Competition in Charter Flights Industry

While the entire nation is still struggling to lift itself up from the recent crisis, the airlines industry seems to be the hardest hit by the economic disaster. An industry that once had an unblemished record and flourished rapidly over the years has now been brought down in one stroke. But, not for long. I predict that in less than a year, the US airlines and charter flight industry will be injected with fresh blood, helping to boost its profits and thus resulting in the emergence of new and stronger competitors.

For those of you wondering about charter flights and competition within the industry, here’s how it works:

Companies and tourists that are looking to barter for private charter flight services first need to consider how these services utilize their airfare. First and foremost, most charter flight companies run on a very strict budget that is comparatively minuscule when you take into consideration the budget for regular aviation companies. While all the major airlines can afford to take off with a couple of empty seats, charter flight companies instead have to maximize their resources with each and every flight to gain profits. Yes, as the average tourist, we need to think about these narrow margins in which private jet charters work before they can begin to quote a price on their tickets.

The economics of the charter flight business is complicated by a number of factors, of which competition among multiple charter flight companies and services in tourist hotspots is topmost on the list. The narrow margins that every single charter encounters without any competition are immediately tightened when a single rival comes into the picture. Most charters try every stunt to get an edge over their competition, and that includes decreasing ticket prices as well!

Competition in the charter flight industry is brilliant for a private charter service, that is only until a major company or an independently wealthy business owners enters the scene.

The Future of the Charter Flight Industry

Since the advent of the charter flight in the US aviation market, there have been many advancements within this tiny little industry. And some of these advancements have gone a long way in helping smaller charter flight companies to rub shoulders with bigger competitors.

The use of Wireless Communications and GPS (Global Positioning Systems) makes it easier to communicate with airliners anywhere in the globe. Some charter flight services have also started changing facilities within the flights itself to stay ahead of competitors, and have started including amenities like music, movies, good food and comfort control systems.

The future of the charter flight industry is directly proportional to the future of the commercial airlines industry. And what with all of the major airlines all over the world experiencing financial difficulties that have led to reduced flights, routes, services and an overall decrease in travellers, it is time for the charter flight industry to buck up and reinvest their profits in newer planes, services, and routes to take advantage of the situation and relieve customer frustration. Charter flight companies like Flight Management International (FMGM) have already started coming up with new and better offers for those of you who wish to travel by air. Make the most of it!

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posted by marketkafka @ 4:56 AM, ,

Into the Stormy Skies: Economic Slowdown causing turbulence for US Aviation Industry

Some call it the ripple effect, while others call it the domino effect, but whatever term you may use; the changes taking place in the US economy are slowly yet steadily affecting all other businesses, not excluding the airline industry. Like any other industry, the airline industry also keeps changing depending on the market condition of today.

Undeniably, the current state of the market plays a big role in the demand and supply of the aviation industry. With the rapidly rising prices in oil, the cost of flight tickets have also been on the rise, leading to a steady decline in the demand for air travel. By the end of 2009, US airlines are expected to run through losses of approximately $9 billion and over. Yes, the US aviation industry is definitely going through a rough patch, as a result of which passenger growth has slowed down to a trickle and fuel costs have risen sky high.

The US aviation industry has been steadily losing money all of this year due to high fuel costs, as the cost of oil was around $113 per barrel in the first six months of this year as compared to a lowly $73 per barrel of last year. At the start of the year, forecasts for the entire year were bleak, but now that we are nearing the end of 2008, it seems that these forecasts have proven to be correct. With a deteriorating world economy that has managed to bring down fuel prices, there has been a drastic slowdown in the air travel industry.

But some experts say that the worst is yet to come, and that the US airlines industry will probably have to face 2 more years of challenges before it can rise again. This however, sadly, is the time it may take for the global economy to improve.

However, I have no doubt as to the resurgence of the US aviation industry. The industry has dealt with slumps in the past and has overcome these obstacles and will do so again this time. As for the charter industry, it has been as badly affected as the rest of the airlines industry, but charter flight services all over the country like Flight Management International (FMGM) are bouncing back with some of the best rates in the charter industry at this time.

