The diversified aviation services provider is targeting newcomers and NetJets leavers with new jet card offerings in Europe
Air Partner, which offers jet cards both in the U.S. and Europe, has launched two new private jet membership programs in Europe. One is targeted at new to private aviation flyers. The other, which debuted earlier this year, is designed to counter private jet leader NetJets.
U.K.-based PrivateFly’s latest Charter Trends report shows big changes in lead time for booking, who’s flying, and more
Driven by the COVID-19 pandemic’s changing border restrictions and quarantines, there were major changes to private jet charter bookings during the July to September period.
While there have been endless reports about the influx of newcomers – PrivateFly said their share increased to 44% from 35% – some of the other changes were perhaps expected but had not been previously reported.
Directional Aviation’s Kenn Ricci is launching Zanite Acquisition Corporation to target next-generation aviation acquisitions
Directional Aviation, which controls OneSky Flight, the company that acquired Flexjet, Sentient Jet, and PrivateFly over the past decade, is launching a Special Purpose Acquisition Company. The story was first reported earlier today by Corporate Jet Investor.
Ireland’s Donegal Airport has topped the private jet broker’s list for the third consecutive year
Donegal in Ireland has been named as the world’s most beautiful airport 2020 – for the third successive year as voted by over 6,000 flying fans. Voters praised Donegal’s “stunning varied scenery”, its “beautiful beaches in the vicinity of the airport” and the sweeping views of Mount Errigal and The Rosses on the approach.
PrivateFly, the poll’s organizer, is part of U.S.-based Directional Aviation whose portfolio includes Flexjet, Sentient Jet, FXAIR, Nextant Aerospace, among others.
The on-demand private jet charter broker is part of Directional Aviation’s OneSky group that includes Flexjet, Sentient Jet and PrivateFly
FXAIR says the on-demand private jet broker is meeting the expectations it set when it launched at the end of July. In its first month, the sister company to Flexjet, Sentient Jet, and PrivateFly said it arranged private jet charter flights to 125 destinations carrying over 800 passengers. It also signed up over 40 clients for its FXAIR Aviator membership program which entails a deposit of $100,000.
Despite consolidation, the 25 largest Part 135 and 91K operators account for only 25% of the U.S. private jet market
Why you won’t find Wheels Up when you look at lists of private aviation operators
Sizing the U.S. private jet market between Part 91, Part 91K fractional and Part 135 charter operators
8 of the 10 largest companies are led by the founder or family member
Here’s a big difference between the private jet market and the airlines. Just 10 airlines account for 90% of the domestic market for scheduled passenger traffic. Four companies – Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines – are responsible for two-thirds of U.S. flights.
Despite consolidation, business aviation remains fragmented. An analysis by Private Jet Card Comparisons of various reports from Argus TRAQPak and other data shows the 25 largest operators of charter and fractional fleets together account for just 25% of all U.S. flying.
A week after the parent of Flexjet and Sentient Jet debuted a new U.S. on-demand charter brand, PrivateFly is bringing the company’s first fixed-rate, guaranteed availability private jet membership to Europe
Buoyed by requests from ad hoc charter customers and newcomers to private aviation, PrivateFly is launching a fixed-rate, guaranteed availability jet card.
For parent Directional Aviation, it now joins NetJets, Vista Global’s VistaJet and XO, Air Partner, and Air Charter Service with fixed-rate card programs on both sides of the Atlantic.