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.
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.
As airlines reduce flights, it will become more difficult to position pilots on short notice
Like with the airlines, drop in demand due to Coronavirus restrictions is leading some private jet operators to ground aircraft
Both London City Airport and London Heliport have closed for normal private aviation flights
NetJets, VistaJet affirm continued operations in Europe and worldwide
Booking a private jet charter flight in Europe may become more difficult in the coming weeks, especially on short notice. That’s the consensus of several executives from private jet operators and charter brokers who spoke to us. The silver lining is, it’s not a problem yet.
A story last week in Aviation International News was headlined, “BBGA Expects Full Bizav Fleet Grounding Soon in UK.”
The Covid-19 Coronavirus rescue package rescinds 7.5% Federal Excise Tax (FET) for on-demand charters and jet cards
On-demand and jet card charter customers won’t have to pay FET for flights through the end of 2020
Jet card and on-demand charter customers should review invoices to ensure they aren’t being charged the FET
Business aviation in the U.S. is getting some relief as part of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, passed last week by both houses of Congress and signed by President Donald J. Trump.
For consumers, the most noticeable impact is that Part 135 operators (and you) don’t have to pay the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax. The levy applies for domestic flights or flights to and from the U.S. beginning or ending within 225 miles of the border with several exceptions.
Leases start at just one-month instead of the typical 36 months for VistaJet’s Program, its version of a jet card
Many airlines have totally cut or drastically reduced international flights. VistaJet specializes in long-haul and intercontinental private jet flights
The high-end luxury private jet operator is also launching a humanitarian relief plan
VistaJet is launching Dynamic Jet Lease, a new short-term option providing guaranteed access.
Many airlines have been drastically cutting international flights, including grounding all international operations. In other cases, routes that previously had multiple daily nonstop flights are now served only a couple times per week.
VistaJet says the new program offers a short-term lease over one, two or three months. You get a dedicated aircraft and crew positioned at the nearest possible airport to you.