Booming Travel by Private Jet to Hawaii A-Listers

Beyond the mundane economy, business, or even first-class air travel to Hawaii, there is another world, largely hidden: travel by private jet to Hawaii. Let’s be clear. This is something that we do not advocate, have ever done, or even envision. Your editors can count their private jet experience on one hand. One such event ran aground on Lanai years ago with no flights to Honolulu, and another occurred in southern Africa. Both were Cessna, single-engine prop aircraft, and unlike what we’re going to discuss next. So here goes.

Friction-free private jet travel is booming. It allows you to choose your schedule, arrive last minute at smaller airports, and ride directly to and from the plane for ultimate convenience and amenities.

In a world where avoiding airports, airlines, TSA and crowds would be preferred by the rich and famous, it’s a no-brainer that this is a booming industry, despite the associated costs and environmental impact.

Four Seasons Lanai includes jet service from Honolulu.

Here’s a way to try a private jet built into the price of a hotel. Offer must be booked by December 31, 2022, for arrivals by April 30, 2023. Book a room or suite at Four Seasons Lanai and enjoy deluxe air service from HNL to Lanai. If you are staying on another island they will pick you up for an additional fee. Go to the flight form to start the process and let us know if you do.

Private jet to Hawaii from the mainland.

From private jet airports in Los Angeles, including Van Nuys and other destinations, private jet charters to Hawaii is a huge, fast-growing business that seems to be thriving as a “them-and-us” world remains most distinct from the super rich. Maui is one of the iconic destinations in the Hawaiian Islands, popular for private jet flights. So are the Big Island, Kauai, and Oahu. These private jet charter flights take you and your family or friends, sometimes up to 14 passengers in total, to Kona International Airport, Hilo International Airport, Waimea-Kohala Airport, Kapalua Airport, Lanai Airport, Molokai Airport, Lihue Airport or other airports on the islands , for the ultimate in luxury holiday travel.

“Empty Legs” bring a bit of “economy” to private charters.

Here’s one way you can potentially travel privately for a fraction of the cost. When private trans-Pacific visitors arrive at Kahului airport, say for a vacation, what happens to that plane in a one-way scenario? It turns out you can buy or bid “empty legs” to return the plane to where it came from or is needed elsewhere on the mainland. These empty flights on private charter jets are offered for a whopping 75% off the regular price.

Environmental impact of a private jet to Hawaii.

Globally, environmentalists and regulators are saying that the climate impact of aviation is both very fast-growing and disproportionate. European regulators say that 1% of people are responsible for 50% of global aviation emissions because the wealthy use private jets, especially (unlike Hawaii) for short distances. Private jets have a huge impact on the environment. In an hour, a private jet emits two tons of CO2. That while the average annual activity of a person is eight tons of CO2.

In pre-pandemic 2019, 10% of all flights in France were on private jets. And these private jets produce up to 15x more pollution than commercial flights per passenger.

Who flies a private jet to Hawaii?

Although we have no personal experience, we have heard many stories about private jets. People, their pets and the security details. The behavior on board that we don’t go into. People use these charters as their private homes in the skies ranging from mild to wild along with private flight attendants to serve. Speaking of which, no one is going to cut you off from too much alcohol like a flight attendant does on a regular flight for good reason.

Passengers range from celebrities, the ultra and wannabe rich, business people and professional athletes. A newsworthy example is Prince Harry, who recently flew a private jet charter between Santa Barbara and London at the same speed as a commercial jet. It is not clear whether the royals own or lease a private jet.

Jeff Bezos of Maui has a $65 million private jet called a Gulfstream G650ER that seats eight passengers. Hawaii newcomer Mark Cuban owns three jets, while Maui’s Oprah Winfrey also owns a Gulfstream G650 jet. The Twitter photo below is said to be Mark Zuckerberg’s private jet.

Zuckberg private jet

Private jets’ Uber brings some economy into the equation.

In a world previously unknown, we found an app, Flewber, that provides access to private jet charter service on 9,000 aircraft and nearly 2,000 airports.

Flewber offers real-time reservations for private jets. The company has been around for four years and allows users to search by address, airport code (JHM, ITO, OGG, HNL, etc.) or a point of interest to find departure and destination options. It is said to be best for last minute private flights.

Booking or bidding options are available. We tested to see what was on offer this weekend between Honolulu (phnl) and Van Nuys and found a flight for just $65k. Supposedly you can save up to 60% off what is a typical fare on a one-way flight. So that’s an overwhelming $39,000. But on a private jet that seats 14 people, that would be $2,786 per person.

The app also has a share button to send your plans to family or friends who can come with you to Hawaii and hopefully share the prize as well. No memberships are required.

It seems that air travel is a more difficult proposition than ever before. That, between delays, changed and canceled flights, airline call centers, and unruly travelers, for starters. So the success of luxury private flights to Hawaii was predictable. Especially now, membership-based or ad hoc rentals are easy to come by, even if they are expensive.

If the flights aren’t luxurious enough on their own, you can opt for meals from top chefs, live entertainment on board, bring your pets, etc.

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