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Competitive advantage: Private Aviation’s impact on sports travel

By Kyle Patel, Founder and CEO of Bitlux.

Bitlux President, Kyle Patel, shares his views and explains why private aviation's global impact on sports travel is significant.


Private aviation has become increasingly popular for sports travel, offering several advantages over commercial air travel. The list of sports stars and teams choosing private jets has grown considerably since the pandemic.

Convenience and flexibility are key, but there are also some surprising benefits. In the eyes of Kyle Patel, President of global private aviation company Bitlux, none is as important as allowing teams enhanced performance and recovery.

"Private jets allow sports teams to travel directly to their destinations, avoiding crowded airports and lengthy security checks. Smaller local airports can be used that are not available to commercial airlines, making travel hassle-free. This can significantly reduce travel time and fatigue, which is crucial for athletes to maintain their peak performance and ensure timely recovery between matches or competitions.”

Customizable comfort and amenities are also coveted factors for professional teams opting to fly private. Private jets feature spacious cabins, private bathrooms, and a quiet environment conducive to rest and relaxation, physically and psychologically. Catering options can be tailored to be healthy and adapted to special dietary needs. Meals are flexible and a menu can be created by the team’s nutritionist. Seating is roomy and comfortable with lots of legroom and some aircraft allow for seats to be converted into lie-flat beds. “This environment helps athletes stay focused and energized during travel, minimizing disruptions to their training and preparation schedules,” adds Patel.

Competitive advantage: Private Aviation’s impact on sports travel

Along those lines, this travel environment provides teams with a more controlled and private environment, fostering better team cohesion and communication. Athletes and coaches can dedicate more time to strategizing, reviewing game footage, and addressing any concerns without distractions from the general public or commercial flights. It offers total privacy away from crowds and allows for time efficiency.

Furthermore, private aviation simplifies logistics, ensuring the team arrives at the destination on time without unexpected delays or disruptions. Dedicated terminals and FBOs and fewer passengers also minimize exposure to infectious diseases or other potential health risks. They make the travel experience, much quicker and certainly more enjoyable. Schedules have the ultimate flexibility, so as plans change, it is easy to make changes to timing or even destinations. There are no delays, no waiting around, and the private jet leaves when you need it to.

Enhanced fan experience

Outside the field, private aviation is also becoming more popular for fans seeking a more exclusive and luxurious experience while attending major sporting events. Chartering private jets allows fans to travel directly to the venue, avoid crowds and long queues, and enjoy personalized hospitality services. Chartering a private jet is a very unique experience therefore, having the luxury of a private jet enhances the occasion of the event.

“The Super Bowl is just one event that attracts scores of private jets to the local airports while the upcoming Paris 2024 Summer Olympics is expected to drive private jet demand throughout the world,” says Patel.

Choosing an aircraft

Aircraft types most suited to sports travel can vary widely, depending on the size of the team. For smaller teams, the Gulfstream G650 with 19 seats would work well and is one of the world's fastest private jets. A Dash 8 or Q400 is a popular model for larger teams in Europe and can seat an average of 80 passengers.

Another good option for larger groups with lots of equipment and baggage is the Boeing 737 Business Jet (BBJ) or the Airbus A319 Corporate Jet (ACJ319), which can have up to 68 business class seats in a business configuration only and has plenty of space in the cargo hold (varies on type and operator).

Overall, private aviation has emerged as a preferred mode of transportation for sports travel, offering a combination of enhanced performance, comfort, and safety. Its ability to streamline logistics and provide a more personalized experience has made it a valuable asset for teams, athletes, and fans alike.

“The tailored, stress-free travel experience no doubt contributes to the team’s performance. As the demand for private aviation continues to grow, its impact on sports travel is expected to further expand, shaping the future of global sports events,” concludes Patel.
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.


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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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 30th May 2024 | Issue #750


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