Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal recently came up with his own solution to endless queues at international airports - he simply bought himself a new US$300million Airbus A380 Superjumbo. But not everyone can afford to own their own jet, let alone a Superjumbo, and help is at hand for executives on the move keen to make the most of their time as opposed to spending hours waiting in queues. Organisations such as Metrojet, Bombardier Skyjet and TAG Aviation have developed solutions to make travel by private business jets simple and more affordable. Options include chartering jets or buying a certain amount of hours on them. At Metrojet and Bombardier Skyjet the hours are stored in a card and can be 'topped up'. 'We offer a Skyjet Jet Member card service which operates very much like a phone card. You credit the card with as many hours as you think you will need for 12 months then burn them off as you need them,' said Judith Moreton, managing director of Bombardier Skyjet. 'The hours can be used anywhere in the world and on any aircraft category; you only pay for the time that you spend on board the aircraft. It is designed to be simple and straightforward to use.' Metrojet, a Hong Kong-based company that pioneered the industry in the region, offers a similar service, the Insignia programme, which is a card storing 25 hours of private jet travel onboard a Gulfstream G200. As a sister company of the Peninsula Group, Metrojet also offers cardholders added benefits such as free nights in Peninsula hotels and helicopter or luxury vehicle transfers to Peninsula hotels. Metrojet flight attendants are also sent to the Peninsula for additional VIP service training. According to Jolie Howard, director of business development at TAG Aviation, the cost of hiring a business jet can range from US$5,000 an hour to more than US$8,500, depending on the type of aircraft and distance travelled. Metrojet CEO Chris Bucholz said that the primary benefit of travelling by private jet was the time saved and the increase in the productivity of senior executives. 'You save a tremendous amount of time,' he said. 'In Hong Kong we have a business aviation centre and you can arrive there five minutes before takeoff, with no queues for customs or immigration. You can also choose your takeoff time, so if you miss a flight it doesn't matter, your aircraft will be waiting for you.' Mr Bucholz said the majority of airports in Asia were not accessible by direct flight, so a change of plane was needed. By travelling by business jet, this was no longer a problem. 'As well as this, productivity is also increased. Even when flying first class, it is not possible to hold conferences on an aircraft, whereas on business jets they can be held, so productivity of executives is greatly increased.' Co-ownership, according to Metrojet, suits clients who are looking for the benefits of owning a private jet without having to take onboard the full costs of outright ownership. The company manages the aircraft for the co-owners, which can be flown at a substantially lower cost than an hourly charter. The use of private business jets in the region has increased considerably over the past five years. Ms Howard said: 'Within Asia, people are becoming more open to the idea of chartering private jets. Three to five years ago the market was still very much foreigners coming into Asia for trips and chartering jets from here. Now we are seeing Asian customers chartering from here.' She added that more than 60 per cent of TAG Aviation's flights now flew into the mainland. Ms Moreton said: 'The business aviation industry has been going through a boom for the past couple of years. There are about 300 business jets in Asia and the market is dominated by India and Japan. But we know that there are more millionaires in China and the economy in terms of GDP is seeing the fastest growth in the region which sparks interest in the luxury goods markets and generates a need for transport solutions as the population travels more.'