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Third Aircraft Added to All-Falcon 7X Charter Fleet by Planet Nine Private Air

All-Falcon 7X charter fleet operated by Planet Nine Private Air LLC

All-Falcon 7X charter floating fleet operated by Planet Nine Private Air LLC

Planet Nine Private Air, LLC, launched its first Dassault Falcon 7X to the international charter market in June, 2018, and added a second 7X in September.  Now Planet Nine announces the third aircraft to its all-Falcon 7X floating fleet.

The Planet Nine fleet is  available in the Floating Fleet section of FlightList PRO‘s multi-search platform along with all 533 floating fleet aircraft and 37 operators.  

Headquartered out of Los Angeles, California and London, U.K. with a staff of 28 full time employees, co-founders Matt Walter and James Seagrim are positioning Planet Nine to offer a compelling and competitive offering in the premium end of the ultra long-range charter market.

Planet Nine currently carries Wyvern Wingman and ARGUS Gold-provisional ratings.

“Charter broker relationships will be very important to Planet Nine, and we are looking forward to working with all the traditional and disruptive companies.  Our operation will center on a floating fleet model, and the efficiency it brings to our operations we can then pass on to our customers and friends in the form of better pricing.”

From London, Kirti Odedra heads the Sales Department and Bill Wulf, a former Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer of NetJets with a 20-year tenure serving the group in the US and internationally, serves as Chief Financial Officer. Combined, the management team has over 75 years’ experience in business aviation.

Dassault Falcon 7X ultra long range fleet available for international charter operated by Planet Nine Private Air.

Dassault Falcon 7X ultra long range floating fleet available for international charter operated by Planet Nine Private Air.

P9 brings a new offering into the long haul business jet market with the 5,950 nm range Falcon 7X, stylishly configured for 11-16 passengers, with six beds for overnight flying. With operating costs at least 30% lower than equivalent Gulfstream G550 and Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft, the 7X has a distinct advantage over its competition. Its aircraft will all feature sparklingly refurbished cabin interiors, including full Wi-Fi and IFE from Gogo/Swift Broadband. On all domestic charters in the US, Wi-Fi will be complimentary.

“Charter broker relationships will be very important to Planet Nine, and we are looking forward to working with all the traditional and disruptive companies,” said Director of Sales, Kirti Odedra.

Planet 9 private air charter“Our operation will centre on a floating fleet model, and the efficiency it brings to our operations we can then pass on to our customers and friends in the form of better pricing,” said James Seagrim, Director of Operations. “From our previous careers at Advanced Air Management, we built an unbeatable boutique operation, renowned for its service, safety and efficiency.

Obtaining Wyvern Wingman status in October 2018 was a very pleasing endorsement, said P9PA’s CFO, Bill Wulf, who previously spent 23 years at NetJets in various leadership roles. “As a group of dedicated aviation professionals, we are pleased to be accredited so early in our history, fulfilling Wyvern’s rigorous safety and maintenance requirements,” he said.

The Wyvern endorsement recognizes P9PA’s “delivery of consistent and exceptional service and acknowledges the business has the infrastructure to support over 20 aircraft with a best-in-class finance function to deliver a seamless flight experience to their clientele”.

Cabin interior of Falcon 7X long range jet for charter operated by Plane Nine.

Cabin interior of Falcon 7X long range jet for charter operated by Plane Nine.

“Planet Nine has demonstrated a commitment to safety through its established safety management system,” said Sonnie Bates, CEO of Wyvern. “In its quest to successfully achieve Wingman Certified status they have embraced The Wingman Standard, and proven they go above and beyond minimum regulatory requirements, allowing them to become an industry leader in safety culture.”


Sources:  Charter operator press release and article by Izzy Kington in Business Jet Interiors International, 11/27/18.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

Leading air charter brokers and travel professionals use FlightList PRO’s full-market resources, economical rates and marketing opportunities to grow their service level, their business and their bottom line. 

Announcing New to Charter in the U.S.; Falcon 7X, Hawker 800XP, Learjet 60XR, King Air 350

Announcing four new aircraft to the charter market in the U.S.  Popular models for charter, the Falcon 7X, Hawker 800XP, Learjet 60XR and King Air 350 are based in favored charter locations for their type aircraft, and are currently available for charter.  Operators include Gama Aviation, Cirrus Aviation Services, Elevate Jet and Jet Access Aviation.  The below new additions all are ARGUS-rated Gold or Platinum.

All are available through the FlightList PRO aircraft sourcing platform, which includes all 16,631 aircraft and 3,419 charter operators, the world’s largest.

Falcon 7X, based PSM Portsmouth, NH

  • Operated by Elevate Jet, LLC
  • ARGUS Gold
  • 4G Wi-Fi complimentary
  • 2012 aircraft, new paint and interior December, 2017
  • 14 passenger interior
Falcon 7X long range jet new to charter, operated by Elevate Jet, LLC

Falcon 7X long range jet new to charter, operated by Elevate Jet, LLC

Hawker 800XP, based LAS Las Vegas, NV

  • Operated by CIrrus Aviation Services
  • ARGUS Platinum
  • Wi-Fi complimentary
  • 2017 Interior refurbish
  • 2018 Exterior refurbish
Hawker 800XP new to the charter market operated by Cirrus Aviation Services, Las Vegas.

Hawker 800XP new to the charter market operated by Cirrus Aviation Services, Las Vegas.

Learjet 60XR, based HVN New Haven, CT

  • Operated by Gama Aviation
  • ARGUS Platinum
  • Wi-Fi complimentary
  • 7 passenger interior
  • Microwave, Airshow, 2 LCD monitors
Learjet 60XR new to charter, based New Haven, CT and operated by Gama Aviation.

Learjet 60XR new to charter, based New Haven, CT and operated by Gama Aviation.

King Air 350, based PBI West Palm Beach, FL

  • Operated by Jet Access Aviation
  • ARGUS Platinum
  • 8 passengers in double-club seating
  • 2004 aircraft, refurbished 2016
King Air 350 new to charter, based PBI West Palm Beach, FL and operated by Jet Access Aviation.

King Air 350 new to charter, based PBI West Palm Beach, FL and operated by Jet Access Aviation.


Sources:  Charter operator announcements

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

Leading air charter brokers and travel professionals use FlightList PRO’s full-market resources, economical rates and marketing opportunities to grow their service level, their business and their bottom line. 

Announcing New to Charter in the U.S.; Challenger 650, Legacy 600, Challenger 350 and others

Announcing heavy, super-midsize and light jets new to charter in Florida, the Northeast and the West.  Popular charter aircraft models in popular locations from operators Jet Edge, Elite Air, Latitude 33 and Custom Jet Charters, they have added the following jets to their charter certificates and are currently available.  The below new additions all are ARGUS-rated Gold or Platinum.

All are available through the FlightList PRO sourcing platform, which includes all 16,631 aircraft and 3,419 charter operators, the world’s largest.

