While private aviation has struggled to get back to pre-Recession levels, the number of companies selling Jet Cards has doubled
Since the Great Recession of 2008 private aviation has struggled. Flight hours dropped significantly and now just a decade later are returning to levels equal to before the financial meltdown. Orders and deliveries of new private jets still haven’t recovered, yet one area of private aviation has been growings – Jet Card Memberships.
Jet Card Memberships are popular for a number of reasons:
- Jet Cards provide the closest experiences to full or fractional ownership of a private jet without the long-term commitment and expense.
- By choosing a program, you are buying into that program’s standards for sourcing aircraft and flight crew meaning that you don’t have to spend time evaluating aircraft for each trip as you do with an on-demand charter.
- Many Jet Card programs provide guaranteed availability at guaranteed hourly rates in as little as eight hours meaning during peak periods and short notice you know you will get a jet and you know how much you are going to pay. This came in particularly handy during the hurricanes earlier this year.
- Prepaid programs mean you don’t have to worry about transferring funds on short notice and with every trip or during holidays and weekends as with on-demand charter.
Private Jet Card Comparisons has done all the hard work for you by compiling over 100 jet card programs from over 25 providers into easy-to-use spreadsheets you can download for personal use.
We compare everything from the hourly rate, service area, sourcing standards for aircraft and flight crew, third-party safety audits to policies on flying your pets, if WiFi included, minimum age for unaccompanied minors to what’s included in your program and what’s not, including de-icing, catering, fuel surcharges, CPI escalators, and FET tax at 7.5%,
We also list out peak days, peak day surcharges and compare lead time for reservations and cancellations both during regular and peak periods as well as service recovery policies. It’s the most comprehensive analysis on the market, and best of all, we don’t sell or market your data to third parties.
A $250 subscription to Private Jet Card Comparisons will save your dozens of hours of research and help you save money by finding the right program for your unique flying needs, whether you need to ability to upgrade or downgrade, use multiple aircraft at the same time during peak days, or any special needs you have.
Below is an overview of companies included in our comparisons, when they were founded, their ownership structure, current CEO and number of employees.
|Company||Founded||Ownership||CEO||Headquarters||Number of Employees|
|Air Partner Inc.||1961||Public – Air Partner, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Partner plc||Mark Briffa||UK: Gatwick, England
US: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
|Airstream Jets Inc.||2008||Private||Peter Maestrales||Boca Raton, Florida||10|
|Clay Lacy Aviation||1968||Private||Brian Kirkdoffer||Los Angeles, CA||350|
|Concord Private Jet||2007||Private||Neal Impellizeri||Garden City, NY||less than 10|
|Delta Private Jets, Inc.||1984||Wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines||Gary Hammes||Erlanger, KY||450|
|ExpertJet||2014||Private||Andrew Flaxman||Fort Lauderdale, FL||N/A|
|Flexjet||1995||Private. Member of the Directional Aviation family of companies.||Michael Silvestro||Cleveland, OH||1300|
|Jet Aviation Flight Services, Inc.||1967||Subsidiary of General Dynamics||President Rob Smith||Zurich, Switzerland
U.S. – Teterboro, NJ
|Jet Linx Aviation||1999||Private||Jamie Walker, President & CEO||Omaha, NE||420 nationwide|
|JetSet Group||2011||Private||Steven Orfali||New York, NY||11|
|JetSuite||2010||Private||Alex Wilcox||Irvine, CA||250|
|Magellan Jets||2008||Private||Joshua Hebert||Quincy, MA||45|
|Netjets||1986||Subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway||Adam Johnson||Columbus, OH||6,000|
|Nicholas Air||1997||Private||Nicholas Correnti||Columbus, MS||N/A|
|Paramount Business Jets||2005||Private||Richard Zaher||Leesburg, VA||N/A|
|Private Jet Service Group (PJS Group)||2003||Private||Greg Raiff||Seabrook, NH||60+|
|PrivateFly||2008||Private||Adam Twidell||US: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
|Prive Jets||2007||Private||Isaac Grimberg||Hallandale, FL||20|
|Sentient Jet||1999||Private. Member of the Directional Aviation family of companies.||Andrew Collins||Braintree, MA||100|
|Silverhawk Aviation||1992||Private||Mike Gerdes||Lincoln, NE||100|
|Solairus Aviation||2009||Private||Dan Drohan||Petaluma, CA||500|
|Star Jets International LLC||2016||Private||Ricky Sitomer||New York, NY||Under 20|
|StraightLine Private Air||2016||Private||Tom Filippini||Denver, CO||N/A|
|VistaJet||2004||Private||Thomas Flohr, Founder and Chairman||Malta||800|
|Wheels Up||2013||Private||Kenny Dichter||New York||150+|
|Wholesale Jet Club||2016||Private||Steven Orfali||New York, NY||7|
|XOJET||2006||Privately held by TPG and Aabar PJS||Brad Stewart||Brisbane, CA||350|