Since its inception in 1997 as a small private jet company, Nicholas Air has grown to become a leading private aviation provider. The company offers a range of highly customizable options for private air travel, including several different types of jet cards.
Jet card provider Magellan Jets is currently offering complimentary extra hours on the purchase of cards in larger aircraft.
There’s a shortage of pilots in the aviation world and this is starting to impact many of the larger operators of business jets. Executive AirShare has announced an across-the-board increase of salaries for pilots to meet the growing demand for their fractional aircraft ownership and jet cards. The average increase is 25%.
The Directional Aviation company Skyjet has recently launched a new Explorer Membership program. This provides fixed hourly rates for on-demand jet charter and has a lot of jet card type features. One major difference is that it’s a “pay-as-you-fly” program, so there’s no need for large up-front deposits.
Velocity Jets is currently offering a 50 hour jet card on Gulfstream IV aircraft, for an all-inclusive $425,000.
Sentient is offering a limited edition SJ25+ jet card which provides access to six of the most popular super-midsize jets, including the Challenger 300, Citation X, Citation Sovereign, Falcon 50EX, Falcon 2000, and Gulfstream 200. All the aircraft are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi.
With the current Air Partner promotion, new members who purchase a 15+ hour JetCard, receive an additional one free hour.
The private aviation provider has tied up with its parent to offer two free business class round-trip tickets on Delta Air Lines between the U.S. and Europe. These are available to anyone who purchases a $250,000 or greater jet card with Delta Private Jets.
The Boston-based private aviation solution provider has launched a membership program, created specifically for corporate travelers.
The large global aviation provider VistaJet calls its Jet Card type product a “Program membership.” Just like a jet card the members prepay for a number of hours. VistaJet frequently refers to its program as an asset-free hourly subscription model and reported that 40% of its new business in 2016 came from customers moving away from fractional or full aircraft ownership.
This is the first time the company has used the NetJets brand for a jet card. Prior to this, all its cards came from Marquis Jets. This new card has some different features to the regular Marquis jet card. Here's the rundown on what's new and different:
Jet Linx saw more than a 20 percent increase in Jet Card holders in 2016, bringing the total number to 1,200 members.
Private Jet Services was founded in 2003, and grew its business by supplying large private aircraft to professional sports teams, entertainers on tour and corporations requiring a private shuttle. They are leveraging all this knowledge with their PJS Jet Card.
Up until a few years ago, Flight Options was one of the largest private aviation companies, offering fractional ownership, jet cards and leases. In 2013 its parent company also bought Flexjet and has been rationalizing the two brands since then. Moving forwards Flight Options will transition to become a charter operator, and Flexjet will continue to offer a fuller range of private aviation products.
JetSuite has grown rapidly to become one of the largest section 135 charter operators. Its membership option works like a jet card and offer access to their fleet of Phenom 100s in the western US, JetSuite Edition CJ3s in the eastern and western US, and the newly added 30 passenger Embraer 135s.
While Wheels Up doesn't use the term jet card for its products, it does have two offerings which are jet cards in all but name. At Wheels Up they use the term "Pre-Purchase Programs" to describe these products, and just like a jet card you are pre-paying to lock in time on their fleet.
Solairus manages one of the five largest fleets of well-appointed, late-model aircraft in the USA. It offers a jet card type program that it calls Altitude By Solairus, and refers to this as a private membership charter club. Here's an overview of the program.
NetJets sells its jet cards under two brand names - The Marquis Jet Card in North America and NetJets Europe Private Jet Card. Both are available in different commitment levels and also in various aircraft type combinations. Altogether, between both brands, NetJets has over 3,900 jet card clients.
Sentient Jet, the largest independent Jet Card provider, recently announced its summer performance results, recording its best-performing summer since 2008. The announcement included details on the number of jet card clients and the company revenue.
The global air charter company, Air Partner, is offering a 5-hour jet card for a limited time this summer. Cards with a low number of hours like this are a good way to try out a card program and see whether a jet card is the right solution for your travel needs.