Wheels Up, Textron go orange to support Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month

Wheels Up Feeding American Orange King Air 350i

After Meals Up generated donations supporting over 47 millions meals for Feeding America’s COVID-19 relief effort, Wheels Up has revealed a specially painted KingAir 350i to continue the awareness push

Wheels Up, the second-largest operator Part 135/91K operator in the U.S., has joined with Textron Aviation to repaint one of its signature blue Beechcraft King Air 350is orange to support Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month.

Wheels Up adds whole aircraft sales unit

Wheels Up appoints Bergeson COO

Wheels Up Aircraft Sales enables the private aviation provider to offer one-stop shopping

Jet sharing, empty legs, on-demand charter, fixed-rate jet cards, aircraft management, MRO services, and now full aircraft sales brokering are under the Wheels Up brand

With a powerful digital presence and brand recognition only matched by market leader NetJets, Wheels Up is once again showing it intends to be a driving force in private aviation.

This morning’s announcement of Wheels Up Aircraft Sales puts the company into aircraft brokerage, acquisition, trade, and advisory services.

NetJets, Wheels Up, Flexjet, and Vista Global’s XOJET lead the list of Biggest U.S. Private Jet Operators

Largest Private Jet Airlines

Despite consolidation, the 25 largest Part 135 and 91K operators account for only 25% of the U.S. private jet market

Why you won’t find Wheels Up when you look at lists of private aviation operators

Sizing the U.S. private jet market between Part 91, Part 91K fractional and Part 135 charter operators

8 of the 10 largest companies are led by the founder or family member

Here’s a big difference between the private jet market and the airlines. Just 10 airlines account for 90% of the domestic market for scheduled passenger traffic. Four companies – Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines – are responsible for two-thirds of U.S. flights.

Despite consolidation, business aviation remains fragmented. An analysis by Private Jet Card Comparisons of various reports from Argus TRAQPak and other data shows the 25 largest operators of charter and fractional fleets together account for just 25% of all U.S. flying.

XOJET Aviation rings up $13 million in CARES Act funds

XOJET XO

The private jet charter operator is part of Vista Global Holdings, which includes VistaJet and brokerage arm XO

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

Ft. Lauderdale-based XOJET Aviation is the latest of the major private jet charter and fractional share players to have signed an agreement to receive funds as part of the CARES Act. It entered into an agreement with the Treasury Department last month providing $13.1 million.

Memorial Day weekend fractional and charter private jet flights surged to 58% of 2019 levels

While airline passenger counts stayed at just 12% of last year’s holiday weekend, the private jet travel rebound continued

From the Wednesday prior to Memorial Day through Tuesday, the number of passengers who passed through TSA checkpoints hovered at just 12% of 2019 levels.

During the same period, fractional and charter operator flights surged to 58% of 2019 levels, continuing an upward trek. The data from Argus affirmed the rebound for private jet operators, which just last month had seen flying drop to just 20% of last year’s level as the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders ground travel to a virtual halt.

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