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posted by marketkafka @ 9:39 PM, ,

“Oiling their way through the Skies”: High Oil Prices affecting the Charter Flight Industry

Today, airlines all over the world have had to endure massive losses and still stand to lose more than $6.1 billion by the end of the year, owing to the overall situation of the world market – from the geopolitical instability to the almost surrealistic increase in oil prices. What with the rapid slowdown in the world’s economy – that was triggered by the severe decapitation of our global financial markets and exorbitant oil prices – the aviation industry (and the charter flight industry nonetheless) has begun to take a serious beating. Industry analysts have predicted that there will be more situations with airlines collapsing amidst an environment of high fuel prices and low revenues. Yes indeed, the aviation industry is a fragile industry fending for itself in the midst of a crisis.

Like poker players that are dealt a terrible hand, the US charter industry is trying very hard to act calm, but the drastic increase in fuel prices is now really starting to scare the people who run the charter flight industry.

Record prices for both refined jet fuel and crude oil are now threatening to send all of the US airlines and charter flights spiralling down towards deep losses, drastic job cuts, service setbacks and maybe by the end of the year, an absolute cash crunch in the industry.

High fuel prices have been all but destroying the airlines profitability. Yes, and with the nightmare of the ever-increasing oil prices reaching a new record practically everyday, most of the US carriers have started to feel the heat. The initial response was to cut air routes by almost 12%, retire some of the jets and charge passengers to check in their luggage. This is how bad the situation is today. As for the charter flight industry, it has been as badly affected as its regular counterparts. Being the more expensive of the two, charter flights have had to come up with a number of serious solutions to this new yet drastic problem.

So what is the solution to this problem?

Most of the charter flight companies today, like Flight Management International (FMGM) have started basing their ticket pricing on the current oil charges and as drastic as this may seem, it actually works to theirs as well as their passengers advantage. But you may ask how this proves to be advantageous to passengers? Since if the oil prices start to go up, the ticket prices will increase and naturally demand will go down. But this is not so since most charter flight companies have now started putting a surcharge on tickets.

Worry not, there are always solutions to every problem and if the market continues to go downhill the way it currently is, then charter flight companies like Flight Management International and the others will continue to come up with newer and better schemes to satisfy their customers. After all, customer satisfaction is the name of the game, even in times of economic crisis!

posted by marketkafka @ 11:01 PM, ,

Private Jet Charters making Waves around the World

According to common misconceptions, private charter jets are synonymous with luxury: a means of transport for the rich and the affluent only. Chartering private jets is ideal for those who travel frequently; especially for those who can’t tolerate the slower procedures of regular flights.

In the charter flight industry, there are two options: you could either buy your own jet, or you could rent it out. Chartering a flight has various advantages. First and foremost, it helps to eliminate the various tedious formalities that are way too hectic and overtly time consuming. However, most people are under the misconception that chartering flights is very expensive and is generally used by the elite class, but this is not so. Today, with many charter flight companies like Flight Management International (FMGM) offering chartered flights at discounted rates, just about anyone can afford to travel in class. I have had some of the best flying experiences with FMI! The facilities found in charter flights are like no other and if you want to live the good life, then you don’t have to look any further.

The rates for private charter flights vary, from the extremely expensive luxury class ones to the moderately priced jets. Either which way, chartering flights are worth every penny spent on them. When it comes to providing world-class services, no other mode of transport can beat the charter flight – right from the choice of meals provided to the ground facilities – charter flights are definitely the king of the skies!

Apart from these usual advantages, there are many other benefits. Private jet charters are for your exclusive service and convenience. Everything right from their schedules are specially designed keeping your needs in mind, so if you wish to board a charter flight, the chances of you missing your flight are zilch. Private jets will take you directly to your destination without making any stops in between, thus helping you save on your precious time. What’s more, chartering flights will give you the much needed freedom of choosing your own airport, and this may come as a surprise to you but most private jets have admittance to more that 5,000 different airports within the country today.

