Vista Global buys charter broker Apollo Jets, private jet operator Talon Air

Thomas Flohr

XO and VistaJet parent Vista Global Holding is acquiring on-demand private jet charter broker Apollo Jets and Part 135 operator Talon Air

Talon Air is the 14th largest charter operator in the U.S. It expands Vista Global into aircraft management

In 2018, it bought XOJET. JetSmarter came in 2019. Last year Dubai-based holding company Vista Global Holding snapped up Red Wing Aviation. Now the parent of VistaJet is acquiring on-demand charter broker Apollo Jets. It is also gaining 49% of Apollo’s 70% interest in Part 135 operator and management company Talon Air. The latter is the 14th largest U.S. charter operator based on flight hours, according to Argus TRAQPak.

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

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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.

Robinhood, Gamestop highlight problems with ‘free’ private jet finder services

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Websites that offer “free” analysis and recommendations of which private jet providers you should use need to make money somewhere. “Free” platforms like Robinhood that make the user the product may be expensive at the end of the day

What does finding the right private jet solution have to do with Robinhood, Gamestop, or for that matter, platforms like Facebook or A Place For Mom? Surprising a lot, and it’s proof free can be costly.

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