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Latitude 33 Announces 50 Percent Growth in 2017
San Diego Private Jets and Private Plane Sales 2017 Results - Latitude 33 Aviation

April 3, 2018 – Latitude 33 Aviation experienced remarkable growth in 2017. All three business units (aircraft sales and acquisitions, aircraft management, and private jet charter) grew year over year, with a 50 percent increase in charter hours flown.  Some highlights include:

  • Total aircraft assets under management increased to $157 million
  • $68 million in aircraft (jet and turboprop) sales and acquisition transactions completed
  • Nearly 11,000 hours of flight time accumulated throughout the year
  • Expanded mid and super mid-sized aircraft portfolio with the addition of an Embraer Legacy 500 and Cessna Citation XLS+
  • Los Angeles private jet charter operations grew with the addition of Orange County/Santa Ana/John Wayne Airport charter base
  • ARGUS Platinum safety rating was achieved, placing Latitude 33 in the top 5% of all U.S. based charter operators
  • Local outreach program was launched to help raise $50,000 for community organizations
  • Friendly Flier awarded by Van Nuys Airport for the fourth consecutive year in recognition of outstanding flight operations

 

New Citation CJ4 Business Jet - Latitude 33 Aviation Growth in 2017

While growth in 2017 was expected to exceed previous years, the combination of unparalleled customer service, additional factory new aircraft added to the fleet, and industry tailwinds helped 2017 become a record-breaking year.

Latitude 33 Aviation has always offered bespoke aircraft brokerage services, but last year marked the expansion of the aircraft sales and acquisition division with the addition of a full-time sales team. When aircraft owners are looking to move up in aircraft capacity and capability, they choose Latitude 33 Aviation to oversee the sale of their current aircraft and acquisition of their next jet because of the company’s specialized industry experience. Unlike many other aircraft brokers, Latitude 33 Aviation does not just buy and sell aircraft – it manages, operates, and maintains a large fleet of jets which provides the company with in-depth operating knowledge of each specific jet.

The company has also developed close relationships with major business jet manufacturers such as Cessna/Textron, Embraer, and Bombardier. As an operator who accepts and operates many factory-new aircraft on an annual basis, Latitude 33 Aviation is regularly recommended by manufacturers to prospective aircraft owners or current owners who are looking for professional aircraft management services.

Read the story of  Latitude 33 Aviation’s first 10 years

Latitude 33 Aviation 10 Year Story

 

In becoming San Diego’s only ARGUS Platinum safety rated private jet charter company, Latitude 33 Aviation continues to demonstrate its commitment to constant improvement to its clients, aircraft owners, and partners. Although the company has a perfect safety record, it wanted to raise the bar and challenge itself to meet the most stringent standards in the industry. In doing so, Latitude 33 Aviation became one of the few qualified operators that meet the standards to provide supplemental flight support to some of the world’s most well-known private flight companies.

For more information about private aircraft ownership or to book your next flight, call 800-840-0310 or email charter@L33jets.com

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What to Consider When Buying a Jet in Los Angeles

Buying your own private jet is a significant milestone and achievement. Whether you’ve decided to own your aircraft because you have far too many important business meetings outside of the San Diego, Los Angeles, and Southern California area and you need to save time, or because you simply don’t want to deal with the hassle of flying on commercial airlines ever again, a private jet means you are literally and figuratively above it all. There is no better way to minimize travel time, maximize productivity, arrive refreshed, and have ultimate control over your travel schedule than to purchase your own private jet. Of course, you want to make a wise financial investment, but there is a lot more to consider when buying an aircraft than the price tag.

Here are some of the more important factors you should consider when choosing the private jet that will be your oasis in the sky:

  1. Size — Bigger isn’t always better, but that is a preference that is entirely up to you. How many passengers will usually be flying with you? You might not have a need to travel around in an airliner-sized aircraft, but make sure the jet you buy feels comfortable to you. After all, you’re buying a jet because you don’t ever want to spend the flight between New York and L.A. with your knees pushed up against your chin.
  2. Range — How far will you regularly be traveling? What will be your most frequent destinations? Will you want to land at smaller, regional airports that are closer to your final destination than the major airports? It’s important to find a jet that can adequately handle all your travel needs.
  3. Features and luxury options — The sky is the limit when it comes to the options available in private jets. Will your personal jet come stocked with a wet bar and full entertainment package for leisure, or do you require satellite internet and phone service for business productivity? Even if you are not planning on doing much entertaining in the air, you will want to make sure you are as comfortable as you can be in the cabin.
  4. Crew — Depending on the size of your private jet and how you will be using it, larger aircraft may require a multi-person crew that includes several pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics, while smaller aircraft may be able to operate with just a single pilot. Also, you’ll want to think about whether your flight crew will be permanent employees or if you’ll hire them on a contractual, as-needed basis. This will likely depend on how often you intend to use your new asset.
  5. Operating costs — It is important to know ahead of time how much you will need to spend on maintenance, fuel, insurance, engine overhaul reserves, navigation database updates, and other ongoing costs for your new private jet. Some aircraft have low purchase prices, but high operating costs. It is important to have an aircraft expert assist you with your decision to help save you money in the long run. Depending on how frequently you use the plane, it may or may not be worth the ongoing costs for you.
  6. Buying or chartering?Buying a private jet is often a wise investment if you expect to be in the air often, but it’s still possible to travel in luxury without making such a large outlay of capital. Chartering a private jet on an as-needed basis may be a more appropriate choice, depending on your travel needs to and from Los Angeles, San Diego and the Southern California area. If you do not plan on flying at least 100-150 hours per year, chartering may be a better option. You will still reap many of the benefits of having a private jet, but without all of the responsibility that comes with ownership.
  7. Management — Jet ownership requires logistics such as hangar space to park the aircraft, proper vetting and training of flight crew, financial accounting, maintenance and inspection scheduling, aircraft cleaning, and refreshment supplies stocking as well as preparing the aircraft whenever you would like to fly. Some jet owners prefer to handle these activities themselves, while others opt to hire a professional private jet management company to handle these responsibilities. Aircraft management companies are also often able to provide discounts on fuel, insurance, and hangar space due to their size and buying power.

