The two largest players in fractional ownership of private jets saw significant growth in 2019
NetJets and Flexjet, the two largest players in the fractional ownership market, both recorded strong performances in 2019, measured by flight hours.
According to data released by Argus Traqpak, for the total fractional market, flights and flight hours grew 5.9% and 7.9% respectively, when compared to 2018.
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Jet card and charter operator JetSuite is adding Phenom 300s, paring down its Phenom 100 fleet, and is planning to add at least another type
JetSuite and its sister company JSX are projected to have more than 100 aircraft by 2023
The revamped SuiteKey jet card program with fixed-rates and guaranteed availability is attracting national demand, says president Stephanie Chung
As Dallas-based JetSuite makes the turn into its second decade, its president Stephanie Chung says after a year on the job, she is ready to help lead the company into a future that looks to be focused on larger aircraft. It means paring down the Embraer Phenom 100 that helped launch the company. It recently stopped accepting new members and renewals for the type.
Chung said, “Our immediate goal is to become a dominant provider in the U.S. and to accomplish this, we will continue to add more 300s, as well as gradually lessen our footprint within the very light jet space.”
The privately-owned operator offers several jet card options across its fleet
Mississippi-based Nicholas Air is adding range to its jet card fleet with at least one Bombardier Challenger 300. The company already operates the Citation Latitude, Phenom 300, Citation CJ3, Phenom 100 and Pilatus PC-12.
The move adds about 500 miles to the nonstop range of the Nicholas Air fleet. According to Conklin & de Decker, The Challenger 300 has a range of 3,527 miles at capacity and 3,843 miles with four passengers. Nex up is the Latitude’s range of 2,825 and 3,302 miles, respectively.
The fractional operator sells shares on its Pilatus PC-12
and now expanding PC-24 fleet
While most people would probably know the nation’s two biggest fractional operators are NetJets and Flexjet, they might be hard-pressed to name number three. That would be New Hampshire-based PlaneSense. And while the two leaders battle it out with Gulfstream G650s and the Global Express, PlaneSense continues to pursue the short to mid-range flight market. Today it announced it has taken delivery of its third Pilatus PC-24, a twin-jet with a range of 2,000 nautical miles, and a takeoff distance of just 2,930 feet, including gravel and grass runways.