Private jet charter flights set a record high in March

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Part 135 private jet charter operators recorded 104,000 flights in March, a record high, according to Argus Traqpak

March came in like a lion and left with a roar for North American private jet charter operators.

Private jet charter brokers must offer refunds when not disclosing operator

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If your jet charter broker doesn’t provide the operator when you sign the charter contract, you are entitled to a refund when that information is given

The U.S. Transportation Department has clarified the now two-year-old rules covering disclosures required by private jet charter brokers. The response to an inquiry by the National Business Aviation Association underscores consumer rights. At the same time, it affirms brokers are allowed to contract with consumers before securing an operator.

Biggest Private Jet Operators of 2020 led by NetJets, Flexjet, Wheels Up and Vista Global

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NetJets stayed firmly in the top spot among U.S. private jet operators as Wheels Up zoomed from 11th to 3rd place, while Flexjet, Vista Global, and Jet Linx each made gains

Charter (Part 135) and Fractional Operator (Part 91k) flights accounted for 52.5% of total U.S. private aviation flight hours, pushing Part 91 flying below the half-century mark for the first time, according to Argus TRAQPak data dating back to 2007

The 10 largest U.S. charter and fractional operators accounted for 44.3% of Part 91k/135 activity and 23.2% of total business aviation flight hours

TRAQPak’s 2021 forecast indicates full recovery tilted towards second-half

The takeaways from the 2020 Argus TRAQPak annual review of private jet activity in the U.S. underscores two key trends: Consolidation and acceleration of what has a nearly decade-long move from full private jet ownership to fractional shares, leases, jet cards, and on-demand charter. Looking ahead, Argus analysts don’t expect the total industry to return to pre-COVID-19 numbers until the second half of 2021.

Biden’s mask mandate may extend to private jet charter flights

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President Biden’s Executive Order promoting COVID-19 safety for air travel could impact private jet charter and jet card flights

President Joseph R. Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel could end up including private jet charter and jet card flights.

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