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The New Normal in Aviation

COVID-19 came as a shock to the airline industry. Suddenly, for the first time in over a hundred years, international flights came to a grinding halt. In April 2020, international flights dropped by 80%, hitting the aviation industry hard.

 

The demand for business flights and leisure flights fell, as country after country closed their borders to non-essential travel and remote-working has led to a lack of travel. Where people once hopped on a place without a second thought, apprehension now reigns.

 

COVID has led to changing expectations from the traveller, with airlines prioritizing safety and hygiene to encourage travellers to board their planes once more. New measures such as HEPA filters, which remove more than 99% of the germs in the cabin air, obligatory masks for passengers during the flight, the elimination of trolley services and bathroom access, obligatory temperature checks, and COVID testing upon arrival has dampened the appeal of travelling by air.

 

Despite these new measures, to date, there have been no outbreaks directly linked to air travel. In spite of this, there are still risks related to commercial travel.

 

One sector of the aviation industry is emerging as a strong choice for those who wish to fly: the private jet sector.

 

Responding to the hygiene and safety measures, deep cleaning of aircraft, distancing and limited interaction between cabin and crew, temperature testing, and the guarantee of avoiding the crowds has allowed private jet charters to become a popular choice. In fact, in the UK the demand for private jet travel has surged by nearly 20%, whilst in the US it has grown by 9%.

 

Airlines in the UK and the US have both employed more safety measures regarding the cleanliness on airplanes which include the disinfection of cabin hard surfaces, deep carpet cleaning, frequent cleaning of the on-board lavatories and use of HEPA filters in the air conditioning systems that circulate and replace the air in the cabin every three to five minutes. Some airlines take it a step further, including the replacement of seat covers, sterilization of the water system and replacement of air filters, some even forgo the distribution of hot towels, blankets, magazines and pillows.

InsiJets make sure that a further employs hygiene solution called Bacoban® will be applied, a disinfectant that remains on surfaces for as long as 10 days, ensuring that surfaces are disinfected regularly to prevent the risk of transmission. InsiJets maintains a high standard of hygiene in keeping with regulations by restricting the fleet to only operators who can deliver the highest standard in safety and service. Moreover, InsiJets provides 360 degree support with regards the paperwork necessary to comply with the latest procedures with airport authorities.

 

The surge in clientele for private jet charters worldwide is due to many business and first-class travellers choosing to fly by private charter instead. According to Forbes, only 10% of the people who could have the money for private jet travel actually use this form of transportation. Nowadays, the number of new passengers indicates that the pandemic has launched the concept of private jet charter into the mainstream.

 

Another popular use for chartering jets which has arisen since the pandemic  is the ability to travel from different countries that may be in lockdown, something commercial airlines cannot do. This is essential for flying people out of lockdown areas and returning them to their home countries, something that has grown considerably in the business sector, where CEOs and high-flying executives were flown back home in private jets. Private jet charters that provide these “lifeline” routes contributed to the increase in charters since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

The advantages of private jet charters include being able to control the number of passengers sharing the cabin with you, avoiding busy and crowded airport terminals ,and the ability to obtain flight permission more easily than scheduled flights.

 

Private jets are flown considerably less than commercial flights, with privately booked jets flying between 20 and 80 hours every month, compared to commercial aircraft which clock from 200 to 250 travel hours per month or more. This means that as well as the rigorous cleaning processes, there is less passenger exposure.

 

The flexibility of the private jet industry is also its capability to adapt to changing situations. Private jet charters have quick responses to customer requests, unhampered by the hierarchies and restrictions that govern commercial airlines. Private jets offer availability to accommodate sudden changes in your travel plans and work with your schedule, meaning that they can be available to depart within a matter of hours or wait for you if you are running late.

 

Also, depending on the airport you will be arriving to, there is the possibility to be met by car directly on the runway with any security or immigration procedures dealt with from your vehicle minimising your interactions with airport staff and ultimately, minimising your risk.

If you wish to travel by private jet, there are still things that you need to be aware of when chartering private jet travel in times of COVID-19. There may be changes to the aircraft during and after booking due to changing flight schedules and it pays to be flexible in your travel times and dates.

 

Ultimately, the greatest luxury you can obtain is peace of mind when travelling by plane.


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FLY IN EUROPE AND UK*

Passport
  • EU Pet Passport is released only for dogs, cats and ferrets.
  • Animals having a valid EU Pet Passport can travel freely around EU member states.
Microchip
  • Pets need to be microchipped by an authorized veterinarian.
  • A readable tattoo done on or before July 3rd, 2011 will be accepted as well.
Vaccinations
  • Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies.
  • Vaccinations must be administered by an authorized veterinarian at least 21 days before the date of your flight and not more than three months.**
  • Your pet must get regular booster vaccinations.
Tapeworm treatment
  • It is compulsory for dogs travelling to United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland or Malta.
  • The treatment can be given by an authorized veterinarian within a period of not more than 120 hours and not less than 24 hours before the scheduled arrival.
*Rules for traveling to EU countries from the UK might change, due to Brexit agreements; please contact us for more info.
**Keep in mind that a pet needs to be at least 12 weeks old before you can make a vaccination against rabies.

