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.

Executive AirShare is a Kansas City, Missouri based company and the only "days-based" fractional aircraft provider. Serving the Central U.S. and also Great Lakes/Mid Atlantic area the organization has continued to grow, expanding into Austin, San Antonio and Houston as well as seeing a steady increase of shareowners. In 2009 Executive AirShare had 95 owners, and as of the end of 2012 that number had grown to about 140 shareowners.

This leading jet card innovator recently announced its results for 2012. Overall their growth further confirms the progress we've seen from other major companies in the private aviation sector.

Flight Options is the world's second largest private aviation company. SherpaReport recently talked to CEO, Mike Silvestro about the growth his company saw in 2012 and his views for 2013.

This new offering from Flexjet delivers special incentive jet card rates when traveling across the USA aboard Challenger 300 aircraft.

Private aviation's largest fractional-share provider recently announced their "Supplemental Lift Assurance Program". Designed for flight departments as well as aircraft owners, this service provides full access to NetJets fleet. Participants in the program can use NetJets aircraft when there is an issue causing their own plane to be grounded (eg during unscheduled maintenance) and for providing supplemental lift throughout the year.

One of the common questions when it comes to air travel is, "How much can I bring?" Whether traveling on a commercial airline or via private jet, there is always a limit to the amount of space and the weight. With many people wanting to bring some of their toys along with them, such as golf clubs or skis, space can be a big concern.

VistaJet founder Thomas Flohr vowed to redefine private aviation when the company was established in 2004. Last week he placed the largest single transaction in the history of business aviation. The firm order for 56 new Bombardier Global aircraft with options on a further 86 Globals has a list price tag of more than $7.8 billion.

The winter season is almost upon us and many of the leading private jet companies are gearing up for the process. The winter months are the busiest of the year in the industry as well as being filled with a number of challenges.

The newly launched program from Flexjet means fractional jet owners may now secure guaranteed access to two aircraft types with the purchase of a single 50 hour share.

This is a question that we hear quite a bit, as we talk to people who are looking at private jets and other private aircraft. So this article walks you through the different factors and provides some pricing indications. At the bottom of the page is a pricing tool to give you a quote on a custom flight.

The Calgary based fractional operator is starting to undergo a transition as it moves from using the Pilatus PC12 to having the Citation CJ2+ as one of its core aircraft.

With a mission of making private air travel accessible to "more people than ever before," as JetSuite CEO Alex Wilcox noted, the fast growing private aviation company expanded their services over the summer offering service to hundreds of airports throughout the region's major metropolitan areas including New York, Washington D.C., Boston and Toronto.

SherpaReport recently talked to Steve Santo, CEO of Avantair about the companies aircraft lease program, which it calls the Axis Lease.

Flexjet fractional jet owners now receive seven additional complimentary nights upon purchase of an Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club membership.

The notion of supersonic transit has appealed to man since long before the sound barrier was first broken by Chuck Yaeger in October of 1947. Since that time, it has become almost routine for military aircraft to break the speed of sound, but for more traditional travelers, supersonic cross-oceanic flight has been little more than an aspiration. That's all about to change, however, and Aerion looks to be the company that will deliver first.

Following on the heels of a $1.3 billion order in 2010 and a $6.7 billion purchase in 2011, the fractional ownership firm NetJets recently placed two separate deals for Bombardier and Cessna planes totaling $9.6 billion. NetJets plans to introduce as many as 425 new aircraft to their global fleet.

Leading charter provider Sentient is currently offering a 15 hour jet card at the same hourly rates as their regular 25 hour card.

Appealing to those clients who value both their time and money, private jet charter company, JetSuite, is pioneering a new class of service. "We're attempting to make private charters more affordable and accessible," says Keith Rabin, president. The provider offers the same level of luxury as other branded operators.

ARGUS, the leading audit organization for aircraft operators around the world, has recently re-awarded its Platinum Rating, the highest level of safety ratings, to private aviation company Flight Options. This means Flight Options has now held this award for 12 consecutive years.

Research group Ascend recently published their annual report on Business Aviation Safety. Business jets continued the trend for improving safety that has seen the accident rate more than halve in the past 10 years.

Jet cards have become an increasingly popular way of accessing private aviation. They provide confirmed levels of pricing, aircraft types and access. One thing to be aware of is the peak travel days that have slightly different reservation and travel requirements.

The company, owned by aircraft manufacturer Cessna, has stopped selling fractional aircraft and is focusing on its other jet card and jet management programs.