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How cargo jet charters are serving the global freight industry

How cargo jet charters are serving the global freight industry

While private aviation is best known for its luxury, the reality is that the segment is most used by small company owners and leisure travelers looking for an efficient means of transportation that will reduce travel times while maximizing the overall flight experience – from booking to landing.

Yet with flexibility and safety as common traits, the industry has also been playing a major role in the global cargo segment, having the ability to move items quickly on domestic and international flights while also accessing remote locations during humanitarian disasters. In fact, that reliability played a key role during worldwide pandemic relief efforts, especially when commercial aviation was completely grounded.

Private aviation for cargo can be particularly useful for time-sensitive or high-value shipments, such as medical supplies, perishable goods, or sensitive documents. It can also be useful for transporting cargo to remote locations where traditional cargo aircraft may not have access, as well as being a seamless option for shipping dangerous goods by air, such as flammable solids, gases, and liquids.

Kyle Patel, CEO of BitLux, a global private jet company with a heavy focus on logistics both in the air and on the ground thanks to its unique internal structure believes that “cargo is what makes the world go round”.

“We have several accounts, primarily manufacturing and processing facilities who rely on us to deliver necessary parts as quickly as possible for stationary machines that may require urgent maintenance. Also, while most of our revenue goes into executive transport, the key values and core infrastructure of efficiency and speed are applied in the same fashion to cargo,” he added.

In general, cargo jet charter is a service provided by companies that specialize in private aviation, like BitLux, which offers cargo transport as an additional business line with trained professionals. These companies can provide a wide range of aircraft options, depending on the size and weight of the cargo and the travel distance. Smaller cargo is usually transported by turboprops or light jets, while larger cargo may require bigger aircraft such as mid-size, heavy jets, or even an airliner.

“When chartering a cargo jet, customers can choose the type and size of aircraft they require based on the specifications of their cargo, as well as the overall budget. With such a wide array of available aircraft to offer, private aviation enables to customise the service and meet the specific needs of their clients”, shares Patel.

Furthermore, it’s important to acknowledge that cargo jet charter can sometimes be more expensive than traditional freight methods, such as ground, sea, or even commercial air transport. Private aviation companies typically charge by the hour, and the cost of the flight will depend on various factors such as the weight and size of the cargo, the distance of the operation, and the type of aircraft needed. An experienced charter company will provide a variety of quotes depending on the needs, always adapting to the budgetary limits and timeframes of the shipment while working only with certified global operators.

The previous explains why when considering private aviation for cargo transport, it’s important to work with an aviation company with a track record of specialized jet cargo operations, which will

help assess any cargo transportation needs and recommend the best-certified aircraft and route for a shipment, as well as providing key information to navigate through all the documentation needed for a seamless domestic or international operation.

In conclusion, chartering a cargo jet provides several advantages over traditional cargo shipping methods like commercial aviation. It allows for direct, non-stop transportation of goods, which can reduce movement times and increase the speed of delivery, while also allowing for more flexibility and control over the shipment, as the client can choose the departure and arrival times and locations, as well as the specific handling and security measures that are implemented.

BitLux delivers various services across the air charter industry, but Executive Travel is closest to heart. Whether you are flying for business or leisure, BitLux provides a top-tier private jet service that actively exceeds expectations.

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Edward Hardy

Having become a journalist after university, Edward Hardy has been a reporter and editor at some of the world's leading publications and news sites. In 2022, he became Air Cargo Week's Editor. Got news to share? Contact me on


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