The two largest players in fractional ownership of private jets saw significant growth in 2019
NetJets and Flexjet, the two largest players in the fractional ownership market, both recorded strong performances in 2019, measured by flight hours.
According to data released by Argus Traqpak, for the total fractional market, flights and flight hours grew 5.9% and 7.9% respectively, when compared to 2018.
Flexjet House in London’s Mayfair comes in advance of its
planned European expansion
Flexjet LLC last night marked the opening of Flexjet House, a global experience center and office in London’s Mayfair district, for what the company called “an integral step in Flexjet’s European expansion.”
At the same time, Flexjet announced Marine Eugène, former head of sales in Europe for NetJets, has joined its team as European Managing Director. Travel to, from and within Europe jumped 44% this year.
In a press release, it noted, “Eugène is among an increasing number of former NetJets executives deciding to join Flexjet in its reinvention of the private aviation industry.”
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Fractional ownership and leases sit between full ownership and jet cards or on-demand charter in the hierarchy of private aviation solutions
How does it work, what are the costs, and when you should consider fractional ownership and leases?
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Having read and reviewed dozens of articles that cover fractional aircraft ownership, I find many of them somewhat misinformed. The typical approach is to espouse fractional ownership as the ideal solution if your annual flying ranges between 50 and 400 hours.
Said articles recommend full ownership if you fly more than 400 hours, jet cards for 25 to 50 hours, and on-demand charter for less than 25 hours of flying.
I don’t want to say these generalizations are wrong. They’re just overly simplistic and can lead you to make a decision that might not be the best fit.
The Atlanta-based operator of Eclipse 550 and Cirrus SR22 aircraft sells jet cards, shares, and leases and had also been operating in South Florida. Its CEO Jamail Larkins had been tabbed as a rising star of business aviation
Ascension Air, an operator at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport near Atlanta, Georgia, is facing serious complaints from customers and a pending lawsuit charging racketeering. It had also been operating at Ft. Lauderdale Executive.
The company has been selling jet cards, timeshares and leases on Eclipse 550 and Cirrus SR22 aircraft. Its website is still active, however, phone lines yesterday returned a message they were temporarily out of service, and customers said they hadn’t been able to get in touch with the provider.
As of this afternoon, the phone lines were being answered via voicemail. Private Jet Card Comparisons started its investigation after being contacted by a customer of Ascension who said he was not able to get a response.
The third largest
fractional share provider is putting a push into the jet age
While the popular single-engine Pilatus PC-12 has powered PlaneSense to a position as the third largest fractional share and lease operator in North America, its twin jet brother the PC-24 will likely push the company’s primary service area further west, probably at some point the Pacific Ocean. That day is likely getting loser with the arrival of its second PC-24 which the company said was delivered today.