Shared private jet charters offer big savings. Are they ready to take off? An in-depth comparison of the three major shared flight providers.
Jet Linx says last year it flew 40,000 empty seats; XO says it has sold over 160,000 single seats on shared flights
Sharing half of your flights between New York and South Florida during the winter could save as much as $75,000
Restrictions in jet sharing may mean it’s not right for you
Can you fly for the same price as first-class with the airlines?
Everyone wants to fly privately, says Kenny Dichter, the CEO and co-founder of Wheels Up. And the idea is the cheaper it is to fly privately, the more people who will do it. Dichter says that was his idea using the eight-seat King Air 350i to “democratize” short flight.
In the world of chartering your entire aircraft, he cut the price for a one-hour flight for eight people to around $5,000 compared to a cost of $8,000 to $10,000 for the same trip on a jet. His argument was that there was a minimal time penalty since landings and takeoffs are not at full speed, and often as you get near to your destination airport, airplanes are slowed down to similar speeds.
Global jet card and charter operator VistaJet said it has
seen a 104% increase in the number of animals flown in the past two years
As previously reported by Private Jet Card Comparisons, VistaJet today previewed a new program to provide VIP services for your pets.
It is the latest in a series of announcements over the past year with specialized programs for children, fine dining and oenophiles. VistaJet, which operates super midsize, large cabin and ultra-long-range Bombardier private jets is the only jet card program with a global primary service area that provides one-way rates without ferry fees.
The inventor of the Jet Card 20 years later finds itself atop the growing category it created
Founded in 1999, Sentient Jet lays claim as inventor of the jet card. Twenty years later the company is no longer a start-up trying to prove a concept, but with 6,000 members a category leader, by our estimates definitely in the top three in revenues out of more than 50 providers. It’s also is part of the Directional Aviation family of companies which includes flight providers Flexjet, Skyjet and PrivateFly (acquired in September) as well Nextant Aerospace (remanufacturing of business jets), Sojourn Aviation (aircraft sales), N1 (aircraft engine parts), Air Services (off-wing services), and Constant Aviation (aircraft modifications and structural repairs). In 2017, Ken Ricci, privately held Directional’s chairman told Forbes the company had $2.5 billion in sales and around 3,000 employees. Sentient and Skyjet revenues were north of $300 million last year.
TRAQPak’s review of year-over-year flight activity (December 2018 vs. December 2017) indicates that December 2018 recorded a decrease of 0.5%.
With more than 50 providers and over 300 jet card programs, the 2019 guide to jet cards features several important time-saving improvements
From the Editor
The third edition of Private Jet Card Comparisons, this one for 2019, is now live and available for paid subscribers. The completely updated version features more important details that you can’t get from the websites of most providers, and for the first time ever features a price comparison tool. It brings eight providers that have launched guaranteed availability, fixed-rate jet cards since the beginning of 2018, including four new to this year’s guide (We included the others when they launched, part of our mission to keep the guide updated throughout the year). This year’s version represents the culmination of a project that began in the beginning of August and wasn’t completed until about sometime in the second half of last night’s National Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson.