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Rachel Dixon

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What is a Jet Card and Why is it Replacing Fractional Jet Ownership?

As most people familiar with the aviation industry know, fractional jet ownership programs are steadily on the decline. This is because fractional jet ownerships are inefficient and a bad investment. The other reason is because they are being pushed out by the future of private jet travel for frequent fliers: jet cards.

Jet Card 2.0
A jet card is a prepaid debit card that is bought in 25-hour increments. Participants in jet card programs can book a flight on a jet anytime, anywhere, with very little advance notice. Even more convenient, clients have already paid so they don't have to take the time to go to the bank, wire the money and sign the paperwork.


What really makes jet card programs so desirable? Fixed rates. It costs the same amount per hour to fly from Seattle to Houston as it does from Los Angeles to New York, or anywhere else. For clients that fly to multiple destinations in the US regularly, this can mean huge savings, sometimes thousands of dollars. It also means being reassured that the fee is always the same - no surprises. Programs like the Jet Card 2.0TM program from JetHub take it one step farther by including fuel in the hourly rate. Many private jet charter companies use fuel as a way to make extra money on flights, sometimes charging clients up to $10,000 per year in inflated fuel costs.


In sum, a jet card program is:


• A smarter financial investment than fractional jet ownership - no inflation, no depreciation of assets, and planes are always available when clients need them. No blackout days.
• Cheaper than booking flight-by-flight for long trips. A fixed hourly rate saves bi-coastal travelers (think Los Angeles-New York) thousands of dollars per year.
• Money saved on fuel costs. With fuel built into the price, there are no surprise costs outside of what was already paid.
• No surprises and no waiting. Clients pay in advance and fly whenever they want, wherever they want, without any hassle.

 

Now is an especially good time to purchase a jet card. JetHub, a private jet charter company based in Arizona, is offering a promotional special on the Jet Card 2.0TM. Buy 25 hours and get 5 hours free with your first purchase. Save over $21,000!


Topics: JetCard 2.0 private aviation industry fractional jet ownership private jet travel

Fractional Jet Ownership Declining for Private Jet Industry

 

Fractional Jet Ownership

 

Fractional jet ownership has been a popular mode of affordable private jet travel since its inception in the mid-80s. Recently, however, smart travelers are making the switch to private jet charter services for their travel needs. While both options afford the benefits of time-savings, flexibility, luxury, and convenience, private jet charter is a more reasonable and usually more convenient alternative.


More people are now realizing that fractional jet ownership is one of the most costly ways to enjoy the luxury of traveling about in a private jet without buying one outright. Although not as expensive as jet ownership, partial jet ownership still passes along the cost of owning, operating, and maintaining a jet aircraft along to its owners. Partial owners are charged whether or not they fly, and many owners for one jet can create a nightmare of conflicts, especially on common traveling holidays like Thanksgiving. In these instances, some partial jet owners end up on private jet charter flights anyway due to a lack of capacity in the partially owned fleet. This introduces unnecessary hassle and overhead, and makes fractional jet companies less efficient and less able to handle the needs of passengers.


When travelers are in a position where they need or prefer a private jet for their air travel, the typical 5-year minimum commitments for partial ownership and minimum number of flight hours are off-putting to some. Private jet charter is quickly becoming the preferred method of aviation for those looking for convenience, reliability, and money savings without being locked into a specific aircraft. Private jet passengers want to be able to specify when, where, and how they travel without being locked into a particular aircraft and without having to work around others' schedules, and the private jet charter industry is an affordable option to cater to these passengers' specific needs.

