Increasing COVID-19 Coronavirus restrictions in Europe likely to impact private jet availability

Private Jet Coronavirus Europe

As airlines reduce flights, it will become more difficult to position pilots on short notice

Like with the airlines, drop in demand due to Coronavirus restrictions is leading some private jet operators to ground aircraft

Both London City Airport and London Heliport have closed for normal private aviation flights

NetJets, VistaJet affirm continued operations in Europe and worldwide

Booking a private jet charter flight in Europe may become more difficult in the coming weeks, especially on short notice. That’s the consensus of several executives from private jet operators and charter brokers who spoke to us. The silver lining is, it’s not a problem yet.

A story last week in Aviation International News was headlined, “BBGA Expects Full Bizav Fleet Grounding Soon in UK.”

Private Jet Charter: If the price is too good to be true, it might be

The recent JetLux indictment alleging over $2 million in credit card fraud may have been enabled by bargain hunting customers

Private jet charter brokers are often harangued for not having to disclose their mark-ups. The assertion is they are charging whatever the market will support, and savvy customers can negotiate better deals.

Several websites have launched in recent years connecting consumers directly with jet operators, ostensibly cutting out the middleman or at least the commissions. They claim to offer wholesale pricing making money via membership fees.

Of course, if you use them, you need to be experienced enough to know what questions you should be asking the operators to ferret out the flowers from the weeds.

Deadly Charter Flights: An industry group is expressing concern about illegal charters a week after a troubling report on a 2017 Learjet crash

Private jet charter pricing

Football star Emiliano Sala’s death when the Piper Malibu he was flying crashed is raising safety issues days after a report cited pilot qualifications in a 2017 Learjet crash in the U.S.

A letter sent today by BACA, The Air Charter Association (of Europe), to its members is highlighting safety concerns in the sometimes murky world of private jet charter, which includes piston and turboprop aircraft in addition to jets.

This comes days after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said both pilots in the May 15, 2017 crash of a Learjet 35A during its approach to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey failed to follow company standard operating procedures. Both pilots died and there were no passengers onboard.

Teterboro crash pilot not qualified

After the death of Sala, here are the questions you should ask about your private charter pilots

Private Jet Safety

The crash that killed European soccer star Emiliano Sala and lack of regulation for brokers is putting qualifications of private jet pilots in the spotlight

As reports started to surface that the pilot who flew the doomed flight of soccer star Emiliano Sala might not have been qualified, it made me wonder, how can this happen? Here’s a professional athlete making millions of dollars on a private charter being flown at night, in poor conditions, by somebody who may not have had the experience needed for that trip, on an aircraft that was probably not ideal for that time and place.

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