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
The former C-Suite executive with XOJET recently left as acquirer Vista Global merged it with the former JetSmarter
Business aviation veteran Gregg Slow has joined PrivateFly’s senior leadership team to head the U.S. division of the company, which operates from a U.S. headquarters in Boston and a sales office in Fort Lauderdale, with further sales teams based across the country.
The U.S. now accounts for half of PrivateFly’s global flight sales for the U.K.-based provider, according to the press announcement.
Slow brings 19 years of business aviation experience to the newly created role, most recently from his seven-year tenure at XOJET where, as chief client officer, he built the commercial client-facing offering and assisted in the company’s acquisition by Vista Global. Earlier this summer the VistaJet parent merged XOJET and JetSmarter to form XO.
From top destinations, from when travelers book and the most popular times to fly, the charter broker offers insights
U.K.-based charter broker PrivateFly, which became part of Kenn Ricci’s Directional Aviation portfolio last year, released its quarterly trends report on private jet travel.
Among the highlights was the percentage of female fliers increased to 29%, up two points, while 48% of all bookings were within a week of travel, down a point from 2018’s second quarter.
PrivateFly CEO Adam Twidell pictured in lead) said, “Our business grew considerably as we integrated our sister company Skyjet into PrivateFly,” noting, “This edition of Private Jet Charter Trends reflects our bigger footprint in the USA for the first time analyzing thousands of searches and booked flights.”