Topics: private jet charter private aviation industry fractional jet ownership

FAA Certification for the Cessna Citation CJ4 Business Jet

 Cessna CJ4

The new Cessna Citation CJ4 is part of the Citation line of business jets by Cessna. The Citation CJ4 is now the biggest in this group of jets and promises noticeable performance and safety improvements. In addition to standard equipment, the CJ4 offers several upgraded features. The specifications for the new Cessna are:

  • Takeoff distance of 1,130 ft at maximum weight
  • Landing distance of 2,700 ft
  • Can reach 45,000 ft in 28 minutes
  • Flies up to 453 knots
  • Range just over 2,000 nautical miles
  • Four-screen Collins Pro Line Avionics suite
  • Electronic charts and graphical weather
  • TCAS II
  • Emergency Descent Mode
  • EGPWS Class A Taws
  • Multi-scan weather radar
  • ADS-B Out capability
  • Essential electrical bus

The aircraft will also debut the new electronically-controlled engines, the Williams International FJ44-4A engine, that the FAA also approved only recently. These engines perform significantly better than others in the same class due to improved technology. It allows business jets to takeoff and land on shorter runways typically used by turboprops only.  The FJ44-4 engine has the best thrust to weight ratio in its class, allowing it to be incredibly fuel efficient.

The newest member of the Citation line will retail for approximately $9 million per jet and deliveries will begin later this year.
Topics: Private Jet business jet private aircraft cessna jet citation jet faa aviation

Scottsdale Raises Aircraft Weight Limit - Good News for Business

NBAA and businesses in the aviation industry are praising Scottsdale council members for a decision that allows more aircraft to fly in and out of the Scottsdale Airport. By increasing the weight limit for aircraft allowed to takeoff and land at the airport, they are helping grow the Scottsdale aviation industry. Allowing heavier planes will attract more aviation business to Scottsdale and hopefully create more jobs in Arizona in the aviation industry. The decision raised the weight limit from 75,000 to 100,000 pounds.Arizona Aviation

The decision was approved unanimously after a long campaign from Arizona-based aviation business, as well as multinational corporations wanting to do business through the Scottsdale Airport. The Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) spearheaded the campaign, using letter writing, community mobilization and advocating directly with Scottsdale city council members.

The decision to raise the aircraft weight limit at the Scottsdale Airport is expected to boost the Scottsdale economy. There are a number of businesses in the aviation industry that wanted this decision because they want to do business in Scottsdale but were unable to due to the restrictions of the previous weight limit. In addition to the expected increase in business, there will also be a increase in tax revenue. This decision comes at no cost to the city and will likely increase the number of jobs available, grow the aviation business presence in Scottsdale and make life much easier for the aviation businesses already present in Scottsdale.

It's a win-win for aviation businesses and for the city of Scottsdale. Scottsdale hopes that more businesses in the aviation industry will come to see Scottsdale, Arizona as a destination for international businesses. The NBAA has publicly praised the Scottsdale city council on its decision and JetHub is eagerly looking forward to helping develop the aviation industry presence in our hometown.


Topics: General Aviation Private Jet aviation business private jet charter Legislation scottsdale aviation azbaa nbaa

JetHub Grows Exponentially in 2009

In 2009, JetHub was such a hit with consumers that we more than doubled our revenue from our first year of business in 2008. Bursting onto the scene with passion and vision during a time when many private jet brokers were closing their doors, JetHub has proven that a strong emphasis on client satisfaction, competitive pricing and safety is a winning combination.

JetHub's vision means providing 24 hour a day, 7 days a week service to clients. Designated charter advisors attend to every detail of a trip from the time the client steps out their door until they return home. This allows clients to save time and energy, letting them focus on what matters. Charter advisors reserve car services, organize catering, make dinner and hotel reservations and whatever else the client requires.

JetHub expanded from only a small handful of luxury charter advisors, hiring several more in 2009. By 2010, JetHub anticipates so much new growth that we intend to continue expanding our number in order to provide the same attentive, consistent luxury concierge services to JetHub clientele. JetHub also made such an impression on jet operators with our reliable business practices and fair dealings that JetHub now has access to the largest network of private jets in the United States. Our positive relationships with jet operators allow us to consistently offer the lowest prices available for private flights. With as little as four hours notice, JetHub can provide a quote for the lowest price, book a trip and have you in the air and on your way to your destination.

2009 was an exciting year for JetHub, but 2010 will be even better. With several new promotions coming up to inform clients about our innovative take on jet card programs - the JetCard 2.0TM and plenty of ideas for ways to improve private charter services for clients and operators, JetHub has a lot to look forward to.

Topics: aviation business private jet charter charter broker 2009