COVID-19 shakes up private jet charter booking patterns

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Driven by the COVID-19 pandemic’s changing border restrictions and quarantines, there were major changes to private jet charter bookings during the July to September period.

While there have been endless reports about the influx of newcomers – PrivateFly said their share increased to 44% from 35% – some of the other changes were perhaps expected but had not been previously reported.

PrivateFly launches Directional Aviation into Europe’s jet card market

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A week after the parent of Flexjet and Sentient Jet debuted a new U.S. on-demand charter brand, PrivateFly is bringing the company’s first fixed-rate, guaranteed availability private jet membership to Europe

Buoyed by requests from ad hoc charter customers and newcomers to private aviation, PrivateFly is launching a fixed-rate, guaranteed availability jet card.

For parent Directional Aviation, it now joins NetJets, Vista Global’s VistaJet and XO, Air Partner, and Air Charter Service with fixed-rate card programs on both sides of the Atlantic.

Flexjet, Sentient Jet parent launches new on-demand private jet charter brand FXAIR

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FXAIR is the new premium ad hoc charter brand from Directional Aviation and will replace PrivateFly in the U.S.

17 Flexjet Bombardier Challenger 300s and Global Express XRSs will provide the backbone for the new private aviation provider

FXAIR is the new private aviation brand from OneSky Flight, LLC. The new on-demand charter broker promises a premium experience and perks not generally associated with ad hoc private jet rentals.

Exclusive: Flexjet sets 2021 Europe launch; Sentient Jet to add health and hygiene requirements for operators

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In a wide-ranging interview, Directional Aviation’s boss Kenn Ricci tells Private Jet Card Comparisons Flexjet’s Europe growth is moving forward, it is expanding use of private jets to position pilots, and Sentient Jet will introduce health-safety requirements for its partner operators

A McKinsey study reveals 90% of those who can afford to fly privately don’t; However, UHNWs and corporate executives are often part of the high-risk profile for COVID-19

With tailwinds gradually picking up, Directional Aviation Capital’s principal Kenn Ricci announced his OneSky Flight’s Flexjet unit will expand its European presence in 2021.

Before the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis, plans had called for a launch this month during the annual EBACE exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.

Should you charter a private jet online?

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After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant booking technology, it’s finally arriving. Should you book a private jet online?

After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant booking technology, it’s finally arriving. But should you use it?

Many of the broker websites and apps promising online bookings were nothing more than electronic request forms.

But that’s changing, and increasingly, you may find yourself able to rent a private jet or turboprop digitally from a broker or platform, and without much human oversight, or at least human oversight looking after your interests.

PrivateFly CEO predicts 2020 headlines

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Adam Twidell, boss of Directional Aviation OneSky’s on-demand private jet charter broker, sees business aviation making headlines next year

Adam Twidell, CEO of digitally forward private jet broker PrivateFly, recently had his crystal ball out for a look at 2020’s biggest bizav headlines.

Speaking of the past 12 months closer to home, he says, “It’s been an eventful and exciting year here at PrivateFly. Under OneSky, 2019 has seen us double our global presence and start to evolve to reap the benefits of being part of a wider group for our clients, suppliers, and partners.

Private jet charters by cabin size, aircraft type, and price

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Private jet charter broker PrivateFly has released data on charter pricing, as well as preferred cabin size and jet models

While Brexit and some of Europe’s sputtering economies may be making headlines in the business press, Directional Aviation’s PrivateFly said it enjoyed a 26% jump for flights in Europe during the third quarter of 2019, compared to last year. 

Adam Twidell, PrivateFly’s CEO said, “Demand growth was generated from new and existing PrivateFly clients, and from our extended OneSky family (and) Our market-leading pricing, including the certainty offered by our fixed-route City Pairs offer on the Nextant 400XTi and Legacy 600.”

The company also released data on charter pricing, as well as preferred cabin size, jet models, and demographics.

According to PrivateFly, the Top 10 destinations for its clients is led by London, followed by New York, Nice, Ibiza, Paris, Milan, Palma de Mallorca, Zurich, Olbia, and Cannes.

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