Jet cards are the easy way to charter private aircraft. With programs starting at five hours and ranging to over 100 hours, a jet card is as close as you can get to Uber for private jets
After the Great Recession, individuals and companies were less interested in committing to either buy new planes or the three to five years fractional ownership entails. Some companies wanted to keep their private travel habits off their financial statements while in other cases as business picked up they needed some additional lift but didn’t want to add another aircraft to their fleet. Like cars in a driveway, for families, one isn’t enough, and many jet card program allow multiple same time usage. Problem solved!
When you charter on-demand, buy a full aircraft or fractional share, you buy a specific aircraft type. What about jet card membership programs?
In case you haven’t noticed, most jet card programs specify cabin size, then fulfill your needs from a variety of aircraft types in that cabin category. In some cases that’s because you are buying your jet card from a management company and they are clustering all of the aircraft in that cabin size category together. In other cases, it’s a broker program that is sourcing aircraft from charter operators, including management companies and fleet operators. You’ll often see a range of seating for the aircraft that apply to that category, so in the SuperMid category you could get a jet that fits eight people one time and 10 the next. In Large Cabin jets it’s not unusual to see a range of 10 to 14 seats.
The two luxury providers partnered for private jet and luxury stay trips last year featuring Jackson Hole, Hawaii, Italy and France
Four Seasons has for a while had its toes dipped into private aviation with its Four Seasons-branded Boeing 757 it uses for air cruises to various parts of the world, of course using its hotels and resorts and bases for various experiences. For these trips, you buy your spot by the seat and share the plane with other guests. Last October, it partnered with NetJets to create private jet vacations featuring its resorts in Hawaii, Jackson Hotel, the South of France and hotels in Paris, Milan and Florence.
Fractional share and jet card provider Flexjet will increase pilot ranks by 25% this year
Directional Aviation’s Flexjet LLC, a leading provider of fractional jet ownership, leases and jet cards, announced today “substantial salary increases” for Red Label pilots, making them, according to the company, the highest paid in the industry. Red Label pilots’ total compensation is greater than that of competitors by 25% or more, Flexjet said in a press release received by Private Jet Card Comparisons. Red Label by Flexjet is the carrier’s premium offering.
Consumer tech executive Joe Cohen replaces founder Clive Jackson who is now CEO of Alyssum Group, a recently formed holding company that is Victor’s parent
Online focused private jet charter broker Victor has appointed Joe Cohen as CEO. According to a press release, he is tasked with accelerating the company’s growth and leading its aspirations to become a global player. The company is based in London and has been building its U.S. profile over the last several years.