How to fly private in the Middle East

Skip the long airport queues and travel in luxury with these private jet services
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Considering business travellers in the Gulf region reportedly spend twice as long flying on private jets as their counterparts in Europe, according to a study by Private Jet Charter, we thought a guide to flying private in the Middle East might come in handy in the summer season.
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Empty Legs by Private Jet Charter

\n\nWe recommend opting for by Private Jet Charter due to discounted prices. An empty leg flight is one on a private jet flying without passengers while returning to its original take-off stop or another destination. The firm basically diverts those empty jets to your destination, making it more efficient and instantaneously cheaper. Private Jet Charter is one of the leading private jet providers in the region.
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Royal Jet

\n\nStaying true to its name, Royal Jet is an Abu Dhabi-based luxury flight services provider known for being broadly used by royals. So if you want to travel in imperial style, we recommend you go for one of its eight Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) complete with bespoke services such as canapés prepared by a personal chef and fresh flowers. Royal Jet boasts a VIP Terminal and Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
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\n\nWith over 600,000 app downloads worldwide, JetSmarter is a no-nonsense app for private jet rentals. The app used by everyone from actors and business tycoons allows users to create fully customise private charter flights from cities including Dubai, Moscow, Paris and New York. The service, which is backed by a Saudi Arabian royal family, has often been dubbed the Uber of the skies.
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Eclipse Air Charter

\n\nWith no membership fee required, Eclipse Air Charter offers great pricing on one-way and empty leg flights. The on-demand private aircraft charter offers bespoke jet charter solutions. It’s a good choice for last minute trips as its Charter Account Managers are available by phone and email 24/7. The company is also flexible with complex itineraries.
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\n\nWith a base in Dubai, ExecuJet was one of the region’s first independent firms to offer aviation services in the Middle East. Today, it continues to remain relevant, operating a modern fleet available to charter through its SimplyFly Membership Card feautring a simple pricing policy available in two pre-designed packages. The firm also offers users the ability to own an aircraft without the responsibility of its maintenance.
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GI Aviation

\n\nThe latest private jet charter to launch in the GCC is Abu Dhabi-based GI Aviation, which prices itself somewhere between business class on a commercial carrier and the cost of chartering a mid-size jet aircraft. Based in Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Airport, the firm has two Pilatus PC-12NG aircrafts that allow it to price a charter flight 30 percent lower than a mid-sized private jet while keeping the same luxury.
Wed 28 Jun 2017 12:58 PM GST
By Lubna Hamdan