FLY FROM NON-MEMBER COUNTRIES TO EUROPE***

Passport
  • EU Pet Passport is released only for dogs, cats and ferrets.
  • Animals having a valid EU Pet Passport can travel freely around EU member states.
Microchip
  • Pets need to be microchipped by an authorized veterinarian.
  • A readable tattoo done on or before July 3rd, 2011 will be accepted as well.
Vaccinations
  • Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies.
  • Vaccinations must be administered by an authorized veterinarian at least 21 days before the date of your flight and not more than three months.**
  • Your pet must get regular booster vaccinations.
Tapeworm treatment
  • It is compulsory for dogs travelling to United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland or Malta.
  • The treatment can be given by an authorized veterinarian within a period of not more than 120 hours and not less than 24 hours before the scheduled arrival.
Blood sample
  • You will need the pet’s blood sample taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination.****
  • The sample must be sent by your veterinarian to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory and register a rabies antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml.
  • Your pet can travel to the EU three months after the date of a successful blood test.
Health certificate
  • You must get your pet's health certificate by an authorized veterinarian no more than 10 days before you travel to the EU.
  • Your pet’s health certificate will be valid for 10 days after the date of issue to entry into the EU and 4 months of onward travel within the EU.
*Rules for traveling to EU countries from the UK might change, due to Brexit agreements; please contact us for more info.
**Keep in mind that a pet needs to be at least 12 weeks old before you can make a vaccination against rabies.
***Flying to Switzerland? Please remember that the list of airports you can fly to with your pet depends on your departure country.
****If your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up-to-date with boosters, before the expiry of the previous vaccination, you will not be required an additional blood test next time you fly to the EU.

FLY TO THE UNITED STATES*

Microchip
  • Microchip is not required, but it is highly recommended (15 digit ISO 11784 compliant).

Health certificate
  • It is not required to enter into the USA.
  • This may differ for some state laws: so you'd better have a health certificate issued in English by a licensed veterinarian.
Vaccinations
  • Dogs coming from Rabies High Risk Countries must be vaccinated against rabies.
  • Dogs that have never been vaccinated against rabies, must be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to arrival.
  • Adult dogs older than 15 months that have previously received a rabies vaccination (given no earlier than at three months age) and that has expired, may be imported immediately after a booster vaccination without need to wait for 30 days.
Tapeworm treatment
  • Dogs traveling from countries where screwworm exist will need a certificate signed by an authorized veterinarian in the departure country; it has to be executed within five days prior to traveling to the USA.
Muzzle and cage
  • Depending on the specific port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection may require certain breeds of dogs to be muzzled or locked in a protective carrier cage.
*Each state and U.S. territory has its own rules, which may differ from federal regulations. For example, Hawaii and Guam require quarantine.

FLY TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Microchip
  • You need to microchip your pet with a 15 digit ISO 11784 compliant microchip and register your contact details prior to your travels.
Vaccinations
  • You need a vaccination certificate, clearly displaying your pet’s rabies vaccination (including the vaccine’s manufacturer, batch number and expiration).
  • The rabies vaccination must be administered between 21 days and 12 months prior to arrival in the UAE - both primary vaccinations and boosters.
Other treatments
  • Cats and dogs need to be treated against internal and external parasites within 10 days of transportation.
  • Dogs must also be vaccinated against Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvovirus.
  • Cats must also be vaccinated against Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopnia.
Documents
  • Since 21 days after your pet's last rabies vaccination, you have to apply for an Import Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
  • The application can be completed either in person or online, before your pet’s arrival in the UAE.
  • The Import Permit is valid 30 days from the date of issue, and the ministry will charge a fee per permit; no more than two pets can be listed on one permit.

FLY TO RUSSIA

Microchip
  • Cats, dogs and ferrets traveling to the Russian Federation must be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant device.
  • The microchip number must be written on your pet’s documentation.
Vaccinations
  • Cats and dogs must be vaccinated against rabies, no sooner than 21 days and no later than 12 months prior the arrival in Russia.
  • A licensed veterinarian must fill out a Veterinary Certificate for Russia within five days from the travel, indicating that the animal is clinically healthy and vaccinated against rabies.
Other treatments
  • Dogs should be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Viral Enteritis, Parvovirus, Adenovirus and Leptospiros.
  • Cats should also be vaccinated against Panleukemia and undergo tests for Dermatophytosis with samples processed at an approved laboratory.