The Astra Private Air Card program provides guaranteed access to Private
Air’s modern Jet Fleet with one simple payment for 20-hours of flight
time. Although there is no directly competitive program, there are many
different private aviation companies with widely varying products,
services and pricing. It is vital that you know the right things to look
for and the right questions to ask to make apples-to-apples comparisons
between the programs. As with most industries, low-cost alternatives
are plentiful and they usually deliver a product that falls short of
expectations on many levels.
The Astra Private Air Difference
At Astra Private Air, we believe our interests and those of our
Jet Card Owners are perfectly aligned. We charge the same price per hour
no matter where you are flying within the area defined in your service
agreement. Astra Private Air does not charge any dead head fees,
positioning fees, crew fees, landing fees, catering fees (within
reason), air phone charges or any other unexpected charges. Astra
Private Air also arranges year-round availability, 24x7.
The Astra Private Air Jet Card program
is for discerning travellers who value the best in private aviation and
above all else, safety. Private Air has a singular focus on safety and a
commitment to offering the best service in private aviation in
Australia and South East Asia.
Ask the Right Questions
The key is to ask the right questions to protect yourself and to
ensure that you are getting what you expect. You need to look at the
entire picture and know exactly what you are receiving and the
additional costs related to what you are receiving.
Cost Cutting Measures
All too often, the aircraft for a low-cost trip is older, or much
older, than a Private Air aircraft (average age of less than 7 years).
The pilots may not have the experience or training you would want or
expect. The aircraft is most likely not being serviced by the
manufacturer under the manufacturer's warranty. In many cases, the
company providing your jet does not own the jet. There also are few
operators that maintain a comparable level of liability insurance to the
$20-$100 million in insurance that Private Air does. There are only so
many ways to cut costs in private aviation, and these are some of the
Fine Print and Extra Charges
The "price shopper" is often subjected to fine print and extra charges
that they never expected. An example is a "dead head fee", which is in
essence an extra charge for the operator to fly the jet back to its home
base empty and in many cases doubles the fee you are told is the hourly
rate. Many "bargain alternatives" will also charge you for
repositioning the jet, landing fees, catering, use of air phone, paying
for the crew to stay in a hotel overnight and many other extras that
turn a low-priced trip into an average or expensively priced trip.
Blackout periods are also common from lesser programs without the
ability to arrange aircraft availability during peak seasons.
The Astra Private Air Jet Card
The wide variety of Astra Private Air Jet Card solutions cater
to a broad range of requirements and desires. The Astra Private Air Jet
Card provides access to your choice of 2 different Astra Private Air
Astra Private Air Jet Card pricing begins at $100,000 plus GST
for 20 hours on Private Air’s Beechjet 400A fleet. To find out if the
Astra Private Air Jet Card program is right for you, please contact us
at 1300 650 532 to arrange an obligation free discussion of your needs.