Know the Pros and Cons of Chartering a Private Jet

Chartering a private jet may be the answer if you’re getting tired of all the hassles associated with commercial air travel.

 

Though jet charter is commonly associated with high-profile personalities and business travel, in recent years, it has grown in popularity among group travelers going on vacation and families seeking a stress-free and safe travel with a private jet. Still, some claim that it’s a too pricey, excessive, and superfluous way to fly.

 

Is chartering a private jet worth it? You’ll have to weigh the pros and cons; the advantages and disadvantages of a private jet charter to find out if it is the best choice for you.

Pros of Flying Private

Here are the top 5 reasons to fly private on your next trip:

1. Privacy and Confidentiality

If you’ve ever taken a first-class or business class flight, then you already know that the airline really takes special measures to give their passengers more privacy. But of course, nothing compares to the complete privacy and exclusivity that a private jet charter can offer since you have the entire plane for yourself for the entire duration of the flight.

2. Luxury and Comfort

Flying private is indeed a one-of-a-kind experience. Depending on the type of plane you charter, you can have access to amenities like plush leather seats, on-board wi-fi, custom catering, and the latest entertainment systems. Chartering a private jet isn’t just about traveling to your destination, but also feeling at ease and having a good time while getting there.

3. Personalized In-Flight Service

Personalization has a significant impact on the overall quality of your flight. Many aspects of your private jet charter can be customized according to your preferences, including the aircraft model, passenger capacity, catering, and amenities. You can even organize a party in the skies with the food and entertainment of your choice. All of your needs will be met by the flight crew, available to you at all times during your flight.

4. Stress-Free Airport Experience

A bustling airport is probably going to be your first stop when you fly commercial. You’ll pass through several check-in counters and security checks, and will need to arrive hours before your flight to make room for possible delays. When you charter a private jet, on the other hand, you’re essentially flying on your own plane. You’ll board from a private terminal or FBO and won’t have to worry about missing your flight even if you get to the tarmac just in the nick of time.

5. Flexibility and Accessibility

Since private jets have access to small airports and FBOs, you have the option to land and take off on locations that would otherwise be inaccessible to commercial flights. Moreover, you can generally book a private jet charter with very little notice. Some jet charter companies can have a jet ready for take-off in a few hours.

Cons of Flying Private

Despite the many luxuries and conveniences of flying private, it is not without downsides, such as:

1. Susceptibility to Weather Delays

A private jet charter may solve many of the delay issues associated with flying commercial, but not weather delays. Because most private jets are significantly smaller in size than the commercial airlines, they may be unable to withstand certain weather conditions that could be handled by commercial planes. In the event of a storm, a private jet may postpone or cancel the flight altogether.

2. Higher Costs

The issue that most people have with private aviation is the price tag that comes with it. But, of course it’s understandable that the added convenience, comfort, and luxury of flying private comes at a higher cost. If you have a flexible schedule or are not too fussy about sharing a jet with other people, though, you can either charter an empty leg flight or book a shared private flight to significantly cut costs.

3. Strict Cancellation Policy

The rules on canceling a charter are rather rigorous. Most companies have a “use-it-or-lose-it” policy where you will be required to pay a penalty for cancellation and may not be entitled to a refund. However, some charter companies may allow a substitute passenger to fly in your place for a small fee.

4. Baggage Limitations

A lot of people believe that you can just take whatever you want when you fly private, but this isn’t the case. Some private planes, usually smaller ones, have an even stricter baggage policy than commercial airlines since excess weight can affect the jet’s performance. Flying commercial may be the better option if you’re traveling in a large group and have a lot of luggage or heavy items to transport.

5. Requires More Planning

Because commercial airlines transport a large number of passengers, they need to adhere to a set of rules designed to keep things organized. Meals and refreshments are prepared ahead of time and the departure and arrival times are already set. When you fly private, you’ll need to arrange things in advance with the charter company if you want a customized airline experience.

While chartering a private jet does require more effort on your end in terms of planning, as long as you work with an experienced and reliable charter service. Combine it with a trustworthy VIP transfer company and everything will be worth it in the end!

About the Author:

Melissa Hull is the Content Marketing Strategist for Aviation Charters, a West Trenton, New Jersey-based private aviation company that provides on-demand aircraft charter, aircraft management, and aircraft acquisition services. Aside from her passion for writing, she loves to travel and read espionage books.

Wines and Wineries in Rhodes

With its strategic location between West and East, Rhodes was among the first islands in Greek that engaged in grape cultivation. There are numerous historical proofs and archaeological finds that attest how important the Rhodian amphorae were in wine transportation from the wineries in Rhodes Island.

Greek wine has long been praised as a living god that is elegant, smart, and humane. Dionysius is the personification of Greek wine, a god portrayed in the intricately carved statues shown on vases of unrivaled craftsmanship.

The ancient people of Rhodes were followers of the god of profit, Hermes Kerdoos, and were aware of how valuable the trade is.

Thanks to the location of the island close to mainland Asia, the importance of Rhodes in Hellenic world as a pivotal point of contact for the Oriental civilizations and the Greeks doesn’t equal its size.

