Magellan Jets has issued a white paper on what you should know about private aviation safety
Boston-based jet card and on-demand charter broker Magellan Jets has added to its library of educational white papers for private jet fliers with a white paper titled, “How Safe Is Your Private Aviation Company?”
Magellan’s report notes when it comes to providing safe private jet flights, “You can bet that every operator out there will make this same claim. But are they all the same? How can you ensure that a private aviation operator is walking the walk when it comes to safety?”
XO plans to expand both fixed and dynamic pricing jet memberships to Europe by 2020
With the “heavy lifting” of the XOJET-JetSmarter integration behind it, Vista Global chairman Thomas Flohr tells Private Jet Card Comparisons the company will roll out memberships for its rebranded XO in Europe as early as second quarter 2020.
Additionally, the company is making a major change in how it sells both on-demand private jet charter as well as pricing options for its dynamic pricing jet card membership programs.
When you charter a private jet, you’ve probably seen a reference to FAR Part 135. Here’s what you need to know
Understand why the price of private jet charters can vary so much
– Part 135 (charter) operational requirements are considerably different than Part 91 (full ownership) with much more stringent regulatory safety requirements
– There are over 2,000 Part 135 Charter Operators and four different categories impacting landing in low visibility as well as the ability to find replacement aircraft if there are mechanicals or pilots if one gets sick or runs out of duty time
When you book a private jet charter flight or are shopping
for a jet card, you probably have seen at the bottom of various websites,
wording that goes something like this: “Company X arranges flights on behalf of
its cardholders and charter clients with FAR Part 135 air carriers that
exercise full operational control of charter flights at all times. Flights will
be operated by FAR Part 135 direct air carriers that have been certified to
provide service for Company X clients that meet all FAA safety standards.”
The recent JetLux indictment alleging over $2 million in credit card fraud may have been enabled by bargain hunting customers
Private jet charter brokers are often harangued for not having to disclose their mark-ups. The assertion is they are charging whatever the market will support, and savvy customers can negotiate better deals.
Several websites have launched in recent years connecting consumers directly with jet operators, ostensibly cutting out the middleman or at least the commissions. They claim to offer wholesale pricing making money via membership fees.
Of course, if you use them, you need to be experienced enough to know what questions you should be asking the operators to ferret out the flowers from the weeds.
The jet card broker is launching fixed-rate, guaranteed availability between the U.S. and Europe
U.K.-based charter broker Air Partner will announce later today it has signed up six charter operators who will provide more than 50 long-range private jets for new fixed-rate, guaranteed availability jet card pricing between the U.S. and Europe.
With a buy-in starting at just 10 hours, and the ability to refund unused funds, the new offering is likely to have a wide appeal for its target market, particularly travelers who want set pricing but don’t fly enough to make multi-year commitments to key competitors for the route such as NetJets, Flexjet and Vistajet.
The new cross the pond rates connect Air Partner’s existing fixed-rate, guaranteed availability primary service areas for its jet card customers covering the U.S., Caribbean, and Europe. Air Partner is one of the few jet card programs offering fixed rates for flights within both the U.S and Europe.
“Over the past few years, we’ve noticed increasing demand
for an improved transatlantic option to better connect our clients in the
United States with Europe,” said David McCown, president of Air Partner U.S.
“We’re dedicated to continuously creating innovative travel solutions to best
serve our customers, and we are pleased to today become the first jet
membership program to offer a fixed Trans-Atlantic rate.”
Transatlantic jet card pricing
Beyond a cost of $15,650 per hour with a seven-hour segment minimum, there is a 15% roundtrip discount based on an average of at least four flight hours per day.