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.
Three new private jet charter programs may come in handy during the expected strikes by British Airways pilots next month
The strikes fall during the Cannes and Monaco Yacht Shows
For travelers who have to get to or from London, or whose
travel plans would entail a connection using British Airways through London are
probably thinking about Plan B options about now. Current strike dates by the
pilots are set for Sept. 9, 10, and 27.
The chaos started earlier this week when BA mistakenly
emailed some passengers telling them their flights had been canceled. The
British flag carrier doesn’t have a particularly ideal record in dealing with
disruptions, either via industrial actions, IT meltdowns or extreme weather.
In other words, if you are traveling to or from London, or
via London, and you are planning to fly BA, it’s time to think about options. A
natural options is just rebooking on other airlines, although as low fares get
sold, you may find that only the highest fares are left to buy
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.
A side effect of this weekend’s IT meltdown for British Airways which stranded over 100,000 travelers was a 76% increase in requests, according to jet card seller Air Partner.