PrivateFly, JetSuite, JSX, GlobeAir share Covid-19 private jet rescue flight stories

Coronavirus private jet travel

As the airlines cancel thousands of flights and suspend key routes, private aviation companies are sharing tales from the front lines

Repatriation flights by private aviation companies are bringing stranded travelers home

With airline schedules and operations in disarray, private aviation providers are filling the gap, getting repatriating citizens home safely.

Earlier today, Austria-based GlobeAir said it had repatriated 26 passengers. The travelers were mostly departing from France, Switzerland, and Spain trying to reach Switzerland, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The company uses Cessna Citation Mustangs that seat up to four passengers.

JetSuite sibling JSX, Air Partner highlight private corporate shuttles as COVID-19 Coronavirus cuts airline service

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Corporate shuttles have long been a staple of business aviation, but now are serving a more critical purpose

Major companies around the world have long chartered aircraft to operate corporate shuttles. The shuttles typically operate on a schedule, many times between company locations where there is a lack of nonstop airline flights.

Types of aircraft used vary from traditional private jets to regional airliners converted into an executive cabin. Some companies have even operated these types of shuttles on transoceanic routes.

JetSuite’s Chung named to 2020 Ebony Power 100 List

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JetSuite president Stephanie Chung has been recognized as a trailblazer in Ebony Magazine’s annual power list awards

Stephanie Chung, the president of JetSuite, has been named to the 2020 Ebony Magazine 2020 Power 100 List.

The first African-American female to lead a major private aviation company, Chung was named as one of the magazine’s Trailblazers.

The annual list included Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes, power couple John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen, and CBS host Gayle King among others.

JetSuite’s JSX adds Reno flights

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The scheduled by-the-seat flights cut travel time in half by using private jet facilities

Having recently added Phoenix, Seattle, and Portland, JSX is now adding back Reno, Nevada to the fast-growing.

Beginning May 8 JSX will serve Reno from both Las Vegas and Burbank with fares starting as low as $119.

Surf Air buys online private aviation marketplace BlackBird Air; Creates Surf Air Mobility Corporation

Surf Air acquires BlackBird

The new entity wants to ‘transform’ the 50-to-400-mile mobility market

50% of all flights are under 500 miles, it says

BlackBird was recently under FAA scrutiny

Surf Air has been trying to fly past liquidation of its European arm, a lawsuit with a former operator and IRS tax lien

Plans call for phasing out the BlackBird Air name

Los Angeles-based Surf Air said it has acquired BlackBird Air, an online aviation marketplace that has been under scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Authority.

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