Unlike regular flights, chartered flights are not crowded and if you want to travel with some sense of privacy, then chartering flights is the way to go. Furthermore, business meetings can also be held on the jet, as special arrangements can be made.

Chartered flights have manifold benefits – right from providing you with a sense of security to saving your money and time to making your trip a private, luxurious one – no wonder so many people have started chartering flights today. For those of you looking to charter flights on a smaller budget, there are many charter flight agencies (Flight Management International) that provide private jets at discounted rates.

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posted by marketkafka @ 10:51 PM, ,

Flying Small, Flying Tall: Why Smaller planes are now in Demand?

Even in today’s times, people are still trying to get used to the whole idea of flying instead of travelling by road. This however, would mean that filling larger aircrafts to the max is probably going to be a bigger challenge than one can imagine, at least until the market develops completely.

Many airlines today that are looking to cut their domestic seating capacity so as to slash their hefty jet fuel bills have been turning towards smaller jets to do their work. Yes, most of the major airlines are now finding out that many of their long time carriers are after all not that great – they burn too much fuel and they just have too many seats and what with the arrival of bullet trains and luxury buses in the market, why would passengers pay extra to fly?

So all the major airlines are now downsizing their flight schedules as well as some of the planes that have been flying for years.

Yes, smaller jets are now the new rage all over the world and they aren’t just catering to the smaller markets; they are also stealing the show from their larger counterparts and can be seen doing their rounds between some of the bigger cities with the country as well.

Smaller planes are beneficial for both – the passengers as well as the airlines.

Smaller jets are the perfect blend of passenger comfort and efficient economics. They tend to have a range that’s much bigger than that of larger planes, more amenities and are on the whole, far more efficient than their mammoth predecessors.

What’s more, it has also been observed that these smaller planes also tend to provide more financial benefits for the airlines that are using them, like:

Newer engines and advanced designs make these smaller jets nearly 30 percent more efficient (fuel-wise) than the bigger planes that they are replacing.
These planes generally have lower labour costs.
Fewer seats would obviously mean a higher demand, and this in turn means that the airline in question can quote higher prices for air fares. The first class cabins in smaller jets bring in more revenue.
Last but not the least, smaller planes also tend to give the passengers more in terms of choices, allowing the airline in question to service exotic and even remote destinations that might not be viable for a larger jet.

These planes have made service to otherwise unreachable places possible. They are perfect for the demand that is met for those routes and they are extremely comfortable so that passengers can enjoy their flight in peace. Apart from this, the first-class cabins provide passengers with more leg room, less-cramped cabins and full-size carry-on luggage bins.

Although my first preference lies with charter flights, small planes have definitely come as a godsend for most air travellers. Apart from my preferred FMGM charter flight experiences, I have also had some very favourable travel experiences with smaller jets.

posted by marketkafka @ 7:20 AM, ,

Whoever said Small is bad?

Smaller airports may not have all the amenities and services that most passengers’ desire, but they are extremely convenient – and we all know how much convenience means to any passenger, anywhere in the world!

Tired of all those flight delays, huge crowds and high prices at all of those goliath-sized metropolitan airports? I know I am! Surveys have shown that travellers now prefer going to smaller, less chaotic, saner airports than their giant counterparts. But the question I ask is – Why this sudden dramatic increase in popularity?

First and foremost, smaller airports are preferred because they tend to offer more flights, have expanded sections and the services and amenities are exceptionally good. Convenience is another big reason as to why people favour smaller airports more. There usually isn’t any heavy traffic in getting to these airports, car rentals tend to be closer, and you don’t have to hike cross-country to get from one gate to the next. What’s more, security lines tend to be shorter and the same can be said about connections between flights.

However, not all secondary airports are the same. Some smaller airports are seriously lacking in speed, especially when it comes to baggage collections, smaller airports can be slower than molasses!

Large airports however, still have a large fan club in place. In a larger airport, if you miss your flight, it would be easier to get another connection relatively quickly. Furthermore, larger airports cater to their clients every need and requirement and there’s a lot more to do when waiting in terms of entertainment, when waiting for your flight to arrive.