Legacy 600, based TEB Teterboro, NJ

  • Operated by Jet Edge
  • ARGUS Platinum
  • Wyvern Wingman
  • 4G Wi-Fi complimentary
  • 2015 Interior
New to charter, Legacy 600 based KTEB operated by Jet Edge

New to charter, Legacy 600 based KTEB operated by Jet Edge


  • Challenger 650, based ORL Orlando, FL

    • Operated by Elite Air
    • 11 passenger
    • ARGUS Platinum
    • Wi-Fi complimentary
    • 2018 Aircraft
New to charter, 2018 Challenger 650 based KORL Orlando, FL operated by Elite Air

New to charter, 2018 Challenger 650 based KORL Orlando, FL operated by Elite Air


Challenger 350, based SNA Santa Ana, CA

  • Operated by Latitude 33
  • ARGUS Platinum
  • Wi-Fi complimentary
  • 2018 Aircraft
    New to charter, 2018 Challenger 350 based KSNA Santa Ana, CA operated by Latitude 33.

    New to charter, 2018 Challenger 350 based KSNA Santa Ana, CA operated by Latitude 33.


    Legacy 600, based BDL Windsor Locks, CT

    • Operated by Latitude 33
    • ARGUS Gold
    • 13 passengers
    • 2004 aircraft, 2014 interior
New to charter, Legacy 600 based KBDL Windsor Locks, CT operated by Custom Jet Charters.

New to charter, Legacy 600 based KBDL Windsor Locks, CT operated by Custom Jet Charters.


  • Nextant 400XTI, based PIE Clearwater, FL

    • Operated by Elite Air
    • ARGUS Gold

  • Hawker 400XP, based PIE Clearwater, FL

      • Operated by Elite Air
      • ARGUS Gold

    Sources:  Charter operator announcements

    Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

    Leading air charter brokers and travel professionals use FlightList PRO’s full-market resources, economical rates and marketing opportunities to grow their service level, their business and their bottom line. 

Vista Global Acquires Operator XOJET

Announced today, Thomas Flohr’s Vista Global has acquired XOJET, the third largest US business jet charter operator by flight hours.

Vista Global says that the acquisition of XOJET will allow it to expand further in the US. It launched VistaJet in America in September 2013.

VISTA GLOBAL

Nine days ago, on September 11, 2018, Thomas Flohr announced the launch of Vista Global Holding (“Vista Global”), headquartered at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) which “will spearhead the consolidation of the fragmented and expanding business aviation market.”

Thomas Flohr, Founder and Chairman of Vista Global Holding

Thomas Flohr, Founder and Chairman of Vista Global Holding

The group owns VistaJet, Vista Lease, TechX and at the closing of this newly announced transaction, XOJET’s fleet and commercial operations.

According to the Vista Global Holding press release, “Vista Global’s fleets will provide every customer with asset-lite solutions to fly point to point anytime, anywhere at a moment’s notice – either with guaranteed aircraft availability or On Demand. In addition, Vista Global will offer the very first worldwide leasing and financing service for customer looking to purchase a dedicated aircraft. Complementing its consumer and trade offer, Vista Global will also support aviation companies looking to improve services to their clients through the most advanced technology, providing an end to end platform in a very fragmented global operator marketplace.”

XOJET

Regarding the XOJET acquisition, “The journey started when I first saw an opportunity in the fragmented and inconsistent offering across the industry. Vista Global’s mission is to provide customer-centric solutions for every segment of business aviation and today’s announcement is a major step in that direction,” said Thomas Flohr, Vista Global founder and chairman. “This acquisition is the perfect addition to our global business. XOJET’s strength in North America and its reputation for offering great value perfectly complement VistaJet and the other businesses in the group.”

Bradley Stewart, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of XOJET, said: “I am incredibly proud to be making today’s announcement, which will see our company become part of a fantastic family of brands. Becoming part of Vista Global will enable XOJET to achieve our dream of becoming a truly global business, providing us with the very best technology and infrastructure. I believe that Vista Global and XOJET are fundamentally aligned in our commitment to serving clients. I am looking forward to working with the Vista Global team and its companies in the future.”

XOJET and VistaJet’s full fleets are available in the Floating Fleet section  of FlightList PRO‘s multi-search platform along with all 533 floating fleet aircraft and 37 operators.  

XOJET will continue to operate independently, under a new joint venture company, with control and leadership remaining in US hands to meet airline ownership regulations. The carrier has a fleet of 44 business jets, which includes 27 Cessna Citation Xs.

The acquisition is a major step forward for Vista Global, allowing the group to build on its existing global offering and to reinforce its existing position in North America, the largest business aviation market in the world. Following today’s announcement and upon closing of the acquisition, Vista Global will have 1,500 employees in 20 offices worldwide according to its press release.

Corporate Jet Investor reports that 10 companies were originally interested in acquiring the company, with a final round of bidding including three companies. Shareholders first held talks during the 2017 NBAA convention.

XOJET’s largest shareholders were TPG, one of the world’s most-successful aviation investors, and Mubadalla, the sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi. Although TPG was the largest shareholder, Mubadalla financed the fleet and held significant amounts of XOJET debt.

The acquisition price or other conditions has not been announced.

ARGUS says that XOJET flew 46,739 flight hours in the first six months of 2018. GAMA Aviation (which operates for itself and for membership provider Wheels Up) flew 72,885 hours followed by Executive Jet Management with 58,305 hours.

Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. There is no financing condition to the transaction. The transaction is currently expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018. XOJET’s regulated air carrier will be operated in a joint venture under U.S. control and leadership, in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation criteria.


Sources:  Company Press Release and Corporate Jet Investor’s 9/20/18 article by Alud Davies.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

FlightList PRO, at $90 for 3 users no contract, is a favorite of the most experienced charter brokers and travel professionals; 80% of FlightList PRO users have been arranging charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.  Free trials available.

Charter Operator JetReady Adds Challenger to Floating Fleet Availability

Photo of Challenger new to charter floating fleet

Challenger 601 new to charter floating fleet availability by operator JetReady.

Private jet charter operator JetReady continues to grow its existing charter fleet and has announced their newest charter aircraft addition, available for domestic and international charter flights.

The new-to-charter aircraft is a Challenger 601-3A joining JetReady’s charter floating fleet  currently comprised of 5 heavy jets with the addition.

Cabin photo of Challenger 601 new-to-charter, refurbished 2018.

2018-refurbished cabin interior of the new-to-charter Challenger 601 operated by JetReady

The aircraft floor plan is a 12 passenger executive configuration and new 2018 renovated modern interior, with a layout of four forward individual captains chairs, an aft 4-place divan opposing a 4-place conference group. The aircraft is equipped with a full-sized forward galley, microwave, complimentary WiFi, display monitors, HD Inflight Entertainment and Airshow 400.

JetReady’s floating fleet is included in the Floating Fleets section of FlightList PRO‘s multi-search platform along with all 326 floating fleet aircraft and 29 operators.  

JetReady’s Chief Executive Officer, Nigel England stated, “We are thrilled to announce the newest Challenger addition to our charter certificate and look forward to the continued growth of our company.”

