Fractional share operator PlaneSense has taken delivery of its 75th Pilatus PC-12 turboprop 26 years after receiving its first of the Swiss-made single-engine turboprops in 1995
PlaneSense, Inc. recently took delivery of its 75th Pilatus PC-12. Its fleet of Swiss-made single-engine turboprops will reach 38 aircraft by the end of 2021. Six more were ordered for 2022.
PlaneSense fractional owners will no longer need to pay ferry fees to fly in the Western U.S. on its Pilatus PC-12 program
While PlaneSense fractional shareowners have always been able to fly to and from the Western U.S., they will no longer pay ferry fees for the Pilatus PC-12.
Despite consolidation, the 25 largest Part 135 and 91K operators account for only 25% of the U.S. private jet market
Why you won’t find Wheels Up when you look at lists of private aviation operators
Sizing the U.S. private jet market between Part 91, Part 91K fractional and Part 135 charter operators
8 of the 10 largest companies are led by the founder or family member
Here’s a big difference between the private jet market and the airlines. Just 10 airlines account for 90% of the domestic market for scheduled passenger traffic. Four companies – Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines – are responsible for two-thirds of U.S. flights.
Despite consolidation, business aviation remains fragmented. An analysis by Private Jet Card Comparisons of various reports from Argus TRAQPak and other data shows the 25 largest operators of charter and fractional fleets together account for just 25% of all U.S. flying.
The single engine turboprop was the most flown private
aircraft last year
Last year, there were more flights on the Pilatus PC-12 than any other private aircraft in any category, according to data published by TRAQPak. In its survey of most used airplanes, the single-engine turboprop recorded 233, 676 flights, some 612 segments per day. Both Nicholas Air and OneFlight International offer the winner in their jet card programs. PlaneSense, which doesn’t sell jet cards, features the PC-12 in its fractional fleet, while Surf Air uses the type for its by-the-seat shuttle flights on the West Coast.