Crystal AirCruises’ Crystal Skye is offering a double celebration for $19,999 per person
New Year’s seems to be very popular this year. Crystal AirCruises is the second private jet company to market a double celebration enabling you to celebrate the New Year not once, but twice on the same day. Its vehicle is Crystal Skye, its luxury Boeing 777-200LR with just 88 flatbed seats, a bar, lounge and private dining room. U.K. private jet broker PrivateFly previously announced a similar trip using a Gulfstream G650.
Safety standards, pilot qualifications, service recovery guarantees, medical assistance, service area and other items can often be more important than hourly rate in finding the right jet card provider
As I’ve written before, figuring out your true hourly rate isn’t necessarily straightforward. You need to factor in whether your quote includes the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax (FET), fuel surcharges, membership fees, CPI escalators, how much time is charged for taxing per segment, daily and segment minimums and even whether or not de-icing is included. Depending on when you are flying, you also need to look at peak day surcharges. Then you need to figure out which of your trips if any will qualify for roundtrip discounts. If you have a CFO, it’s probably a good project to involved his department. Excel spreadsheets are your best friend, which is one reason we have put in the more than 10,000 points of data we’ve captured into spreadsheets located on Google you can download into Excel as a subscriber (example below).
The answer is sometimes, and yes you can save money, but you need to be flexible
By various estimates, 30% to 50% of the private jet charter fleet flies empty. Why? Unlike airlines which schedule aircraft and then sell seats knowing at all times where planes are supposed to be and how many people are booked to be flying, in private aviation, the jets are waiting to go and pick up passengers willing to pay as much as $15,000 per hour to fly in them. In terms of structure, it’s as different as chalk and cheese.
Clay Lacy offers jet card programs from $50,000 to $200,000
Clay Lacy Preferred, the operator’s jet card like offering is giving new clients a Sferra cashmere throw and a gift certificate. Clay Lacy Preferred programs are priced $50,000, $100,000 or $200,000. The deposits are refundable and there is fixed pricing. While there is not guaranteed availability, once you make your reservations they are guaranteed. Members also receive complimentary aircraft upgrades.
The SkyCard has a 4-hour call out and no peak days or peak day surcharges
If it’s the end of the year, it’s time for private jet card sellers to offer incentives for you to sign up for their programs. New York-based Star Jets International is unveiling a limited time10-hour SkyCard. “It’s the best stocking stuffer you anyone can receive. You will certainly have a happy holiday if you are giving or receiving our SkyCard,” says CEO Ricky Sitomer.
December 22nd is projected to be the busiest day for private jet travel during the holidays with over 9,000 flights
Palm Beach International Airport is expected to be the busiest destination for the private jet set this upcoming holiday season with an average of more than 130 business aviation arrivals per day during the period while Dec. 22 is expected to be the busiest day with 9,072 flights. That’s according to ARGUS TRAQPak which released its projections for the busiest destinations and days for business aircraft travel during the holiday season. The data includes all Part 135 flights in U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, plus the Caribbean and Canada, excluding cargo, scheduled Part 135 and fractional operators. There are approximately 7,500 aircraft in the Part 135 fleet. There are about 28,000 commercial flights in the U.S on a given day.
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.