Smaller airports on the other hand, offer less in terms of entertainment and there are fewer shops, restaurants and services. Even so, business travellers all over the world prefer to fly via small airports.

Other advantages of smaller airports include: less congestion, parking tends to be cheaper, bags go through check-in faster and are delivered quickly, and car rental facilities are generally conveniently placed.

Beyond doubt, since the popularity of smaller airports has increased and continues to increase, they are now encountering the same types of problems that larger airports encounter.

Who’s to say whether today’s small airports are going to turn out to be tomorrow’s mammoth constructions?

I on the other hand, have had some of the best experiences when chartering flights in smaller airports. The services, the leisure time and the lack of chaos all blend together to make my journey a peaceful one.

posted by marketkafka @ 2:18 AM, ,

Airports: Not so Far from the Madding Crowd

Long, tiresome queues, overtly tight security and delays in flight schedules have all resulted in airline passengers becoming ruder, more impatient, and in general – a pain in the behind. Nearly three quarters of the United States air travellers say that their fellow passengers have become more impatient and less polite, according to surveys by a well known travel website.

It is understandable that airports across the world are getting more and more crowded, what with air fares becoming affordable. But with such little airport space, all the major airports in the world are facing a new problem – dealing with an immense number of air travelling passengers!

The biggest problem that most airports have to face is getting the passengers through the airport area so as to reach their flights, and doing all of this in an orderly manner. The access roads in all the major airports (and the smaller hubs as well) have become overcrowded, and all the major cities in the world are looking for new ways to rid themselves of this problem, by looking for ways to cover this distance.

Other common causes for complaint include airport restaurants being overcrowded and long queues at check-in counters. Much of this excessive crowding is caused because of all those people who come to gawk and while away their time instead of flying. It is common to see parents dropping their children off at airports while they go spend a couple of hours shopping. Many airports have even opened up amusement arcades, souvenir shops and kiddy rides in order to keep young children in check. However, this has just worsened the situation of overcrowding by turning the city’s airport into something akin to a carnival.

But there’s no blaming the airlines for this messy situation. Airlines dislike this congestion as much as we do, perhaps even more. Yes, under capacity and overcrowding has now become a major problem in all the airports across the globe, and it has been observed that many terminals are just simply too tiny to deal with the tremendous amount of passengers that visit them. As a result of which, many airports are opting to build second and even third terminals in order to deal with this problem.

To make matters worse, the problem is especially problematic in the United States, where the number of delays in flights that are caused due to overcrowding has increased by 50% in the last couple of years. This problem however, is unlikely to improve in the near future, since the number of air travelling passengers in the US has also increased by nearly 50% in the last few years, and this figure continues to grow.

Americans have taken to travelling by flight as a natural means of travel, especially for journeys that are over half an hour. This however, does make sense, as deregulation in the country has brought down airline ticket prices to levels that are so low, as to even compete with the coast of land travel.

But now the time has come to ask if there are too many people flying.

Many of the major airports are planning on building new runways. While some of the others are pushing the traffic and spreading the load onto the smaller, less busy airports.

However, even this solution cannot possibly cope with the expected passenger growth from 660 million to almost one billion by the year 2010.

Inevitably, when there are so many passengers and not enough vacant seats, the airline in question will have to offer bribes for these passengers to board later flights. Owing to this lack of seating space, long queues and delayed flights, many of the passengers have become grumpy, uncomfortable or just plain delinquent in nature. But you can hardly blame them since being packed in an airport like sardines is no fun situation to be stuck in. Even so, it isn’t pleasant being seated next to a grouchy co-passenger.

This brings me back to the fact that chartering flights is indeed a better option when faced with the dilemma of standing for hours on end in queues that seem to be never ending just to find that your flight has been delayed and you have been bumped off to the next flight. Companies like Flight Management International Inc. (FMI) are the key to your overcrowded airport answer. So the next time you have that business meet coming up, maybe you should check in with FMGM, Aviation Charter’s (Flight Management’s maiden carrier) agent.

posted by marketkafka @ 7:53 AM, ,