Adam Twidell, CEO of the on-demand, tech-led charter company, and jet card seller shared what he believes you will be reading about in 2019
After a busy year in which PrivateFly was acquired by the Directional Aviation family of companies (Sentient Jet, Flexjet, Skyjet, Nextant Aerospace), its CEO Adam Twidell offered his crystal ball on the issues private jet travelers and the industry will see in 2019. Below are his comments:
On-demand charter broker and jet card seller PrivateFly has released a report detailing how, when and why its customers book their private flights
The U.K.-based company had expanded into the U.S. with its acquisition of Bird Dog Jet which brought with it a contract for the Virtuoso network of luxury travel agencies which generates over $25 billion in annual travel sales. In September PrivateFly was acquired by the Directional Aviation family, which includes Flexjet, Sentient Jet and Skyjet.
The fixed rate jet card program is the first from the on-demand charter broker and can cut travel time to the slopes by half, adding two extra days of skiing
For a guaranteed fixed price of €6000, groups can fly between London and Geneva in a six-seat Nextant 400XTi, any date or time they choose. Travelers will benefit be able to cut their travel time to the slopes by more than half compared to flying commercially. The fixed rate program runs December 1, 2018, through the end of February targeting the popular winter route for both business and leisure travelers. PrivateFly says it hopes by offering the fixed rate, it will draw first-time private fliers.
PrivateFly recommends the best airports to use and gives you some on-demand charter quotes so you can budget your trips
Earlier this week Amazon announced their second headquarters location will be split between Long Island City in Queens, New York, Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee. If you do business with the online retailer of everything, jet card and charter broker PrivateFly ran some numbers so you can budget those private jet flights for your future meetings.
Other trends include the pilot shortage, struggle of on-demand brokers to offer instant, guaranteed pricing, and desires of jet card buyers for high-touch, high-level service
While a shortage of pilots in business aviation has been pushing up crew salaries by as much as 20%, buyers of jet cards and on-demand charter can look forward to continued favorable pricing, according to executives attending Corporate Jet Investor’s annual Dealmakers Conference being held this week at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.