Deciding how to travel – via the airlines, company or charter aircraft, or even by driving or taking a train – involves many considerations. While several of the benefits of business aircraft are tangible and measurable, some are challenging to quantify precisely. Progressive management departments routinely consider all the costs and realistically value all the benefits of every travel option before deciding how to go. For business aircraft, those benefits include:
- Saving Employee Time
Efficient employee scheduling and employee time saved are key advantages of business aircraft use. Because business aircraft have the ability to fly non-stop between 5000 small airports – 10 times the number of locations served by scheduled airlines in the United States and nearly 100 times the locations with convenient service – highly efficient employee time management becomes a very real benefit.
Additionally, the value of employee time often exceeds its cost to the company by substantial margins, further increasing the importance of employee timesavings. Simply stated, business aviation helps a company obtain maximum productivity from its two most important assets – people and time.
- Increasing Productivity Enroute
Employee productivity sustained enroute to a business destination – in a secure office environment, free from interruption, distractions or eavesdropping – can have substantial value to an employer. Group productivity, maximized due to the common availability of club seating and tables, often is unique to business aircraft. Strategizing before meetings and debriefing afterwards are common business practices facilitated and encouraged by business aircraft cabin configuration.
- Minimizing Non-Business Hours Away from Home
“Family time” before and after traditional business hours is critical to most employees. Because a stable, supportive family can have an acute effect on employee morale and productivity, scheduling that minimizes time away from home can be a key benefit.
- Ensuring Industrial Security
For many companies, the protection of personnel from uncontrolled public exposure alone is justification for business aircraft use. Avoiding eavesdropping, reducing travel visibility, eliminating unwanted and unnecessary conversations and interruptions, all support the use of business aircraft to safeguard company employees and sensitive information they carry.
5. Maximizing Personal Safety and Peace of Mind
Business aircraft flown by two-person professional crews have a safety record comparable to or better than that of scheduled airlines. The peace of mind that results from complete company control over the aircraft flown, passenger and baggage manifests, pilot quality and training, aircraft maintenance, and operational safety standards is substantial. This benefit also includes rescheduling of flights if weather, mechanical or other considerations suggest the appropriate course.