Jet card providers NetJets and Flexjet have both expressed interest in the Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet. Flexjet placed an order for 20 of the aircraft back in 2015 and NetJets recently obtained purchase rights for 20 planes.
Sentient Jet, the inventor of jet cards, achieved 60% year over year growth and ended 2020 with $450 million in jet card sales. As with most other private aviation companies, Sentient saw a large influx of new customers who want to travel but are keen to avoid commercial aviation during the pandemic. In 2020 Sentient Jet saw 2/3 of its jet card purchases come from new clients compared to only 1/3 pre-COVID.
During 2020, the global business aviation company VistaJet saw an increase of 29% in new subscription memberships year-on-year. This is VistaJet’s equivalent of a jet card product offering fixed hourly rates.
The 2021 Super Bowl sees two superstars face each other who are both signed to endorse private aviation companies. Patrick Mahomes, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs is partnered with Airshare and Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has teamed with Wheels Up.
Private aviation firm Wheels Up is going public via a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp. The transaction gives Wheels Up an enterprise value of $2.1 billion. Once the transaction is completed, the company will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "UP".
Wheels Up has just acquired Mountain Aviation, which has the largest and growing Part 135-operated Citation X fleet in the United States, with bases in Denver, Teterboro, and Southern California.
Under the CARES Act there is no 7.5% federal excise taxes (FET) on jet cards and jet charter flights purchased before Dec. 31, 2020. This means you can potentially pay for a jet card in 2020 and travel FET free in 2021 and beyond. This article includes some of the leading companies who are offering FET free jet cards for future travel.
Private aviation magazine Business Jet Traveller conducts an annual reader survey that they call “Readers Choice”. In 2020 they had close to 2,000 respondents who gave their ratings on charter and jet card providers and membership clubs, with enough data to rank 11 of the largest providers.
Qatar Executive recently introduced its exclusive Diamond Agreement, a pre-purchase, fixed-hourly rate jet card program which provides access to Qatar’s fleet of state-of-the-art long-range and ultra-long-range private jets. The large private jet operator, Qatar Executive is part of Qatar Airways serving individuals, businesses, corporations and governments. Its planes fly to more than 400 airports around the world, both in rural and urban centers. The Diamond Agreement was specifically designed to simplify private jet travel for Qatar Executive customers.
In direct response to the COVID-19 outbreak, PrivateFly launches a jet card program to address the surge of new clients turning from commercial airline travel to private aviation. This fixed hourly rate, guaranteed availability jet card is designed for frequent flyers who, in the ‘new normal’, are turning to private jets for safer travel, more control over personal budgets, and ultimately minimizing potential exposure to the deadly virus. Card holders can also fly in the USA through a partnership with sister company Sentient Jet.
On announcing its half year results, UK public company Air Partner Plc (London Stock Exchange: AIR) said the number of new JetCards sold is up 50% on the prior period. They expect the increased interest to continue due to the safer environment offered by private aviation. In particular the company experienced exceptional levels of trading from COVID-19 related work in their Group Charter and Freight divisions.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) authorized the Treasury Department to provide up to $32 billion to compensate aviation industry workers and preserve jobs. This included both commercial and private aviation companies. Here’s a look at the largest private jet and jet card companies that received some of this funding.
As the world continues to battle the challenges of COVID-19, recent data proves that many businesses and individuals are turning to private aviation for a safer way to fly. The bottom line: private aviation and the use of jet cards are on the rise again, especially compared to commercial flights.
It is true, numbers are up since the onset of the pandemic, but the industry still has a way to go to fully recover. FlightAware CEO, Daniel Baker stated, “On Saturday, June 20, Business Aviation traffic surpassed 2019 numbers for the first time since the initial decline with 2.5% more flights than the same day last year. Weekday recovery still has ground to make up but continues to trend upward.”
Membership and jet card provider Magellan Jets has launched two new pay-as-you-go membership programs. As the world rethinks how to travel safely in the age of COVID-19, Magellan Jets is expanding its product portfolio. The company says that while it was once prudent to fly on commercial airlines for economic reasons, it’s now more prudent to invest in safer and more private travel options.
One of the largest jet card companies, Sentient Jet, is seeing new and existing members turn to private aviation as a trusted resource as the COVID-19 lockdown unwinds. They ascribe this to travelers seeking out the safety and convenience of flying private and jet cards, when compared to commercial options.
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, jet card provider Air Partner has seen a more than a 210% increase in request volumes for future flight bookings during May, compared to last May. This increase in inquiries is for private flights heading into June through August, with many clients seeking alternative solutions for flying to frequented leisure destinations or traveling for essential business matters.
All the major jet card providers have been enhancing their policies and procedures to make travel safer for both passengers and crews. These changes start with guidelines from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and then build from there.
The charter and jet membership provider JetSuite, has filed for bankruptcy this week in the court in Delaware. Prepaid memberships represent a significant proportion of the outstanding debts.
The global aviation company saw worldwide growth of 21% in its Program membership – the Vistajet equivalent of a jet card program. The company has introduced stringent procedures to screen aircraft and crew for the coronavirus.
The large jet card and fractional private jet company has started to use its own aircraft to put its pilots and other crew members in place. This program to ferry crew has been put in place to limit the exposure of passengers and flight crews to Covid-19. The company has also treated its planes with an antimicrobial coating system.
Jet Linx, a large jet card membership company, has announced that it is applying the BIOPROTECTUs System to disinfect and protect its fleet of 112 jet aircraft, private Base terminals and facilities throughout the United States. The BIOPROTECTUs System by ViaClean Technologies, encompasses an array of EPA registered and FDA compliant technologies that disinfects and inhibits the growth and spread of bacteria, fungi, algae, mold and viruses as well as provides long-term antimicrobial protection for 90-days.
While NetJets and Wheels Up have some things in common, their programs and benefits give individual and business flyers much to consider. We have delved into these two private aviation companies, comparing the details of pricing, services, aircraft types and sizes, and member perks.
Private aviation company Magellan Jets has assembled a specially-curated gift box, including a 10-hour jet card membership, for this holiday season.
Delta Private Jets (DPJ) has several different membership and jet card offers that are available through the end of the year. DPJ is the only private jet company affiliated with a major commercial airline, and it leverages this parental relationship to offer some unique benefits.
One of the largest jet card providers, Sentient Jet, has some special offers for new card buyers this holiday season.