An industry veteran believes the human touch in crowdsourcing private jet flights will attract more first-timers in a COVID-19 world
Private jet travel has bounced back faster than any other travel segment during the COVID-19 pandemic, driven by new-to-market flyers seeking to reduce exposure to the virus. A typical private jet flight has less than 20 points of contact versus over 700 when you fly with the airlines.
Skippy Air Charter is proposing to begin shared flight memberships between Melbourne and Sydney later this year
A Melbourne, Australia-based private jet charter company, Skippy Air Charter, is looking to offer shared private flight memberships for weekly trips to Sydney.
Six-month Corporate X Memberships provide one roundtrip seat per week between the two cities. Aircraft will include eight seats in a club configuration, onboard galley, flight attendant, and toilet facilities. The shuttle will use private lounges, enabling members to avoid security lines, large terminals, and crowded airliners.
As private jet travel attracts price-sensitive newcomers, illegal charters with unqualified pilots and aircraft are creating new dangers
“We’ve just got done with a case..The PIC (Pilot-in-Charge) was not typed in the aircraft and the SIC (Second Officer-in-Charge) was a student pilot with less than 50 hours. That’s one of the most unsafe things I’ve seen. This stuff goes on. It happens.”
– FAA Inspector
Back in 2016, I was visiting the headquarters of Jet Linx Aviation in Omaha, Nebraska. Walking with its CEO Jamie Walker between a series of meetings, he suggested I write about illegal charters. He said it was a subject he didn’t think was getting enough attention.
More than 1,000 TSA agents have tested positive for COVID-19, and 6 have died from the Coronavirus
TSA federal security director Jay Brainard filed a whistleblower complaint in June on how his own agency had failed to implement key safety measures to protect agents and passengers
Consumer Reports is petitioning DOT Secretary Chao to make COVID-19 safety standards mandatory for airlines and airports
As private jet travel increased 5% year-over-year during the July 4th holiday period, airlines, airport authorities, and the federal government are giving you more reasons to fly privately.
I have no doubt whatsoever that our people became Typhoid Marys and contributed to the spread of that virus because TSA senior leadership did not make sure (screeners) were adequately protected
– Jay Brainard, TSA director and whistleblower
That’s if you need any. A study first published by Private Jet Card Comparisons on March 11, showed that potential contact points for contracting the COVID-19 Coronavirus are 30 times lower when flying privately.
Both existing and new private aviation users are expected to boost the recovery of business aviation. However, they are facing a myriad of new Coronavirus induced issues to deal with
There are signs that private jets will be on the leading edge of business recovery.
Speaking at Corporate Jet Investor’sweekly town hall meeting, Andrew Collins, CEO of Directional Aviation’s Sentient Jet said bookings to cancelations are now running about 10-to-1. It’s a sea change from earlier this month when daily cancelations were outstripping new reservations.
The fast-growing scheduled executive jet service which uses private jet terminals only start Phoenix flights last year
JetSuite, Inc’s JSX is expanding again. Recently it announced flights from Boeing Field in Seattle to Portland, Oregon. Now it’s adding a fourth route from Phoenix, a destination that just came online last year.
Flights from the Valley of the Sun to John Wayne Airport in Orange County begin March 3 supplementing Las Vegas, Burbank, and Oakland.