10 rules of private jetiquette

Private jet travel is a lot more relaxed than many people think. It’s all geared around the client, so it’s hard to go far wrong.

But there are some unspoken rules that most frequent fliers observe, which can ensure that first time private jet customers – especially those flying as a guest of someone else – can avoid making the wrong impression.

1) What (not) to wear?

If you’re travelling on business, the usual dress code applies. But we recommend you avoid being too overdressed on a leisure trip. Private jet fashion is all about not trying too hard. Or at least not looking like you have.

 Private jet fashion

2) Photos and social media

If you’re flying for business, keep it discreet. This isn’t a holiday. Flying for leisure? Snap away. If you’re a guest your host will appreciate your enjoyment (but check first before you share or tag any other passengers, it’s called private aviation for a reason).

3) Always let your host board the aircraft first

Especially if you’re a guest and it’s your first time on a jet. He or she will have a favourite seat, and you don’t want to make this your first and last invitation.

People boarding a private jet

 

4) Be demanding (nicely)

Ask upfront for anything that will make your trip more enjoyable – whether it’s music, magazines, or a favourite herbal tea. It’s a bespoke flying experience, so make it your own.

5) No need to switch off devices

You can use them freely onboard a private jet. And as the aircraft is yours, there’s no need to worry about annoying strangers with your tones and alerts. An increasing number of private jets have wifi, so you can work or catch up while you fly.

 Using your phone onboard

6) Pets can fly too

You can take your pets in the cabin on a private jet, but make sure they’ve been groomed beforehand. No one wants dog hair or muddy paws on the upholstery.

Tex on seat

7) Talk to your pilots

There’s no locked cockpit and the crew will welcome you to the flight deck. Tip your pilot if you think they did a good job, it’s not expected but it’s quite normal and the crew will appreciate the gesture.

 Visiting the cockpit

8) Disappear quickly after landing

When you arrive at the private jet terminal you don’t want to be hanging around. The point of private jet travel is to be whisked away as quickly as possible, often from the aircraft steps. If you forgot to arrange a car, ask your pilot to radio ahead and order a taxi for you.

landing

9) Practice good bathroom manners

Visit the bathroom in the private jet lounge before you fly. As much as private jets are luxurious, they are also very quiet, which can result in social discomfort you would rather avoid. Some very light jets have only an emergency toilet facility

10) Don’t carry your own bags

It’s not expected and that’s what the ground crew are for. And don’t worry if you turn up 15 minutes late (because you can).

Any other questions about private jet travel? Contact our expert Flight Team (24 hours) on +44 (0)20 7100 6960.