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Latitude 33 Aviation Delivers Two Aircraft in One Week
Latitude 33 Aviation delivers two aircraft phenom 300 and citation xls exterior

TWO DELIVERIES. ONE WEEK.

Welcome aboard the two latest aircraft to join our charter fleet – Cessna Citation XLS+ and Embraer Phenom 300

We are excited to announce the addition of two aircraft that were delivered in the same week. Anyone who is casually watching the private aircraft industry or fully engaged in the process of buying and selling private aircraft understands the vast amount of time and energy it takes to deliver an aircraft to a new owner, yet alone to two at the same time. Latitude 33 Aviation’s finely tuned global aircraft sales and acquisition team handles every aspect of the jet acquisition process, starting with a detailed market analysis and ending with aircraft home-base delivery.

The two aircraft to join our fleet are a 2017 Cessna Citation XLS+ and a 2013 Embraer Phenom 300. Both aircraft are based out of Latitude 33 Aviation’s headquarters at McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ) in Carlsbad, CA and are currently available for charter.

The 2017 Cessna Citation XLS+ has a maximum range of 2,100 nautical miles and features seating for 8 passengers. With extra wide, full reclining leather seats, the cabin can transform from a workspace to a comfort lounge. The spacious interior allows for plenty of room for you and your passengers to move around the cabin with ease. This aircraft is Latitude 33 Aviation’s only midsize jet to be available for charter out of McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ).

The addition of the 2013 Phenom 300 makes this the fourth Phenom 300 currently under Latitude 33 Aviation’s management and the third based out of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA. The Embraer Phenom 300 has a range of 2,010 nautical miles and features seating for up to 8 people. The fit and finish of this aircraft is top notch with neutral cool tones and features forward divan seating.

Latitude 33 Aviation delivers two aircraft phenom 300 and citation xls exterior

FROM INQUIRY TO FINAL SIGNATURE

At Latitude 33 Aviation, we look at aircraft transactions from an operator’s point of view. We understand that value goes well beyond price and our experts know which details matter. The purchase of an aircraft is a complex process with many pitfalls. Our team achieves better financial results through superior valuations and in-depth oversight of the process. Latitude 33 provides the guidance and expertise to make aircraft acquisitions an enjoyable experience. No matter what stage of private aircraft ownership you’re in, our unsurpassed experience and knowledge of the marketplace make us the one true source for your private jet needs.

How to Charter a Private Jet

Air travel is the quickest method of getting from point-A to point-B, but it doesn’t have to be a purely functional experience. Choosing to travel by private jet offers a wide spectrum of benefits. In short, a trip taken with a private jet can be enjoyable, relaxing, comfortable, and efficient. By flying on a private jet, you are ensuring your travel needs will be met at every turn. You will not need to navigate commercial airport traffic or hassle with security, and private jet services can also be personalized for your individual requirements.

The option of owning your own plane is certainly appealing and there are a few different ways you can pursue ownership. Fractional ownership, for example, is buying a share of a plane and does not require as much of a commitment as full ownership.

Chartering a plane is a great alternative to purchasing; it is simply making a reservation to use a jet for your private use. All of the same benefits of flying privately apply to private chartered flights and are quite attractive, but if you have never chartered your own jet before, it can seem a bit daunting. We will review here, in three steps, how to charter a private jet, hopefully simplifying the process for you.

01. DETERMINE YOUR NEEDS FOR FLYING

Determining your needs for flying is the first step. This will help to determine what type of company to reach out to, what type of plane you need, and the way you will want to charter (this is addressed in Step 03). Clarifying your private jet needs is easily accomplished by asking yourself a series of questions. You can then relay your specific travel needs to the charter company.

  • Are you going to be traveling frequently for business, and will your destinations often change, or will you be consistently flying to the same few places?
  • Are you looking for a last-minute flight?
  • Are you looking for an international flight?
  • How many people are you flying with?
  • How much luggage will you be bringing and will you have specialty luggage such as skis or golf clubs? (Keep in mind that the range is shortened with more weight, so it may be advantageous to ship larger luggage items to your destination ahead of time.)
  • Do you need a bed to rest in, Wi-Fi, or a larger cabin to fully stand up in?

