As airlines reduce flights, it will become more difficult to position pilots on short notice
Like with the airlines, drop in demand due to Coronavirus restrictions is leading some private jet operators to ground aircraft
Both London City Airport and London Heliport have closed for normal private aviation flights
NetJets, VistaJet affirm continued operations in Europe and worldwide
Booking a private jet charter flight in Europe may become more difficult in the coming weeks, especially on short notice. That’s the consensus of several executives from private jet operators and charter brokers who spoke to us. The silver lining is, it’s not a problem yet.
A story last week in Aviation International News was headlined, “BBGA Expects Full Bizav Fleet Grounding Soon in UK.”
The U.K.-based private jet charter and jet card broker has been expanding its U.S. presence in recent years
Air Charter Service opened a new sales office in Chicago on March 1.
“Chicago has been on our radar as a natural location for another U.S. office for a number of years. The city is the third-largest in population in the country and has one of the highest GDPs in the world – generating $689 billion last year,” said Richard Thompson, president for the Americas.
The originator of the jet card already offers fixed rates in Europe for U.S. customers
During the Corporate Jet Investor conference taking place this week in London, Boston-based Sentient Jet offered a tweet hinting at something.
It read, “Sentient Jet in Europe? Hmm…”
So is Sentient Jet planning to launch a jet card for customers in Europe?
The private jet charter broker analyzed aircraft fuel burn rates and route distances for 8,000 of its flights over the past two years, compared to the selling price of each charter
U.K.-based Air Charter Service, which offers fixed-rate, guaranteed availability for both the U.S. and Europe, is revamping its carbon offset strategy.
The new program started the beginning of the month for all its private jet flights. On March 1 it will be available for commercial airliner charters.
The U.K. private jet charter broker says capped rate jet cards now account for 40% membership sales
Air Charter Service, which sells jet card programs with both U.S. and European service areas, reports its capped rate jet cards now account for 40% of jet card sales. The capped rate product was launched in August 2018.
In a press release, Tim Rees, ACS’s jet card manager, commented, “It’s easy to see the appeal of the Capped Rate Jet Card scheme. It allows clients to budget for the year by giving them a fixed rate, capped price, but allows them to benefit from market prices at the time of booking which generally saves the customer money.”