Jet cards are the easy way to charter private aircraft. With programs starting at five hours and ranging to over 100 hours, a jet card is as close as you can get to Uber for private jets
After the Great Recession, individuals and companies were less interested in committing to either buy new planes or the three to five years fractional ownership entails. Some companies wanted to keep their private travel habits off their financial statements while in other cases as business picked up they needed some additional lift but didn’t want to add another aircraft to their fleet. Like cars in a driveway, for families, one isn’t enough, and many jet card program allow multiple same time usage. Problem solved!
The two luxury providers partnered for private jet and luxury stay trips last year featuring Jackson Hole, Hawaii, Italy and France
Four Seasons has for a while had its toes dipped into private aviation with its Four Seasons-branded Boeing 757 it uses for air cruises to various parts of the world, of course using its hotels and resorts and bases for various experiences. For these trips, you buy your spot by the seat and share the plane with other guests. Last October, it partnered with NetJets to create private jet vacations featuring its resorts in Hawaii, Jackson Hotel, the South of France and hotels in Paris, Milan and Florence.
From the Citation Excel/XLS to the Gulfstream G450 if you think NetJets is just for fractional ownership and leases think again
Go to the NetJets website and you might be surprised at how little information you find about specific programs, particularly its jet card programs. While there is a nice directory of the various aircraft types that make up its 700 strong fleet of private jets, the wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway publishes the fewest details we’ve seen from any jet card seller. Yesterday, we talked extensively with executive vice president Pat Gallagher about the company’s programs.
Flexjet’s new terminal will be dedicated for its fractional shareowners, program and jet card members. Dallas Love Field is one of the busiest private aviation airports in the U.S.
When a private jet is not enough, you need a private jet terminal. While FBOs – the industry term for private jet terminals – are a world away from commercial airline terminals, at busy airports during peak times and weather disruptions, yes they can get crowded. Flexjet LLC, today announced the relocation of its Dallas operations to the Braniff Centre, a 26-acre redevelopment project on Dallas Love Field (ICAO: KDAL) creating a private terminal exclusive to its customers..