After you have determined your needs for flying, ask for a detailed quote that includes additional fees (cancellation, overnight, de-icing, taxes, etc.).

02. UNDERSTAND THE LINGO

If you have never flown private before, it helps to know the lingo/keywords the industry frequently uses. Some general keywords to become familiar with are “prop planes,” “turboprop planes,” and “light jets.” Turboprop planes are roomy with seats arranged like commercial business class, while turbojets will be six to eight seaters, fly faster than prop planes, and feel more like a jet. Light jets are sleeker, more streamlined, and better for slightly longer trips.

Some more details to be aware of as you search for the charter jet that meets your needs will be the number of seats and the travel range. Now, instead of learning every single manufacturer and aircraft type out there, you can simply learn the different sizes of aircraft to get a good idea of what you’ll need. Important terms to learn are the frequently used aircraft categories:

Latitude 33 Aviation offers a wide variety of aircraft located throughout the nation. It is important to remember, though, that each jet can be decorated and set up to its owner’s specifications, so you should expect some variety as you do your research.

SAFETY RATINGS

Based on the type of aircraft that fits the needs of your trip, safety becomes your next determining factor. Private jet travel is extremely safe, but not all companies invest in the same level of standards. A key differentiator between charter companies is their safety rating. Wyvern Consulting and Aviation Research Group International, Inc. (ARGUS) are two independent aviation safety organizations. The more reliable charter operators hold the Wyvern Wingman and ARGUS Platinum certifications. Latitude 33 Aviation is part of the top five percent of U.S. private jet charter operators, and the only one in San Diego, to achieve the stringent ARGUS Platinum safety rating. To view the operator registry and their safety ratings, please visit the ARGUS website.

All private jets are regulated by the FAA, which sets minimum standards for maintenance as well as pilots’ experience and training. The best charter operators go above and beyond to exceed those minimum standards. As you are narrowing your search, ask for the operator’s FAA Air Carrier Certificate and D085. A current Air Carrier Certificate proves the company is authorized by the FAA to offer private jets for charter to the public. If they cannot provide this certificate, they are either an illegal charter company or a broker working as a middleman – as a travel agent does with an airline. The D085 is a page from the company’s FAA-approved scope of operations. It lists each aircraft the company operates, with registration (tail) number and serial number. If they quote an aircraft not listed on their D085, they are acting as a broker and another company operates that aircraft. This is normal within industry practice but should be disclosed with the client so the client is able to view the certificate holder.

03. CHOOSE YOUR COMPANY

Once you’ve determined your needs for flying and understand a little more about the industry, you can start looking into different companies that specialize in various types of private jet charters. Here are five different ways you can charter a private jet:

