Part 91 flying saw a 4.1% increase, followed by a 1.3% gain for Part 135 (jet cards and on-demand charter) and 0.6% for fractional ownership programs

 

ARGUS International’s TRAQPak monthly report showed a 2.6% year over year gain in terms of flight activity powered by an 11.8% increase in Part 134 large jet flights. Part 135 represents flying through jet card programs and on-demand charter. In terms of fractional ownership, Midsize jets saw a 7.9% boost, however large jet flights dropped by 19.9%. TRAQPak didn’t provide any commentary for what drove the numbers. 

April 2018 vs. April 2017

  Part 91 Part 135 Fractional ALL
Turbo Prop 5.2% ‐0.1% ‐7.6% 2.6%
Light Jet 3.7% ‐0.4% 0.3% 1.8%
Mid‐Size Jet 1.4% ‐0.7% 7.9% 2.2%
Large Jet 6.2% 11.8% ‐19.9% 4.7%
All Aircraft 4.1% 1.3% 0.6% 2.6%

 Overall, private aviation continued its long and slow climb back from the depths of the Great Recession nearly a decade ago. April marked the fourth time in five years that there was positive growth reaching over 255,000 flights.

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About the Author Doug Gollan

I am Founder and Editor of Private Jet Card Comparisons, the only independent buyer's guide to jet card membership programs, and DG Amazing Experiences, a weekly luxury travel e-newsletter for private jet owners. I am also a contributor to Forbes.com