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Questions about my first charter flight

Old Mar 15, 20, 9:57 am
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Questions about my first charter flight

Hello FT! I am currently on a 100 day world cruise that just got cancelled. We are headed back to Perth and should be alongside March 21. We left Exmouth, Western Australia 12 days ago, picked up fuel and food in Sri Lanka, just to turn around and head back to Australia.

The current plan is to have charter flights to take us back to our home countries. My wife and I are from the states.

ive never been on a charter flight before, so not sure how it works. Are these usually flown by a regular air carrier and their cabin crews? I'm thinking they might take us by bus from the ship directly to the plane. Do you usually go through security at the airport? Will I notice any difference from a regular commercial flight?

Finally, I know Australia has closed its cruise ports, it we are hopeful that since we haven't been anywhere since we left Australia, they will let us back in! If not, I have no clue what they will do with us!!

thanks for the help!
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Old Mar 15, 20, 11:32 am
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A charter flight simply means that a tour operator / cruise line / whoever has paid an airline to fly from A to B.

What your experience of that flight is will be dependent on a) the airline which the company has chartered (it may be a well known airline that normally operates mainly as a scheduled airline or it may be one of the airlines which specialise in charters), and b) what conditions the company is paying the airline to transport you in - choice of aeroplane (and configuration), meals, drinks etc.

And yes, I think you can be fairly sure that you will be required to go through security.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 4:59 pm
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Charter flights are just that. It could be an airline operator you have never heard of before (think military contract airline) but, most likely it will be a normal passenger carrier that is idled right now and needs to reposition or get a plane 'home'.

If you want to 'imagine' what it will be like, think about college sports teams that contract with American Airlines to fly a football or basketball team to an away game! Very similar situation.

Regarding airport security and customs, etc. I would expect the same treatment as when you flew to join the cruise plus some Wuhan / Coronavirus checks.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:10 pm
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Originally Posted by travelinterpreters View Post
Hello FT! I am currently on a 100 day world cruise that just got cancelled. We are headed back to Perth and should be alongside March 21. We left Exmouth, Western Australia 12 days ago, picked up fuel and food in Sri Lanka, just to turn around and head back to Australia.

The current plan is to have charter flights to take us back to our home countries. My wife and I are from the states.

I've never been on a charter flight before, so not sure how it works. Are these usually flown by a regular air carrier and their cabin crews? I'm thinking they might take us by bus from the ship directly to the plane. Do you usually go through security at the airport? Will I notice any difference from a regular commercial flight?

Finally, I know Australia has closed its cruise ports, it we are hopeful that since we haven't been anywhere since we left Australia, they will let us back in! If not, I have no clue what they will do with us!!

thanks for the help!
How many people to go to USA?
No aircraft will have the capacity for PER USA non stop, Even a private jet
You may be put on an charter to SYD/MEL and then a commercial flight to USA on QF, DL or UA?. AA will have stopped flying SYD-LAX by then.
The charter may one of Australian charter operators or QF/VA
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You will have security, health checks/questions and may be immigration/customs at Fremantle (port)

Please let us know what happens
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Old Mar 15, 20, 9:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
How many people to go to USA?
No aircraft will have the capacity for PER USA non stop, Even a private jet
You may be put on an charter to SYD/MEL and then a commercial flight to USA on QF, DL or UA?. AA will have stopped flying SYD-LAX by then.
The charter may one of Australian charter operators or QF/VA
Alliance Airlines - Home

You will have security, health checks/questions and may be immigration/customs at Fremantle (port)

Please let us know what happens
there are about 300 of us returning to the US. There rest of the group is mix of people from other countries and people that refuse to or medically can't fly.

I didn't think there was an aircraft that could make it non stop from per. I was hoping for per-syd-lax.

with the way things are looking now, I just hope they let us in and we don't have to self quarantine for 14 days.

thanks for the help everyone
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Old Mar 15, 20, 9:54 pm
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There are about 300 of us returning to the US. There rest of the group is mix of people from other countries and people that refuse to or medically can't fly.

I didn't think there was an aircraft that could make it non stop from per. I was hoping for per-syd-lax.
300 is a lot. Would need to be a wide body if one aircraft. Therefore likely be an airline charter. No shortage of aircraft at this time.

As a charter, you will not get ff miles/status earning
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