Private jet brokers have a great understanding of the industry and can use their connections to outsource the right plane to fit your needs. Brokers reach out to charter operators and do most of the work for you, in regard to finding an aircraft and arranging the contract details for your trip. (It should be noted that brokers are not required to hold any formal licenses, so it is important to ask about their background and ensure they have qualified knowledge of the industry. Many do belong to professional organizations; however, such as the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) or the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), all of which act to elevate professional standards.) Once hired, a broker is able to walk you through the process and tell you what to expect while booking your chartered flight. Brokers do not own or operate any aircraft; they are essentially just a middleman resource who locate aircraft from operators all over the country or globe.
Like Latitude 33 Aviation, many companies are fixed-fleet operators, which means that the company either owns or manages/operates a fleet of planes that they charter out to people. Charter operators have full control over the aircraft and are the ones that will actually fly the passengers. You can reach out directly to the company and they will help you schedule your flight from their own fleet of planes. The personalized service will often include help scheduling your transportation to and from the airport, as well as any catering or special requests you have while onboard. This is when familiarity with the lingo of the industry comes in handy. Chartering a jet through a fixed-fleet operator is a great option for getaway weekends to exotic locations for the family and won’t tie up any capital or leave you to fret over logistics. In that way, it is very much like renting a car. There may be a repositioning charge, though, which is the cost of paying for the jet to return to its home base. The price you pay will be to charter the entire aircraft, not per passenger, and charged hourly. Ask plenty of questions to ascertain the fees involved, such as daily minimums and taxi fees. Don’t forget to ask about safety: any reputable private jet operator will have safety information readily available (perhaps even featured on their website), and they can also tell you about the possible incident history of their jets and experience of their pilots.
Jet cards are great for high-volume flyers who have repetitive traveling needs. This option allows you to buy a set number of hours (generally starting at 25 hours) from a company and then use those hours towards a specified selection of planes. Essentially, this is similar to receiving a “bulk” discount – purchasing a large number of flight hours upfront in exchange for slightly lower rates. If you travel often for business and need consistent flights, having a jet card would be great for you. Often, you don’t get to choose from a large variety of aircraft, so jet cards work better for consistently similar trips using the same aircraft type. This option for chartering can be a great way to “test run” a few different types of jets, though, to help you discern which you prefer and can be valuable if you are considering private jet ownership.
Another option for those who travel by air regularly is a flight membership. This opportunity will require an initiation fee along with annual dues. Membership benefits range widely by company and program, with some providing access to book aircraft at reduced rates and other memberships providing an unlimited number of flights on pre-determined routes and schedules. A wonderful benefit of having a membership is that you are guaranteed access to a certain fleet of aircraft. Flight memberships, like jet cards, are best for frequent flyers who usually have consistently similar traveling needs.
If you are looking for a last-minute flight, you can check to see if any company has an empty leg/one-way flight for you. One-way flights occur when an aircraft needs to be repositioned, which means they plan to fly empty to a certain location. Most companies will sell these flights at a discount and, although these flights are pre-determined on set days, there could be a flight that works perfectly for your schedule. Some companies offer email notification lists, which you can join to be notified about their upcoming one-way flights. These flights can provide significant discounts when compared to traditional charter flights. For those who are pre-existing members, some companies will even offer unlimited, free access to their empty-leg repositioning flights once you’ve paid your initiation and annual membership fees. One significant drawback to this option is that, if the trip is canceled or changed, you no longer have a way to get to your destination; but if your schedule allows for last-minute flexibility then this is a great bargain, with the bonus of lessening your carbon footprint!

CHARTER A PRIVATE JET WITH LATITUDE 33 AVIATION

Overall, chartering a private jet for pleasure or corporate travel can be a gratifying experience! Your enjoyment of air travel will certainly increase and through chartering a jet you have the opportunity to try various aircraft models, increasing both your familiarity with your preferences, as well as your confidence for future charter bookings. Latitude 33 Aviation’s charter department is available 24/7 for your custom flights and trips. Contact our concierge charter department at 1-800-840-0310 or email Charter@L33Jets.com.

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How to Reduce Your Jet Ownership Costs

How to Reduce Your Jet Ownership Costs

Whether you are traveling for business or personal leisure, owning a private jet can be one of the best investments you can make when you love to travel in luxury. If you’re unsure if owning a jet is right for you or if you’re looking to lower the overall expenses of your jet, there are several ways you can lessen your ownership costs and even make a profit. For example, many jet owners charter their jet when they are not using it or turn to an aircraft management service.

If you’re interested in reducing your jet ownership costs, here is a look at the differences between fixed and variable costs and some ways you can reduce those expenses.

Fixed vs. Variable Costs of Jet Ownership

You can divide jet ownership costs between variable costs and fixed costs. Variable costs are defined as expenses that are subject to change, while fixed costs stay the same over a specific period. By knowing the differences between these types of costs, you can better plan for the future and manage your overall expenses.

What Are the Fixed Costs of Owning a Private Jet?

What Are the Fixed Costs of Owning a Private Jet?

