Germs On A Plane: Don’t read this unless you can afford to fly by private jet

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Private jet companies say the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has generated first-time customers. They may return due to health safety concerns…

It’s not just avoiding fellow passengers in confined spaces of airport terminals and airplanes

A CBC report found nearly half of the surfaces swabbed on airline flights contained levels of bacteria or yeast and mold that could put a person at risk for infection

With no cure or vaccine for the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the private jet industry is expecting (or hoping for) an influx of new customers when the stay-at-home orders expire and hotels and resorts reopen.

Right now many private jet users are grounded with no place to go. However, they apparently want to get back in the air. Research by Private Jet Card Comparisons shows only 3% of subscribers have canceled summer vacations with no plans to reschedule. It’s also expected those who can afford it, will want to maximize their social distancing while traveling for the foreseeable future.

According to Thrillist, “Airplanes are notorious for being giant flying petri dishes. The rush to turn flights around in mere moments, day in and day out, makes them akin to a bath towel you always air-dry but never wash.”

Private aviation is forecast to be down close to 70% this month. Still, that number cloaks a significant portion of flying since the COVID-19 outbreak has been by new customers relocating to second homes or evacuating family members.

Private Jet flights jumped 6.9% in December

Traqpak private aircraft flight activity 2019

TRAQPak said the strong end to the year will be followed up with a 5.8% gain in January

TRAQPak’s review of year over year flight activity (December 2019 vs. December 2018) indicates that December 2019 recorded an increase of 6.9%. It reverses 2018’s negative trend.

The results by operational category were all positive for the period, with Fractional activity posting the largest increase, up 11.5% from 2018.

Part 135 flight activity (which includes Jet Card flights) saw a 7.1% increase from December 2018, and Part 91 activity reported a rise of 5.5%.

The busiest days and states for private jet flights in 2019

What are the busiest days of the week and year for private flights?

Traqpak’s most recent analysis of private jet flights for the first half of 2019 reveals both the busiest days of the week and busiest days so far this year.

Despite overall private flight activity growth of just 0.3%, for the first time ever one day averaged at least 10,000 flights per day.

Thursdays were the busiest day of the week average 10,124 flights. Second busiest were Fridays with 9,505 flights followed by Wednesdays at 9,353 flights on average. Tuesdays averaged 8,744 private flights while Mondays saw an average of 8,593 flights per day, perhaps indicating many private fliers tart the week in the office.

CEOs make the case for business aviation

A new report from the No Plane No Gain uses CEOs to highlight how private jets can increase a company’s efficiency and profits

To help highlight the benefits of business aviation, No Plane, No Gain, a group supported by the National Business Aviation Association and General Aviation Manufacturers Association, has issued a new report that includes endorsements from CEOs.

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