VistaJet has created three “highly personalized” programs for art lovers to experience the exhibitions and global tour of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, the most valuable auction of a private collection entirely dedicated to raising funds for philanthropic causes.
Following the unveiling of early highlights in Hong Kong last November, the global public tour will move to London (February 21 – March 8), Paris (March 16 – 21), Beijing (April 6 – 7), Los Angeles (April 6 – 12) and Shanghai (April 10 – 11), ahead of the final exhibition in New York at Christie’s Rockefeller Center from April 28 until the sale on May 7 – 11. With each stop on the pre-sale tour, additional works of art and objects will be revealed.
XOJET recently conducted an extensive interview with its Chairman & CEO Bradley Stewart for the blog of its website providing an annual report from the private aviation provider. Below is the wide-ranging interview in full.
Of more than three million private flights in North America last year, the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 used by Surf Air, Nicholas Air and PlaneSense was the most popular
Turboprops rule! At least when it comes to which makes are the most popular with private flyers. According to just-released research from TRAQPak, there were 226,378 flights with the single-engine Pilatus PC-12 making it not only the most popular aircraft in its category (see below), but also the most favored airplane among Bizav users.
Seven of the 50 busiest business aviation airports are in California, however, 24 states are represented on the list
California has more top 50 airports when it comes to private jet departures than any other state with seven airports, including Van Nuys, Los Angeles International (LAX), Orange County, San Jose, Oakland, Burbank and San Francisco International. Texas tied for second with six airports in the mix – Love Field, Austin, Hobby, San Antonio, Ft. Worth and Addison. Florida, also with six airports in the 50 busiest, includes Palm Beach, Opa-Locka, Ft. Lauderdale Executive, Ft. Lauderdale International, Naples, Miami International and Boca Raton. However, when it came to the busiest region, New York with 130,230 departures beat out South Florida (99,197), Los Angeles (82,565), Dallas (66,528) and Chicago (57,268), according to data provided by TRAQPak. Overall, there were 3,062,634 total departures for flights tracked in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, plus Canada.
Clay Lacy reported a 23% annual increase in charter activity during 2017
Clay Lacy Aviation, which manages private jets offering on-demand charter and its own Jet Card program has added 10 new charter jets and three new cities following a 23% in charter activity during 2017. New locations include Miami-Opa Locka Airport, Portsmouth International Airport in New Hampshire, and Lewis University Airport outside Chicago/Romeoville, Illinois.
TraqPAK reports 2017 was a good year for private jet operators, including fractional, charter and Jet Cards
Business aviation eclipsed three million flights for the first time since 2008, according to TRAQPak. Overall, total business flight activity in 2017 was at the highest rate of growth since 2014. Flight activity increased across all operational categories for a combined increase of 3.9%. The researcher said, 2017 produced year over year increases each month, with Thursday continuing to be the busiest day of the week for flight activity.
Star Jets International sells on-demand charter and Jet Cards
Blue Star Jets founder Ricky Sitomer is moving forward with his new venture, Star Jets International, with his goal of acquiring other charter brokers. Advanced Defense Technologies, Inc. (OTC PINK:ADCF) (OTC PINK:ADCFD) announced that FINRA approved its corporate actions application for a corporate name change to Star Jets International, Inc., a new stock symbol, JETR, representing its business as a private jet charter company, and a 1-for-100 reverse stock split; all to be effective as of February 12, 2018.