Good air service is a key to economic development, but more U.S. cities lose commercial airline service each year. However, private aviation bridges the gap.
Business aviation provides a critical transportation lifeline to thousands of communities all across the U.S. that have little or no airline service. Some 41% of business aircraft are flown to towns with little or no air service. Research by No Plane No Gain, an advocacy group, points out when a company needs to reach clients, manage far-flung facilities, or seek out new opportunities, business aviation is often the only viable option.
The fractional share provider is known for its Pilatus PC-12 fleet of turboprops
Fractional share provider PlaneSense, Inc., received of the world’s first Pilatus PC-24 jet at its headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today. It marks the company’s move into expanded jet products having built its business on the back of the PC-12 turboprop. It also offers the Nextant 400 XTi. PlaneSense is expecting a total of six PC-24 jets by end of 2019, the largest order received by Pilatus in its current order book.
VistaJet has created three “highly personalized” programs for art lovers to experience the exhibitions and global tour of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, the most valuable auction of a private collection entirely dedicated to raising funds for philanthropic causes.
Following the unveiling of early highlights in Hong Kong last November, the global public tour will move to London (February 21 – March 8), Paris (March 16 – 21), Beijing (April 6 – 7), Los Angeles (April 6 – 12) and Shanghai (April 10 – 11), ahead of the final exhibition in New York at Christie’s Rockefeller Center from April 28 until the sale on May 7 – 11. With each stop on the pre-sale tour, additional works of art and objects will be revealed.
XOJET recently conducted an extensive interview with its Chairman & CEO Bradley Stewart for the blog of its website providing an annual report from the private aviation provider. Below is the wide-ranging interview in full.
Of more than three million private flights in North America last year, the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 used by Surf Air, Nicholas Air and PlaneSense was the most popular
Turboprops rule! At least when it comes to which makes are the most popular with private flyers. According to just-released research from TRAQPak, there were 226,378 flights with the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 making it not only the most popular aircraft in its category (see below), but also the most favored airplane among Bizav users.
Seven of the 50 busiest business aviation airports are in California, however, 24 states are represented on the list
California has more top 50 airports when it comes to private jet departures than any other state with seven airports, including Van Nuys, Los Angeles International (LAX), Orange County, San Jose, Oakland, Burbank and San Francisco International. Texas tied for second with six airports in the mix – Love Field, Austin, Hobby, San Antonio, Ft. Worth and Addison. Florida, also with six airports in the 50 busiest, includes Palm Beach, Opa-Locka, Ft. Lauderdale Executive, Ft. Lauderdale International, Naples, Miami International and Boca Raton. However, when it came to the busiest region, New York with 130,230 departures beat out South Florida (99,197), Los Angeles (82,565), Dallas (66,528) and Chicago (57,268), according to data provided by TRAQPak. Overall, there were 3,062,634 total departures for flights tracked in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, plus Canada.
Clay Lacy reported a 23% annual increase in charter activity during 2017
Clay Lacy Aviation, which manages private jets offering on-demand charter and its own Jet Card program has added 10 new charter jets and three new cities following a 23% in charter activity during 2017. New locations include Miami-Opa Locka Airport, Portsmouth International Airport in New Hampshire, and Lewis University Airport outside Chicago/Romeoville, Illinois.