In this Guest Column, Private Jet Card Comparisons has asked James D. Butler, CEO of Shaircraft Solutions LLC to discuss all those year-end promotions. The following was provided by Mr. Butler and is presented in its entirety.
by James D. Butler
It’s the middle of November and holiday decorations already are popping up. Private jet card providers, like many businesses, are pushing to get deals done by the end of the year. Salespersons have their eyes on quotas and bonuses. As a result, they may urge you to, “Buy now to take advantage of end of the year incentives,” while email solicitations encourage potential customers to “Beat the 2018 Price Increases.”
Executive Airshare’s EMBARK jet card program is denominated by days instead of the typical hours
Fractional share and jet card provider Executive AirShare has released an updated app available on the App Store for iOS devices allowing customers of the nation’s third-largest fractional aircraft provider a convenient way to communicate with their pilots and crew prior to each flight. Additionally, shareowners can quickly locate past and future trip itineraries, and view arrival and departure information. The company’s jet card program is branded EMBARK and is based on days and hours instead of the traditional hours metric.
The best way to get the best price and experience is to start planning now
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays are fast approaching, and what it means is that for peak days fractional owners and private jet card members will be on the move. If you are thinking about chartering a private jet, a large portion of the fleet will be active, being used by program members. Jet card and charter seller Magellan Jets has published some helpful tips we are passing along.
The jet card and fractional share seller will provide private jet travel while the luxury hotelier will arrange the ground experiences.
Leading luxury hotelier Four Seasons and NetJets, the world’s largest private jet operator, which sells fractional ownership shares, leases and jet cards, have rolled out three luxury travel experiences spanning from the island of Lanai in Hawaii to a combination ski trip to Aspen and Vail, plus a European itinerary, including Paris, Cap-Ferrat, Milan and Florence.
Long-haul, luxury private jet operator VistaJet is touring one of its Bombardier Global 5000s October 16-23 in the U.S.
VistaJet, which last month secured $150 million in new financing, making it a self-proclaimed Unicorn, a privately held company with a billion-dollar valuation, delivered more good news this morning. For North America, it said new program customers increased three times year-over-year, new program hours increased 146%, flight departures increased by 30%, and program hours increased 210% quarter over quarter. It also noted 45% of program customers who have joined in past 12 months have booked additional hours. As a result, it is increasing its U.S. based fleet by 50%.
GE’s Move To Cut Back Its Own Private Jets May Spur Innovation In The Charter Market
The King is dead. Long live the King. Jeffrey Immelt’s 16-year reign at General Electric is over and new CEO John Flannery will be shepherding a new $2 billion cost-cutting plan. One of the casualties will be GE’s corporate flight department.
In addition to selling fractional shares and jet cards, NetJets has made a mark via its strong presence in the professional golf market
Private jet fractional share and jet card provider NetJets has extended its contract as the Official Private Jet Provider of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions. The agreement solidifies a partnership between NetJets Inc. and the TOUR through 2022, providing flights, marketing support and charitable contributions to assist the PGA TOUR, tournaments, and players around the world, according to a press release issued by the two entities.