As private jet flights continue their COVID-19 rebound, the routes are changing

While private jet traffic is at 74% of 2019 levels compared to 15% for the airlines, inside the numbers are big differences

The rebound of private jet travel from the depths of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has been one of the very few bright spots across the travel industry.

While data from the TSA shows passenger levels for the airlines are still off by around 85%, private jet flights have recovered to 74% of 2019 levels, according to WingX.

Magellan Jets adds pay-as-you-go options, fine-tunes jet card offering

Magellan Jets

The jet card broker is following the trend to attract new fliers by lowering the price of entry

A year after relaunching its jet card program under the Elevate brand, Boston-based Magellan Jets is doing away with the name, keeping many of the good changes, and seemingly adding more. It’s also launching two pay-as-you-go membership options.

FAA clears Jem Air Holdings of illegal charter allegations

Illegal charter

After proposing a $220,000 fine against the Part 135 charter operator in April, the Federal Aviation Administration has said its actions are “no longer warranted”

The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared Raleigh, North Carolina-based Jem Air Holdings, LLC. The update comes just weeks after alleging it operated multiple illegal charters.

FlyExclusive adds Europe, Hawaii, and Alaska

Fly Exclusive Gulfstream GIV-SP

After launching a Jet Card program in April, the company is now adding a long-haul Gulfstream GIV-SP on-demand charter option

Plans call for a large-cabin, fixed-rate Jet Card program by year’s end

LGM Enterprises, the parent company of flyExclusive, said it has launched flyExclusive International. The move adds on-demand, long-range global service to its growing portfolio private jet charter and jet card options.

Flyers can now travel to Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, and other points. Customers will have access to Gulfstream GIV-SP aircraft with seating capacity for up to 16 passengers.

Kobe Bryant helicopter firm, Private Jet charter operator fined in April for illegal flights, gain CARES Act funding

Island Express Helicopters and Jem Air Holdings received $603,838 and $158,775, respectively, from the Treasury Department

Island Express Helicopters, the operator of the charter flight that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, including the pilot, on Jan. 26, 2020, received $603,838 in funding as part of the CARES Act, according to a list published over the weekend by the Department of the Treasury.

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