The private jet rebound might be stronger than it looks

Labor 2020 private jet travel trends

Adjusting August private jet flight numbers for the later Labor Day holiday in 2020 shows U.S. flights moving closer to pre-COVID-19 levels

Mark Twain said, “”There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” He also said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.”

VistaJet offers an inside look at how COVID-19 has changed private jet travel

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In celebration of National Aviation Day, VistaJet interviewed six of its employees about how the global coronavirus pandemic has impacted the private jet travel experience

Worldwide private jet operator VistaJet is celebrating National Aviation Day – it was earlier this month – by taking visitors to its website inside the lives of employees as they carried on during the COVID-19 crisis, providing an essential lifeline to those of us who needed to get somewhere.

Under the banner of “Meet the global aviation experts,” VistaJet is presenting interviews with a cabin hostess, captain, operations duty manager, program sales executive, customer experience manager, and vice president of charter sales.

Nigeria, Colombia, Serbia, Brazil lead private jet travel’s Covid-19 winners and losers list

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Here’s how the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Mexico and other top business aviation markets performed during the coronavirus pandemic

An analysis of private aviation departures from WingX data by Private Jet Card Comparisons reveals a wide disparity in how COVID-19 impacted private jet travel on a country-by-country basis.

There was only one country that saw departures increase during the period and at the bottom of the list, 10 countries saw flying less than 50% of 2019 totals.

Looking at the 50 countries and territories with the most private aviation departures between March and July 2020, Nigeria’s private flights are at 103% of 2019 levels, up 3%.

Still, it was a bumpy ride powered by a 57% increase in flights during July. During the five months of data reviewed, Nigeria’s private aviation departures were ahead of 2019 levels in four months, although April departures dropped 73%.

Dumont Aviation gains $3 million in CARES Act funds

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Top 25 private jet charter operator Dumont Aviation is the latest jet card provider to get payroll support

Updated: Our Private Jet Operator CARES Act Relief Scorecard shows how much the 25 largest U.S. fractional and charter operators received in payroll support

Delaware-based Dumont Aviation has received just under $3 million in payroll support as part of the CARES Act. The operator of owned and managed private jets ranks 24th for flight hours in the U.S. among Part 135 and 91k operators, according to Argus data (table below).

COVID Safety Meltdown? TSA, Consumer Reports add more reasons to fly by private jet

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More than 1,000 TSA agents have tested positive for COVID-19, and 6 have died from the Coronavirus

TSA federal security director Jay Brainard filed a whistleblower complaint in June on how his own agency had failed to implement key safety measures to protect agents and passengers

Consumer Reports is petitioning DOT Secretary Chao to make COVID-19 safety standards mandatory for airlines and airports

As private jet travel increased 5% year-over-year during the July 4th holiday period, airlines, airport authorities, and the federal government are giving you more reasons to fly privately.

I have no doubt whatsoever that our people became Typhoid Marys and contributed to the spread of that virus because TSA senior leadership did not make sure (screeners) were adequately protected

– Jay Brainard, TSA director and whistleblower

That’s if you need any. A study first published by Private Jet Card Comparisons on March 11, showed that potential contact points for contracting the COVID-19 Coronavirus are 30 times lower when flying privately.

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