With the well documented issues in commercial flying more and more people have found reasons to turn to private aircraft.
There are a variety of options to consider. The starting point is how often you want to fly privately.
Once you reach about 50 hours of flying a year then fractional aircraft ownership can start to make sense and above 400 or so hours per year whole ownership is worth looking into.
All of the major providers have expanded over the last few years. Many now offer a wide range of products and solutions to meet the needs of various clients. If you're looking at the different options then download our Guide to Private Aviation, which compares the products and providers.
The latest news and research on private jets and aircraft is included below.
Are you looking for a luxury travel gift for the person who has everything? Flexjet has teamed up with luxury travel experts Abercrombie & Kent to offer Passport to the World. Inspired by Jules Verne's 1873 adventure novel Around the World in 80 Days, the Passport to the World is a fourteen-day, around-the-world trip for up to eight people on board a Challenger 605. According to the companies, this is the first and only completely private jet experience available for trips circumnavigating the globe.
The holiday season is the busiest travel time for all of the private aviation companies, with peak days being the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the day before Christmas Eve, and the two days after Christmas. The winter months are also busiest at the mountain airports because of ski season. That, combined with the somewhat treacherous conditions, can result in more delays than usual.
AirSprint, a North American fractional aircraft operator with offices in both the US and Canada, has announced newly restructured fractional jet ownership programs. Recognizing that some owners would like to avoid capital costs, and others would prefer a guaranteed rate of depreciation on fractional ownership, AirSprint has created options that are appropriate for all owners. The new programs, which are available for both the Citation CJ2+ and Citation XL/S, are offered at two levels - called the Club and the Infiniti Access Programs.
VistaJet, a global business aviation company, is expanding into the United States market, and has announced partnerships with two US-based companies. Jet Aviation will handle US operations while Wheels Up will handle US sales.
In a continuing sign of the growth of private aviation, Sentient reported sales have reached levels not seen since before the peak of the financial crisis in 2008. With this increase in travel and client demand, Sentient has expanded its jet card offering by adding a 25-hour Super-Mid jet card and a 25-hour Heavy jet card.
Whether it's the customer service, privacy, time-saving, flexibility, public image, or the convenience of private aviation, those who choose to charter a private plane need to consider some factors before booking. Here are the steps to follow if you are considering chartering a private aircraft.
Directional Aviation Capital has announced it is purchasing Flexjet from Bombardier, Inc. The new owners are also placing the largest new-aircraft order in Flexjet's history, valued at approximately $5.2 billion for up to 245 Bombardier business jets.
Portsmouth, NH-based PlaneSense, an aircraft fractional ownership program, has recently celebrated some major business milestones. The privately-held company has not only surpassed 200,000 flights, on August 7th, 2013, they took delivery of their 49th Pilatus PC-12 from Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Delivery was made in a ceremony hosted by CEO George Antoniadis. The fleet of PC-12s owned by PlaneSense represents the largest fleet of civilian owned PC-12s in the world, and PlaneSense is the largest civilian operator of their type. Pilatus has now built 1,200 of the aircraft.
Flexjet, a major fractional jet ownership services provider, has just reported 96 percent growth of new fractional and jet card sales in the first half of 2013, compared to the first half of 2012. This annoucement follows the Q1 2013 announcement of new business growth of 83 percent compared to Q1 2012.
A federal judge has signed an order for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of troubled fractional operator Avantair. Meanwhile its fleet of Piaggio P180s has been grounded since June. Here's a summary of the background.
Recognizing that there is market demand in the private aviation sector for price-sensitive customers, Marquis Jet founder Kenny Dichter has just announced his latest venture, Wheels Up. Commencing operation on October 13, 2013, this membership-based private aviation company will be run by Dichter and co-founder and President David Baxt. According to Dichter, “The world is a different place compared to when Marquis Jet was founded in 2001. Customers want the advantages of private aviation but demand the utmost cost benefit, flexibility, simplicity and safety standards.”
In the cost of operating private aircraft, jet fuel is usually the largest variable factor. For instance, as we noted in our analysis of the operating costs of the Embraer 300, fuel is the largest variable cost - $1,292 per hour. The pricing per gallon of Jet A fuel can vary significantly, as can the typical burn rate. This article delves into the variances and burn rates.
If you own a fractional aircraft or are looking into fractional ownership, you'll probably come across references to FAR 91 Subpart K. These are the federal regulations that cover fractions. Here's an overview of the regulations to bring you up to speed with the most important aspects for fractional owners.
Many pet lovers choose to travel with their pets, and private aircraft, for a variety of reasons, are a better option for safe and comfortable pet travel. On a private jet, all pets, not just those small enough to fit under the seat, can travel in the main cabin, and they may also be able walk around unrestrained when the plane is at a comfortable cruising altitude.
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer introduced the Phenom 300 in 2009. Sales have grown each year, with a total of 117 aircraft delivered through the end of 2012. Overall Embraer has built a reputation for excellent performance and low operational costs. This article looks through the various costs of ownership.
The large private aviation provider just reported new business growth of 83 percent when comparing Q1 2013 versus Q1 2012. SherpaReport spoke to Bruce Peddle, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Flexjet to find the information behind the numbers.
The independent ARGUS rating system looks at an aircraft operators actual safety history, and produces a grade for that operator. If you're a potential customer of a jet charter company or fractional operator it's well worth asking about their ARGUS rating.
Whether you fly for business or leisure purposes, you can choose either private jets or commercial airlines to get from point A to point B. With many smart executives looking at private jet charters as the most comfortable and reliable form of transportation, here is a look at the pros and cons of commercial flights vs. chartering a private jet.
Supplemental Lift provides aircraft owners access to substitute aircraft when their own aircraft is not available. It can fill the gap if an aircraft is undergoing maintenance, or when a need arises for a simultaneous trip, or for flights that may originate or terminate outside a normal range or operating area.