flyExclusive appoints Yates as COO

Fly Exclusive Donn Yates

The private jet operator has appointed Air Force veteran Col. Donn Yates to its leadership team

flyExclusive today announced that it is expanding its leadership team with the addition of Col. Donn Yates to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Yates will use his experience from more than 28 years in the United States Air Force to optimize fleet operations and logistics for flyExclusive as the company continues its growth as one of the largest private charter operators in the U.S., according to a press release.

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.

FlyExclusive adds Europe, Hawaii, and Alaska

Fly Exclusive Donn Yates

After launching a Jet Card program in April, the company is now adding a long-haul Gulfstream GIV-SP on-demand charter option

Plans call for a large-cabin, fixed-rate Jet Card program by year’s end

LGM Enterprises, the parent company of flyExclusive, said it has launched flyExclusive International. The move adds on-demand, long-range global service to its growing portfolio private jet charter and jet card options.

Flyers can now travel to Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, and other points. Customers will have access to Gulfstream GIV-SP aircraft with seating capacity for up to 16 passengers.

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.

Private Jet Fractional and Charter travel off to a strong start for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day private jet travel

Comparing Argus private jet flying from this year to Memorial Day 2019 shows the strongest rebound data yet

Expectations that private jet travel will lead the recovery of air travel continued at the start of this holiday weekend.

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