Clay Lacy, Jet Linx lead private jet CARES Act recipients

Clay Lacy

Clay Lacy Aviation received $26.9 million while Jet Linx Aviation was given $20 million, according to U.S. Treasury documents

NetJets, Wheels Up, Flexjet, XOJET Aviation and related companies were notably absent from the Treasury Department’s list of COVID-19 aide recipients

See the full list of aviation companies receiving CARES Act Coronavirus financial support

In a list dated April 27th, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published names of 96 companies receiving some of the $32 billion earmarked to preserve aviation jobs. The list includes both airlines and private jet operators.

The act specified grants needed to be based on payroll expenses from April 2019 through September 2019, subject to proration. Funds must be used for the continuation of payment of employee wages, salaries, and benefits. 

Flexjet, Sentient, PrivateFly boss salutes employees

Kenn Ricci Flexjet Sentient Jet PrivateFly

Directional Aviation chairman Kenn Ricci took to Instagram to praise employee support for its shared sacrifice program

With business aviation taking it on the chin from the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis, the industry is being wracked by furloughs and layoffs. Last week JetSuite sent shockwaves by suspending operations laying off and furloughing over 120 employees.

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

PrivateFly Adam Twidell

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.

Flexjet orders $1.4 billion private jets from Embraer Executive Jets

Flexjet

Flexjet’s order includes 64 Praetor 500s and 600s, plus the best-selling Phenom 300

As it prepares its expansion into Europe, Directional Aviation’s Flexjet announced today it has placed a $1.4 billion firm order with Embraer Executive Jets for 64 of the Praetor mid-and super midsized aircraft and Phenom 300 light jets.

Embraer Executive Jets President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Amalfitano and Flexjet Chief Executive Officer Michael Silvestro made the announcement at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas.

Silvestro said the first Praetor 500 will enter its fleet in the next several weeks. He said Flexjet will announce at EBACE next year details on which aircraft will be based in Europe.

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