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.

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.

Ajax Jets launches jet card on Falcon 50 and 900B fleet

Ajax Jets

Fans of Dassault’s high-performance Falcon 50 and Falcon 900B have a new private jet membership offering dedicated options

Ajax Jets is a new jet card provider founded earlier this year by industry veteran John Sullivan.

Private jet charters left off Federal Excise Tax holiday extension by Congress

FET tax holiday

The 7.5% FET holiday on private jet charters and jet cards is set to expire Dec. 31 and isn’t being extended by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

According to an analysis of the 5,593 pages of the House amendment to the Senate amendment of H.R. 133, or the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, there’s good news and bad news.

Cheap private jet flights: 11 big mistakes private flight buyers make

cheap private jets

Don’t believe articles that technology is lowering private jet prices. Promises of cheap private jet travel are often based on misleading press releases and a lack of knowledge

Promises of cheap private jet flights invoking Uber analogies and claiming technology breakthroughs that lower charter costs are common themes of uninformed coverage. The articles are wrong. Apps don’t impact how much you will pay. In fact, most online pricing tools for private jets don’t even give you hard quotes. They are simply tools to capture your contact information so sales reps can follow-up.

Much of the charter rates you see online are estimates. And for every slick app, you’ll find if you aren’t familiar with the industry’s ins and outs, it’s easy to make big mistakes when buying private flights. With COVID-19 causing more consumers to shop for private aviation options, if you are serious, buyer beware.

Air Charter Services offers a post-lockdown private jet escape to Sweden

private jet charter to Sweden

Jet card and private jet charter broker Air Charter Service is promoting a post-lockdown getaway for Londoners

U.K. private jet and jet card broker Air Charter Service launched new Swedish Lapland travel packages for post-lockdown getaways. In partnership with Discover The World, families, friends, and couples can now enjoy tailor-made two to seven-night trips, including a private jet ‘travel bubble’ to and from Luleå, Sweden.

WingX reports November headwinds for the private jet recovery

WingX private jet travel

In November, global private aviation is being hit by lockdowns in Europe and a post-election dip in the United States

Private aviation flights were off 20% year-over-year in the first half of November, according to business aviation tracker WingX. It’s a drop from the minus 15% activity level private flying had settled into since the summer.

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