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.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conducted research last year to find “How companies use their private planes.” The findings of the survey are based on interviews with both business aircraft pilots and passengers. The results provide insights into business aviation, including the types of aircraft owned and the reasons for which the aircraft are used.
Two people had recently asked me about buying a private jet. Neither of them had owned one before but they had both been given a similar pitch. In each case, the broad offer was: buy a plane, take 100% depreciation, charter it out and have 30-40 hours of free use. So, here’s a look at how viable this concept is.
Private aviation company Wheels Up recently announced that it has launched a new membership tier, Wheels Up Connect. Company founder and CEO, Kenny Dichter, has called it a form of “social aviation”. He compares its potential in the aviation market to the influence of Uber and AirBnB in their respective industries. The membership tier joins existing Core and Business Programs.
Private aviation company VistaJet recently celebrated 15 years in the industry with another big announcement: The company saw a record 31% increase in new members in 2018 and said it expects to continue its growth in the coming year.
If you are chartering a private plane for the first time, or even if you have previously chartered, there are several aspects to think through. A lot depends on the number of passengers, and your destination and any special requirements. This article explains the key factors to consider when chartering an aircraft.
Winter weather brings its own set of challenges to air travel. Those flying commercially may be all too familiar with the delays caused by snowstorms or ice on the runway. But for those flying privately, the snow can bring another headache: a financial one. Whether you own, charter, or lease an aircraft, you should be aware of any de-icing costs that may come your way. This article explores the methods of de-icing, when it is needed, and how much it costs.
The Gulfstream G550 is a heavy, long range business jet that received its FAA type certificate in 2003. It is sometimes also known as the GV-SP. Over 550 have been produced, including the Gulfstream G500 which has a lower fuel capacity and reduced range. The G550 replaced the Gulfstream V, and has improved aerodynamics leading to an increased range and fuel efficiency. It is the most successful model in Gulfstream history.