There are over 40 jet card providers offering more than 250 programs, and there are some significant differences and not just in price
In this article, I want to explain the differences in how aircraft for various jet card programs are sourced. Of the subscribers to Private Jet Card Comparisons, I estimate about 75% are flying via on-demand charter, but after getting tired of the work it takes for each trip to compare quotes, quality of providers and varying charter terms, they are seeking an easier solution but don’t necessarily want the long-term commitment of leases and fractional shares, hence jet cards. The benefit of jet card programs is once you choose the right program, arranging your flight is generally one phone call or can even be handled online or through an app. Of course, finding the right provider and program takes a bit of work. We’ve identified over 65 places that the card programs vary, which depending on your flying needs can be critical or incidental.
Year over year flight activity (August 2017 vs. August 2016) from TRAQPak data indicates that August 2017 posted a significant increase, up 5.2%. The results by operational category were all positive with Part 135 recording a substantial yearly change, up 10.9%, Fractional activity recorded a rise of 7.0% and Part 91 activity increased 0.9%. The aircraft categories were all positive as well with large & light jets posting the largest gains, up 7.2% & 5.5% respectively. Mid-size jets and turboprops recorded gains of 4.8% & 4.5% in that order.
XOJET and JetSuite have the busiest fleets of any private jet membership programs
The Top 20 Part 135 charter operators by blight hours averaged 448 hours of flying per aircraft compared to the 3,000 to 4,000 hours per year commercial airliners fly, based on the 2016 hours flown and fleet size as reported by ARGUS.