The Challenger joins JetReady’s charter floating fleet of now 5 heavy jets; 3 Challenger 601’s and 2 Gulfstream IV-SP’s.  The operator reports more aircraft of these same types, plus Hawker 800XP models in the pipeline for Part-135 charter.

 


Source:  Company press release

FlightList PRO, at $90 for 3 users no contract, is a favorite of the most experienced charter brokers and travel professionals; 80% of FlightList PRO users have been arranging charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.  Free trials available.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

Gulfstreams V and IV-SP New to Charter, Prime Jet Fleet Grows to 12

U.S. charter operator Prime Jet has announced two Gulfstream additions to its charter fleet; a 14-passenger Gulfstream IV-SP newly available based at SDL Scottsdale, AZ, and a 16-passenger Gulfstream V available beginning this summer and based from PBI West Palm Beach, FL, according to the operator.

The pictured Gulfstreams join Prime Jet’s charter fleet which now grows to 12 aircraft- all Gulfstream jets, based across the U.S. and internationally.  The operator floats 8 of them with one-way pricing, and are included in FlightLIst PRO’s Floating Fleets section.

Large cabin jet charters are on the rise, and the category leads the increase in charter flying last month.  Large cabin jet charters were up a significant 15.1% year-over-year in March, despite a 20.4% decline in fractional ownership large cabin jet flying, according to data released by ARGUS.  Part 135 charter flying increased 7.7% overall for March year-over-year.

Charter Gufstream IV-SP based SDL Scottsdale AZ and operated by Prime Jet

Charter Gulfstream IV-SP based SDL Scottsdale AZ and operated by Prime Jet

According to the operator, features of the new GIV-SP include:

PHOTO, Gulfstream IV-SP cabin, new to charter and based at SDL Scottsdale AZ with operator Prime Jet

Gulfstream IV-SP cabin, new to charter and based at SDL Scottsdale AZ with operator Prime Jet

  • 14 Passenger Configuration
    • Berths 5-6
  • 2018 Full Interior Refurb 
  • Free Domestic Wi-Fi 
  • Soft Divided Cabin
  • Entertainment System
  • Full Service Aft Galley
  • Wyvern Wingman | AR/GUS Platinum
  • Charter Friendly
PHOTO Gulfstream V new to charter with operator Prime Jet

Gulfstream V new to charter with operator Prime Jet

PHOTO 16-passenger Gulfstream V cabin, new to charter with operator Prime Jet.

16-passenger Gulfstream V cabin, new to charter with operator Prime Jet.

According to the operator, features of the new G-V include:

  • 2018 Full Refurbishment
  • 16 Passenger Configuration
  • Wi-Fi Equipped
    • Free Domestic (GoGo Inflight)
  • Entertainment System
  • Full Service Galley
  • Separate Crew Rest Area
  • Charter Friendly

The Gulfstream V and IV-SP with Prime Jet carry ratings of ARGUS Platinum, Wyvern Wingman and ISBAO-registered.  FlightList PRO is the only charter platform that includes operator’s safety ratings from all four organizations; ARGUS, Wyvern, ISBAO and ACSF.


Source:  Company announcements

FlightList PRO, at $90 for 3 users no contract, is a favorite of the most experienced charter brokers and travel professionals; 80% of FlightList PRO users have been arranging charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.  Free trials available.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

Introducing New Charter Operator OJets With Global, Challenger and Growth Plans

Charter Global 6000 newly operated by OJets based Signapore.

Charter Global 6000 newly operated by OJets and based Signapore.

Announced last week, OJets, a new provider of business aviation services, launched charter service with a Bombardier Global 6000 and a Bombardier Challenger 650, newly purchased from Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., and reported bold plans for growth.

OJets charter aircraft are available only in the FlightList PRO multi-search platform, the only source with all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 operators worldwide.

“We are honored to have closed with Minsheng Finance Leasing Co. of China as our finance partner and look forward to building our relationship as we expand OJets,” said Michael Ta, CFO, OJets. “We have implemented a growth objective to quadruple the size of OJets’ current fleet by the end of Q2. This growth is underpinned by $350M in equity and debt; and will establish OJets as a global operator with one of the newest fleets of long range business aircraft in service.”

OJets  services include:

  • On-Demand Charter.  A flexible pay-as-you-fly service, including: one-way trips, choice of aircraft and no hidden fees.
  • Block Hour Program, for frequent travelers. Highly-personalized service with 48-hour guaranteed aircraft availability at a fixed hourly rate, including: global coverage without ferry fees within service area, no initiation fee and no monthly management fees.

Headquartered in Singapore, OJets’ world-class team is guided by a commitment to delivering industry-defining service – tailored to the most discerning Asian and international business travelers.

Including OJets aircraft, heavy and ultra long range jets based in the Singapore area now number 10 with 7 different charter operators; 2 Challengers, 2 Gulfstream 450, 2 Gulfstream 550, 1 Global 5000 and 3 Global 6000 aircraft.  FlightList PRO is the only source with all charter aircraft in Singapore and worldwide.

OJets 14-passenger Challenger 650 for charter based Singapore.

OJets 14-passenger Challenger 650 for charter based Singapore.

The OJets brand features the signature “O”, inspired the Asian symbol “enso”, which represents strength, elegance and infinity. Enso is the embodiment of OJets’ vision of connecting East and West with a global reach at the pinnacle of luxury business aviation.

“We are delighted to collaborate with OJets, a new integrated provider of comprehensive business aviation services, to bring a Global 6000 and a Challenger 650 into its fleet,” said Mr. Wang Fuhou, President, Business and Commercial Aviation Leasing Division, Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. “Both parties are confident in our partnership and in the business aviation market. We look forward to the success of this cooperation.”

About OJets
Headquartered in Singapore, OJets is an integrated provider of comprehensive business aviation services, including owning and operating a private fleet. For more information see http://www.ojets.com.


Source:  OJets press release

FlightList PRO, at $90 for 3 users no contract, is a favorite of the most experienced charter brokers and travel professionals; 80% of FlightList PRO users have been arranging charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.  Free trials available.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

New Floating Fleet Operator and Gulfstreams Join One-Way Charter Pricing Availability

Growing charter operator Global Air Charter based at STP St. Paul, MN has become the latest of a growing number of floating fleet operators, chartering the below 16-passenger Gulfstream IV-SP and 12-passenger Gulfstream IV with one-way pricing.  Global’s charter fleet also includes a 12-seat Gulfstream III and a Citation Mustang.  Floating fleets are a prominent and growing segment in private jet charter, noted below.

Global Air Charter’s 16-passenger G-IV SP, YOM 1993, YOR 2014, free domestic WiFi:

Floating Gulfstream IV-SP operated by Global Air Charter with one-way pricing.

Floating Gulfstream IV-SP operated by Global Air Charter with one-way pricing. Now part of the FlightLIst PRO floating fleet resource.

16-passenger cabin of the floating fleet Gulfstream IV-SP operated by Global Air Charter.

16-passenger cabin of the floating fleet charter Gulfstream IV-SP operated by Global Air Charter.

