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:
The CEO of one of the largest jet card issuers recently talked to the Boston Globe, discussing his company, their customers and sharing some insights on their cards.
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.
The private aviation provider recently reported year-to-date, new jet card sales are up 40% over last year, while charter revenue is up 58%.
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.