Wheels Up adds long-flight rate cap

Wheels up

Flights between the East Coast and Western U.S. are now capped at $29,995, plus FET

Wheels Up is already leveraging its purchase of Citation X operator Mountain Aviation two weeks ago. It’s rolling out a rate cap on flights between the East Coast and Western U.S.

Research: Domestic terror concerns may boost private jet flights as new flyers vow to continue post-COVID

Private Jet user survey

– 96% of new private jet travelers plan to continue after the pandemic

– 30% of respondents say domestic terror threats may increase their percentage of private flights away from the airlines

– 68% expect to travel internationally despite new COVID-19 requirements that include private jet travelers

A flash survey of subscribers to Private Jet Card Comparisons found nearly 30% may switch some airline flights to private aircraft amidst concerns about more domestic terror threats in the wake of the riots at the Capitol. The research also found despite the COVID-19 testing requirements for anyone entering the U.S., more than two-thirds expect to travel internationally. What’s more, 96% of respondents who had started or restarted flying privately due to the coronavirus say they plan to continue after the pandemic ends.

Air Charter Service predicts more new customers, bankruptcies for 2021

air charter service

Private jet card and on-demand charter broker ACS expects a rebound of business travel, more bookings from travel agents, and instability for the private aviation sector

Air Charter Service has 27 worldwide offices, spanning all six major continents arranging private jet, commercial airliner, and cargo aircraft charters and onboard courier solutions arranging over 23,000 charter flights in a typical year. Recently, Andy Christie, group private jet director, shared his view on the private jet travel outlook in 2021. Below are some highlights.

Charter, jet card flights boost private jet flying in December

Argus

Part 135 jet card and on-demand charter flights reached 96% of pre-COVID levels in December as the overall market rebounded to 86% of 2019 totals

The latest report from Argus TRAQPak showed Part 135 flying – on-demand charters and jet cards – surged in December, just 3.8% off 2019 flight hours.

Holiday flying brings private jet flights to 90% of pre-COVID levels

WingX private jet travel trends

WingX data shows off private aviation’s rebound is still being boosted by holidays and leisure flights

Global private aviation flights in 2020 were down 11% compared to December 2019, according to the latest tracking report from WingX. At its peak of just over 12,000 flights on December 23, the rolling 7-day average daily activity surpassed the previous post-March high point. By contrast, scheduled airline traffic was down by 48% for the month.

Wheels Up acquires private jet operator Mountain Aviation

Wheels Up Mountain Aviation

Wheels Up has acquired Mountain Aviation, the 10th largest U.S. Part 135 private jet operator, adding 59 private aircraft to its fleet

The deal makes Wheels Up the world’s largest Citation X operator and sets it up to be a major player in transcontinental private jet flights

Add Mountain Aviation to the list. After acquiring Delta Private Jets, Gama Aviation Signature, and TMC Jets over the past 19 months, Wheels Up has acquired the 10th largest private jet charter operator in the country.

A look at new Jet Card providers from 2020

New jet cards 2020

These companies launched jet cards and private jet memberships during 2020

Recently, Sentient Jet CEO Andrew Collins told Bloomberg that private jet cards and membership were having a “moment.” Judging by the number of new entrants, the trend is not going unnoticed.

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