Let’s make a deal. The private jet M&A market is hot, but not without risks

Private aviation M&A

Vista Global’s deal yesterday with Red Wing that brings it 15 light jets to XOJET is the latest and doesn’t look to be the last

In just over 3 years, we’ve tracked over 50 deals, fundraises, launches, and bankruptcies

The COVID-19 crisis may be bringing the already simmering mergers and acquisitions market for private jet operators and brokers back to a boil.

Who’s offering buy now, fly FET-free jet card discounts for 2021 and beyond

aircraft specific jet cards

Here’s an updated listed of the jet card sellers that are offering future tax savings if you buy a jet card before the end of the year

Well, more and more private jet card sellers are concluding that if you buy a jet card before the end of the year, your funds will fly you tax-free in 2021 and beyond – either until your card or the funds expire.

Modern Luxury spotlights Nicholas Air in key markets

Nicholas Air expansion plans

The luxury magazine spotlighted its founder and CEO, Nicholas Correnti, telling the story of Nicholas Air

In case you didn’t know, there is a real Nicholas behind Nicholas Air, October issues of Modern Luxury show the man behind the name. The Part 135 owned-fleet operator gets its brand from its founder and CEO, Nicholas Correnti. It’s one of the revelations in the publisher’s city magazines in Aspen, Austin, Boston, Dallas, and Palm Beach.

Buy now Jet Card offers to save the 7.5% FET in 2021 are not created equal

FAQs: Aviation Excise Tax Holiday under the CARES Act

Guidance from the IRS infers if you buy a Jet Card now, you can save the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax for flights next year, maybe

(Updated Oct. 23, 2020) Get ready for a possible flood of email offers from private jet companies. The offer is to buy a jet card now for flights in 2021 and beyond. The goal is to save the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax for those post-New Year’s trips.

As part of the CARES Act, the collection of the tax is suspended through Dec. 31, 2020. Unless new legislation is put into place, it will snap back into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. The tax applies to domestic flights and those that begin or end within 225-miles of the Canadian and Mexican borders.

Magellan Jets offers FET-free jet cards for 2021 and beyond

Magellan Jets

Jet card broker Magellan Jets is promoting tax-free private jet flights after the CARES Act tax holiday expires at the end of 2020.

Jet card broker Magellan Jets is wading into what could be a hot topic for the rest of the year.

Can you save the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax on jet card charter flights in 2021 if you buy before the end of the year? As part of the CARES Act, the collection of the tax is suspended through Dec. 31, 2020. Unless new legislation is put into place, it will go back into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

Nicholas Air adds two new Phenom 300Es to its fleet

Nicholas Air Embraer Phenom 300E

The private jet operator is investing $21 million by acquiring two of the best-selling Embraer light jets

In the most recent sign that demand for private flights is bouncing back, Nicholas Air says it is adding two new from manufacturer Embraer Phenom 300Es to its fleet.

The company says the move is based on current and future demand. Flight hours for this month are already at 120% of 2019 levels with five days left to go.

Memorial Day weekend fractional and charter private jet flights surged to 58% of 2019 levels

While airline passenger counts stayed at just 12% of last year’s holiday weekend, the private jet travel rebound continued

From the Wednesday prior to Memorial Day through Tuesday, the number of passengers who passed through TSA checkpoints hovered at just 12% of 2019 levels.

During the same period, fractional and charter operator flights surged to 58% of 2019 levels, continuing an upward trek. The data from Argus affirmed the rebound for private jet operators, which just last month had seen flying drop to just 20% of last year’s level as the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders ground travel to a virtual halt.

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