With the update, the FlightList PRO Floating Fleets resource now includes 27 charter operators with 316 jets dedicated to point-to-point pricing, with the ability to request quotes from multiple selected operators at once.  Aircraft types run the gamut of business jets, from light jet to heavy and long range jets.  With the update, below are the totals by category of charter jets available in the U.S. for point-to-point pricing:

Jet charter directory listings

FlightList PRO Air Charter Search Results

  • 90 light jets
  • 77 midsize jets
  • 76 super midsize jets
  • 73 Heavy and long range jets

Charter pricing with floating fleets can be quite advantageous for one way needs or round trips over many days.  Cancellation terms can vary and be stricter with the pricing advantage and the logistics of point-to-point charter flying.  Most operators are non-cancelable inside 72 hours from scheduled departure while some are shorter or even immediately upon booking.  With this typical business model, most floating fleets are owned by the operator or are under management agreements whereby separate ‘owner approval’ is not required.  Ages of floating fleet aircraft, much like traditional charter fleets, vary from brand new production line aircraft to manufacture dates in the 70’s or 80’s.  All listed operators have at least one independent auditor safety rating, and more than half have 2 or more of the top ratings; ARGUS Platinum, Wyvern Wingman and ISBAO Registered.

Global Air Charter 12-passenger G-IV, YOM 1989, YOR 2014, free domestic WiFi:

Gulfstream IV charter jet operated by Global Air Charter and included in the FlightList PRO floating fleet resource.

Gulfstream IV charter jet operated by Global Air Charter and included in the FlightList PRO floating fleet resource.

12-passenger cabin of Global Air Charter's Gulfstream IV, now floating with one-way charter pricing.

12-passenger cabin of Global Air Charter’s Gulfstream IV, now floating with one-way charter pricing.


Source:  company announcement

FlightList PRO is used by the most successful and experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of users have arranged charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

2017 Results and 2018 Projections from 15 Air Charter Companies

Jet Charter Fleet

Photo courtesy New Flight Charters

Air charter activity is up worldwide according to data and anecdotal reports.  US and global economies are favorable and consumer sentiment is improving.  Recent US tax law changes are providing incentive and resources for business growth in the US and helping fuel the upward trend of business aviation for 2018.

We will let the industry speak for itself; from 15 air charter companies, organizations and individuals- compiled here are their own results, projections and commentary on business now and looking forward.

Jason Middleton, CEO, Silver Air

From January 18 Forbes.com:  “For us at Silver Air, the outlook for 2018 is great in pretty much all areas.  We are seeing aircraft sales go up, aircraft charter volume is going up, and charter clients are stepping up in the size of aircraft as well. We are seeing a particularly strong upswing in the Super Mid category. Aircraft like the Citation X and Challenger 300 are in high demand for charter.

PrivateFly

From company website and several online articles:  (PrivateFly acquired US broker Bird Dog Jet in 2017)  “PrivateFly has grown over 50% again in 2017, and we are looking to continue that growth path in 2018, in large part by U.S. expansion. We’ve grown both top line revenue and bottom line EBITDA as a profitable online platform in the digital space proving true viability. After opening our first US office in 2016, we’ve expanded our team with the recent takeover of Bird Dog Jet and received several new awards and accolades. These steps are just the beginning of our American growth, and we have big plans for 2018.”

Jamie Walker, President & CEO, Jet Linx Aviation

From January 18 Forbes.com:  “Our Jet Card business is growing at a strong and steady pace as more individuals realize the need for private aviation both in their business and leisure travel. Our average growth rate over the past five years has been 30% or more for both revenue and flight hours. I expect that business growth and utilization will continue to grow at 30% or more in 2018.

Overall, we’re seeing tremendous opportunities for growth in 2018 and beyond and are looking to expand to new markets on the east and west coasts, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Salt Lake City and San Jose.”

New Flight Charters

Leading charter brokerage New Flight Charters announced in a national release about current jet charter trends and results: 12.5% increase in charter business overall lead by growth in midsize, super-midsize and heavy jets (+16%), and also turboprops (+18%) in that growing charter market segment.  International charters increased by 40% in 2017, led by flights to the Caribbean and Mexico.  Drivers to the growth included improved pricing options with floating fleets, personnel/service level, and increased repeat clients.  January 2018, it reports, continued the same trends.  The company offers the industry’s only “best price guarantee” for jet charter pricing and quotes.

Sergey Petrossov, CEO, JetSmarter

From January 18 Forbes.com:  “Business is great. We grew over 100% in 2017 for revenue and over 150% in passengers flown. We expect to double again in size in 2018. For the market, we believe the sharing economy will consume private aviation all the way from aircraft ownership to single seat bookings, and consumers will use multiple biz jet solutions for their travel needs.”

Monarch Air Group

Monarch Air Group, an aircraft management company, charter operator and charter broker based in Texas and Florida, published predictions for 2018.

  1. New clients will experience flying private
  2. Charters will lead the business aviation growth
  3. Bitcoin as a payment method will be a must
  4. Diversification as the key to withstanding shaky economies
  5. Consolidation of the very light jet segment

ARGUS

ARGUS through AIN Online 2/5/18:
For the first quarter, Argus predicts a 5 percent jump in year-over-year business aircraft traffic. January will lead the gains with a 5.4 percent increase, with February and March up 4.8 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively. Overall, business aircraft flights in the first quarter are expected to number 759,169.

Business aviation flights in the U.S. and Canada topped 3 million last year, reaching that mark for the first time since 2008, according to a 2017 Business Aircraft Activity Review released by Argus International. The 30-page review, which details Argus TraqPak flight activity data in 2017, reports that business aviation flights increased 3.9 percent overall and flight hours jumped 5.5 percent over 2016.

Year-over-year gains were posted in every month of 2017, Argus said, adding that the improvements were fairly consistent throughout the year. Activity in the first half of 2017 was up 3.9 percent over the same period in 2016, while activity in the second half of 2017 was up 3.8 percent.

Part 135 operations enjoyed the greatest gains, rising 9.2 percent last year. This improvement was driven by Part 135 large-cabin jet operations, which led all increases in 2017 with a 14.9 percent jump. Fractional flights ended the year up 4.7 percent, while Part 91 flights inched up 0.1 percent in 2017. Increased Part 91 large-cabin and midsize jet flights—up 2.9 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively—offset a slide in Part 91 light jet flights, down 0.7 percent, and turboprop flights, down 1.3 percent.

Joe Moeggenberg, CEO, ARGUS

From January 18 Forbes.com:  “For the first time since 2008, flight activity reached over three million flights in 2017, an upward trend we expect to see into 2018 as our TRAQPak analysis forecasted flight activity for Q1 in 2018 to increase 5% year over year. In 2017, Part 135 activity saw the largest year over year operation category increase of over 9% and large cabin aircraft saw the largest year over year increase across the industry, up almost 15%.

Steve Orfali, CEO, Jetset Group Inc. and Wholesale Jet Club

From January 18 Forbes.com:  “We believe 2018 will be another very strong year for our companies. Jetset Group saw a 30% increase in business in 2017, and we project about the same in 2018. The economy continues to flourish, and we are seeing more and more people shift to private jet travel as a result of it. I believe we will see some rising fuel prices in 2018, which could bring up the pricing on charters, but that’s why many people opt for our jet cards. They have guaranteed rates with no fuel surcharges.”

