Archive for February, 2013

How Private Jet Charter Works …

Monday, February 18th, 2013

How Private Jet Charter Works …

Welcome to Aviastra and the great world of private flight!

 Chartering your own aircraft is very straightforward.

If you’re new to private charter and not sure of the process, this guide explains each step.


How to Charter Private Jets

  • Deciding to charter in the first place
  • Choosing between broker and operator
  • Getting price quotes
  • Going ahead
  • Confirmation and Agreements
  • Payment
  • Receiving Flight Packs and other paperwork
  • The flight itself


Remember, at any time before your flight, or even while you are at your destination, you can call us with questions or changes you need to make.


Deciding to charter in the first place

Charter flight has many advantages over scheduled airline flying. This is not airline flying; it’s so much better, it’s all about you and tailoring your flight around you in every way. Have a look at “Why Charter” and see the difference.

Yes, you can consider owning an aircraft but that only makes financial sense if you fly upward of 500 hours per year. Jet cards are available but they require up -front payment of very considerable sums. Even fractional ownership has its drawbacks – share the aircraft and you have to share the availability, not to mention being restricted to one type of aircraft.

Charter is the ultimate in service and flexibility without commitment.


Choose between Broker and Operator

Operators actually own and fly the aircraft. Some are big companies, others are privately owned single luxury aircraft. All will operate under a fully approved Air Operators Certification regulated by the national authority.

Brokers act as a pool of expertise, choice, information and experience. (Have a look at “Choosing Aviastra” – we go about this in a quite specific way).

You can book directly with the aircraft operator or book through a broker. Both systems work but you should be aware that each operator will restrict you to the particular aircraft types that they use and your costs will be dictated by their location as much as the route you fly.

A good broker will offer you unbiased advice on a worldwide choice to exactly suit you and your journey. Going through a broker should not cost you anymore; in fact with Aviastra you will routinely pay less (look here at “Price Guide” and click on “Your Aviastra Broker’s Discount”).


Request a quote

Don’t feel that you have to know exactly what you want at this stage, although it’s fine if you do! You can get in touch by phone or by email, fill out the yellow flight enquiry form or requesting a call-back.

Aviastra Flight Managers will always be happy to chat with you about different options, aircraft, routes and other services to help us make sure you get the best out of your charter and your budget. We can give you a very good estimate of the cost immediately and for straightforward flights you can have a firm single price offer usually within the hour and supply these by email or over the phone as you prefer.


Going ahead

Aviastra can arrange flights lightening fast if you required but otherwise there is no rush and we are available at any time to answer questions and show you different options. We hope most of the information you need on this website but please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time if we can help.

We will take you through the very simple process of booking and and provide you with all the information you need on where to find your private passenger agent at each airport and what to do at every step. Actually you don’t need to do very much – just relax and enjoy the privacy, convenience and speed of private charter!


Aviastra Flight Charter is all about service and flexibility. Call us at any time with questions, changes or requests – we are here to help.

Nextant preparing to add two remanufactured business jets to its XT family …

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Nextant Business Jet


Nextant Aerospace is preparing to treble the size of its business jet offering through the introduction in the second quarter of two re-engined legacy models.

The yet-to-be-disclosed midsize and super-midsize types will sit at the top of the Nextant family of XT-suffixed jets – which currently consists of the light-cabin 400XT – and give the US airframer a much needed foothold in the move-up market.

“Having only one product in the Nextant family has its limitations,” says Nextant chief executive Kenneth Ricci. “Customers who want to move up from a small to a larger aircraft have to go elsewhere as we have nothing to offer – until now.”


As with the 400XT, the two new aircraft will be upgraded with the latest engines, avionics and interiors and will have “attractive acquisition and operating costs”, Ricci adds. “We hope to build on our success with the 400XT programme [introduced in 2011 as a modernised version on the Hawker 400XP/400A], for which we have secured a sales backlog valued in excess of $175 million and delivered 25 aircraft to date.”

Nextant plans to add the latest business jets to the fleet of sister company Flight Options, which already operates a dozen 400XTs from an order for 40 of the six-seat aircraft.

Nextant will source the aircraft and perform the upgrade at its 125,000ft2 remanufacturing facility in Cleveland, Ohio, from where the company plans to deliver  around 24 Williams FJ44-3AP-powered 400XTs this year. “We can ramp up to 30 400XTs if demand requires”, says Ricci.

The USA represents Nextant’s largest market, but international sales are growing, Ricci says, and now “account for 40% of the order book”. The $4 million 400XT clinched European certification last month and Nextant is hoping to secure approval this quarter for its new raked winglets.

“Our priority this year is to build our global sales and customer support network,” says Ricci.

To assist with this strategy, Nextant has hired former Hawker Beechcraft executive Sean McGeough as its president. McGeough – who led the airframer’s international operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific ”will concentrate on developing strategies that will allow Nextant to achieve even greater global market penetration and sustained growth for the Nextant 400XT,” says Ricci.



Executive Personal Assistants and Corporate Charter Passengers …

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013


Executive Personal Assistants and Corporate Charter Passengers


This section of our website reflects Aviastra’s commitment to the business sector. In the current global market place service and keen prices have never been at such a premium – this is what we deliver.


Executive PA's


We appreciate the pressures modern business presents and we aim to make life as efficient as possible.

For our highly valued Corporate Clients and Personal Assistants in the business sector we offer the following:

  • A streamiled booking system
  • A dedicated business flight manager
  • Special rates on group travel
  • Bespoke corporate entertainment flights
  • Assistance with all ground logistics

Get in touch for flight quotes and details on our service to business.

+44 (0)1202 375 444

Aircraft – Challenger 850 Air Charter …

Friday, February 1st, 2013


Challenger 850


Challenger 850 Private Jet CharterChallenger 850 Private Jet Interior


  • Bombardier took their CRJ200LR commercial jet seating 50 and remodelled itto seat 15 with stunning results, sucessfully merging proven safety and reiability with up to date style and luxury.
  • It has a large cabin, not much smaller than the Global Express XRS, the Rockwell Collins Airshow 410 system for in flight entertainment and information and state of the art communications.


If you have any questions about this aircraft or to discuss your charter requirements please call a Flight Manager on +44 (0)1202 375 444



 Number of Passengers  15
 Number of Pilots  2 + attendant
 Luggage Capacity*  21
 Standing Headroom (m)  Yes, 1.85
 Cabin Dimensions (WxL m)  2.49×14.80      


 Range (km) **  5637
 Speed (km/hr)  848
 Example Flight Times (hrs:mins)
 Moscow – Lisbon  5:50
 London – Gibraltar  2:30


 Meals***  Superior
 In Flight Entertainment          Yes
 Email, Internet  Yes
 Divan Beds  6
 Toilets  1 (Fully-Enclosed)

These Specifications are for the type in general, individual aircraft may vary.  On larger aircraft catering and phone/internet charges may be billed separately.


* More luggage in total can be carried in smaller softer baggs

** Range is reduced with a full passenger load

*** See Aircraft Guide for a description of typical catering services