CARES Act 2: New COVID relief should be open to private aviation

CARES Act 2 private aviation

Private jet operators should be able to tap into the estimated in $15 billion in air carrier support

The newest legislation to provide ongoing COVID-19 relief is estimated to have $15 billion for the airlines. According to a spokesperson for the National Business Aviation Association, that should incorporate Part 135 private jet operators and other companies related to business aviation.

(Updated Dec. 22 @ 7:22 am – A full copy of the HR 133 –  Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, can be downloaded at the end of this story.)

FET tax holiday extension for private jet flights unlikely

FET tax holiday

A top executive from the National Business Aviation Association says don’t expect the Federal Excise Tax holiday to be extended

Congressional leaders in Washington D.C. are still trying to work out additional relief for companies and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t expect an extension of the holiday for the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax (FET).

FlyExclusive spotlights how the Paycheck Protection Program saved jobs

FlyExclusive

A Triangle Business Journal profile of FlyExclusive shows the jet card and charter operator used the CARES Act’s PPP to set the table for its recovery

According to a report in the Triangle Business Journal, close to 300 jobs at Kinston, North Carolina-based FlyExclusive and related companies were saved by the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program. That totals include 75 newly hired positions.

JetSuite is flying again as Superior Air Charter

JetSuite Superior Air Charter

With three Embraer Phenom 100s, JetSuite had told the bankruptcy court it intended to restart operations, and it may just have done that

It looks like JetSuite is getting ready to relaunch operations, if it hasn’t already.

A website with the URL superior.flights, was created on Oct. 16 and used the same syntax as an updated message on the JetSuite.com website. Perhaps coincidentally, JetSuite received $6.5 million in CARES Act payroll support funds on the same date.

A look back at who received CARES Act Payroll Support Payments

CARES Act private aviation recipients

The Payroll Support Program under Division A, Title IV, Subtitle B of the CARES Act provided payroll support to passenger air carriers, cargo air carriers, and certain contractors for the continuation of payment of employee wages, salaries, and benefits. Here’s who got how much

It’s uncertain when there will be more government for the airline industry, and if so, will it extend to the private aviation side?

While the CARES Act payments have been widely credited for helping business jet operators get back on their feet quickly, they also have detractors, including NetJets, the largest private jets operator.

After bankruptcy, JetSuite receives $6.5 million in CARES Act payroll support

JetSuite bankruptcy

JetSuite customers lost $50 million in unused jet card flight credits. Now the company has received $6.5 million from the Treasury Department under the CARES Act

JetSuite emerged from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in September. Now the Part 135 private jet operator, which laid off all but a handful of its employees when it suspended flights in April, has received $6.5 million in CARES Act funds.

5 ways 2021 FET-free Jet Card offers can cost you money. The IRS isn’t one of them

FET Tax Free Jet Card Deals

The siren’s song of saving the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax if you buy a jet card before the end of the year is getting louder. If you’re not careful, it might cost you more than you’ll save

On Friday, the bars in the window on my laptop tracking visitors to this website shot up. The increase was exponential. It coincided with a CNBC segment on how private jet card sellers are rolling out offers designed to save buyers the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax on flights.

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