Stratos Jet Charter

Charter broker Stratos Jet Charter is calling for growth in charter, 5 trends for 2018:

  1. New aircraft models hitting the market in 2018
  2. Busy weekends for air traffic
  3. More air travelers become jet card program members
  4. Continued growth in charter market

Gary Hammes, President, Delta Private Jets

From January 18 Forbes.com:  “Business is strong, and with current economic conditions and stock market patterns we are anticipating another record year in 2018. We continue to see strong demand for our product, especially in the corporate space.  We expect to grow our charter business 15-20% and we expect a 20% increase in Jet Card sales. As 2018 progresses, we will continue to expand our fleet by about 15 aircraft to meet growth targets and demand. We are developing an enhanced jet card product, and we recently launched our Sky Access membership program which offers access to empty legs and fixed hourly rate private jet travel.”

ACI jets

ACI Jet is an FBO, aircraft manager and charter operator based in Southern California with a charter fleet of 11 midsize through ultra long range jets.

From article in Paso Magazine:  “Known for its work as a Fixed Base Operator (FBO), ACI Jet has locations at airports in Orange County, Oceano, San Luis Obispo, and Paso Robles, but the company began when Bill Borgsmiller fueled his Piper Seneca III as the company’s first charter aircraft in 1998.

ACI Jet now employs 190 people, operates a fleet of private jet aircraft, and celebrates a banner year in 2017 with a 20-year anniversary and more growth in 2018.

“In this last year, one of the most exciting things is a new location in Orange County,” Borgsmiller said. “We are adding new aircraft to the fleet. There is big growth.”

In concert with the expansion at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, ACI Jet is building a 35,000-square-foot office complex, and an adjacent 25,000-square-foot hangar as its corporate headquarters on the grounds.”

Andrew Collins, CEO, Sentient Jet and Skyjet

From January 18 Forbes.com:  “We had an incredibly strong year at both Sentient Jet and Skyjet. Each brand saw growth in many of our key-performance measurements. We moved into new headquarters, launched new products, and pushed our brand and partnership visibility up a few notches.

I feel relatively bullish on 2018 within the major client markets that we serve, especially those in the financial sector. We’re projecting significant growth at both brands and seek to continue to push into new product categories and client segments.

Lastly, it feels like a number of upstarts that pursued significant growth models will continue to have industry visibility. However, unlike perhaps the past few years, they will have to mature their models to meet investor requests and demands and provide real insight into how they will scale and how they plan on truly impacting the private aviation buying segment.”

Greg Raiff, CEO, Private Jet Services (PJS) Group

From January 18 Forbes.com:  “Our corporate and leisure business was up year over year more than 100% when we compare 2016 to 2017. We expect that dynamic growth to continue in 2018, as the geometric increase in the number of private flyers globally, and the price efficiency of our solution gains broad recognition.”

Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO, Wheels Up

From January 18 Forbes.com:  “Wheels Up is celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2018. We expect another banner year and to exit with 6,000 active members and a $400 million run rate with over 100 aircraft. We took delivery of our first three Citation Xs so we are now a three airplane type fleet. Wheels Up is revenue growing at over 35% per year, and we expect that kind of growth rate moving forward.”

 


Sources:  company announcements, press releases, articles, online media

FlightList PRO is used by the most successful and experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of users have arranged charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

Boeing Business Jet Coming to Unrestricted Charter Availability

Boeing Business Jet for charter with unrestricted availability, operated by Silver Air.

Boeing Business Jet for charter with unrestricted availability, operated by Silver Air.

US charter operator Silver Air announces the coming addition of a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) to its charter fleet, creating the nation’s only unrestricted charter availability on a world-class BBJ. Starting spring 2018, the new BBJ based in Southern California will begin serving global executive and entertainment markets.

Silver Air’s Boeing Business Jet has a 16-passenger VVIP cabin configuration. For overnight flights, a 10-passenger sleeping arrangement is available, complete with a master bedroom suite and private bathroom with shower.

The Boeing Business Jet is capable of flying more than 6,000 uninterrupted miles and is equipped with the amenities expected on an aircraft of this caliber including: global Wi-Fi, a VIP private office, lounge area, a full service galley with private chef services, and a high-end assortment of DEAN & DELUCA snacks and a selection of world class wines.

Boeing Business Jet cabin, operated by Silver Air with unrestricted availability.

Boeing Business Jet cabin, operated by Silver Air with unrestricted availability.

All 20 Silver Air charter aircraft are included ONLY in the FlightList PRO multi-search platform along with all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 operators worldwide automatically.

“This is an extremely unique opportunity for our charter clients to enjoy the ultimate private jet experience,” said Jason Middleton, Silver Air’s CEO. “Silver Air’s BBJ features the absolute highest level of service, luxury and comfort available in private aviation. There simply isn’t another charter operator in the country that has a BBJ of this caliber available on an unrestricted basis. It’s a game changer for Silver Air and our clients.”

Silver Air manages privately owned aircraft from Southern California to the Bay Area and Dallas. In addition to the newly signed Boeing Business Jet, Silver Air’s fleet includes light to large-cabin jets: Gulfstream GIV-SP, GIV, Dassault Falcon 2000, G200, Challenger 300, Phenom 100, Citation CJ3, Citation CJ2, and Citation X models.

The company’s charter fleet now numbers 20 aircraft, from turboprops to the new Boeing Business Jet.  The operator has acquired the ARGUS Platinum and IS-BAO ratings, and is a member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation.


Source:  company press release

FlightList PRO is used by the most successful and experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of users have arranged charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

Announcing New Charter Operator, Super-Midsize and Light Jets on Certificate

Freedom Jets charter operatorAnnouncing a new jet charter operator to the air charter industry, with a Hawker 1000 super midsize jet and two Citation SII light jets on certificate, based in the Austin-San Antonio, Texas metro area.

Freedom Jets (Certificate # 417A246O, USAC AIRWAYS 694 LLC) currently has ARGUS Gold provisional status and is Wyvern Registered.  They are authorized to operate across North and South America and the Caribbean.

The Citation SII and Hawker 1000A include onboard Wi-Fi, and the Hawker features a fresh May-2017 interior and exterior refurbishment.

Freedom Jets is included in the FlightList PRO multi-search platform automatically, as are all 16,631 aircraft and 3,419 operators worldwide.

Hawker 1000A super-midsize 9-passenger jet now available for charter with operator Freedom Jets

Hawker 1000A super-midsize 9-passenger jet now available for charter with operator Freedom Jets

One of two Citation SII light jets available for charter with operator Freedom Jets, based in the Austin-San Antonio Texas area.

One of two Citation SII light jets available for charter with operator Freedom Jets, based in the Austin-San Antonio Texas area.

