2021’s 30 Biggest Charter/Fractional Private Jet Companies Ranked (Full Year)

NetJets Fleet

NetJets, Flexjet, Wheels Up, Vista Global hold serve as four largest North American Part 135/Part 91k private jet operators for 2021; FlyExclusive leaps to 5th

The 10 largest private jet companies increased their share of Part 135/91k flight hours to 45.1% from 44.3% in 2020

Solairus (89.3%), Airshare (77.1%), FlyExclusive (76.3%), NetJets (61.4%), Jet Edge (59.9%), and Wheels Up (55.0%) record biggest percentage growth

Read our detailed 2021 Year-in-Review for each of the 10 largest private aviation providers, including flight hour activity since 2019

There was no change among the top four North American private jet holding companies, based on combined Part 135 and Part 91k flight hours. However, Argus TraqPak data shows a new player in the 5th spot. FlyExclusive moved from 10th in 2019 to 8th in 2020. The table below provides a company-by-company ranking for the 30 largest private jet companies in 2021, including flight hours and market share.

Clay Lacy first 4Air Facilities Neutral sustainability rating

Clay Lacy

Charter and FBO operator Clay Lacy is the first provider to attain 4Air’s Facility Neutral sustainability certification

Clay Lacy Aviation is the first company to receive a 4Air sustainability rating of Facilities Neutral, validating that the company’s private aviation facilities have been operating carbon neutral since 2019.

Private jet CEOs talk trends, challenges, opportunities at Corporate Jet Investor

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Private jet capacity, pricing, labor, consolidation, demand, investment, new jet owners, offer challenges and opportunities for private aviation providers

Over 450 industry CEOs and leaders gathered last week in Miami for Corporate Jet Investor. For two days they hashed about issues relevant to the overall industry, with a large focus on private jet travelers who fly via jet cards, memberships, and charter.

Is the current record level of demand here to stay? Where will the industry find the capacity to meet that demand? Is more consolidation coming? How many big players are there left to buy? What is Amazonian pricing? When will the supply chain improve? Where have all the pilots – and line workers gone? Are they coming back? How will all the outside investment impact private aviation? What about on-time performance? What type of changes will you see to your jet card program? With dwindling supply, are small brokers on life support?

Private jet companies large and small have big fleet growth plans

Jet Edge private jets

Backed by record demand and with no letup in sight, operators from NetJets to niche brokers are announcing ambitious fleet growth targets

Private jet fleet capacity has become one of the industry’s hottest issues. Demand for private aircraft, owned, via charters, jet cards, and fractional shares, continues to surge to record levels. Charter and jet card flights tracking 30% higher than 2019 pre-pandemic levels combined with owners flying their jets more is putting a strain on the system. Supply chain and labor issues impacting the greater economy are impacting the private aviation industry. It’s creating a new reality for private jet flyers.

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