Wine in Ancient Mediterranean

Rhodian wine’s esteemed reputation continued well to the period when the Knights of Saint John occupied the island.

When the island was occupied in 1522 by the Ottoman Turks, after a siege that lasted for 177 days, viticulture in particular and agriculture in general started shrinking because of the Ottomans who imposed disincentives to the tradesmen and farmers of Rhodes.

The disincentives were implemented as retribution for how the Rhodians provided help to the Knights throughout the siege. Inhabitants of the other Dodecanese islands enjoyed privileges that the Ottoman Empire offered. It only took several decades for viticulture to hit the all time low.

However, the Italians who succeeded the Ottoman rulers during the first half of 20th century became interested in the revival of Rhodian agriculture. T

The vines of Rhodes, despite not being systematically cultivated, were responsible for most of the island’s agricultural economy throughout the era of Italian rule.

The very first reference to wine in Rhodes is made by Aeschynes, the Athenian politician exiled in Rhodes during 330 BC. He mentioned in his fifth letter that he stayed in a small house in Kameiros with a garden. He also stated that he was given honey, oil, and an outstanding wine that he appreciated better than the wine from Athens.

Wine Tasting tour with Romantic Sunset at Monolithos castle

Top Wineries in Rhodes Island

CAIR

The wine industry of Rhodes is intrinsically associated with the acronym CAIR or Compagnia Agricola Industriale Rodi, the winery founded by a group of investors from Italy in1928.

The winery was not only responsible for keeping alive the industry of grape cultivation but also for making the island one of Greece’s few areas that produce wine whose vineyards grew after the Second World War. The Bodossakis Group took ownership of the company when the Dodecanese Islands become a part of the state of Greece in 1947. CAIR was then sold off to Dodecanese Association of Agricultural Cooperatives in 1957.

CAIR rose to remarkable popularity as a producer of sparkling wines with its Rosé and Velvet Reserve labels that make up outstanding examples of the complex sparkling wines.

Before the burgeoning middle class of Greece discovered the imported champagnes, each CAIR bottle was considered a cause for celebration based on an old ad, with yearly sales reaching 1.5 million bottles. The company has also been focusing on quality still wines for a few years now, including the Rodos 2400, introduced in 1992 in celebration of the 2,400 years since the establishment of Rhodes Town.

Emery Winery

Emery is the other big wine producer in Rhodes, established in 1923, with its name taken after the 41st Grand Master of the Knights of St John, Emery d’ Amboise, who served in the position from years 1503 through 1512.

The third generation of Triantafylloy family now runs Emery and has been producing wine ever since mid-1960s and established its current winery in 1974. This winery located in Embonas village is among the largest in Greece, perched at an altitude of 700 meters. Their vineyards cultivated on Mt. Attavyros’ northwesterly slopes are popular for the quality of their Amorgiano and Athiri grapes.

Alexandris Winery

In addition to these, Rhodes also has several small artisanal wineries including Alexandris Family Winery established in 1968 and has been producing a selection of several very interesting wines under the management of Panayiotis Alexandris, a third-generation winemaker who graduated from the acclaimed university of Montpellier.

The winery has approximately four hectares of vines that produce only around 20,000 bottles per year, with every label representing up to 2,000 bottles. The aged examples of the own-rooted Athiri from 700 meters of altitude that matures on the lees for around 11 months are relatively more powerful compared to what is expected from the variety that boasts of a long aftertaste and an intense smokiness. You can also find other equally interesting small wineries in Rhodes Island such as Tatakis and Kounakis.

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COVID19 Rhodes Island

2022 Rhodes COVID19 Travel Advice

UPDATED ON 1/5/2022

As of Sunday 01.05.2022, all travellers arriving in Greece, regardless of their country of origin, are no longer required to display a valid certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, or evidence of a negative test result from SARS-CoV-2 infection (PCR or Rapid Antigen test).
 

IMPORTANT: Please note that these measures are all subject to change. We will change this article as necessary but measures not included here might also be implemented as deemed necessary.

Rhodes Island Visitors Entry Requirements

We present to you a COVID19 Rhodes island short guide on the things you need to prepare before you travel. These guidelines are implemented for your safety and protection and the health of your family, loved ones, and everyone involved in providing a safe hospitality experience.

Before your arrival:

  1.  Travellers who arrive in Greece must present either:

a. an issued vaccination certificate from a certified authority. All travelers must be fully vaccinated, or 14 days have already passed since their last vaccination, depending on the required doses. The certificate must be valid for 9 months AFTER the completion of the basic vaccination. For travelers who have already received the booster dose there is not time limit.

Tourist entry in Greece will not be subject to vaccination. Showing a vaccination certificate will greatly facilitate all the procedures during your arrival. But an antibodies or vaccination certificate is not considered a passport in any way.

b. a negative result for PCR molecular test from a laboratory (test should be taken up to 72 hours prior to entry)

c. a negative result for rapid or antigen test from a laboratory (test should be taken up to 24 hours prior to entry)

d. a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 for the past 30-180 days. To prove it, the traveler can present a medical certificate that confirms that the holder tested positive with the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection or an antigen or a positive PCR molecular test result conducted by an authorized laboratory. This certificate must be issued 30 days after the day of the initial first positive test for COVID-19 and will remain valid for up to 180 days after it.

