Sunday, 12 February 2017

How does aircraft ground handling work?

The ground handling process varies among airlines and airports as airlines often subcontract ground handling work to 3rd party companies, which can be local contractors or even other airlines.
If you are interested to avail airport ground handling services, then you need to contact a reputed service provider firm in India.

Here’re the basics:
1.       Aircraft marshalling guides the plane to the parking position at a gate loading bridge or remote position
2.       Connecting the aircraft to preconditioned air and ground power. These types of equipment are not available everywhere, however they reduce usage of jet fuel.
3.       Luggage and air cargo handling to unload belly cargo. This process utilizes baggage tractors and belt loaders.
4.       Cabin cleaning usually occurs at the gate however when the aircraft parks for the night, more extensive cleaning might happen at a remote parking position.
5.       Catering involves unloading food from the previous flight and loading food for a future one
6.       Lavatory draining can be self explanatory.
7.       Refuelling is managed through tanker trucks or a hydrant fueling system.
8.       Deicing involves removing ice from the aircraft to improve safety in inclement weather.
9.       Pushing back from the gate occurs with the help of a push-back tractor.
There’re quite a few departments that are responsible for Aircraft Handling. Airport is a mix of Physical and Intelligent challenges.

How much does ramp service or ground handling cost airlines on average?
Handling cost is ten to fifteen percent of the total cost of an airline.
Per turnaround it varies a lot from less than US $1000 for a regional jet at a small airport to more than US $5000 for a wide body aircraft at a major airport.

Are there any unique ground handling services that are not offered by all airports?
There’re only a couple of airports that have what we call "carnet concierge" services for travellers and their carnet goods if they’re being hand-carried.
In virtually all airports except LAX, JFK and ORD, if you’re travelling with a carnet and hand-carried goods you’re on your own to navigate the security, baggage checking, customs, and validation of your ATA Carnet.

What is a typical work day like for the aircraft ground handling crew at an airport?
1.       Shared duties:
No matter your assignment for the day, you will likely end up doing some marshalling.
This means welcoming the aircraft & pointing them in the direction of the gate they need to taxi to or basically directing the pilots along the J-line.
Likewise, you might end up marshalling the plane out toward the taxiway. All personnel do a brief cleaning of the aircraft interior for flights which arrive and depart within 1.5 hrs.
Duties include vacuuming, seatbelt folding, trash pickup and tray wipe down. The plane is taken to the maintenance hangar and thoroughly cleaned and restocked for RONs (remain over night).

2.       Baggage Runner:
This person will assist with the unload operation and transport bags to the conveyor belt system inside the airport building. It is also responsible for transporting oversize bags or freight.
3.       Catering:
It is basically overseeing the restocking of various foodstuffs and beverages on the aircraft.
4.       Bag well:
Checked bags from the ticket counter are sent here through conveyor belt for counting and x-ray scanning before loading onto plane.
5.       Pit/Bellies:
It is basically loading or unloading bags and freight onto the aircraft. Also you can communicate with pilots via radio and operates pushback tractor.
6.       Jet way:
It is basically for aligning Jetway to aircraft for passenger board or deboard.
7.       Lavatory:
It is basically dumping aircraft waste reservoirs.
8.       Ground:
It is not an official assignment; more of a floater. It gives support wherever needed. When we’re not taking care of a flight, we’re typically hanging out in the break room playing cards.

What are the advantages to an airline of joining an alliance?
Airline alliances exist mainly because of practical limitations on airline mergers especially across borders.
Alliances allow airlines to get the benefits of larger networks like operational economies of scale and network benefits of a larger route network.

Key advantages:
1.       Increased traffic / revenue per seat mile
2.       Improved frequent flyer program
3.       Cost savings
4.       Brand (particularly important for smaller emerging market airlines)
·         Higher perceived safety
·         Higher perceived service

About Author:
Vision Aviation Global is a highly reputed service provider firm in India. We offer best airport ground handling services that are truly very genuine and cost effective.
The company was established to fulfil the growing demand for customized airline ground, air charted services and a range of corporate aviation services for air travel within Delhi, India.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

What to know about Private Jet Charters?

When you think about private jets, you might probably fall into one of two categories:
Either you do not know how expensive it is to own and operate a jet or you do know and do not understand how anybody, even the rich, would afford to fly privately.
If you are the former, here are some fun facts. The cost of a new jet will range from US $3 million to US $90 million or more.
The world’s most costly private jet belongs to Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.
This $500 million aircraft involves a stable for horses, camel’s two-car garage, and a prayer room, which rotates so it always faces Mecca.
But the cost to purchase a jet is not the real money drain. Operating it will set you back $700,000 to $4 million per year.
If you’re in search of a reputed charter service provider, then you can contact them to avail their best services.
Vision Aviation Global offers VIP aircraft charter services that are truly very affordable and cost effective.

So what is Private Jet Charter?
Private Jet Charter enables you to choose the type of plane or helicopter and in this way you and your associates will fly in to your chosen destination.
They provide a range of services right from small vehicle, short flights to large commercial sized intercontinental options, to fulfil your needs and personal budget.
Shopping around will allow you to discover the most suitable supplier.

Key points to consider:
You want the luxury to be an engulfing experience. So flying close from home to a point close to your final destination will help.
There’re many operators out there so look around for those who fly from your local airstrips and can land where you want to go.
There’re a few who can also offer luxury transport to and from the plane. So you need to take all that into consideration.
The choice of aircraft is also paramount to your pleasure. A short flight with awkward access arrangements will suit a private helicopter more than a small jet.

Obviously you may need to make sure that the aircraft will accommodate your entire party and you must also consider whether a few empty seats is nicer to allow your friends to mingle.
It may be useful to allow a range of seating options for a variety of conversations and individual meetings.
Will you be happy to cater to your own needs or would you need to prefer some additional help from the qualified professional stewards, not available on every flight, so it is worth checking.
Together with catering requirements you must also check the rest room facilities available on your choice. Reason being, they do vary considerably, even to the point of being non-existent.
With all of the above points considered, you should also make sure that the company you choose to fly with has a good reputation for service, safety, and customer care.
Also, it can satisfy any other specific requirements that you may have. You can take your time to do your homework and it will definitely be worth the small amount of effort.

Helping you choose:
We simply love the whole concept of private jet charter. Service is a key factor in this market and many companies are now offering highly personalised services.
They also expand what they offer in order to give an exceptional travel experience whether that be for private or business purposes.

About Author:
Vision Aviation Global is a well known VIP aircraft charter service provider in Delhi. Vision Aviation Global is an authorized firm, which helps in obtaining landing and overfly permits.
We’re based in Delhi and are able to file and obtain permits in the shortest possible time frames from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Ministry of Civil Aviation etc.
Our network of professional staff allows us to offer a complete service package tailored to meet each client’s specific requirements at all airports.
We strive to offer all inclusive ground handling through authorized ground handlers and flight support services.