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.


Eleven years ago, Sherpa Report looked at some of the statistics regarding flying commercially – delays, cancellations, lost baggage, and so on. More than a decade later, the most recent Department of Transportation statistics can tell us whether much has changed and whether flying privately may still be a good alternative.

The private jet company, Jet Linx, likes to emphasize its local connections as it expands its network of bases across the country. The newest centers that are due to open are in New York, Boston, and Chicago. SherpaReport talked to CEO Jamie Walker about the expansion and the companies model for growth.

Ride-sharing social media apps such as Uber and Lyft have helped to revolutionize the taxi industry, offering passengers a greater range of options for getting around town. By 2015, Uber was a household name and publications from USA Today to The Robb Report started to speculate about who might be a comparable giant in the private aviation market.

The sales data from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) shows unit business jet deliveries in 2017 grew slightly last year. The annual databook reported 676 new business jets sold worldwide in 2017 compared to (a revised) 667 unit sales in 2016. The increase was helped by several new models entering full service during the year. Here are some of the highlights and the sales by manufacturer.

Both Flexjet and Wheels Up, have built reputable brands in the private aviation sector. They both offer access to a fleet of newer aircraft. But they have some significant differences in the planes and services they provide. Here’s a closer look at how they compare.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Trump’s Tax Reform Act) was passed in December of 2017 and includes some significant changes that impact anyone buying a plane.

Fractional aircraft company PlaneSense celebrated a double first recently with the entry of the first jet into their fleet. To make things more noteworthy, the jet was the world’s first Pilatus PC-24.

Jet cards have been getting a lot of press lately, and with good reason. For the right type of flyer, they can save both money and time. But a private jet card may not be the best option for you. It really depends on your flights, and where you fly, how often you fly and when you fly. In this article, we take a look at jet cards and the various alternatives.

As technology continues to make some aspects of life easier and more efficient, it makes sense that booking a private flight should be as stress-free as possible. Most private aircraft companies now offer some sort of app for taking care of reservations. These are an additional and convenient alternative to booking online or via phone. We take a look at a few of the available apps and what they offer.

Jet Card and Jet membership companies often have special offers to persuade new members to sign up. The latest offer from JetSmarter is for a limited-edition timepiece from luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot, which is available when purchasing a JetSmarter 3-year Sophisticated Membership.

The private aviation company has launched its first foray into membership-based products. The offering provides competitive, fixed hourly rates for on-demand jet charter.

Flexjet and NetJets, two private aviation sector giants, are both backed by firms run by some of the world’s savviest investors. They have developed similar luxury private jet ownership and card programs, that can be difficult to distinguish between. Here’s a closer look at how they compare.

Patriots Plane

The New England Patriots might not be feeling elated after their stunning Super Bowl upset, but they’re still flying high, thanks to the recent purchase of a pair of Boeing wide-body 767s (one as the chief in-season aircraft, and the other as backup).

Super Bowls are always a busy time for private aircraft. The most recent Super Bowls have seen between 1,000 and 1,500 private jets fly into the host city. This weekend’s game should be no different and if anything, the signs are that the number of planes will be higher than the last few years. Here’s a look at some of the numbers and details for this year’s event.

In the latest ten-year forecasts for the business jet industry, we see that the next decade is expected to bring slow but relatively steady growth. While no steep increases in demand are predicted, experts in the aviation industry are optimistic that the after-effects of the 2008 recession are now long gone.

With dozens of private aircraft service and jet card companies now vying for your business, it’s challenging to choose between the many types of pricing, services, and value-added bonuses. Here we break down the differences between venerable NetJets and newcomer Wheels Up.

We’re approaching the end of the year and that means there are several special offers available for anyone buying a new jet card or membership. Here’s a run through some of the offers that we’ve heard about.

It’s the middle of November and holiday decorations are already popping up. Private jet providers, like many businesses, are pushing to get deals done by the end of the year. Salespeople have their eyes on quotas and bonuses. As a result, they may urge you to, “Buy now to take advantage of the end of the year incentives,” while email offers encourage potential customers to “Beat the 2018 Price Increases.”

The founder and CEO of Wheels Up had lots to say at this years NBAA private aviation conference in Las Vegas. He has just raised new investment funds and is growing his fleet and his membership base.

Pilatus announced the development of the PC-12 at the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in October 1989. Pilatus believed that the PC-12 would fit a new market not served by existing aircraft, namely the King Air series aircraft, and it would be the first single-engine, turbo-prop aircraft capable of a large cabin volume, flying at high speed across long distances.

With some of the emotions from last years US election having died down – at least a little bit - we decided to take a look at how the Presidential candidates used private jets. The election spending filings show all the major candidates made use of private aviation. With the final candidates flying hundreds of hours and spending millions of dollars as they crisscrossed the country.

Global aviation company VistaJet continues to go from one success to another. Recent figures indicate impressive growth in multiple markets around the world. Formed in 2004 by Swiss financier Thomas Flohr, the VistaJet fleet is now 71 strong, with both Bombardier Challenger and Global aircraft.