Private Jet

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.

If you only fly a few hours a year then on demand aircraft charter is probably the best way to go. As your number of hours of private flying increases look at charter cards and fractional cards.

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, a directory of charter operators, and our Aircraft Buying Guide then sign up for membership

The latest news and research on private jets and aircraft is included below.

In a recent interview in magazine Aviation Week, Netjets CEO David Sokol, stated that Netjets “added 100 net fractional share owners last year.” This was a turnaround from 2009 when the net number was down by 82.

In 2001 Kenny Dichter started the The Marquis Jet Card program, to provide individuals and corporations with access to the NetJets fleet, with a commitment of just 25 hours at a time. With this recent acquisition, Marquis Jet becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of NetJets.

This holiday season, purchasers of the FlexJet “Napa Valley Edition” jet card will be treated to a rare opportunity to attend an intimate culinary experience with Chef Masaharu Morimoto, along with a pair of all-inclusive passes to Auction Napa Valley, the must-attend wine charity event of the year.

Some sure signs that the economy is starting to turn round are the growth in sales at Avantair. The company operates a fleet of Piaggio Avanti II aircraft and has both fractional owners and flight card owners.

Marquis Jet has ushered in a collection of four unique strategic partnerships and value-added offerings. These are aimed at enhancing the experience for their thousands of card owners and the members of their travel partners.

The Financial Times reviewed the latest results and happenings at fractional jet industry leader Net Jets.

The Flexjet 25 Jet Card program and Jet Set Sports are teaming up to offer a limited-edition package at next year’s Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. This special package is available to anyone who purchases the Flexjet 25 Jet Card—2010 Gold Edition.