Biggest Private Jet Operators of 2020 led by NetJets, Flexjet, Wheels Up and Vista Global

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NetJets stayed firmly in the top spot among U.S. private jet operators as Wheels Up zoomed from 11th to 3rd place, while Flexjet, Vista Global, and Jet Linx each made gains

Charter (Part 135) and Fractional Operator (Part 91k) flights accounted for 52.5% of total U.S. private aviation flight hours, pushing Part 91 flying below the half-century mark for the first time, according to Argus TRAQPak data dating back to 2007

The 10 largest U.S. charter and fractional operators accounted for 44.3% of Part 91k/135 activity and 23.2% of total business aviation flight hours

TRAQPak’s 2021 forecast indicates full recovery tilted towards second-half

The takeaways from the 2020 Argus TRAQPak annual review of private jet activity in the U.S. underscores two key trends: Consolidation and acceleration of what has a nearly decade-long move from full private jet ownership to fractional shares, leases, jet cards, and on-demand charter. Looking ahead, Argus analysts don’t expect the total industry to return to pre-COVID-19 numbers until the second half of 2021.

Biggest Part 135 private jet charter companies for 2020 ranked

Largest private jet charter operators 2020

Argus TRAQPak’s list of the largest U.S. private jet charter operators highlights the active mergers and acquisitions market

Argus TRAQPak’s list of the 25 largest U.S. Part 135 private jet operators ranked by flight hours highlights the industry’s frenetic merger and acquisition activity. Ten of the private jet charter operators were involved in transactions. Part 135 includes on-demand and jet card flights

Major private jet operators apply for Payroll Support Program Extension Payments

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, authorizes the Treasury Department to provide up to $16 billion of payroll support to aviation providers. So far over 500 have applied

The U.S. Treasury Department has revealed the list of aviation providers who have applied for the $16 billion allocated for industry workers’ payroll support.

CARES Act 2: New COVID relief should be open to private aviation

CARES Act 2 private aviation

Private jet operators should be able to tap into the estimated in $15 billion in air carrier support

The newest legislation to provide ongoing COVID-19 relief is estimated to have $15 billion for the airlines. According to a spokesperson for the National Business Aviation Association, that should incorporate Part 135 private jet operators and other companies related to business aviation.

(Updated Dec. 22 @ 7:22 am – A full copy of the HR 133 –  Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, can be downloaded at the end of this story.)

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