Argus reveals top Part 135 private jet charter operators for 2019

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Argus Traqpak has published its list of the largest private jet rental operators in the U.S. based on 2019 flight activity

Part 135 flights declined 0.6% while flight hours fell by 1.4% in 2019

The report highlights the fragmented nature of private jet charter with the top 25 companies only accounting for one-third of flight hours

Gama Aviation Signature remains the dominant player in Part 135 private jet charter, according to a recap of 2019 activity by Argus Traqpak.

With 103,096 flight hours, it saw a 13% increase compared to 2018, despite an overall decline in the market for commercial private aircraft charter rentals.

Overall, Part 135 flying decreased by 0.6% in flights and 1.4% by flight hours on a year-over-year basis.

Argus predicts 4.2% growth in private jet flights for Q1 2020

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The TRAQPak forecast from Argus indicates a strong start for the new year, at least as it pertains to private aviation flying.

TRAQPak is predicting February to post a yearly gain of 5.9%, while Q1 2020 is anticipated to rise 4.2% year over year.

JetSuite launches U.S. Open tennis VIP access for SuiteKey members

JetSuite Experiences by Embark Beyond offers customers bespoke travel experiences, including special access at major sporting and cultural events

Dallas-based charter operator JetSuite is offering its customers VIP access to the U.S. Open tennis championship being held in New York City August 26 through September 8, 2019.

SuiteKey jet card members and on-demand charter customers can take advantage of the JetSuite Experiences program to attend the Open with premium seating, luxury hotel suites, player meet and greets, official after parties, and opportunities to show off their skills at the USTA National Tennis Center.

The U.S. Open offerings are part of a broad partnership with Embark, the luxury travel agency, launched in May. Last year, JetSuite relaunched its jet card program offering gourmet catering and perks for top tier members, including free helicopter transfers via Blade.

After two high-profile accidents, here are the safety issues that impact turboprop and piston charters and jet cards

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Recent private air crashes that killed soccer star Sala and one of Russia’s richest women are highlighting a number of safety issues

A world removed from those Gulfstream G650s and Bombardier Global Express private jets you read about in stories about what type of plane Jennifer Lopez or Elon Musk own are turboprops and piston aircraft. They’re also very popular.

After the death of Sala, here are the questions you should ask about your private charter pilots

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The crash that killed European soccer star Emiliano Sala and lack of regulation for brokers is putting qualifications of private jet pilots in the spotlight

As reports started to surface that the pilot who flew the doomed flight of soccer star Emiliano Sala might not have been qualified, it made me wonder, how can this happen? Here’s a professional athlete making millions of dollars on a private charter being flown at night, in poor conditions, by somebody who may not have had the experience needed for that trip, on an aircraft that was probably not ideal for that time and place.

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