Source:  FlightList PRO


FlightList PRO is used by the most successful and experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of users have arranged charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

Global Charter Operator Zetta Jet Calls It Quits

International long range jet operator Zetta Jet ceased operations yesterday, Nov. 30, according to court documents.  Zetta Jet owned and operated a fleet of branded Global 6000’s and Challenger 650’s and focused on the Asia-Pacific-US region, and had been embroiled in internal lawsuits and a Chapter 11 filing which is now moving to Chapter 7 proceedings.  The operator is turning over it’s air carrier certificate to the U.S. FAA according to reports.

zetta jet charter operator backruptsy

Global air charter operator Zetta Jet ceased operations November 30. A reliable source said the company is leaving its fleet of Bombardier Challengers and Globals parked where they are at the end of the day. (Photo: David McIntosh/AIN)

Aviation International News, by Kerry Lynch, Nov. 30

Just a few weeks after believing that it had lined up $8.5 million in post Chapter 11 petition financing, international air charter operator Zetta Jet is ceasing operations today and turning over its air operator’s certificate to the U.S. FAA. Court documents show that the trustee in the Zetta Jet bankruptcy case, Jonathan King, a partner and co-chair of DLA Piper’s white collar, corporate crime and investigations practice, has asked the court for a change from Chapter 11 proceedings to Chapter 7 proceedings. The change to liquidation came after the U.S. Court apparently denied Zetta Jet’s bid for new financing, a decision that was said to have come as a surprise.

Zetta Jet had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September after ousting managing director Geoffery Cassidy. Zetta Jet in mid-November announced it had arranged financing from existing lessor Scout Aviation II and said it hoped to secure a buyer for the company.

The Zetta Jet brand was launched a little more than two years ago and had become one of the fastest-growing charter operators in the Asia-Pacific region with a fleet of Bombardier Globals and Challengers. Although it was originally a Singapore-based company, the bankruptcy proceedings were filed in U.S. courts. The U.S. branch was built up following a merger less than a year ago with aircraft management specialist Advanced Air Management.


Source:  AIN article news article
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The FlightList PRO multi-search platform, the world’s largest, includes all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 charter operators worldwide.  FlightList PRO is used by the most experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of users have arranged charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.  Access to the multi-search platform for 3 users is just $90/month-to-month.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

Charter Operator Prime Jet gets Safety Audit Trifecta

Prime Jet CharterU.S. charter operator Prime Jet, announced today the completion of all three leading safety audits and registries in one week, according to a release from the operator.

Prime Jet successfully renewed the Wyvern Wingman and ARG/US Platinum ratings and completed an ISBAO Stage II upgrade.  Prime Jet has maintained the Wyvern Wingman rating since 2006 and the ARG/US Platinum rating since 2009.  As a result of this audit Prime Jet upgraded from an ISBAO Stage I operator to a Stage II operator.

ISBAO is an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations is an industry code of best practices, developed by the international business aviation community for the benefit its members.  Recognition for implementation of and conformance to the standards is available via an auditing process that results in an International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) certificate of registration.

All 4 industry safety ratings and registries are included ONLY in the FlightList PRO multi-search platform along with all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 operators worldwide.

CEO Cheryl Janke States “We have an incredible team of pilots and cabin hostess operating at a high level of safety and professionalism backed by the pre and post flight analysis procedures of our Safety Management System.”

Prime Jet is a privately held, Part 135 operator of exclusively Gulfstream aircraft, in business since 2001.

The company offers management models from part 91 to fully dedicated charter aircraft. With a fleet size of 15 aircraft Prime Jet maintains a boutique operation, allowing each client access to senior management.


Source:  company announcement

All four main industry safety program ratings and registries are included by operator ONLY in the FlightList PRO multi-search platform, which includes all worldwide 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 charter operators.  FlightList PRO is used by the most successful and experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of users have arranged charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

First Citation Latitude Available for Charter in Europe

Announcing the first Citation Latitude available for charter in Europe. The Cessna Citation Latitude is a 9-passenger mid-size jet.  It is the first business jet to combine a wide, flat-floor, stand-up cabin with a midsize price.  Derived from Cessna’s Model 680 Sovereign, it was type certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration in June 2015.

French charter operator and aircraft management company, iXAir Business Jets, announces their 2017 Latitude is now available for charter.

The full 7-aircraft fleet of iXAir is available ONLY in the FlightList PRO multi-search platform along with all 16,631 charter aircraft worldwide.  Get your free 30-day trial here.

The Citation Latitude is the largest aircraft in its category.  Its stand up cabin and large windows provide passengers with a spacious and comfortable feel.

Under French registration, this aircraft is commercially operated by iXAir and has already had great success with numerous flights to Italy, Spain, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey.

The Latitude joins the iXAir existing charter fleet of 6 aircraft including Citation CJ1, two CJ2+, a CJ3, CJ4, and a Global Express XRS.

 

Citation Latitude 9-passenger midsize jet available for European charter.

Citation Latitude 9-passenger midsize jet available for European charter. Photo credit Paul Schaller

Citation Latitude - the only midsize jet with spacious flat floor and 9 seats.

iXAir’s Citation Latitude.  The 9-passenger Latitude is the only midsize jet with spacious flat floor.


Source:  company announcement and information

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Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

Popular Phenom 300 Light Jets Added to JetSuite’s Charter-Membership-Management Offerings

Alex Wilcox, the chief executive officer and founder of JetSuite, stands in the doorway of the company's Phenom 100 jet at John Wayne Airport.

Alex Wilcox, the chief executive officer and founder of JetSuite, stands in the doorway of the company’s Phenom 100 jet at John Wayne Airport.  Photo credit Mark Rightmire, OC Register.

JetSuite, Inc. announced today at NBAA’s Business Conference & Exhibition that it has expanded its fleet with the first two of several Embraer Phenom 300s.

The company took delivery of its first Phenom 300s in late September and early October, and expects to begin flying this popular light jet as part of its charter service later in October.

“We began a remarkably successful relationship with Embraer products years ago when we were a launch partner for the Phenom 100, we’ve since added Embraer 135s and a Legacy 650, and now we’re excited to continue adding Embraer products by adding the first Phenom 300s to our fleet,” said Alex Wilcox, CEO of JetSuite. “We will continue adding Phenom 300s to our portfolio, both on our own and through our Aircraft Management program, which we debuted earlier this year.”

JetSuite’s 20-aircraft fleet of Wi-Fi equipped light jets are included in the Floating Fleets section of FlightList PRO‘s multi-search platform along with all 335 floating fleet aircraft and 25 operators.  Free 30-day trials are now available here.

The Phenom 300 has been the world’s best-selling business jet for the last four years running. It features enhanced cabin space, speed and range, as compared to JetSuite’s current light jet fleet of Phenom 100s and Citation Jet 3s.

The aircraft will debut as part of the company’s SuiteKey Membership program flights, for those traveling with parties of up to seven, and will initially be priced and offered interchangeably with the CJ3s.

The debut of the P300 in the JetSuite fleet comes soon after the company announcing its Aircraft Management program, to help answer demand for its charter flights and growth in the SuiteKey membership program. This management offering features several options that can offer aircraft owners reductions in the operating cost their planes.