Certificates must contain critical details in English, Italian, Russian, Spanish, German and French. The full name of the person must match the passport indicated on the passport and other recognized travel documents.

The test is compulsory for all travelers, including children 12 years old and above regardless of the country of departure’s epidemiological situation.

All the above restrictions are also mandatory for travellers from USA, Canada and Australia, including to children over 5 years old.

UPDATE: Travelers are not obliged anymore to complete the PLF or Passenger Locator Form or have on them an acceptable certification form of their health condition.

Based on the conditions stated above, the following are the countries whose tourists are allowed entry to Greece with no need for subsequent self-isolation:

  1. USA
  2. UK
  3. Ukraine
  4. UAE
  5. Turkey
  6. South Korea
  7. Singapore
  8. Serbia
  9. Saudi Arabia
  10. Russian Federation*
  11. Qatar
  12. North Macedonia
  13. New Zealand
  14. Montenergro
  15. Moldova
  16. Lebanon
  17. Kuwait
  18. Kosovo
  19. Jordan
  20. Japan
  21. Israel
  22. EU++ (Andorra, Lichtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Vatican, San Marino, the Principality of Monaco)
  23. China
  24. Canada
  25. Brunei
  26. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  27. Belarus
  28. Bahrein
  29. Azerbaijan
  30. Australia
  31. Armenia
  32. Albania

*Travelers coming to Greece from all other countries are required to display REGARDLESS OF THEIR VACCINATION STATUS

  1. a negative molecular COVID test result (PCR)*, performed up to 72 hours before the arrival
  2. a negative Rapid Antigen COVID test result*, performed up to 24 hours before the arrival.
*The tests must originate either a public authority or reference labs of the country of origin. Also they must be in english language and include the full name of the passenger as registered in the passport.

Upon your arrival:

All travelers who arrive in Greece will be subject to the following:

  1. Sampling RAPID antigen tests at entrance gates for chosen individuals drawn from EVA-based targeted sampling system.
  2. May go through random health screening. When you are chosen, remember that it will be a mandatory screening. If the traveler refuses, the authorities have the right of refusing entry to the country. This selection is done using EVA, a targeted sampling system.
  3. Mandatory isolation when a traveler tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 after a sampling test.

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Questions about COVID19 Rhodes Island

Where I can do Covid-19 PCR testing on Rhodes?

You can contact any of the medical facilities listed below for COVID-19 PCR testing during your stay in Rhodes Island. Please note that the list contains information available on their respective websites and we don’t guarantee that you can get a test whenever you need it.

Therefore, we encourage everyone to call these facilities before your Rhodes trip to confirm availability for PCR testing for COVID-19.

  • MED-LIFE

7th km Rodou-Lindou, Rhodes, Tel.: +302241060282

Kiotari, 85109 South Rhodes, Tel.: +30 22440 42050.

medlife@otenet.gr

Koskinou, Kallithea, Tel.: +30 22410 45000

info@euromedica-rhodes.gr

Metaxa Ioanni 3, Rhodes. +30 22410 38008 or +30 22410 30020.

info@krito.gr

  • KAVADA IRENE

Konstandinou Idreou 30, Analipsi, Rhodes Tel.: +302241021120

  • AFANDOU ANALYSIS

Panormiti Ramou 53, Afandou, Tel.: +30 22410 53350

  • FOUTOULI-PAPANASTASOPOULOU MARIA

Arhaggelos, Tel.: +30 22440 24088

  • ZANETTOULIS DIMITRIOS

Pefkoi, Tel.: +30 22440 48567

What are of the acceptable vaccines?

Acceptable vaccines from the Greek Authorities are the ones of Astra Zeneca, Cansino Biologics, Sputnik, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer BioNtech, Sinopharm,  Sinovac Biotech, Covishield ChAdOx1 nCoV, BBV152 COVAXIN Bharat Biotech

Do I have to wear mask?

The use of a face mask is mandatory for indoor spaces, for outdoor spaces it is optional.

Are Cruising and Yachting allowed in Rhodes?

As of 14.05.2021, Cruising and Yachting restrictions have been completely removed. Also, Rhodes tourist Port is one of the few Greek ports that entry of yachts coming from Turkey is allowed.

What are the entry requirements into restaurants, bars and public services?

As of 31.1.2022, people can enter restaurants, bars or public services only by showing one of the following:

  • a valid vaccination certificate, booster vaccination must have taken place up to 7 months of the completion of the initial vaccination(two doses vaccination) and up to 3 months of the completion of the initial vaccination(single dose) or
  • a recovery certificate, (expiration 4 months after the initial positive COVID check)  or
  • a negative test result (rapid or PCR)

Persons of age between 4-17 may show a negative self-test result.

IMPORTANT: Please note that these measures are all subject to change. We will change this article as necessary but measures not included here might also be implemented as deemed necessary.

 

We hope you found our COVID19 Rhodes Island guide useful and to see you in Greece and Rhodes island soon!

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