Surf Air’s growth in Europe has been tepid so far, however, it and others continue to pursue a by the seat private aviation model against a backdrop of mixed results
Seat sharing, where travelers buy single seats on private aircraft, either via memberships or on individual flights, is considered a growth area for business aviation getting plenty of play in consumer media. The major benefit is saving time at airports by using private aviation facilities while paying prices at or near what the commercial airlines charge. For short hops, it can cut total travel time significantly. However, the model may be in trouble once again. Two sources tell Private Jet Card Comparisons that upstart Surf Air Europe has recently pared back its marketing and sales team there.
Privilegd LLC Concierge Services plans to combine concierge and travel agency services with private aviation into a single Jet Card
If you were thinking does the world really need another Jet Card seller, it doesn’t matter, you’re getting one. Former XOJET and Blue Star Jets sales executive Ben Parker is behind Privilegd LLC Concierge Services. Recently, Private Jet Card Comparisons caught up with the New York-based founder to find out what he’s doing and how his offering will be different from the more than 250 programs currently in the market.
International aircraft charter, jet card membership, and sales and leasing broker Paramount Business Jets (PBJ) has launched a new website at www.ParamountBusinessJets.com featuring new aesthetics with enhanced support for mobile device users globally.
Reports from TRAQPak covering the U.S. and WINGX in Europe show private jet travel continues to enjoy strong growth in 2017
TRAQPak says private jet travel increased by 4.1% year-over-year powered Part 135 growth of 7.9%, representing on-demand charter and jet card membership programs. Fractional share flying rose 2.2% and Part 91 activity increased 2.0%. Aircraft size categories all increased with Large and Mid-Size jets posting the largest gains, up 5.6% & 6.9%, respectively.
Chartering a private jet is much more than getting quotes for the hourly rate
Not all private aviation operators are the same. Before you charter a private aircraft, the National Business Aviation Association suggests you ask these questions. Keep in mind that one advantage of jet cards is your provider has set specific sourcing standards, so you only have to go through this once as opposed to every trip or each time there is a switch in the operator. You can compare over 100 jet cards by 65 variables by becoming a subscriber to Private Jet Card Comparisons. There’s more information here. Before chartering a private jet, the questions below will help you find an operator that you are comfortable with.
One of the private jets used by HHS Secretary Tom Price is not what you would expect
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is under the spotlight for his use of private jets. It comes after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin got heat for using a U.S. Government Gulfstream to view the eclipse from the roof of Fort Knox. The trip came into the spotlight when his wife, actress Louise Linton, made an Instagram post that could have been had the hashtag #RichKidsOfInstagram as she called out the various designer labels she was wearing (below).
The Private Jet Operator And Charter Broker Is Focusing On Major Markets
As previously reported by Private Jet Card Comparisons, XOJET is expanding its network of retail offices based on the growth of its charter brokerage business. The company opened an office at Palm Beach International Airport to be closer to clients in Florida, where the firm saw an 18% increase in Southeast Florida flights in 2016 over 2015. Last year XOJET’s top five most frequented airport cities in the southeast region of the U.S. were in Florida, the company said in a press release.