Sources:  company press release

All 20 JetSuite charter light jets are available in the FlightList PRO multi-search platform which includes all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 charter operators worldwide.  FlightList PRO is used by the most successful and experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of users have arranged charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

Charter Floating Fleet Operator flyExclusive Plans Rapid Growth

After Delta acquisition, aviation entrepreneur charts growth with new airline

Seven years after selling his private jet service to Delta Air Lines, aviation entrepreneur Jim Segrave is “getting the band back together” in Kinston.

His new charter company, LGM Enterprises, is doing business as flyExclusive at Global Transpark. And it involves many of the same employees that helped him build Segrave Aviation, purchased by Delta subsidiary Delta AirElite in 2010 for an undisclosed sum.

This time, however, Segrave is doing things a bit differently. “We own all our own planes, for one,” he says.

To cover the costs, LGM has closed on $315,000 in debt capital, part of an offering capped at $2.5 million, according to a securities filing disclosed May 3rd.

flyExclusive and its 20-aircraft fleet are included in the Floating Fleets section of FlightList PRO‘s multi-search platform along with all 232 floating fleet aircraft and 14 operators.  Get your free 30-day trial here.

The 2-year-old firm already has a fleet of more than 20 airplanes, according to Segrave. He says flyExclusive adds a plane every two to three weeks.

While the first company had 17 different types of jets in its fleet, the new firm has just two. He says standardization means all of his pilots can fly all of his planes – giving him scheduling flexibility.

Editor note: The fleet currently includes 7 Citation CJ2 light jets, and 13 Citation Excel/XLS aircraft, all model year 2000-2008.  flyExclusive was recently highlighted in a previous charter alert as now being approved for the ARGUS Platinum rating.

Segrave says the business model is working. FlyExclusive targets high net-worth individuals, business executives and families. Already, the company averages about 1,500 hours per month in the air, with about a $60 million annual run rate, he adds. The goal is to increase the fleet to 50 airplanes “as fast as I can do it,” he explains. “It will probably take me two years.”

The firm has 110 employees.

Article in Triangle Business Journal here


Previous Charter Alert about flyExclusive, 7/14/17


Sources:  Article in Triangle Business Journal, public information

All 20 flyExclusive charter aircraft are available in the FlightList PRO multi-search platform which includes all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 charter operators worldwide.  FlightList PRO is used by the most successful and experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of users have arranged charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

VistaJet Launches Membership for Empty-leg Flights

VistaJet officially launched VistaJet Direct, its new digital membership offering priority access to one-way and empty-leg flights at preferential rates.

For a $10,000 annual fee, VistaJet Direct members can request bookings on all available VistaJet aircraft before they are offered to the charter market, according to a release from the company.

Bookings via the VistaJet Direct smartphone app are guaranteed and come with all of the company’s typical services. Through the app’s geo-location feature, members can receive a push notification when a flight near them or from their favorite cities is available.

According to VistaJet, the app offers real-time fixed pricing and the entire booking process can be completed “in minutes.” Members can also request flights through the app, as well as order catering and arrange other ground services.

VistaJet released this statement from company Chairman and Founder, Thomas Flohr:

“This launch is all about giving our customers, and all business travelers, as much flexibility and choice as possible. With the addition of VistaJet Direct, flying with us is easier than ever.  We’re always looking for new opportunities to make travel as memorable as possible, and make our customers’ flight an experience they will never forget. VistaJet Direct is the fastest and most convenient way to fly VistaJet. Customers can now book a flight and access the full array of our services no matter where in the world they are, at a time that suits them.”

Source:  Company press release


Past Charter Alerts about VistaJet:

VistaJet US Flight and Pax Traffic Grows Triple Digits, Worldwide Double Digits

VistaJet Adds Jet Charter Service in China


The FlightList PRO multi-search platform which includes all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 charter operators worldwide.  FlightList PRO is used by the most successful and experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of those using FlightList PRO have been arranging charters more than 10 years, and a full 1/4 – more than 20 years.  Currently 30-day free trials are available.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

New Long Range Intl Jet Charter Operator W/Fleet G650s, Global 6000s, Falcon 7X

Enter Phenix Jet International, LLC, and it’s charter fleet of – currently 5 – long range jets.  With ARGUS Platinum and Wyvern Wingman ratings backing up it’s intercontinental aircraft capabilities.

  • 2014 Gulfstream 650ER
  • 2011 Gulfstream G650
  • 2012 Global 6000
  • 2011 Global 6000
  • 2014 Falcon 7X

Editor’s note: Along with many other U.S. operators, Phenix Jet International aircraft are available only in the FlightList PRO platform, with all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 charter operators worldwide.  $90/mo., free trials here.

U.S.-registered and operated, the long range jets are based between Tokyo, Japan and Kong Kong, positioned for Asian transport as well as U.S./Asia nonstop luxury transports.

Asian based aircraft with U.S. operators, and holding ARGUS and Wyvern ratings are a rare availability in the far East.  Just 10 other operators out of 51 with aircraft in China, Hong Kong or Japan hold ARGUS or Wyvern ratings.  4 of the 10 are U.S. operators Avjet Corporation, Executive Jet Management, Jet Aviation and Zetta Jet.  Source- FlightList PRO


By TAMIYUKI KIHARA/ Staff Writer, The Asahi Shimbun Aug. 5, 2017

Charter Gulfstream G650 jet operated by Phenix Jet. Photo: Sojitz Corp.

Gulfstream G650 jet operated by Phenix Jet.  Photo: Sojitz Corp.

Major trading house Sojitz Corp. has set up a company to operate jet planes for wealthy individuals and corporate customers outside Japan in the rest of Asia.

Sojitz set up the subsidiary firm Phenix Jet International LLC in the United States, and has opened an office in Hong Kong, with the aim of offering “business jets” that can accommodate between four and 20 passengers.

The company is hoping to tap into demand for similar aircraft, which is expected to grow among wealthy people in China and Southeast Asia.

In operating the business, Sojitz will keep the jet planes on behalf of their owners and undertake centralized management of their maintenance, arrangement of pilots and operation of flights.

The company has already invested several hundred million yen (several million dollars) in the firm, which will be operated under the “Phenix Jet” brand.

Sojitz is not new to the business sector. It has been operating business jets, mostly in Japan, since 2003, and currently has about 10 jet planes available for the business.

The operation of business jets is flourishing in Western countries. Japan Airlines Co. began operating similar aircraft in France in May.

Demand for the mode of transport is also rising in Asia, partly because they allow efficient mobility in areas that are not served by regular flights. Sojitz expects there will be new demand for 1,000 more business jets in Asia alone over the next 10 years.

Source:  Public news article / The Asahi Shimbun / company materials


Phenix Jet charter aircraft are available only in the FlightList PRO multi-search platform which includes all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 charter operators worldwide.  FlightList PRO is used by the most successful and experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of users have arranged charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

How To Make Money With Airplanes- Management, Jet Cards, Charter: Operator Jet Linx Reaches 100 Aircraft at 14 Bases, 38 Added in 2016

Jet management company and charter operator Jet Linx reaches 100-aircraft milestone

Jet Linx charter operator management company

“A hundred airplanes is a phenomenal benchmark,” said Jet Linx President and CEO Jamie Walker. Photo: Matt Miller/The World-Herald

The trick to making money with airplanes is to not own them.

Jet Linx learned that lesson four years after the Omaha company started in 1999, giving up ownership of its jets and shifting to aircraft management and a private jet travel card service.

Now, Jet Linx is celebrating its 100th managed jet — actually, the fleet stands at 101 today — and ranks No. 3 in the highly fragmented industry of managing and renting out expensive air vehicles as a service to their owners.

“A hundred airplanes is a phenomenal benchmark,” said Jet Linx President and CEO Jamie Walker.

He hosted about 400 clients, staff members, vendors and others for supper at downtown Omaha’s Blatt Beer & Table restaurant, followed by a private concert by the band Smash Mouth at Slowdown.

No. 1 in managed fleet size is Executive Jet Management, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets. No. 2 is Gama Aviation, based in Hampshire, England.

Jet Linx added 38 aircraft last year and is headed for 110 by the end of 2017. Walker attributed that growth, about 30 percent a year in revenue, to the people running its network of 14 local private airport terminals, alongside the 95-member staff at its operational headquarters in Omaha.

From pilots to airplane polishers, Jet Linx has 485 employees.

Members of the Jet Linx local Omaha FBO team, with their Hawker 800XP midsize jet and crew.  Photo: Jet Linx

Joe Moeggenberg, president and CEO of air travel data company ARGUS International of Cincinnati, said Jet Linx’s local network is a unique structure in private jet management, an industry with 2,300 businesses, nearly all of them tiny, that manage private jet airplanes.

Jet Linx — an ARGUS customer — has a cost advantage because most of its flights start or end at its network cities, Moeggenberg said, meaning fewer expensive empty-cabin flights.

Aside from a few jets managed exclusively for their owners, Jet Linx’s card customers can book any of the airplanes made available at the owners’ discretion.

Jet Linx handles fueling, maintenance, safety checks, hangar storage and other services, including employing pilots, as well as scheduling and tracking flights for Jet Linx’s card members, more than 200 in Omaha and 1,300 total.

All 79 Jet Linx charter aircraft nationwide are included in FlightList PRO‘s multi-search platform along with all all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 charter operators worldwide.  Free 30-day trials available here.

Card members are guaranteed hourly rates — $3,500 to $8,500, depending on the size of the plane — as well as flight access and safety standards, Walker said. Their travel fees cover Jet Linx’s costs and supply revenue for the aircraft owners, often cutting net operating costs by 50 percent.

But no matter how well you manage costs, Walker said, there’s an industry truism: “You cannot make money owning an airplane.”

Besides operating expenses, aircraft prices are high, especially for long-range aircraft.

Jet Linx’s fleet includes seven-passenger Beechjet 400s that can travel 1,400 miles on a tank of fuel, often priced around $700,000, and 14-passenger, $20 million-plus Gulfstream 450s with a 5,000-mile range.

Walker said some businesses would end their company flight operations if they had to absorb all the costs. By bringing in revenue from travel card customers they can keep the convenience and time savings that jets offer.

Besides Omaha, Jet Linx’s local offices are in Atlanta; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Forth Worth, Texas; Houston; Indianapolis; Nashville, Tennessee; St. Louis; San Antonio; Scottsdale, Arizona; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.

Jet Linx is majority owner of each location, with a local partner as minority owner.

“We need somebody locally who gives us that credibility and trust and support in that community,” Walker said, plus contacts to recruit as travel card members.

Besides reduced “dead-head” flight costs, he said, the terminals provide local-style, personalized service for card members and aircraft owners. The local Jet Linx partner typically becomes “the jet guy” in each city, he said.

Later this year Jet Linx’s local offices will celebrate the 100-aircraft landmark. Jet Linx was founded by Denny Walker, Jamie’s father and now chairman. He is former head of MemberWorks Inc., an Omaha-based card membership company. Jamie Walker said Jet Linx has room to grow, with plans to open about two locations a year. He said another dozen or so U.S. cities meet Jet Linx’s requirements for airport services and other standards.

The Omaha World-Herald is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

By: , 6/26/17.  Article in the Omaha World-Herald here.


All 79 Jet Linx charter aircraft are available in the FlightList PRO multi-search platform which includes all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 charter operators worldwide.  FlightList PRO is used by the most successful and experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of users have arranged charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.

Two Popular US Charter Operators Now ARGUS Platinum

Two popular US charter operators now carry the ARGUS Platinum rating, the highest designation available from the aviation services and safety organization, ARGUS.  With this, 31 more aircraft spanning both US coasts, have the Platinum designation.

The two-year-old operator flyExclusive with its fast growing floating fleet has become a major player in the one-way pricing charter market nationwide.

Operating a defined fleet of seventeen jets, consisting of eleven midsize Citation Excels and six Citation CJ2 light jets, flyExclusive is included in both the Aircraft Search and the Floating Fleets sections of FlightList PRO’s multi-search platform, along with all 14 floating fleet operators and 232 aircraft.


Founded in 2006, Latitude 33 Aviation manages the largest and newest fleet of light jets in the United States according to a company press release. Headquartered at KCRQ McClellan-Palomar Airport in Southern California, Latitude 33 Aviation is convenient to San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

Operating a total of fourteen aircraft for charter, Latitude 33 offers seven Citation CJ3 and CJ3+, and four other Citations; M2, CJ4, XLS and Sovereign.  Rounding out the current fleet are a Phenom 100 and two Phenom 300’s.  All are manufacturing dates of 2005 or newer.

The fleet is based in Southern and Central California, the majority in the Los Angeles and San Diego area, including 9 at KCRQ Palomar Airport, Carlsbad, CA, a northern Suburb of San Diego.

The full fleets of flyExclusive and Latitude 33 are only available in  FlightList PRO‘s multi-search platform, the only source including all Part-135 certified charter aircraft and operators in the US and worldwide.  Free 30-day access is available here.


Currently worldwide, 1,698 charter, cargo and ambulance aircraft with 134 operators carry the ARGUS Platinum rating, 1,372 aircraft and 109 operators are in the United States.

ARGUS International, Inc. is one of four main aircraft operations safety services and registration organizations, and has the largest number of operators subscribing.

Other major safety services organizations include Wyvern Ltd., Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF), and the International Business Aircraft Council (IBAC).

flyExclusive and Latitude 33 both also carry the Wyvern Registered designation.


Other Charter Alert about Latitude 33, 9/29/16


Source:  Company press releases, news and public information

All 4 major safety standard organizations and 6 operator ratings are included by operators in the FlightList PRO multi-search platform which includes all 16,631 charter aircraft and 3,419 charter operators worldwide.  FlightList PRO is used by the most successful and experienced brokers and travel professionals in the industry; 80% of users have arranged charters more than 10 years, 25% more than 20 years.

Air Charter Alerts by FlightList PRO, are the latest announcements in the private air charter industry about operators, brokers and charter aircraft, and geared towards active participants in the industry.