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 300 or so hours per year whole ownership is worth looking into. Here is some core information to help you understand the options.
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 and would like a good general overview then download our free Guide to Private Aviation, which includes details on charter, jet cards and fractional ownership. For detailed side by side comparisons of the leading jet card and fractional providers, and a directory of charter operators, then sign up for membership.
The latest news and research on private jets and aircraft is included below.
As the year draws to a close, there are some interesting special deals available from several jet card companies. Here are some of this year’s offers.
This winter season, Sentient Jet is offering a limited edition, “15 and 15” card, which offers 15 hours of flight time and 15 days of skiing in Aspen. The card provides a reduced time commitment from the standard Sentient Jet 25-Hour Plus Card (SJ25+) offered in three jet size categories — Mid, Super-Mid, or Large Cabin - and is redeemable at four of Aspen’s premier mountains - Aspen Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk.
Not only can Jet Card holders experience some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country, but they can select one of the perks listed below every time they fly into Aspen through Sentient Jet.
To find out more, visit www.sentient.com or call 1-866-602-0044. Note that minimum flight times vary according to the jet category purchased but range from a 1-hour minimum for mid-size to a 2-hour minimum for a large cabin aircraft.
Air Partner has a special exclusive offer for SherpaReport readers this season - one complimentary hour for new members who purchase a 15-hour JetCard by December 31, 2019. Purchase 15 hours in any cabin category and Air Partner will add 1 extra hour, at no additional charge.
Air Partner JetCard offers a host of benefits including:
• Hours that never expire
• A fully inclusive cost per hour with no price escalators or hidden fees
• Guaranteed availability
• No premium when interchanging up or down in fleet category size
• Fully refundable balances
• No blackout days.
Magellan Jets has put together a specially-curated "gift box" for this holiday season.
Lucky recipients of the gift box will receive:
The flight card allows you to book flight time on the super-midsize Challenger 300 with as little as 8 hours’ notice. There are no black out days and no extra surcharges for flying at peak times.
Pricing for this luxury gift starts at $110,000. The gift box can be ordered before Christmas and the flight card hours are valid until Christmas 2020. The Holiday Gift Box may be bought online or by calling 877-597-4095. Jet cards from Magellan are normally in 25 hour increments, so you can think of it as a way to try them out, or maybe just have 10 hours on a super-mid if you only need the 3,100 mile range or 8 seats on a few occasions.
JetSuite has a special offer this winter for both current JetSuite clients and new jet card members. Clients receive VIP treatment at Aspen with a "JetSuite Experiences" trip. Fly to Aspen on one of JetSuite’s Embraer aircraft and enjoy private sessions on some of the world’s best ski slopes before they open to the public. A private helicopter will transport you to the trailheads if you don’t want to take the ski lift. Then you can ski on untouched powder on trails that were designed in the 1940s and have made Aspen a coveted destination for skiers ever since.
Accommodation is at The Little Nell’s Paepcke Suite - a 2,500 square foot home with heated marble walls and flooring, wool carpeting, gas log fireplaces, and a private balcony with sweeping mountain views, not to mention an impressive collection of fine art.
Delta Private Jets
There are several different offers available from Delta Private Jets through the end of the year.
When you purchase a new jet card of $250,000 or more, you will receive Diamond Medallion Status for two on Delta Air Lines and preferred rates. Plus, you can select two benefits from the options below:
When you purchase a new jet card of $175,000, you will receive one Diamond Medallion Status on Delta Air Lines and preferred rates. Plus, select two benefits from the options below:
Hourly rates on the cards start at about $5,250 for a light jet. More details are on the Delta website.
The Delta Private Jets Sky Access program provides fixed hourly rate private jet travel and empty leg access on the DPJ managed fleet. Membership in the program is normally $8,500 in the first year, but through the end of this year you can join for $6,000 for a new membership. The fixed hourly rates start at $5,995 and for the empty legs, you essentially fly for free, with no additional per-leg cost.
While these offers can be appealing, SherpaReport reminds readers to do their analysis before making any jet card purchase. Be sure to buy the card that best meets your travel needs.
The Elite Jet Cards are a way for customers to access the NetJets fleet at a lower price, that also come with a few more restrictions on use. These jet cards have been available for a few years and NetJets recently broadened the program to include a range of jets.
New Department of Transportation (DoT) regulations aim to make air charter broker services more transparent to the consumer. The rules, known as Part 295 or “Increasing Charter Air Transportation Options”, came into effect earlier this year. One of the goals of the DoT is to “strengthen the legal protections provided to consumers of charter air transportation” while also “facilitating innovation and growth in the air charter industry”.
The private aviation company, Wheels Up, recently raised a further $128 million in funding. It has already acquired Avianis Systems, a private aviation technology company. And has plans to expand its platform and accelerate membership growth through further investment in sales and marketing.
At the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, Flexjet announced that it has placed orders for new aircraft from both Embraer and Gulfstream. The Embraers include the brand-new Praetor mid- and super midsized aircraft and Phenom 300 light jets. The Gulfstream planes are the flagship ultra-long range G700.
The fractional and jet card private aviation company is growing its operation into the Upper Midwest, including the Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville markets. SherpaReport talked to John Owen, AirShare CEO to find out more about the expansion and recent growth.
Private aviation is an attractive alternative to commercial air travel for both business and leisure travelers. But the array of services can be rather daunting to someone who is considering it for the first time. This article provides an introduction to private aviation, designed to help you understand why and how to get the most from your next private plane journey.
This new days-based fractional ownership program is aimed at high-utilization large cabin customers. The Flexjet program will start with two home bases, New York City and London, which are the financial capitals of the world and two of the most popular business and personal travel destinations.
SherpaReport recently spoke to the founder and CEO of Vista Global, Thomas Flohr. It’s been a busy year for Vista Global. The company was founded just last year as an enhancement to VistaJet, the global aviation company, that Flohr started in 2004. The aim was to become the worldwide leading provider in business flight solutions. Over the course of the last 12 months the company has already acquired XOJet and more recently Jet Smarter, and has just combined them into XO.