When you own a jet, you’ll have a few costs you know will stay the same over time. These costs can vary based on the jet’s size and type, but once you’ve agreed to the terms, these costs won’t be subject to change. Some of the fixed costs of owning a private jet include:

  • Capitalization costs: Your capitalization costs relate to the amount of money you have to pay to purchase or lease the aircraft, including the interest related to it.
  • Insurance costs: If you own a jet, you also have to purchase insurance to legally fly it. Your insurance expenses, such as liability and hull coverage, will come at a fixed rate.
  • Hangar: When you’re not using your jet, you’ll store it in a hangar. This hangar space will come at a fixed fee per month.
  • Management fee: Many private jet owners will hire a management team to handle various administrative services, such as accounting, record keeping, aircraft scheduling, maintenance coordination, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance monitoring, among other tasks. These services will come with a set fee from the management company.
  • Flight crew: Your jet needs a crew to fly it, and you’ll have fixed costs related to hiring a company to screen and interview flight crew candidates. A hiring or management company will also conduct a background check on candidates before presenting them to you. Along with paying for the screening and hiring process, you’ll also have fixed expenses that account for a crew’s salaries, benefits, uniforms, drug testing, and communications.
  • Flight crew training: You may also have expenses from continuously training crew members. These training costs are fixed, as training is conducted annually. Flight crew training ensures your pilots are as well-trained as possible and updated on the latest aviation information.

What Are the Variable Costs of Owning a Private Jet?

In addition to the fixed costs of owning a private jet, there are also several variable expenses. These include:

  • Parts and maintenance: Since you can’t account for every repair or replacement part your private jet will need, any expenses incurred from maintenance or parts fall under variable expenses. You can usually hire an aircraft management company to facilitate repairs and replacement costs.
  • Fuel: The costs to fuel a private jet are some of the main variable expenses you’ll have to pay whenever you travel. The price per gallon can change based on market fluctuations and by the location where you’re buying fuel, with some jet owners choosing to negotiate an airport’s fuel price in advance to better plan for their coming trip’s expenses.
  • Crew meals, travel, and hotels: Whenever you fly, you’ll need to cover the changing costs of your crew’s travel expenses, such as their lodging and meals.
  • Landing and parking: Whenever your aircraft arrives at its destination, you’ll likely have to pay a parking and landing fee that varies based on the airport. Since airports can charge different fees, it’s a good idea to check the costs of landing fees in various airports before deciding on your route.
  • Oil and other operating materials: Your aircraft may need materials like oil, nitrogen, aviator’s oxygen, methanol, and TKS fluid for maintenance and proper operation. Since you can’t always predict when you’ll need these items, they’re considered to be variable costs.
  • Cleaning and upkeep: You can schedule regular cleanings, but your costs can vary at times due to the location of the cleaning service or the need for more in-depth cleanings. Depending on how often you use the aircraft, you may have to pay for more cleaning services to ensure your aircraft is sanitized and always looks its best.
  • Catering: Whenever you order catering for your flight, you’ll pay for the costs of it, with the expense varying based on the cater’s pricing and the type of options they provide.

Using Charter Revenue to Reduce Aircraft Ownership Costs

Using Charter Revenue to Reduce Aircraft Ownership Costs

With all of the fixed and variable costs related to jet ownership, you may want to reduce your ownership expenses. Many jet owners offset their annual operating costs through charter revenue. When you allow others to charter your jet, they’ll essentially rent your jet for a particular period and pay you whatever price you set. By chartering your jet, you can reduce your fixed costs significantly, such as your capitalization expenses, and even make a profit over time.

To charter your jet to other private flyers, you’ll need to define your scope of operation under the FAA’s 135 Air Carrier certificate. Applying for this certificate and having it approved will allow you to charter your jet to other flyers.

Below are some of the primary factors that influence the amount of revenue you can gain if you decide to use your jet for charter flights:

  • Age of aircraft: Newer aircraft tend to be more in demand than older aircraft. Due to the higher market demand for newer aircraft, a more recent model can often attract more flyers and increase your revenue as a result. Additionally, newer aircraft typically don’t have as many maintenance needs, resulting in lower variable costs for your jet.
  • Fixed and operation costs: Different aircraft come with different fixed and operational costs. These expenses can vary based on your jet’s make and model, with some aircraft featuring higher margins between their direct operating costs and the charter rate. Selecting an aircraft with fewer expenses related to private jet operating costs, such as fuel burn, maintenance, and engine expenses, can help you raise the profit you make per chartered flight.
  • Human capital: When you charter your flights, you can offset the costs of hiring pilots and crews for your personal flights. Instead of hiring individual crews per flight, you can end up hiring a two-person pilot team for around 350 hours a year. If you don’t plan to fly 350 hours on your own, chartering can help you reduce your human capital costs per flight by ensuring you get full use out of your crew and avoiding hiring new crews every flight.
  • Engine reserves: Typically, engine companies attribute engine reserves to hourly expenses, with many engine companies requiring jet owners to pay for a minimum annual dollar threshold. Even if you don’t fly enough to meet this annual dollar threshold, you’ll still have to pay for it. If you charter your jet, you can more easily meet this minimum and reduce your annual fixed costs as a result.

Should You Select an Aircraft Management Service When Chartering Your Aircraft?

Private jet owners can hire an aircraft management service to handle the chartering of their aircraft. When you hire an aircraft management service, you add your jet to a licensed charter fleet. Since an aircraft manager knows how to optimize your chartering services, you can raise your private jet chartering profits.

An aircraft management service partner will also often have the expertise and industry connections required to help you save on parts, maintenance, fuel, fleet insurance, and hangars. They’ll manage your flight crews and ensure they’re trained appropriately as well.

Aircraft management services can also manage the charter revenue process, reaching out to potential flyers and adding charters that work for your schedule. A great aircraft management partner will have accounting services available that track how much your charter revenue is offsetting your annual costs, too.

Overall, an aircraft management service can reduce costs, increase revenue, and take much of the responsibility of managing your aircraft off your hands.

Other Options to Save on Jet Ownership

Other Options to Save on Jet Ownership

In addition to using chartering revenue and an aircraft management service to lower your cost of jet ownership, you can also find a few other ways to reduce your overall expenses:

  • Co-ownership: One way to lower your costs is to co-own your jet with at least one other person. By co-owning your jet, you save at least half of your money on fixed costs and the initial purchase price. Keep in mind that you’ll have to iron out terms with any of the other co-owners under this model.
  • Fractional ownership: Through a fractional ownership program, a buyer can purchase shares in a jet. The size of the share you buy translates to the number of hours you can use the jet, helping you get the private jet experience without paying the full costs of ownership. Fractional ownership can be great for buyers who know they’ll only use a jet somewhere between 500 and 400 hours each year.
  • Cooperative ownership: Similiar to fractional ownership, a cooperative ownership agreement involves a cooperative owner buying a jet and then selling shares of the aircraft to one or more other flyers. Instead of having a fractional ownership program handle the management of the aircraft, the cooperative owner will be responsible for it. If you’re a cooperative owner, you can make money on your jet by charging members for shares, and you receive more control over the terms of the jet’s use compared to a co-ownership or fractional ownership model.
  • Leaseback agreements: In a leaseback agreement, you allow another organization to lease your aircraft from you. Leasing a private jet to others is often a good choice if you don’t fly your aircraft a lot and want to save money on your operating costs. If you choose this route, make sure the organization leasing your jet has terms that work for you.
  • Pick an affordable fixed-based operator (FBO): When you own a jet, choosing the right FBO can help you save costs as well. Since an FBO can handle your fueling, maintenance, parking, tie-down, and storage costs, finding the right FBO can help you keep expenses down. Some FBOs offer significant discounts if you sign up to use many of their services.

Should You Own or Charter a Private Jet?

If you’re deciding between owning a private jet or chartering it, the biggest consideration you’ll want to take into account is how often you plan to fly. If you’re not flying more than 200 hours, the costs of owning, operating, and maintaining a private may be too great to justify owning a jet outright. If you only plan to fly occasionally, a private jet charter can be a more financially savvy option, as you get all the luxury of private flying without the costs of owning the aircraft.

However, even if you plan to only fly occasionally, purchasing a private jet can still be a good choice. With all of the options you have to split costs and make revenue off a private jet, it can be an excellent investment opportunity. By chartering the flight to others, you can reduce your overall costs of owning the jet and potentially make a profit.

