From SPACs to COVID, Brexit and lawsuits, a Bear’s view of private jet trends

Corporate Jet Investor Town Hall

The former CEO of the Air Charter Association says rosy talk about a private jet boom doesn’t match reality

If you work in private aviation, you might want to leave that bottle of champagne on ice. Former Air Charter Association boss David Edwards says it’s too early to pop the cork despite the tsunami of positive media reports and press releases.

Florida private jet flights surge, Texas drops

Florida private jet flights surge in February 2020

Private jet activity in the U.S. reached 93% of 2020 levels during the first three weeks of a weather impacted February.

NBAA urges Yellen to expedite payroll support for private jet operators

private jet payroll support

While major airlines have already received Payroll Support Program (PSP) commitments, private aviation operators are still waiting

The National Business Aviation Association has joined the Helicopter Association International, National Air Carrier Association, National Air Transportation Association, and the Regional Airline Association, urging U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to expedite assistance for commercial general aviation and regional air carrier operators.

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

NetJets Flexjet

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.

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