De-icing can run as high as $10,000 per incidence adding expense to winter flying
One reader who had been paying for deicing told me when he was looking at the spreadsheets in Private Jet Card Comparisons, he was shocked to see one of the more than 65 comparison points was the inclusion of deicing expense. Why? He had always paid for it, and when he first started buying Jet Cards, he assumed because his program charged for it, that was the way all the programs worked. He said his sales rep at the time even told him that’s the way business aviation works. He figured it made sense. With costs that range to high four figures, covering deicing is not like adding free catering, which is generally some sandwiches, sodas, minis and a fruit plate.
Flying by private jet or turboprop for business or leisure supports the community you are based in and the places you fly, according to a new government study
Flying privately is not only good for you and your business. Flying via private aviation has a big, positive impact on both your base community and the places you fly. Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) delivers an annual impact with $375,492,000 in economic activity, according to a study commissioned by the Virginia Department of Aviation, and reported by No Plane, No Gain, an advocacy group supported by the National Business Aviation Association and General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
The company sells Jet Cards, leases and fractional shares on a by-the-day basis. The move reflects the increasingly tight market for pilots.
Executive AirShare announced in a press release an across-the-board increase of salaries for pilots to meet the growing demand for fractional aircraft ownership. The new salaries are between 18% to 30%more for pilots-in-command (PICs) and seconds-in-command (SICs) joining the company. In conjunction with the salary increase, PIC migration to a more favorable 8-On/6-Off scheduling cycle is expected help the company meet its goal of hiring 25 pilots in the next six months.
The private jet membership provider is giving limited edition timepieces from the Swiss watchmaker. Membership cost is $97,500.
JetSmarter announced it is collaborating with luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot to launch a limited edition timepiece collection that will be available exclusively to JetSmarter members. The Classic Fusion Carbon Fiber JetSmarter watch “will exhibit a sophisticated aesthetic with a sleek 45mm case in polished black ceramic. The dial will feature the JetSmarter logo integrated into the subdial at 3 o’clock,” the two companies said in a press release received by Private Jet Card Comparisons.
The all-you-can-fly membership program has added on-demand charter to its offerings
Surf Air is adding on-demand charter to its fly as much as you want by the seat membership programs. The new Surf Anywhere aircraft options include short, medium and long-haul planes. As an incentive to use its brokerage, Surf Air is giving charter customers a free membership for its Surf Air Escapes program, a $2,500 value.
Jet Card companies believe it’s not just the private jet with the expansion of luxury and lifestyle partners for members
Private Jet Services (PJS) Group is the latest Jet Card program to focus on bulking up its lifestyle offering. While Sentient Jet, Wheels Up, NetJets and XOJET have long had various partners from luxury hotels and resorts to vacation clubs and jewelers, more companies are expanding those partnerships. PJS (read our Jet Card Insider review) recently added jeweler Todd Reed.
When business aviation is featured in the media, it’s usually about celebrities or excess. The truth couldn’t be further, explains the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association
Business aviation drives the economy in all 50 states generating over $200 billion in economic benefits, but one area that rarely gets recognition is the industry’s contributions to those in need.