时间：2019-1-12 16:54:31 作者：雅信博文翻译
Taking a Private Jet Could Be More Affordable Than You Think搭乘私人飞机没有你想象得那么贵
According to research, the average price for a private jet flight declined 13 percent from 2014 to 2016.
As Rachel Raymond from West Orange, N.J., tells it, the day last August when she flew on a private jet ranks as one of the most unreal experiences of her life. Ms. Raymond, and her husband, Daniel, along with their three children, took a flight in a seven-seat jet, a Cessna Citation III, complete with two pilots and a well-stocked bar, from Westchester County Airport, in White Plains, N.Y., to upstate Saratoga Springs. The Raymonds had decided to take an impromptu trip to Lake George because they had found a last-minute deal where they could fly on that route for only $500.
用新泽西州西奥兰治的蕾切尔?雷蒙德(Rachel Raymond)的话说，去年8月她乘坐私人飞机的那天，算得上她人生中最不真实的经历之一。雷蒙德夫人和她的丈夫丹尼尔还有三个孩子一起，从纽约白原市的韦斯特切斯特县机场搭乘一架塞斯纳Citation III型七座喷气式飞机飞到了北部的萨拉托加温泉市，机上配备两名飞行员和酒水充足的吧台。雷蒙德一家决定来一场说走就走的乔治湖之旅，因为他们发现了一个“最后召集”优惠，只需500美元就可以飞这条航线。
“Daniel and I have always fantasized about flying private, but it’s a luxury that we never thought that we would be able to pay for,” Ms. Raymond said.
The charter was a “SuiteDeal” from the private jet company JetSuite. These last-minute deals for one-way private jet charters within the United State cost between $500 and $2,000, and the money the Raymonds paid was comfortably within their budget.
JetSuite is one of several private aviation companies attempting to make private jet flying accessible to travelers who aren’t part of the billionaire or even millionaire set. In many cases, these companies such as Blade and JetSmarter, are able to offer flights at appealing prices because the trips are shared with a small group of other passengers. While this may not be private flying in the vein of having an entire plane to yourself, travelers fly in and out of small, private airports where they usually don’t have to deal with the Transportation Security Administration and can arrive just five to 15 minutes before their departure time.
JetSuite是试图使非亿万富翁、乃至非百万富翁群体负担得起私人飞机的几家私人航空公司之一。在许多情况下，Blade和JetSmarter等航空公司能够提供价格适宜的飞行，因为这些飞行是由几组乘客拼搭起来的。虽然这可能还算不上私人飞行，因为并非独享一架飞机，但旅行者在小型私人机场起飞和降落，通常不必跟运输安全管理局(Transportation Security Administration)打交道，只需在起飞前5至15分钟到达即可。
The Raymond’s $500 trip is a more extreme example of how little flights on private jets can cost, but industry experts say that a trip on one today is less expensive than it ever has been in the past.
Steve Wooster, the managing director of services and air operations for the luxury travel network Virtuoso, said that the proliferation of private jet brands has led to these lower prices. “There are many more suppliers than there ever used to be, and competition means prices have dropped,” he said. “Private jet flying is now open to a diversity of passengers, not just C.E.O.’s.”
Members who want to set their own schedule can create a flight and post it to JetSmarter’s app so that other interested members can buy seats for the route and help reduce the cost of the charter; if all the seats on the plane sell, the member who created the flight flies for free. These crowdsourced trips usually top out at $2,000 a person, a fraction of the $8,000 or more per hour it can cost for a traditional charter. “My goal is to make private jet flying less elitist,” Mr. Petrossov said.
Blade, which doesn’t require membership, also sells flights, but only from December through mid-March and on one route, between Westchester County Airport (with or without a helicopter transfer from Manhattan) and its own terminal in Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport. From $1,285 each way, fliers travel on a Bombardier commercial jet retrofitted with 16 seats and receive an array of amenities such as catered meals from Dean & Deluca as well as iPad Pros loaded with first-run movies; they also get accommodations for the weekend at Faena Miami, a luxury beachfront hotel.
不要求会员资格的Blade公司也销售航班，但仅限于从12月到3月中旬，从韦斯特切斯特县机场（有时提供从曼哈顿的直升机接客服务，有时不提供）和该公司位于迈阿密奥帕洛卡机场的航空站之间的这一条航线。单程1285美元，乘客可乘坐庞巴迪(Bombardier)的16座商务机，并享受一系列服务，如来自Dean & Deluca的美食，以及存有首映电影的iPad Pro。周末时，他们还可入住豪华的海滨酒店Faena Miami。
The Miami route made its debut two years ago and has been so popular, said company founder Rob Wiesenthal, that this season, the flights will be offered four days a week, instead of the two days that they previously were.
Paul Cappuccio, who lives in Greenwich, Conn., and is the general counsel for Time Warner, flew to Miami on Blade most weekends last winter and plans to do the same this year. “It’s such a relaxed way to fly, an elegant experience and so hassle-free,” he said. While not necessarily budget-friendly, Mr. Cappuccio said that Blade hits the sweet spot on price. “It’s not all that much more than a full-fare first-class ticket, but a small fraction of what it would cost to fly on a chartered private jet,” he said.
住在康涅狄格州格林威治的保罗?卡普乔(Paul Cappuccio)是时代华纳(Time Warner)的法律总顾问。去年冬天，他大部分周末都会乘坐Blade的航班飞到迈阿密。今年冬天，他计划还这么办。“这种飞行方式很轻松，是一种高雅的体验，没有烦恼，”他说。尽管费用不菲，但卡普乔说，Blade在价格上找到了最佳区间。“比全价的头等舱机票贵不了多少，但只相当于乘坐私人包机费用的一小部分，”他说。
But for travelers who only want their own chartered plane without having to pay an exorbitant price, there are options like JetSuite’s “SuiteDeals.” The company’s primary business is private jet charters for hourly rates of between $4,000 and $7,000 while “SuiteDeals” are sales of flights called empty legs — routes that jets are scheduled to fly on without any passengers.
Meredith Broder, an adviser with the Villanova, Pa., travel company Avenue Two Travel, said that empty leg flights have changed the private jet game. “Rather than have the plane fly empty, air companies or private jet brokers try to sell that route at a discount,” she said.