Private jets are weathering Lockdown 2.0 but it’s a mixed bag

WingX global weekly private jet flight tracker

Charter and jet card flights are powering private aviation through a new wave of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, according to WingX

Global business aviation activity is trending down by 19% this November compared to last November, slightly weaker than the October YOY trend, according to WingX.

This month’s trend is in line with the overall decline in the last six months. Private aviation is still holding up much better than scheduled airlines where the activity is down by 62% YOY for the same period.

Can Private Aviation’s trinity of trends keep its recovery moving forward?

COVID private jet travel trends

An untapped market of consumers who can afford private travel, a safer way to fly, and a robust rebound seem to be setting up private jet travel providers for a continuing recovery

Private aviation has been tracking to better than 80% of pre-COVID-19 levels for nearly three months. In October, jet card and on-demand charter flights were at nearly 95% of 2019 activity, and fractional fleet operators were 89%.

Medjet adds Costa Rica to its COVID-19 air medical evacuation area

Medjet air ambulance

The medical transport and security membership provider has added Costa Rica to its service area

As of November 1, 2020, Costa Rica will open its borders to U.S. travelers and no longer require a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the country.

Private jet flyers are hanging at their second homes this Fall

October private jet travel trends

New research from Tuvoli shows how COVID-19 has altered the travel patterns of private jet users

An analysis of FAA flight data by Tuvoli, a platform that expedites payments between private jet charter brokers and operators, reveals how COVID-19 is impacting where America’s most affluent folks are hanging out, or at least those that use private jets.

Hint: It’s not the big city!

CDC report shows COVID-19 spread in a business class cabin

Covid Spread on Airplane

An early release article to be published by the Center for Disease Control in November warns of the potential spread of COVID-19 aboard airliners

If you read this website regularly, you already know this. The typical flight aboard an airliner has over 700 potential contact points that lack social distancing. That compares to under 20 for private travel. Now, a preview of an upcoming report from the Center for Disease Control warns of spread on airline flights beyond the oft-used recommended spacing of six feet. The report could push more folks to private jets.

‘Why did I wait so long,” say new private jet users

Private jet travel trends 2020

While COVID-19 and lacking airline schedules led many new private jet users to pull the trigger, many say they plan to continue after the pandemic recedes.

Over half of new and returning users to private aviation indicated they expect to continue their private jet travels after the current COVID-19 pandemic ends. That’s according to a preview from a just-completed survey of Private Jet Card Comparisons subscribers.

European private jet broker says “a perfect storm” is ahead

LunaJets

Private jet broker LunaJets says a deficit of long-haul flights and business travel will make for a painful downturn this Fall

While some private jet charter brokers have been accused of overhyping the recovery, Geneva, Switzerland-based LunaJets is apparently not in that category.

%d bloggers like this: