Sentient Jet reports near doubling in sales as private jets become a ‘utility’

Sentient Jet sales soar

Monthly flight activity has returned to pre-COVID-19 levels, according to jet card broker Sentient Jet, in a television news report

A news report from CBS KPIX5, a San Francisco area affiliate, about the increased interest in private jet travel revealed that surge has continued after the summer.

COVID-19 shakes up private jet charter booking patterns

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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.

Who’s offering buy now, fly FET-free jet card discounts for 2021 and beyond

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Here’s an updated listed of the jet card sellers that are offering future tax savings if you buy a jet card before the end of the year

Well, more and more private jet card sellers are concluding that if you buy a jet card before the end of the year, your funds will fly you tax-free in 2021 and beyond – either until your card or the funds expire.

Flexjet, Sentient Jet boss sets SPAC to target $100 million + acquistions

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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.

Sentient Jet adds FET free-flying for 2021 and beyond

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Sentient is the latest jet card provider to tell customers cards purchased through year’s end will save the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax for flights until funds are used

If you fly with Sentient Jet or are considering buying a jet card before the end of the year, the unit of Directional Aviation’s OneSky Flight unit is the latest provider to offer tax savings beyond the current expiration of the CARES Act, scheduled for Dec. 31, 2020.

NetJets, Nicholas Air, Jets.com, Airstream Jets, and Magellan Jets have previously said they would extend the tax benefit, a savings of 7.5% for domestic flights, and those that start or end within 220 miles of the U.S. northern and southern borders, for the life of the cards they sell.

NetJets, Wheels Up, Flexjet, and Vista Global’s XOJET lead the list of Biggest U.S. Private Jet Operators

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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.

COVID Safety Meltdown? TSA, Consumer Reports add more reasons to fly by private jet

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More than 1,000 TSA agents have tested positive for COVID-19, and 6 have died from the Coronavirus

TSA federal security director Jay Brainard filed a whistleblower complaint in June on how his own agency had failed to implement key safety measures to protect agents and passengers

Consumer Reports is petitioning DOT Secretary Chao to make COVID-19 safety standards mandatory for airlines and airports

As private jet travel increased 5% year-over-year during the July 4th holiday period, airlines, airport authorities, and the federal government are giving you more reasons to fly privately.

I have no doubt whatsoever that our people became Typhoid Marys and contributed to the spread of that virus because TSA senior leadership did not make sure (screeners) were adequately protected

– Jay Brainard, TSA director and whistleblower

That’s if you need any. A study first published by Private Jet Card Comparisons on March 11, showed that potential contact points for contracting the COVID-19 Coronavirus are 30 times lower when flying privately.

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