on their needs, over-scheduled CEOs may opt for charter air travel, aircraft management, or even fractional ownership. While these choices are more expensive than commercial air travel, executives worldwide share the notion that in today’s increasingly competitive business environment, spending money to make even more money is always worth it. 

 Dallas is a key source for private aviation options, whether for corporate travel, recreational travel, or both. The following companies are in business to make the executive’s job easier.


Executive AirShare

In today’s dynamic, fast-paced business environment, acceptable air travel solutions aren’t always easy to find. Commercial flights are never cheap — regardless of the price — when you consider the time wasted in ticket lines, going through security, layovers, and overnight stays. And for most, the cost of owning your own plane is far too steep. There’s the initial purchase price, plus substantial monthly insurance, crew, and maintenance fees. 

 Executive AirShare offers the perfect solution to the needs of business travelers — Regional Fractional Aircraft Ownership. You’ll gain unprecedented traveling flexibility and increased productivity, with none of the hassles of full ownership. With Executive AirShare, you can say good-bye to endless ticket lines, multiple connecting flights, delays at security screening, and changes to airline schedules. Sensible share options mean substantial cost and time efficiencies for your business. Fractional ownership with Executive AirShare is an affordable, smart business, and personal travel decision. A focused, regional-based operation allows the company to pass on savings—not hidden expenses—to shareowners.

 Comprehensive care means Executive AirShare will provide all you need on every flight, including a team of professional flight crew-members. Executive AirShare offers a fleet of aircraft perfectly suited for important business engagements or the occasional weekend getaway. Each aircraft has a total number of available flying days per year, with time set aside for service and maintenance. As a fractional owner, you are entitled to a certain number of days and hours to use as you wish—be it business or pleasure. Executive AirShare uses only late model, 1995 or newer aircraft to maximize quality and comfort. You can purchase an interest in the aircraft that best meets your needs. Also, its Interchange program gives you access to additional aircraft options when the need arises. 

 Executive AirShare can analyze your current travel requirements and customize its fractional ownership program to efficiently meet your travel needs. With as little as one-sixteenth of a share, you receive the full benefits of aircraft ownership for a fraction of the cost, including the tax advantages. Unlike full aircraft ownership, you won’t have to worry about all the extra details. Executive AirShare provides full-time, professional flight crews ready to safely and comfortably transport you to your desired destination. Expert technicians ensure your aircraft receives only the highest standards of maintenance. Refueling, insurance, and hangar storage for all aircraft is included. Any on-flight accommodations will be onboard when you depart. 

 Executive AirShare Corporation also offers aircraft management and charter services through its subsidiary company, Executive Flight
Services, Inc. This alliance allows Executive AirShare to expand its capabilitites by offering a wide range of services with the whole aircraft management business and by gaining access to maintenance support and hangars facilities. Executive Flight Services manages 10 jet and turboprop aircraft and maintains office, hangar, and maintenance facilities, as well as a full-time staff of pilots, at Meacham Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport. Executive AirShare holds firm orders for 44 Embraer Phenom 100 aircraft with deliveries scheduled to begin summer 2009. The company also holds six firm orders for Phenom 300 light jet aircraft, making Executive AirShare the only established fractional aircraft
ownership company to offer Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 aircraft. www.executiveairshare.com and www.execflightservices.net


Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics Company (NYSE:GD) was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. Close to 5,600 employees serve clients from 25 airport facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North and South America. Jet Aviation services include worldwide jet charter services; flight planning and flight tracking; aircraft management and flight support services plus extensive international support for corporate flight operations; fixed base operations (FBO) worldwide; and aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services.

 The local Jet Aviation facility is located at Dallas Love Field, which serves seven million travelers a year. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and all year round, Jet Aviation Dallas accommodates every need of the passengers and crews who enter its doors. Elegant
customer lounges and a convenient crew lounge with terminals for flight and weather planning are at your disposal. Amenities include wireless internet access, domestic and international handling services, complete line services, aircraft interior and exterior cleaning, refueling, nightly hangaring of aircrafts, a private executive conference room, and business center. Feel secure at Jet Aviation’s state-of-the-art facility with U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices available on the field, open 24-hours a day. Jet Aviation offers on-site courtesy crew transportation, crew cars, major car rental services with autos on site, aircraft charter support
services, and a renowned professional staff to assist you when arriving at or departing from the Jet Aviation facility.

 Jet Aviation is also one of the largest international providers of executive charter services.  From offices worldwide, Jet Aviation offers clients 24-hour global charter services with access to over 1,700 jets. In the U.S., Jet Aviation offers the Privileged TRAVEL jet card, an easy to use pre-paid debit card with the cost of travel deducted on a per-trip basis. Privileged TRAVEL cards are available in 10, 25, 50, and 100 hour increments and was the industry’s first program to offer a 10-hour introductory card. 

 Jet Aviation operates a fleet of more than 200 corporate and private jets for aircraft owners worldwide. This complete turn-key aircraft management program includes in-house international and domestic flight planning and scheduling, flight crew staffing, line
operations and maintenance services, as well as insurance, accounting, and administrative services. Savings that Jet Aviation generates based on its volume purchases on fuel, insurance premiums, training and other operating expenses are passed on to clients. Jet Aviation can also
charter a client’s aircraft so that they earn income from their asset while reducing fixed expenses. 

 Jet Aviation operates an extensive international network of FBOs providing passenger handling, aircraft refueling, and quick turnaround assistance. Jet Aviation has 16 FBOs located around the world and consistently ranks in the top ten in international customer polls.
www.jetaviation.com


Monarch Air

“If each of your top producers flies 50,000 airline miles, your board of directors should insist that you start using air charter to recover lost sales time and eliminate overnight trips,” says Trey Sawtelle, president of Monarch Air at Addison Airport.

 Sawtelle claims that on most airline overnight trips, you lose four productive business hours. “If your company has five road warriors,
taking two overnight airline trips weekly, you’re losing 40 hours of sales time every week.”

 Acknowledging that company directors may worry about negative publicity associated with flying privately, Sawtelle insists that, “those concerns should pale beside the chance to recover lost sales time! It’s like hiring another top producer.” 

 “Stockholders flying twice a year may ask, ‘What’s the big deal about saving time on commercial flights?’ But once they learn how many trips your road warriors take, using charter to save time will make more sense,” Sawtelle adds.

 There’s no escaping the fact that flying privately is more convenient than the airlines. “But in this economy,” says Monarch Air CFO Paul Clark, “no one is chartering aircraft for the perks.”

 “Clients use our King Air Turboprops and our jets to fly directly to their destinations, when they need to go there, while working on board in complete privacy,” Clark says. Charter also allows clients to stop along the way. “That flexibility can make the difference in closing an extra sale or saving an account,” he adds.

 Family-owned Monarch Air opened its doors in 1986, and offers aircraft charter and management, sales and acquisitions, piston and jet maintenance, and flight training. The charter division is an ARG/US Gold rated facility. 

 “Since my folks opened the company,” Sawtelle concludes, “our focus has always been on our customers and how our aviation services can help them and their companies take flight.”  www.monarchair.com

Dine In Sky-High Style
 
Executive Aircraft Catering

 When you want to make a stellar impression upon your flight guests, look no further than the professionals at Executive Aircraft Catering. Family owned and operated and managed by Aviation Specialist Kim Elliott, who has more than 20 years of experience in the aviation industry, Executive Aircraft Catering’s service is built upon quality service and food safety—a primary reason for its continued success. 

 Executive Aircraft Catering provides a unique food experience for passengers on executive, personal, and luxury flights. Quality and presentation are hallmarks of Executive Aircraft Catering, as is its emphasis on safety. All food products that leave its facilities are handled in a safe manner. Executive Aircraft Catering enjoys the ability to choose from several vendors, which translates to a variety of offerings for its clients who enjoy specialty foods ranging from exotic to traditional to international. The staff makes it a priority to provide clients with the exact flight meal they request. Best of all, services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The extensive menu includes hundreds of items including hot and cold hors d’oeurves, snack trays and platters, sushi and sashimi, homemade soups and salads, fresh seafood, sandwiches, gourmet entrees, pastas, a range of breakfasts, and mouthwatering desserts.

 When you choose Executive Aircraft Catering, you are getting more than a first-class meal. You and your guests will also enjoy fresh linens and flowers, fine glassware and china, dry ice, traditional and international cuisine, and an extensive beverage selection. All meals are prepared by an executive chef who has worked in this industry for more than 20 years and who is known for crafting special orders that satisfy even the most demanding palate. The pampered VIP executive will enjoy the ultimate in gourmet dining presentations which may include silver flat trays, ceramic casserole dishes, fine china, and quality flatware. The final touch? Fresh, edible flowers that adorn the meal. www.executiveaircraftcatering.com