COVID-19 Coronavirus: Here are the best options for trans-Atlantic private jet flights

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There are several Jet Card options you can buy today with guaranteed availability and fixed one-way rates for flights between the U.S. and Europe

Read the full Europe Travel Ban proclamation from President Trump at the end of the story

Last night’s Trump Travel Ban forbidding foreign nationals from entering the United States for 30 days starting tomorrow at midnight is likely to force the airlines to cancel more trans-Atlantic flights.

The directive, issued during an Oval Office address from President Donald J. Trump, bans foreign nationals from Europe’s 26 Schengen countries from entering the U.S. It also bans other foreigners who have visited any of the countries 14 days prior attempting entry into the U.S. The ban is set to last 30 days.

Air Partner adds flexibility to its flexible JetCard program

Air Partner

When it comes to rules, for Air Partner, jet cards are meant to be customized

Private jet travel is just 18% of Air Partner’s diversified business, which includes large group charter, cargo, and aviation safety-related consulting

Air Partner recently completed a complex Coronavirus emergency evacuation flight from Japan to the U.K.

U.K.-based Air Partner has long had one of the better jet card programs, or as it calls it, JetCard. That’s based on the published rules. But, that’s not where it ends.

But before we look at what’s off the menu, let’s quickly recap its North America-based program as is.

A flexible jet card

The starting point to buy is just 10 hours, compared to 25 hours for many providers.

Air Partner predicts Jet Cards will be a top growth segment for 2020

Jet cards 2020

The U.K.-based on-demand charter and jet card broker sees strong growth for the U.S. and across many of its sectors

Air Partner is somewhat unique in the field of more than 55 jet card providers we track. It’s publicly traded, albeit in the U.K.

There are other jet card suppliers located within publicly traded companies – Delta Private Jets until its acquisition by Wheels Up, NetJets is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, and Jet Aviation by General Dynamics. However, results aren’t broken out in financials as they are with Air Partner.

Another difference is the diversity of the services it offers, from private and large group charters to freight, fatigue risk management, compliance and safety performance, bird control and wildlife management for airports, plus crisis emergency planning and evacuation.

Air Partner restructures its jet card program

Air Partner

The jet card broker is consolidating to have just one published program for each cabin size category – light, midsize, super-midsize, and large jet

U.K.-based private jet broker Air Partner, which offers fixed-rate, guaranteed availability jet cards for service areas in Europe, including the U.K., the Middle East, and North America, is phasing out its JetCard Sterling as a published offering.

The Sterling level program offers aircraft averaging 10 years old but didn’t guarantee the age of planes, so inventory included pre-2000 model private jets.

With the move, it will now offer singular pricing based exclusively on aircraft that meet its sourcing standards, instead of offering two levels of pricing, one for newer and the other for older jets.

Air Partner announces first-half results

Air Partner

Gross profit of £17.2 million was “stronger than levels anticipated at the time of AGM”

U.K.-based charter and jet card broker Air Partner said its gross profit was £17.2  million for the first half of its financial year, which ended in July. It said the results are “in line with prior period and stronger than levels anticipated at the time of AGM.”

Air Partner sells jet cards with fixed hourly rates that cover Europe, and North America, including the Caribbean and Mexico. During the summer, it introduced one-way transatlantic fixed rates starting with just a 10-hour commitment.

Private jet operators, brokers keep the music playing during the British Airways strike

As a strike by its pilots caused BA to cancel nearly all its flights, private jet charter companies said they saw an uptick in inquiries and bookings

Air Charter Service moved a 100-person orchestra and their instruments, while Air Partner saved a leadership team from missing their own corporate retreat

With British Airways canceling nearly all of its flights during a two-day strike by its pilots which ended yesterday, several private jet charter brokers and operators say there was an increase in both inquiries and flights booked.

“We saw a massive uptick for requests, both direct and from brokers,” said Bernhard Fragner, CEO of GlobeAir AG, an Austrian based operator of four-seat Cessna Citation Mustang very light jets.

Air Partner provides a mid-year update

The U.K. publicly traded aviation provider says results have been “slightly stronger than anticipated”

Air Partner plc, said despite what it described as a challenging operating environment across the global aviation industry, “Air Partner’s first-half performance has been slightly stronger than expected.” The statement covered the six months ending July 31, 2019.

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