Surf Air is announcing 10 new routes next week, including flights to Milan, Munich, Luxembourg, Brussels, Vienna, Geneva, Nice, Basel and Brussels
After nine months of seemingly being stuck in neutral, it turns out Surf Air Europe is going to significantly expand its flying there. In terms of keeping track of what’s happening, it has been a winding road for us. A few weeks ago we heard that Surf Air had laid off some of their sales, marketing and support team. Operations, which are contracted out to Flexjet Ltd., were apparently not impacted, however, it did cause us to take a step back and wonder what was going on.
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.