You might also want to consider the entry costs of purchasing a jet. A newer and more capable jet can come with higher costs that may not make sense for your needs. If you don’t want to pay for entry costs, then chartering a private jet is a great choice.

Buy a Private Jet or Book a Charter Flight With Latitude 33 Aviation Today

Buy a Private Jet or Book a Charter Flight With Latitude 33 Aviation Today

At Latitude 33 Aviation, we’re dedicated to helping our clients find the right private flying experience for their needs. We regularly charter flights for our clients, delivering a stress-free, luxurious flying experience.

We also have jet acquisition and jet brokerage services if you’re interested in purchasing an aircraft. If you already own a private jet, our aircraft management services can assist you with various administrative services and help you offset costs via charter revenue.

Take a moment to review our jet acquisition services today. If you’re interested in chartering a flight or have any questions, you can request a quote or contact us directly.

Latitude 33 Aviation Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary
Latitude 33 Aviation Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary with Owners sitting inside aircraft

The start of 2021 marked Latitude 33 Aviation’s 15-year anniversary.

With tremendous thanks to clients, aircraft owners, partners, and employees, Latitude 33 Aviation was able to reach this milestone and continue the trend of exponential growth year over year since its start in 2006.

As it currently stands, Latitude 33 Aviation has 38 aircraft under management, 20 of those are on Latitude 33’s charter certificate with more aircraft joining our fleet within the next few months.

Latitude 33 Aviation Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary with private event

THE FIRST TEN YEARS

Look back on the first ten years of Latitude 33 Aviation and how two owner-pilots with an intense passion for aviation came together to create a successful, industry-recognized private jet charter, management, and sales company that has grown to manage a wide fleet of aircraft across the nation.

See the accomplishments that were achieved during the first ten years and how Latitude 33 Aviation celebrated its success in 2017.

OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS

Over the past five years, Latitude 33 Aviation has continued to exceed expectations and meet company goals despite the many challenges the aviation industry faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some accomplishments over the past five years:

  • Operated over 50,000 flight hours
  • Completed aircraft sale and acquisition transactions approaching $400 million
  • Evolved fleet composition with the needs of clients to include 34 aircraft additions – 16 of those in the midsize, super-midsize, and heavy jet categories
  • Diversified fleet with additions of new aircraft types including Global 5000, Pilatus PC-24, Praetor 600, and Legacy 500
  • Hired 26 new employees and expanded operations to 4 new U.S. cities
  • Retained the highly coveted ARGUS Platinum safety rating by successfully completing two biennial onsite audits
  • Voted San Diego’s Best Air Charter for 2018, 2019, and 2021 by Ranch & Coast Magazine’s Readers’ Poll
  • Added several new regions of operation to include Hawaii, Central America, South America, Bermuda, and the Caribbean Sea
  • Accepted the first Bombardier customer aircraft fueled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)
  • Received the Los Angeles Friendly Flyer Award for the 6th consecutive year in a row

A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT

When asked what he was most proud of over the past five years, Casey Miller, President & Owner of Latitude 33 Aviation, said, “The discipline we have as a company. We’ve been fortunate to experience significant growth over the last five years, but we have managed to keep our service at a high level. We’ve passed on several aircraft management opportunities that would have been profitable for the company but were not in line with our long-term strategy of continuing to provide a high touch service from the top down. As with every other industry, COVID had a major impact on our business. The business basically went to zero at the start of COVID, then immediately increasing to record levels. I’m incredibly proud of the way we have balanced the added business and workload, while not losing site of our core values.”

Latitude 33 Aviation Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary with Owner standing in front of aircraft

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

“Our pilots were very professional, helpful, and friendly. They worked hard to ensure we were comfortable for the entire flight!”

– Charter client, San Diego

“Thanks again for your superior service. All the way around, Latitude 33 is the best I have seen in the private jet charter business. I’ve been around charter now for 25 years. Kudos to the whole team.”

– Charter client, Los Angeles

“Efficient, knowledgeable and professional. I trust the experts at Latitude 33 with all my aircraft management and aviation needs.”

