COVID-19 is not only driving new customers, but more pets, kids and shorter lead times for private jet charter bookings, according to PrivateFly
More new customers, more pets, more kids, and shorter lead times for booking private jet charters. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on who and where for the private jet market, according to PrivateFly’s annual Private Jet Charter Trends 2020 report.
Private jet charter broker PrivateFly says the average number of passengers on private jet flights is increasing while the booking window is falling
Private jet travel has been rebounding since hitting its bottom in mid-April, and while there have been lots of anecdotal stories about who is flying, PrivateFly’s Private Jet Charter Trends report covering the April to June period provide deeper insights.
Despite one charter from booking to take off in 16 minutes, lead time for private jet charter flights actually increased
Private jet rental broker PrivateFly has updated its quarterly
reports with an annual recap of trends and milestones for 2019.
Of note, it recorded its fastest-ever ‘go now’ flight – just 16 minutes from inquiry to take-off for a client flying from New York to Nashville.
Private jet charter prices are 30% lower than average on-demand prices, the company says
Private aviation charter platform PrivateFly, a Directional Aviation company (think Sentient Jet, Flexjet, and Nextant Aerospace), has announced a new and extended list of discounted, fixed-price charter routes for the autumn and winter season.
Last Fall, it launched the fixed price concept between London and Geneva before expanding it for the summer season. City Pair flights accounted for over 20% of its European flights during the period. It also launched $29,000 one-way pricing between New York and San Francisco or Los Angeles, which also continues.
According to PrivateFly, its City Pairs exclusives are 30%
lower than average on-demand prices on the same or an equivalent aircraft.
A year after its acquisition by Directional Aviation’s OneSky placing it alongside Flexjet and Sentient Jet, PrivateFly is gearing up for more growth after a merger with Skyjet and launching its City Pairs product
Last September Kenn Ricci’s Directional Aviation snapped up tech-driven U.K.-based private jet charter broker PrivateFly as it prepared for more expansion in Europe.
In the year since, Directional folded its own broker Skyjet into PrivateFly, launched fixed-rate pricing between key European cities, expanded it to select U.S. routes, and signaled its intention to grow here with the appointment of former NetJets and XOJET executive Gregg Slow as president of North America.
Private Jet Card Comparisons recently caught up with PrivateFly co-founder and CEO Adam Twidell during Revolution.aero in San Francisco where he talked about the deal, the year since, what’s ahead, and synergies with Directional’s OneSky siblings Flexjet and Sentient Jet. Below is a condensed and edited version of the interview.
Three new private jet charter programs may come in handy during the expected strikes by British Airways pilots next month
The strikes fall during the Cannes and Monaco Yacht Shows
For travelers who have to get to or from London, or whose
travel plans would entail a connection using British Airways through London are
probably thinking about Plan B options about now. Current strike dates by the
pilots are set for Sept. 9, 10, and 27.
The chaos started earlier this week when BA mistakenly
emailed some passengers telling them their flights had been canceled. The
British flag carrier doesn’t have a particularly ideal record in dealing with
disruptions, either via industrial actions, IT meltdowns or extreme weather.
In other words, if you are traveling to or from London, or
via London, and you are planning to fly BA, it’s time to think about options. A
natural options is just rebooking on other airlines, although as low fares get
sold, you may find that only the highest fares are left to buy