The four most searched private aviation companies on Google are very different, although they also have some similarities
In the world of private aviation solutions – fractional ownership, leases, jet cards, memberships, seat sharing, semiprivate airlines, and so forth, four companies have generated the most interest, according to Google Trends. Surprisingly, perhaps, they are each quite different once you get past the fact that they all want to fly you somewhere.
The jet card and charter operator continues its expansion of luxury partners with its first addition since being acquired by Vista Global
XOJET, which operates a fleet of super midsize private jets
and has a $100 million dollar charter brokerage, including off-fleet midsize
and light jet card memberships, has added The Resort at Paws Up. The move
continues its focus on adding value for Preferred Access and Elite Access jet
card members via luxury and lifestyle partnerships.
Flexjet is already a significant Gulfstream operator and has been ramping up its expansion plans for Europe
A report last Friday by Corporate Jet Investor (CJI)
speculated that Flexjet might be readying a billion-dollar order with
Gulfstream. The item came after Phebe Novakovic, CEO of General Dynamics,
parent of the business jet manufacturer, told analysts the division was working
on a big deal and it was with an existing customer.
The XOJET acquisition by Vista Global is a done deal, although Bloomberg reports its financing faced several hiccups on the way
Dubai-based Vista Global’s September announcement that it had reached an agreement to acquire XOJET has closed and has landed safely, but a report by Bloomberg suggests that some of the financings were hit by market turbulence. The acquisition dramatically increases Vista Global’s penetration of the U.S. business aviation market, the largest in the world. It has also said it plans to expand the XOJET brand globally from its U.S. base. The two entities combined operate approximately 115 super midsize and large cabin extended range jets, while XOJET brings a charter brokerage arm that contributes over $100 million in sales.