There are few experiences as exhilarating as buying a private jet. If you would like to learn more or simply have questions, the team of experts at Latitude 33 Aviation can help. We can be reached at 1.800.840.0310 or contact@L33Jets.com.

Reasons to Charter a Private Jet in Los Angeles

Whether you’re on your way to close an important deal in person or jetting off to a much-needed getaway, air travel often is the best way to get from Point A to Point B in Southern California. However, traveling via commercial airline creates as many problems as it solves for busy, productive and important people such as you. Long lines at the airport cut into time you could be spending preparing for your big meeting. Inflexible flight departure times place unreasonable deadlines on your business and force you to end your vacation before you’re ready. Commercial aircraft are confining, uncomfortable and offer little to no privacy. However, there is a solution to all of these problems that is available to you whenever you want: Chartering a private jet in Los Angeles offers you the opportunity to fly in style and comfort at your convenience. Here are just a few of the ways in which private charter flights can make air travel less stressful and more enjoyable for you.

Your Own Private Aircraft

In the past, commercial aircraft were designed with the comfort of passengers in mind, but today space and comfort are at a premium. Crowded cabins and less-than-comfortable seats are the norm today – even in business class and first class. However, when you charter a private jet, the only person you have to share legroom with is… you. Without the distractions of other people climbing over you to get in and out of their seats, you’ll also be able to concentrate on any important work you need to get done. A meeting held at 39,000 feet with just your most important business partners and no distractions can be incredibly productive. Or perhaps you would simply like to relax before reaching your destination, in which case many private aircraft seats can be transformed into lay-flat beds that allow for peaceful rest. Additionally, the ability to choose who travels with you, bypass the airport crowds and head straight to your aircraft means you can keep a low profile – which is perfect for when you would rather not have other people know the details of your business travel or vacation destination.

Travel on Your Schedule

Traveling via commercial airline means you are beholden to the airline’s schedule. You have little control over when your flight leaves or arrives. What’s more, if you’re running late for any reason, everything turns into chaos. That’s not a problem with a private charter, which will never leave without you and will always be ready to depart when you’re ready. Because you won’t have to deal with long security lines or check in at the airport, you’ll also be able to arrive at the airport moments before your planned departure and be in the air almost immediately. When flying privately, airport parking is a non-issue as you typically have the luxury of pulling your vehicle right up to the aircraft door.

Get Where You Want to Be Sooner

Flying a commercial flight to most major destinations in Southern California usually means flying out of LAX and arriving at another major airport. That destination airport may or may not be anywhere close to where you’re ultimately traveling to, which could mean an extended car ride after you’ve already spent hours in the air. On the other hand, private jet charters can fly in and out of smaller airports throughout the region, making it easier for you to depart and land from an airport that’s closer and more convenient for you. Private jets can use more than 5,000 airports in the U.S, while commercial airlines only reach 550. There’s no need to spend potentially hours in freeway traffic just to get to and from the airport. Less crowded airports also allow for less aircraft taxi time to/from the runway which means you’ll avoid sitting in your jet for 20-30 minutes waiting for your turn to takeoff.

Take Your Important Items with You

Flying commercially prevents you from bringing many liquids and oversize or fragile items onboard. Flying privately avoids this and allows you to bring your food and beverages of choice onboard along with any fragile instruments, artwork, sports gear or even your pet. These can all be secured inside the cabin with you to ensure they are protected and never out of your sight.

The comfort, flexibility and convenience of private jet charters make them an excellent choice for busy people on the go. Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, a private charter can take the frustration and inconvenience out of air travel and give you more time to focus on the reason you’re traveling.

To learn more about traveling via private charter with Latitude 33 Aviation, contact us to get a quote.