Recently, leading aviation and lifestyle publication Business Jet Traveler published the results of their annual Reader’s Choice Survey, which this year asked over 12,000 business jet fliers about their preferences and priorities when choosing between private jet carriers or between private and commercial airlines. Once again, efficiency, not luxury, emerged as the major factor in choosing to fly privately; among those surveyed, participants chose “to save time” as the number one response to the question, “why do you use business aviation?” followed by “the ability to use airports that [commercial] airlines don’t serve” as the second-most influential reason. Regarding business aircraft specifications, survey-takers identified the three most important features as range, economical operation, and cabin size. Jet speed, surprisingly, ranked only sixth, while cabin amenities, product support, and baggage space ranked 10th, 11th, and 12th, respectively.
Business Jet Traveler’s survey also revealed that, for owners of private jets and operators of private jet charter companies, the future continues to look bright; when asked how their flying has changed over the past year, 46.4 % of readers said they “flew about the same” as in the year before, while 27.8 % said they flew “a bit or much more.” When questioned about the upcoming year, 50.8 % of those surveyed said they expect to fly “about the same,” 39.6 % predict they will fly “a bit or much more,” and less than 10 % plan to fly “a bit or much less” in 2015.