Business aviation flights increase 2.2% in May as jet card and on-demand charter for large private jets spike 11%

By Doug Gollan, June 12, 2018

Jet card and on-demand charter helped boost the Part 135 air charter market 2.8% in May while fractional flying grew 0.7%


Bigger was better, at least when it came to on-demand and jet card charter in May as flight activity with large jets spiked 11% year-over-year. It was the opposite of fractional share flying where large jet activity plunged 21.9%, according to ARGUS TRAQPak. 

business aviation flights increased in May 2018

TRAQPak’s review of year over year flight activity (May 2018 vs. May 2017)

indicates that May 2018 recorded an increase of 2.2%. The results by operational

category were all positive with Part 135 activity leading the way, up 2.8% year

over year. Part 91 activity followed with a rise of 2.1% while Fractional activity

recorded a slight rise, up 0.7%. The aircraft categories were all positive with light

jets posting the largest gain from 2017, up 2.9%. Mid-size jets followed with an

increase of 2.8%, and large jets posted a 1.2% year over year increase. The

turboprop segment posted an increase of 1.5%. Private flying increase 4.2% in May compared to April 2018


May business aviation flight activity posted an expected (typical trend) month

over month increase to finish up 4.2% from April 2018. Results by operational

category were all positive for the month, with the Part 135 segment posting the

largest monthly increase, up 5.3%. Part 91 & Fractional flight activity each posted

an increase of 3.6% & 3.8% for the month. Aircraft categories were mostly

positive as well, with turboprops leading the way, up 8.3%. Light jets followed

with an increase of 4.1% for the month while mid-size jets posted an increase

2.8%. Large jets posted a 1.1% decline for the month.



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