When you charter on-demand, buy a full aircraft or fractional share, you buy a specific aircraft type. What about jet card membership programs?
In case you haven’t noticed, most jet card programs specify cabin size, then fulfill your needs from a variety of aircraft types in that cabin category. In some cases that’s because you are buying your jet card from a management company and they are clustering all of the aircraft in that cabin size category together. In other cases, it’s a broker program that is sourcing aircraft from charter operators, including management companies and fleet operators. You’ll often see a range of seating for the aircraft that apply to that category, so in the SuperMid category you could get a jet that fits eight people one time and 10 the next. In Large Cabin jets it’s not unusual to see a range of 10 to 14 seats.
When flying by private jet, one noticeable difference from flying in a commercial airliner is a lack of headroom. The height of the cabin in the aisle of a Boeing 737 is about 7 feet, 2 inches. The average height of a man is 5 feet, 9 inches while a woman is 5 feet, 4 inches. Out of 112 business jets Private Jet Card Comparisons analyzed, 67 had a height where the average man would need to duck with 37 private jets being the same for women.
Confidence in the economy and business led by President Donald Trump’s approach to commerce is powering a spike in interest in pre-owned private jets, according to Daniel Jennings, President of The Private Jet Company (TPJC).
On-demand charter broker Victor recently released the 10 types of aircraft its U.S.- based customers chartered most often in 2016. According to the release, the 14-passenger Gulfstream IV was the most popular, followed by the Hawker 800XP and Embraer’s Phenom 300.
Business aviation continued its growth in 2016, according to ARGUS TraqPAK. Total business private aviation flights increased to 2,948,708 in 2016 from 2,858,445 in 2015, a 3.2% gain. Flight activity grew in 11 of 12 month during the year. The biggest increase was in large cabin planes with a 6% jump. Gulfstream G-IV airplanes saw the largest increase.