Private jet passengers with reduced mobility represent a growing population of travelers who are discovering the built-in conveniences of private jets for travel.
We speak frequently with reduced mobility travelers who are interested in making the switch from commercial airlines to flying private but have questions about the logistics involved. Here are a few considerations for traveling with a wheelchair:
Are there advantages for an individual with reduced mobility to fly private instead of commercial?
Yes. Travelers who require the use of a wheelchair can find commercial travel challenging from long security lines, crowded airport seating and unreliable support from the airline at the gate for transportation through the terminal to a connecting flight.
The private jet industry is deeply rooted in highly personalized customer service and efficiency. A dedicated charter coordinator will help guide you through the process and answer your questions to make your entire trip a pleasant experience, from booking, check-in, boarding to getting you where you need to be with efficient ground transportation.
Should I notify my charter coordinator ahead of time to make disability-related accommodations?
There is no requirement for you to provide advanced notice for disability-related accommodations, especially if it is an on-demand private charter flight. Your charter coordinator can help arrange for:
- A wheelchair or other guided assistance to board, deplane, or other arrangements during your flight
- A seating accommodation that meets your disability-related needs; and/or the loading and stowing of any assistive device
- Seamless ground transportation to/from the airport
Can I bring my wheelchair?
Yes. If you do decide to bring your wheelchair, it should be the type of wheelchair that can be folded and stowed safely during flight. Most private jets cannot accommodate a motorized wheelchair; however, your charter coordinator will help you determine if your electric wheelchair can be taken on the flight in the cargo hold after determining the type of battery it has.
What if I cannot use the airplane stairs?
If you are unable to climb the stairs of an aircraft, there are a few options, including the Scalamobil Fly Aviation Stair Climber. This is a specialized wheelchair with a high-performance electric motor that carries out the climbing task on each step with an assistant. Another option is selecting the Bombardier Challenger 601, a Heavy jet that is specially equipped to lift your wheelchair into the plane.
What if my private jet is not wheelchair accessible? Is there another option?
Yes. Another option is to use an Ambulift. These special-purpose hydraulic vehicles have multiple uses, including catering aircraft. The technology has also been adapted to lift passengers in their wheelchair who cannot climb stairs directly to the aircraft door.
Are Ambulifts available at all airports?
No. Although Ambulifts are common at major airports, smaller regional airports may not have one available. Your charter coordinator will work with you to determine the most efficient and stress-free logistics for your entire trip.
Is there an additional cost for the Ambulift for travel outside the U.S.?
Yes. The cost can vary, depending on the country you are flying to and from. In the United States and most western countries, there are rarely extra charges to accommodate disabled passengers. If you plan to travel outside the U.S., your charter coordinator will work with the provider to determine the cost.
Can I sit in a seat on the private jet?
Yes. It is a safety requirement that all passengers be seated in an aircraft seat with a fastened seatbelt during take-off and landing. As safety is of primary importance, your wheelchair should be folded up and stowed properly during the flight. Exceptions to this are passengers who are being transported in an adapted medevac aircraft secured in a stretcher or a specially adapted wheelchair for use on a large, converted aircraft.
Can I stay seated in my wheelchair during the flight?
For safety reasons, all passengers are required to be seated in an aircraft seat with a seatbelt fastened for takeoff and landing. If you are concerned about comfort, seats in private jets are usually oversized and designed with ultra-soft cushioning with reclining capabilities and increased legroom. You will also be able to control the air temperature, lighting and entertainment features from your seat.
In conclusion, no matter where your travel plans take you, our team of professional on-demand private charter coordinators will help you select the most appropriate private jet to suit your travel requirements, including seamless transportation to and from the airport.
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Mercury Jets’ on-demand white glove charter coordinators can assist you in choosing your preferred aircraft. To book a flight, call +1-212-840-8000 for our charter department. Mercury Jets offers an instant quote request. Submit your request here to price out your flight immediately.