New passengers often ask us questions, and many of them are about the expectations, traditions, and unspoken requirements of private charter air travel. Let’s break down the private jet etiquette (or “jetiquette”) essentials and resolve any burning questions you may have before your trip.
Try to be on time (or a bit early).
Flying on a private jet gives you much more flexibility and room for a personalized schedule than a commercial flight. Feel free to book any time that works the best for your preferences and itinerary. If unforeseen circumstances change your plans, it’s always possible to make adjustments.
However, it’s also considered impolite to turn up late on the day of the flight. The pilots may have a busy schedule and other flights to accommodate after, so do your best to arrive slightly early for your flight time and board promptly. After all, one of the greatest things about private charter flights is that you can board quickly and get right on your way!
Tipping is always appreciated.
You’ve already invested a lot in your flight. However, unlike on a commercial flight, it’s common and always appreciated to tip your private charter pilot. You have likely been introduced personally before taking off, and it’s considered polite to share a brief exchange when you arrive at your destination to thank the pilot.
While tipping the pilot or cabin crew is not formally expected or required, you can always leave a friendly and helpful crew gratuity as a token of appreciation. How much to tip will depend on your particular context — there’s definitely plenty of leeway. For a modest charter flight, a small tip of just $20 or $50 is perfectly fine and always appreciated. Many travelers will round to $100 per crew member. On an expensive and luxurious flight that you really enjoyed, a tip as high as $1,000 is generous and also perfectly appropriate.
You should certainly consider leaving a tip if you were happy with the service you received.
Dress for the occasion.
There is no dress code, per se, to fly via private charter. Your outfit should suit the circumstances. If you’ve been invited to fly with a colleague for business, dress accordingly. On a chartered aircraft that you’ve booked yourself, you and your other passengers will know what the occasion calls for. It’s fine to dress casually for a leisure trip with family or close friends.
Let the host board first.
Seating arrangements on a private aircraft are more flexible than the rows and numbers assigned on commercial jets. However, it’s good private jet etiquette to allow the owner of the aircraft, host of the flight, or otherwise lead passengers board first to select their preferred seats. Other passengers can then board and occupy the seat of their choice from those that are open. This tradition can easily be relaxed if you’re very close to the other individuals you’re flying with.
Normally the lead passenger sits on the first, forward-facing seat to the left upon entry.
Don’t hesitate to ask for anything you need.
This is your trip. Don’t worry about being demanding, although it’s always good jetiquette to make requests in a polite fashion. You might ask up front for accommodations for your dietary requirements, particular music, a favorite beverage, or even in-cabin decorations to celebrate a special moment. Personalize the experience and make the flight your own.
Booking soon? Practice your jetiquette with Hangar 7 Aviation!
Our friendly and knowledgeable agents are ready to help you book and arrange all of the details for your personalized flight experience. We’re happy to answer all of your questions about jetiquette, destinations, costs, popular aircraft, and more. Contact Hangar 7 today and take to the sky your way.