PlaneSense is launching its first jet fractional share program, but here’s why there will be no jet cards
While New Hampshire based fractional share provider PlaneSense recently moved into the jet age by taking delivery of its first Pilatus PC-24 twin-engine jet, don’t expect the company to begin offering jet cards. Last year, PlaneSense added four Nextant 400XTi jets as a prelude to its first jet fractional program that is being built around the six PC-24s coming online by the end of next year.
The fractional share provider is known for its Pilatus PC-12 fleet of turboprops
Fractional share provider PlaneSense, Inc., received of the world’s first Pilatus PC-24 jet at its headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today. It marks the company’s move into expanded jet products having built its business on the back of the PC-12 turboprop. It also offers the Nextant 400 XTi. PlaneSense is expecting a total of six PC-24 jets by end of 2019, the largest order received by Pilatus in its current order book.
Of more than three million private flights in North America last year, the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 used by Surf Air, Nicholas Air and PlaneSense was the most popular
Turboprops rule! At least when it comes to which makes are the most popular with private flyers. According to just-released research from TRAQPak, there were 226,378 flights with the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 making it not only the most popular aircraft in its category (see below), but also the most favored airplane among Bizav users.
While jet cards maybe hot right now – you can compare over 100 different programs in easy-to-use spreadsheets as a registered user of Private Jet Card Comparisons – the fractional market is still alive and kicking. In addition to NetJets and Flexjet, Nicholas Air and Executive AirShare have built themselves into niche providers. PlaneSense, Inc. at the same time is building its fractional ownership model around the Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12, the staple of fast growing Surf Air and distinctive by the propeller on the nose of the aircraft.