– Private jet owner, San Diego

Latitude 33 Aviation Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary with aircraft lined up on ramp

THANK YOU FROM LATITUDE 33 AVIATION

Latitude 33 Aviation, a private jet management, charter, and sales and acquisitions company, based at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA is an industry-recognized expert in delivering professional, full-service management programs while maintaining a safety, security, and customer service record that its clients can count on. Founded and run by current, professional pilots, Latitude 33’s leadership has the unique perspective of the private jet industry’s pulse from the front lines, not from behind a desk.

We manage one of the newest and largest fleets of light, midsize, super-midsize, and heavy jets in the United States. Our team of professionals specialize in creating private charter flights that make luxury travel your new standard, and they likewise assist with aircraft acquisitionmanagement, and brokerage services in order to make aircraft ownership a smooth and stress-free process.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past 15 years. We look forward to future flights!

Meet the Latest Super-Mid Addition – 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+
Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Exterior

WELCOME ABOARD THE LATEST SUPER-MID ADDITION

Latitude 33 Aviation is proud to announce the addition of a 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ to its charter fleet. This jet offers increased capacity in the super-midsize aircraft category and provides even more availability for true transcontinental flights while still being excellent on short-range performance. The powerful, range-enhancing winglets on the Sovereign+, combined with the powerful engines, allow the aircraft to whisk charter clients off to even more locations like The Bahamas, New York City, and Miami from its home base in Carlsbad, California. This state-of-the-art super-midsized aircraft will join Latitude 33 Aviation’s fleet of managed and chartered aircraft, bringing the total fleet size to over 30 aircraft, nine of them falling under the super-midsize category.

Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Interior

ABOUT THE CESSNA CITATION SOVEREIGN+

The Citation Sovereign+ was designed with a maximum range of 3,200 nautical miles. At high-speed cruise, the Sovereign+ delivers a premium passenger experience featuring a completely restyled interior with more fluid cabinetry and enhanced LED lighting to brighten up the cabin. Optimizing cabin comfort for passengers and crew alike, the cabin volume for the Citation Sovereign+ is 571 cubic feet with a layout configuration that features comfortable seating for up to nine passengers. The aircraft’s wireless cabin management system equips each passenger with productive connectivity and entertainment through their personal electronic devices. Clarity cabin-management system integrates the cabin electrical system, avionics, and communications through a fiber-optic backbone. All this to ensure passengers will enjoy every nautical mile in luxurious comfort where the journey becomes as enjoyable as the destination.

FLY NONSTOP IN OUR 2015 CESSNA CITATION SOVEREIGN+

Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ New York

New York City

As a center of fashion, finance, creative expression, music, food, and entertainment, New York City is truly unique. Experience “the City that Never Sleeps” with a trip on our 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+.

Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Bahamas

The Bahamas

Fly to the tropical islands of The Bahamas in our 2015 Citation Sovereign+ and explore the most beautiful destination in the Caribbean region. Spend the day on a luxurious beach or try out some fun water actives like snorkeling.

Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Miami

Miami

Well-known for its glamorous beaches and beautiful sunny weather, Miami, Florida is the perfect vacation destination year-round. Start your Miami trip with a flight on our 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+

Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Exterior

SUPER-MIDSIZE SOVEREIGN+ MEETS HIGH TRAVEL DEMAND

This aircraft is a welcomed addition, as Latitude 33 Aviation has seen massive growth in the demand to fly privately. This super-midsize aircraft enables Latitude 33 Aviation to supply that demand, fulfill more charter requests, offer more backup options for when travel plans changes, and reach more locations to service clients.

Solomon Short, Owner and Director of Operations at Latitude 33 Aviation, added, “The hourly price point of this aircraft is the perfect addition to the Latitude 33 Aviation fleet as it offers long range capabilities at a rate well below some of its competition. With the private jet travel industry seeing record demand and limited supply, the timely addition of this Sovereign+ allows Latitude 33 Aviation the ability to offer another industry leading solution to our charter customers.” From pre-arrival and in-flight amenities to one-of-a-kind destination experiences, Latitude 33 Aviation curates memorable and customized journeys for passengers. 

