Exclusive: Flexjet sets 2021 Europe launch; Sentient Jet to add health and hygiene requirements for operators

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In a wide-ranging interview, Directional Aviation’s boss Kenn Ricci tells Private Jet Card Comparisons Flexjet’s Europe growth is moving forward, it is expanding use of private jets to position pilots, and Sentient Jet will introduce health-safety requirements for its partner operators

A McKinsey study reveals 90% of those who can afford to fly privately don’t; However, UHNWs and corporate executives are often part of the high-risk profile for COVID-19

With tailwinds gradually picking up, Directional Aviation Capital’s principal Kenn Ricci announced his OneSky Flight’s Flexjet unit will expand its European presence in 2021.

Before the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis, plans had called for a launch this month during the annual EBACE exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.

PrivateFly posts private jet pricing for 2020 Super Bowl Miami

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Directional Aviation’s charter broker PrivateFly is providing suggest private jets and estimated pricing for those of you who want to head to Super LIV

Going to the Super Bowl is usually a group event, so charter broker PrivateFly has published estimated prices for larger private jets that seat up to 13 passengers.

PrivateFly has been making news with fixed city-pair pricing, but in this case, its prices are estimates to give you a bit of guidance.

Private jet charters by cabin size, aircraft type, and price

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Private jet charter broker PrivateFly has released data on charter pricing, as well as preferred cabin size and jet models

While Brexit and some of Europe’s sputtering economies may be making headlines in the business press, Directional Aviation’s PrivateFly said it enjoyed a 26% jump for flights in Europe during the third quarter of 2019, compared to last year. 

Adam Twidell, PrivateFly’s CEO said, “Demand growth was generated from new and existing PrivateFly clients, and from our extended OneSky family (and) Our market-leading pricing, including the certainty offered by our fixed-route City Pairs offer on the Nextant 400XTi and Legacy 600.”

The company also released data on charter pricing, as well as preferred cabin size, jet models, and demographics.

According to PrivateFly, the Top 10 destinations for its clients is led by London, followed by New York, Nice, Ibiza, Paris, Milan, Palma de Mallorca, Zurich, Olbia, and Cannes.

PrivateFly expands City Pairs fixed pricing through the winter

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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.

PrivateFly CEO Adam Twidell on new products and his new owner

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.

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