There are a lot of ways to get to the Bahamas. Cruise ships and private boats are some of the most popular ways. There are a number of commercial airlines ranging from Flamingo Air to Delta that service Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau. But if you really want a great experience getting to the islands, flying a charter jet is something you should try at least once.
The aircraft we flew into Nassau was the Learjet 60. This mid-sized cabin, medium-range business jet has a long history of service. This airframe was popular for both business and pleasure travel. It was an upgrade from the older Learjet 55. The 60 boasted a longer fuselage without changing the lines of the cockpit. It also got a pair of more powerful turbofan engines. Along with some improvements in aerodynamics, the plane was a winner.
Our particular plane was configured for executive travel. Even seats in the first-class section of commercial airliners aren’t as comfortable as these. There were both captains chair style seating and sofas. Both were soft, tan leather and super comfortable. It was truly like sitting in your living room.
The advantages of flying a charter are pretty much the opposite list of things you hate about flying commercial. Sure, comfortable seats are a big deal, but so is the extra room. Not just leg room, but elbow room too. No more establishing dominance over the shared armrest or trying to wedge yourself into a seat that is made for people on the smaller end of the size spectrum.
Want to move around the cabin? Just do it. You’re not climbing over people to get to the aisle and then doing some awkward dance with the flight attendant who is going the opposite way. No drink cart banging your elbow on the way by. Want to see out of the window on either side of the plane? No problem.
Let’s be honest, the comfort alone could be worth choosing to fly in a charter jet. But there is also convenience as part of the deal. You know that rush when the plane stops and everyone starts filling the aisle even though the door hasn’t even opened? Yeah, not on the charter. Ever have your luggage go to a different airport? Or have to stand in a crowd at a luggage carousel while everyone stares at passing bags? Not this trip. This trip was all about us. Our crew and cabin attendant were awesome and made us feel like we were the most important people they knew.
Here are a few pictures from the flight.
Until next time travelers, be safe, live a full life, be kind and help others. Can’t wait to catch you on our next adventure.
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