25 Jan Making The Best Of An Empty Leg
As jets are chartered on a daily basis, many are for one-way arrangements whereby clients hire services for delivery or pick-up. Hence, a jet flown for such an arrangement ends up with an empty leg on its return trip or on route respectively. Since hefty costs are incurred the moment a plane takes off, it is therefore in the interest of the charter company to recoup costs where possible. Otherwise, it is equivalent to setting a wad of bank notes aflame. By advertising the availability of such flights in papers or online sites, the objective is to attract business from last-minute travelers or cargo shipments where applicable. As prices for hire also tend to be much less than regular chartered flights, popular routes are quickly snapped up.
Despite the attraction of lower costs, this form of transportation, also known as a deadhead flight, is prone to certain travel inconsistencies. Flight itineraries are dependent on the primary parties who charter the planes. If their plans change, this may mean adjustments to the itineraries depending on the extent of change. In the event the new itineraries are not suited to the needs of the secondary parties hiring the empty legs, they have to source other arrangements. Air charter companies also may not be obligated to replace cancelled flights thus adding another level of inconvenience.
With this in mind, it is ideal to figure out which type of charter suits one best. If keeping costs low is a matter of priority with time being a flexible element, choosing this sort of travel is probably sufficient. However, if the tables are turned with time being a deciding factor, it may be better to spend a little more in order to secure a confirmed date and time of travel instead of opting for a deadhead flight subject to change beyond one's control.