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.
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.
The Berkshire Hathaway fractional jet operator affirmed it does not need government aid
In a letter to NetJets owners sent earlier today, its president Patrick Gallagher outlined company plans due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. He said business has been “down significantly.”
Gallagher told customers via email, “…This pandemic is affecting our business to a greater extent than any event since we were founded in May 1964.”
Argus Traqpak has published its list of the largest private jet rental operators in the U.S. based on 2019 flight activity
Part 135 flights declined 0.6% while flight hours fell by 1.4% in 2019
The report highlights the fragmented nature of private jet charter with the top 25 companies only accounting for one-third of flight hours
Gama Aviation Signature remains the dominant player in Part 135 private jet charter, according to a recap of 2019 activity by Argus Traqpak.
With 103,096 flight hours, it saw a 13% increase compared to 2018, despite an overall decline in the market for commercial private aircraft charter rentals.
Overall, Part 135 flying decreased by 0.6% in flights and 1.4% by flight hours on a year-over-year basis.
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