Trends: Europe private jet flights spike alongside U.S. private flying

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With Europe reopening, private jet flights are now joining the U.S. trend with dramatic gains compared to pre-pandemic 2019 activity

European private jet flights are bouncing back, in some cases exceeding 2019 levels, according to WingX’s latest weekly report. There were 2,634 business jet and turboprop sectors flown in Europe on June 21st, 2021, 95% more than the summer solstice last year and almost exactly matching 2019.

Global private jet flights trend 12% ahead of 2019 pre-Covid levels in June

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While scheduled airline flights are still 40% below pre-pandemic levels, WingX reports the private aviation recovery is going strong

With the U.S. leading the way, global private jet flights are 12% ahead of 2019 pre-Covid levels in June, according to WingX. It comes as scheduled airline flights remain 40% lower than 2019 levels. So far this year, global private aviation activity is just 6% below 2019 levels and 41% above 2020.

Private jet flyers to lead business travel recovery, according to VistaJet survey

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A VistaJet/WSJ survey of C-suite executives predicts business travel and meetings are set to spike led by private aviation users

A survey of 200 C-suite executives by WSJ and VistaJet forecasts business travel post-pandemic is coming back stronger than ever. That includes private flights. It comes after 97% of respondents say their companies experienced negative impacts directly related to business travel restrictions.

NetJets to take over 50 new private jets in 2021, says flying at record levels

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The world’s largest private jet operator – NetJets – says flying is now at record levels and it will take delivery of over 50 new private jets this year

While rivals Flexjet and Jet Edge are moving to challenge NetJets with varied strategies, the market leader shows no signs of letting up. In a letter to customers, NetJets president Patrick Gallagher wrote the Berkshire Hathaway-owned fractional and jet card provider would take delivery of over 50 factory-new aircraft this year.

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