My First Private Charter Flight and Why I Will Now Forever Struggle Flying Commercially
May 1 2017
Hello! I’m Cathy Caldarola, Chartright’s new Director of Sales & Marketing. I recently had the opportunity to experience a private charter flight on board one of the corporate jets we manage – a Bombardier Challenger 601. We needed to reposition the aircraft from Toronto Pearson (CYYZ) to our hangar in Kitchener/Waterloo (CYKF), so what better time to get me on board to familiarize myself with our products and services!
Having only flown commercially all my life, I was trying to be cool when I boarded the jet…like, no big deal, right? Wrong! From the moment I climbed on board the aircraft, I was greeted with the luxurious interior and the warm smell of the leather chairs. My Chartright pilots were friendly and accommodating quickly offering to get me a bottle of Fiji water. Too bad this would be only an 18-minute flight and there was no time for a glass of wine.
I could quickly see why chartering an aircraft is so much easier than flying commercially. I did not have to: arrive at the airport 90-minutes early; wait in a long security line; walk a marathon to get to my gate; corral with the mass of other passengers waiting for my zone to be called to board the flight. Nope, none of those! My pilots had been alerted that I was walking to the aircraft, so I just climbed on board and selected the seat I wanted to sit in. In all, it took less than five minutes from when I parked my car.
It was just a quick taxi out of Pearson and we were on our way to Kitchener. Having flown commercially all these years, I wasn’t sure what else to expect…that is until I heard that familiar “ding” to alert me that the Captain was about to make an announcement and I had better be paying attention. But that’s where the similarities to a commercial flight ended. Almost immediately, I was able to recline my already very comfortable leather chair to enjoy my short flight. With no chatty passengers around to interrupt me, I was able to prop my iPad on my lap and actually get a bit of work done. I could see why private charter is truly the way to travel: easy, productive, comfortable, convenient, and a big time saver!
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