Top 25 private jet charter operator Dumont Aviation is the latest jet card provider to get payroll support
Updated: Our Private Jet Operator CARES Act Relief Scorecard shows how much the 25 largest U.S. fractional and charter operators received in payroll support
Delaware-based Dumont Aviation has received just under $3 million in payroll support as part of the CARES Act. The operator of owned and managed private jets ranks 24th for flight hours in the U.S. among Part 135 and 91k operators, according to Argus data (table below).
Of the 25 largest commercial private jet operators, 18 have now received funds, two (NetJets and Solairus Aviation) said they did not apply, and five companies have yet to appear on the Treasury Department’s published list.
CARES Act funding for private jet operators
The Payroll Support Program (PSP) provides payroll support to passenger air carriers, cargo air carriers, and certain contractors for the continuation of payment of employee wages, salaries, and benefits.
A total of up to $25 billion is available for passenger air carriers. The largest recipients have been scheduled airlines.
According to the Treasury Department, “The amount to be received by each air carrier or contractor is based on its payroll expenses from April 2019 through September 2019, subject to proration. Funds received by these air carriers and contractors must exclusively be used for the continuation of payment of employee wages, salaries, and benefits.”
The New Castle-based floating fleet operator agreed to receive payments of $986,989 and $1,990,469. Both agreements were signed on July 8, 2020, according to the Treasury Department’s website.
The most recently published data covers loans signed through July 9th. The program is widely credit for helping business aviation rebound quickly to meet the increased needs of consumers.
Decreased airline schedules have made flying more difficult, combined with concerns about possible COVID-19 exposure on packed airplanes. There are about 700 potential points of Coronavirus exposure when flying with airlines compared to private jets.
Dumont Aviation Dassault Falcon 2000s
Dumont offers the Santos Jet Card, which starts at 25 hours and uses a combination of the Part 135 operator’s owned and managed fleet, as well as off-fleet operators.
The core of its fleet is 17 large-cabin Dassault Falcon 2000s acquired from NetJets, many that have been painted in a distinctive red livery. Dumont also refurbished interiors. Its website also shows two super-midsize Falcon 50s and a Hawker 400XP.
Second ranked Wheels Up Partners, which incorporates Delta Private Jets, Gama Aviation Signature, and TMC Jets, received $74 milliion.
Third place OneSky Flight (Flexjet, Flight Options, Sentient Jet, PrivateFly) gained $84 million, while Vista Global Holdings’ XOJet Aviation, ranked fourth by Argus, received $13 million.
PlaneSense, a fractional share fleet operator of Pilatus PC-24s and PC-12s has not appeared on the Treasury Department list yet. It is now the largest player – ranked fifth in terms of flight hours – to not have shown up so far.
Private Jets boost the economy
While there has been media coverage critical of private aviation companies receiving a government bailout, in retrospect including business aviation is proving to be an astute move.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines received nearly $20 billion in CARES Act monies. Still, most of their fleets remain grounded with executives saying it may take at least three years to restore their networks to pre-COVID-19 levels. According to TSA numbers, the number of airline passengers remains at around 25% of pre-pandemic levels.
Private aviation providers report many customers are new to private aviation. Sentient Jet reported half of its sales in April and May were to new customers while NetJets said May was its best month for new customer acquisition since 2007. Jet card and charter brokers, including Magellan Jets and Air Partner, have reported triple-digit increases.
The newbies are driven by both health concerns and lacking airline schedule, the latter making airlines often inconvenient or in some cases impossible to use.
Largest Part 135/91K Private Jet Operators CARES Act Scorecard
|COMPANY (Recipient/Affiliated Brands)|| 2019|
|CARES ACT FUNDS (in Dollars)|
|1. NetJets (NetJets, Executive Jet Management)||459,187|| |
|2. Wheels Up Partners Holdings (Wheels Up, Gama Aviation Signature, Delta Private Jets, TMC Jets)||160,161|| |
|3. OneSky Flight (Flexjet, Flight Options, Sentient Jet, PrivateFly)||130,379|| |
4. XOJET Aviation (XO, VistaJet)
6. Jet Linx Aviation
7. Solairus Aviation
8. Jet Edge
9. Exclusive Jets
10. Mountain Aviation
11. Executive Flight Services (Airshare)
12. Clay Lacy Aviation
13. Jet Aviation
14. Corporate Flight Management
15. Aero Air
16. Talon Air
17. Delux Public Charter (JSX, JetSuite)
18. Nicholas Air
19. Worldwide Jet Charter
20. LJ Associates
21. Red Wing Aeroplane
22. SC Aviation
23. Jet Access Aviation
24. Dumont Aviation
25. Ultimate Jet Charters