Friday, April 12, 2019

Changing Itineraries and Cancelling Flights in Private Jet Travel


Serving as head of jets.com, Edgar Alacan provides a winning combination of competitive prices and bespoke customer service. Client focused, Edgar Alacan strives to educate passengers new to private jet travel on the specifics of having a comfortable experience that takes full advantage of this convenient mode of travel. 

One of the key words when flying charter is flexibility, not only in terms of itinerary but also in terms of baggage handling and arrival and departure times. One major advantage is that, provided that minimal notice is given, it should be possible to change itineraries much closer to the flight date than with commercial flights. 

Keep in mind that availability can be affected by last minute decisions. To give yourself the widest range of options available, book two weeks in advance. Cancellations of private charters can generally be made with 72 hours notice, but this varies with price, itinerary, and carrier, and it makes sense to confirm in advance the specific cancellation policy in place. 

Flexibility extends to aircraft choice, with the exact model available at a given time and place variable. Being open to flying a comparable model, such as a Gulfstream G400 instead of a Citation X, can generate significant savings compared with requiring a specific aircraft at a specific location. It pays to remember that this variability in aircraft model availability is the flip side of the flexible itineraries that many value when booking charter flights.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Top Advantages of Being A Jet Card Member


Saturday, March 2, 2019

What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?


The co-founder of JETS.com, Edgar Alacan handles strategic management and implements cost-effective operational plans to drive long-term growth. Outside of work, Edgar Alacan serves as a board member for Pietro’s Fight, a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. 

A fatal genetic disorder that affects 300,000 boys worldwide, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy involves a progressive loss of muscle function and strength. The disease is caused by a loss of dystrophin, a protein without which the body’s skeletal muscles deteriorate. Symptom onset usually begins between ages three and five, and by the teenage years, the disease usually affects the heart and respiratory muscles. 

While there is no cure for Duchenne, new treatment protocols are extending the average life expectancy into adulthood. In addition to pharmacological strategies, gene therapies, such as antisense-mediated exon skipping, have been somewhat effective in treating dystrophic muscle. 

For more information about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or to support Pietro’s Fight, visit www.pietrosfight.org.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Pietro’s Fight Plays Leading Role in Drug Approval


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Four Benefits of Private Jet Traveling


Edgar Alacan, an experienced executive in the aviation industry, oversees operations at Jets.com as co-founder. Since starting the company in 2008, Edgar Alacan has been responsible for developing the logistics and sales process for the company’s various private air travel products.

Although flying commercial is often more cost-effective, there are several benefits to passengers who use private aviation that are worth considering. Below are a few examples:

- Personalized menu: Commercial flights may offer flyers a few different options when it comes to meals. However, they cannot match the customization available in private planes. When flying privately, individuals are free to choose ahead of time nearly everything, from their type of cuisine to their beverages.

- Avoidance of crowds: When going to a major airport to fly commercially, individuals must contest with large crowds, long TSA lines, and waits at baggage claim areas. This is all avoidable with private flights, since many private planes can take off and land at smaller airports.

- Quicker flights: Since commercial planes are larger, they usually climb at a slower pace than private jets. Because of this, they take longer to get above inclement weather. Further, they fly slower than private jets, thus resulting in passengers arriving at their destinations later.

- Added privacy and freedom: Groups are free to hold uninterrupted meetings during their flight on a private jet, and individuals can listen to music without headphones. Further, passengers can walk around the plane or change seats, if desired.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The EXACT Certification from WYVERN


Residing in Lake Como, New Jersey, Jets.com co-founder Edgar Alacan has managed day-to-day operations and overseen the sales department as the company has grown from a three-person team to more than 50 employees, today generating $40 million in annual sales. Edgar Alacan is also a member of WYVERN. 

Founded in 1991 by a group of air safety professionals, WYVERN provides education, training, and additional resources to jet charter professionals. The world’s first aviation audit company, WYVERN launched The Wingman Standard to evaluate air charter companies.

WYVERN also offers certifications and assessments for airlines that use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). An EXACT certification shows UAS operators are committed to compliance with Civil Aviation Authority and FAA regulations. Professionals who go through the program receive a two-year certification and are added to a vendor network. The EXACT program includes assessment and training categories that meet UAS/RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) market needs.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Air Charter Safety Foundation's ASAP Program


As co-founder of business aviation leader Jets.com, Edgar Alacan guides a company that generates more than $40 million in revenue each year. In addition to his leadership role with Jets.com, Edgar Alacan belongs to professional organizations such as the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF).

One of the largest professional organizations dedicated to the charter airline industry, ACSF focuses on improving safety standards and regulations through educational tools, legislative advocacy, and risk-management programs. Among other initiatives, ACSF and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) jointly operate the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). 

A voluntary self-reporting program, ASAP reduces risk in the charter aviation industry by encouraging members to identify and report possible flight hazards and other safety issues. Among other concerns, ACSF encourages ASAP participants to report operational deficiencies, regulatory compliance issues, and failures to follow safety protocol. All reports are investigated by the FAA and, assuming the violations are not criminal in nature, responded to through non-punitive measures.

Participation in ASAP offers numerous benefits to charter jet operators. In addition to making the skies safer for operators and travelers alike, the program encourages intra-industry cooperation and provides operators with valuable safety guidance and data to improve service.