From long-range private jets to single-engine turboprops, new data reveals the most-used private aircraft for 2019
The most popular private jet in the U.S. for 2019 wasn’t a jet.
The Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop was the most popular private aircraft clocking 244,217 flights in 2019, according to Argus Traqpak.
Business Jet delivers reached their highest total since 2009, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Many of the new aircraft will find their way to both fleet and fractional operators providing access to shareowners and jet card customers
Glory days, well, they’ll pass you by
Glory days, in the wink of a young girl’s eye– Bruce Springstein
No doubt, many of those involved in manufacturing private jets recall fondly 2008. That’s when the industry delivered 1,317 new business jets. It was an increase from 2007’s then-record mark of 1,137 new private jets delivered. That busted the 2006 numbers, also a then-record of 887 units delivered.
With the Great Recession, deliveries of new private jets dropped to 874 units in 2009, even more to 767 in 2010, then 696 in 2011, before bottoming out in 2012 at 672 aircraft.
It’s the fourth King Air to be painted as part of philanthropic initiatives from Wheels Up Cares
Wheels Up yesterday unveiled a camouflage-painted Beechcraft
King Air 350i aircraft as part of its Wheels Up Cares philanthropic initiative.
The Wheels Up Camouflage Plane has a custom livery that was
created and painted by Textron Aviation Inc. and honors those in the military
who bravely served and continue to serve our country, while benefiting the
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a non-profit organization that
offers compassionate care to those grieving the loss of a military loved one.
The Camouflage Beechcraft King Air 350i will remain
indefinitely in the Wheels Up fleet to serve as a flying symbol of TAPS’ mission.
Light Jet, Large Cabin Jet, Turboprops, or specific types such as the Embraer Phenom 300?
Your guide to finding the perfect cabin category, or private jet (and turboprop) specific Jet Card for your needs
Jet cards are the fastest-growing segment of private jet charter. Over the past decade the number of companies offering jet memberships more than doubled.
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Will any light jet do, or would it be better to have a specific type such as the Embraer Phenom 300?
While there are many variables that separate the over 300 jet cards in the Private Jet Card Comparisons database – over 65 in fact, one difference means a lot to some people and nothing to others.
However, for both types of buyers, choosing the wrong type of program can make for a less than enjoyable experience despite the provider’s overall merits. Figuring it out before you sign can both save you money and make sure the program fits your mission needs.
There are essentially two ways that available aircraft are structured for fixed-rate (and usually guaranteed availability) programs by jet card providers.
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