Published May 28th, 2021
Over the past year, Covid 19 brought with it sweeping changes affecting nearly every aspect of normal life. Among those changes is one that has surprised many - the growth of the private aviation industry. During a year of restricted travel and critical health & safety concerns, private aviation found itself well positioned to be a rare bright spot in the midst of crisis.
A Premium Value on Privacy and Safety
Naturally, in a year where travelers sought to avoid crowded, unsanitary environments, the privacy and cleanliness of private aviation stood out as a clear solution. With less "touch points" than your average run to the supermarket, many private terminals have spent 2020 adapting their practices to limit their clients' possible exposures. The result has not only been safer, but it's created a more convenient, frictionless experience for passengers.
Beyond the terminal, the added benefit of enhanced cleaning procedures and private cabins presented an unrivaled measure of safety for those who still wanted or needed to fly during the thick of the pandemic. Companies like Dumont JETS lead the way with innovative investments in health and safety measures like Microshield 360.
The data continues to speak to this new realization of the noteworthy value private aviation provides. Even as total commercial air travel has only climbed back to about 65% of pre-Covid demand in early 2021, demand for private charter had nearly fully recovered at 90%.
The "New Normal" in Private Aviation is Here to Stay
As we reach the mid-way point of 2020, we are happy to see our brave communities turning the tide in the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic – vaccines are rolling out, communities are re-opening, and life is returning to normal just in time for summer. Even with the incredible progress we have made to overcome this pandemic, one trend stands out in the private aviation industry – new customers are here to stay.
Ed Bolen, head of the National Business Aviation Association spoke to the remarkable retention of new business aviation clients (private charter and jet ownership): “(New clients) now understand that it is a remarkably flexible and safe way to reach places, especially those that don’t have frequent airline service.”
Of the new private aviation passengers in 2020, 96% expressed that they planned on continuing to enjoy private travel beyond the Covid 19 pandemic according to a survey performed by Private Jet Card Comparison. Of that group:
“I’m really not sure why I didn’t do this sooner,” said one new private traveler in the survey. Another added, “You can buy the cheapest car or you can pay more for a nicer car, with a better ride, safer and more comfortable. Private jets are just a better way to travel if you can afford it, and if you can afford it, it makes a lot of sense in so many ways.”
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The Future is Bright for Private Aviation
A wave of new passengers is great news for the private aviation industry. In addition to the rapid growth of new customers who are switching for the long run, a study by McKinsey estimated that only about 100,000 passengers utilize private aviation travel compared to the 1.5 million households considered affluent enough to afford it.
As the world continues to shake off the remnants of the Covid 19 pandemic, leading private aviation providers like Dumont JETS stand ready serve a new wave of first-time flyers. We are proud to serve as your personal aviation consultants to help you learn your individual preferences for private aviation. Our team excels at creating personalized aviation experiences that will demonstrate why 96% of passengers are choosing to stay with an elevated luxury experience.
When you're ready to enjoy the benefits of a custom private aviation experience, connect with our team. We're ready to fly when you are!