There are over 40 jet card providers offering more than 250 programs, and there are some significant differences and not just in price
In this article, I want to explain the differences in how aircraft for various jet card programs are sourced. Of the subscribers to Private Jet Card Comparisons, I estimate about 75% are flying via on-demand charter, but after getting tired of the work it takes for each trip to compare quotes, quality of providers and varying charter terms, they are seeking an easier solution but don’t necessarily want the long-term commitment of leases and fractional shares, hence jet cards. The benefit of jet card programs is once you choose the right program, arranging your flight is generally one phone call or can even be handled online or through an app. Of course, finding the right provider and program takes a bit of work. We’ve identified over 65 places that the card programs vary, which depending on your flying needs can be critical or incidental.
Following Directional Aviation’s announcement last week that it had acquired U.K.-based charter broker PrivateFly, its Flexjet subsidiary announced strong growth numbers
Flexjet LLC, a leading provider of fractional jet shares, leases, and jet cards said for the first half of 2018 fractional and lease sales increased 17% over the same period in 2017. The company said new business grew even more strongly, expanding by 76% year over year. More than half – 57% – of new customers came through referrals.
After the announcement that Kenn Ricci’s Directional Aviation had acquired PrivateFly, we had some questions, and here are the answers
After Wednesday’s announcement that Directional Aviation’s OneSky LLC was adding PrivateFly to Flexjet, Sentient Jet and Skyjet, Private Jet Card Comparisons emailed some additional questions. Below are the answers collectively from PrivateFly co-founders Adam Twidell and Carol Cork, as well as Andrew Collins, the President of OneSky’s on-demand private jet charter organization Skyjet in addition to jet card provider Sentient Jet.
NetJets is the largest operator of private jets in the world, but it doesn’t offer all of its aircraft types in jet cards. Which one is next?
NetJets has previously said the jet card flying accounts for about 20% of flights with its core business of fractional shares and leases taking up the lion’s share. Currently, it has five jet specific cards covering light, midsize, super midsize and large private jets, a combination card that enables buyers to split time between two types, a cross-country card and an Elite card, which includes FET and fuel surcharges in pricing. There are no turboprops in the NetJets fleet, but it has a number of aircraft not in the jet card programs.
Flexjet has been a leader in fractional shares and offers two attractive jet card programs, and is now bulking up its lifestyle partnerships
Flexjet has been a style leader in the private aviation category with its owner-like designed cabin interiors, part of its Red Label Collection, as well as rolling out its own dedicated private jet terminals. Now it is helping its customers style up as well via a new partnership with one of Italy’s most respected men’s fashion houses, ISAIA.