Private jet options to avoid the September British Airways strike

Three new private jet charter programs may come in handy during the expected strikes by British Airways pilots next month

The strikes fall during the Cannes and Monaco Yacht Shows

For travelers who have to get to or from London, or whose travel plans would entail a connection using British Airways through London are probably thinking about Plan B options about now. Current strike dates by the pilots are set for Sept. 9, 10, and 27.

The chaos started earlier this week when BA mistakenly emailed some passengers telling them their flights had been canceled. The British flag carrier doesn’t have a particularly ideal record in dealing with disruptions, either via industrial actions, IT meltdowns or extreme weather.

In other words, if you are traveling to or from London, or via London, and you are planning to fly BA, it’s time to think about options. A natural options is just rebooking on other airlines, although as low fares get sold, you may find that only the highest fares are left to buy

How much does a private jet cost?

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While a one-off short flight on a light jet might be had for as little as $5,000, you can also buy a new $70 million ultra-long-haul private jet. We look at the options, including full ownership, fractional shares and leases, jet cards and on-demand charter

The cost of a private jet varies widely, from owning an entire aircraft to chartering on-demand. But what are the options?

Fractional ownership and leases, as well as jet cards, have become a popular middle ground, providing convenience and consistent experience in many ways offering the best of either full ownership or on-demand charter.

However, figuring out the right solution isn’t necessarily based only on flight hours. Current U.S. tax benefits of full or fractional ownership can tilt the scale in their favor, particularly if most of your flying is for business.

“Jet Card Pricing: 19 Factors That Impact the Cost of Your Private Jet Flight” is a must-read for private aviation consumers

The book, available on Amazon for $24.95, is free to paid subscribers of Private Jet Card Comparisons

 

Jet Cards are the fastest-growing segment of private aviation, with the number of providers and programs having more than doubled since the Great Recession. Buyers are moving to these programs due to the short-term commitment of jet cards, fixed hourly rates provided in advance, guaranteed aircraft availability—meaning travelers can always get an aircraft when needed—and avoidance of ferry fees, the charge to reposition planes. Determining how much to pay for a private aircraft, however, is no easy feat and can vary greatly on where and when you are flying. In “Jet Card Pricing: 19 Factors That Impact the Cost of Your Private Jet Flights,” author and jet card expert, Doug Gollan, guides readers through what to consider when determining which jet card program best suits their needs. 

Examining the case against jet cards

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What’s the best way to charter a private jet? Brokers often say on-demand charter beats jet cards. We look at the case one broker is making.

 

Needless to say, jet cards have been the hot spot of private aviation with the number of providers and programs having more than doubled in the past 10 years. Earlier today we received an email from a charter broker outlining its case against jet cards. Our position – despite our name – is that it’s not a black or white answer, but we were interested to see what the arguments were and to add our thoughts. 

Business Aviation Market Overview July 2018

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A monthly in-depth update on the dynamics of business aviation from new private jets to used jet sales, private jet travel and other valuable insights for anyone who flies privately, including turboprops

 

To help provide a broader market overview beyond jet cards, this article is shared here with permission from AvBuyer.com   At the halfway point in the calendar year, Rollie Vincent, Editor, Market Indicators, assesses the current state and direction of the Business Aviation market.

by Rollie Vincent

As usual, we rely on a healthy combination of data, sprinkled in with a little hearsay, some hype and our own analyses to come up with our best estimates and insights as to where we stand at the halfway point of 2018. Flight utilization continues to increase in the key markets of North America and Europe, a sure and steady indicator of a gradually improving market. Increases Year-over-Year (YoY) in the low- to mid-single digit percentages are welcome developments, growing somewhat faster than the underlying fleet, with newer aircraft leading the pack.