As private jet travel attracts price-sensitive newcomers, illegal charters with unqualified pilots and aircraft are creating new dangers
“We’ve just got done with a case..The PIC (Pilot-in-Charge) was not typed in the aircraft and the SIC (Second Officer-in-Charge) was a student pilot with less than 50 hours. That’s one of the most unsafe things I’ve seen. This stuff goes on. It happens.”
– FAA Inspector
Back in 2016, I was visiting the headquarters of Jet Linx Aviation in Omaha, Nebraska. Walking with its CEO Jamie Walker between a series of meetings, he suggested I write about illegal charters. He said it was a subject he didn’t think was getting enough attention.
The acquisition follows the purchase of Delta Private Jets, Travel Management Company, and Avianis, and squares it up against NetJets
Wheels Up is looking to move closer to NetJets and pull away from Directional Aviation and Vista Global Holdings. Its acquisition of Gama Aviation LLC this morning gives it over 300 owned and managed aircraft.
Gama Aviation Signature, as it is known, already was managing the Wheels Up fleet of King Air 350i, Citation Excel/XLS, and Citation X aircraft.
It follows its acquisitions of Travel Management Company last June and Delta Private Jets, completed in January.
After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant booking technology, it’s finally arriving. Should you book a private jet online?
After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant
booking technology, it’s finally arriving. But should you use it?
Many of the broker websites and apps promising online bookings were nothing more than electronic request forms.
But that’s changing, and increasingly, you may find yourself able to rent a private jet or turboprop digitally from a broker or platform, and without much human oversight, or at least human oversight looking after your interests.
A new Chairman’s Menu is being rolled out to help underscore that for a segment of the market private jet travel is not a commodity
Aldo Gucci of the famed fashion house once said, “The quality is remembered long after price is forgotten,” a phrase also attributed to Sir Frederick Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce. The carmaker is also credited with the lesser known, “Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it. Accept nothing right or good enough.” Either would have fit in nicely at VistaJet, the global private jet operator which has carved a niche by targeting customers who want more than just a private jet.
The UK and US have launched a new in-flight cabin ban on electronics such as laptops, iPads and more. For UK passengers these devices are banned from hand luggage on all inbound flights direct from Turkey, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. For the US the rules apply to all inbound flights from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar and the UAE. Jeremy Palmer of private jet broker Hunt & Palmer tells how private aviation can help companies that are impacted.