Top 5 Tips for Private Jet Travel this Summer

The desire to travel this summer is at an all-time high. People all over the world have spent over a year adjusting to a fully digital life that lacked the joy of traveling. The world is ready to get back out there and make up for lost time spent at home. Summer 2021 is predicted to be full of travelers setting their sights on destinations they’ve been dreaming about for the past year. There is already a spike in travel bookings, which might make it difficult to book your travel plans this summer. Here are the top five tips to help you navigate through your travels this summer on a private jet.

01. BOOK EARLY FOR YOUR PREFERRED DATES

This season so far, there is a higher-than-normal volume of private jet charters booking each month and this trend seems to be continuing. To lock in your preferred dates of travel, it’s best to book as early as possible. In some cases, a 30-day booking window is preferred. It is also important to be aware of your arrival times as some higher elevation summer destinations, hot spots, and remote locations have limited access times due to weather, air temperatures, and runway lengths. Connecting early with the Latitude 33 Aviation charter team allows for more time to ensure your trip is locked in with the right aircraft type and crew for your flight.

02. AVOID OVERPRICED RENTAL CARS

It’s predicted to be a busy summer full of travelers hitting the road for long driving vacations. Rental car prices are soaring due to a series of pandemic issues that plagued the rental car market. With the drop in demand for travel, rental car companies were forced to downsize their inventory. However, as the demand for travel quickly grew, rental car companies were unable to replace their inventory to full capacity, greatly impacting their ability to meet the high travel demand. Due to the shortage of vehicles, prices for rental cars have increased four times the normal amount in some locations and the availability of the more popular makes and models are hard to lock in.

Avoid the hassle of booking an overpriced rental car by exploring other options. Car-sharing apps like Turo provide you with a more unique travel experience. Choose from a wider range of vehicles that will enhance your vacation – a vintage car, off-road Jeep, all-electric pet-friendly sedan, and more. Let Latitude 33 Aviation complete your luxury experience by booking a private limousine, sprinter van, SUV, or luxury sedan from a preferred ground transportation partner so you can fully relax on the road to your destination.

03. FLY DIRECTLY INTO YOUR DESIRED DESTINATION 

 

Unlike commercial airlines, private jets are able to fly into smaller airports with shorter runways, getting you closer than ever to your desired location. With strict travel restrictions through commercial airlines, traveling international has become more challenging than ever before. Private jet travel makes it easier than ever to fly into smaller, less crowded airports, avoiding long security check lines. International travel to popular destinations like Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands is seamless from start to end with Latitude 33 Aviation.

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04. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A ONE-WAY FLIGHT

 

Every so often, one of Latitude 33 Aviation’s private charter jets flies without passengers. These are called “empty leg flights” and they may occur because:

  • The jet is returning to its home base after a charter leg or service
  • The aircraft is flying to another destination to prepare for its next charter flight
  • It is more cost-effective for the jet and crew to return to their home base rather than wait for the return leg

These empty leg flights are already scheduled to depart on a certain date to fly to a certain location, which leaves little to no room for flexibility to dates, aircraft type, and location. This can make it difficult to book an empty leg flight that aligns with your schedule, but it can also make for a fun and spontaneous adventure. You could also get lucky and an empty leg flight could line up perfectly with your schedule. One-way flights are usually presented at a discounted rate, so if you’re looking to take on a spontaneous adventure and fly into a new destination, you can check our website daily for the most up-to-date list of one-ways flights, or subscribe to our weekly email update. One of these flights might be just the spark you need to try something new this summer vacation.

05. BRING YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND PETS

Now is the time to shake off the travel blues, go and explore, and take away the worry by avoiding crowded commercial flights. When flying private with Latitude 33 Aviation, you have the entire aircraft to yourself meaning you will never share a flight with strangers. Fill your private flight with your family and closest friends. Let our charter team know how many guests you will be traveling with and we will find the perfect aircraft to accommodate every passenger and make your travel safe and comfortable. Bring along your furry friends, as well! Almost all of Latitude 33 Aviation’s charter aircraft are pet-friendly allowing them to ride alongside you in comfort.

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