Dubai: Private jet bookings are reaching new heights amid an epidemic that business-class passengers have long ignored as the biggest luxury. Those with critical travel needs have no choice but to travel privately to fill the void.
“This led to an unexpected and large influx of business travelers,” said Thomas Flor, founder and chairman of Dubai-based Vista Global Holdings.
Worldwide, there will be 3.3 million private jets in operation by 2021, 7 percent more than Kovel, according to WingX, a German-based commercial aviation intelligence firm.
This pandemic has allowed private airlines like Widget to show private customers that private travel can be a financially viable solution for long-term travel.
“Overall, private aviation has been fairly well maintained over the last two years,” Fleur said. In the end, the epidemic showed that it is not necessary to work at a high price.
By mid-2021, up to 71 percent of new VistaJet orders came from travelers who had not used commercial aviation solutions in the past.
“It shows how people value the simplicity, safety and accessibility of private flight,” he said. “While the pandemic has certainly provided a catalyst for changing and redefining the global aviation landscape, the industry can respond quickly and efficiently to change, helping to bring about a lasting change in perspective towards private travel.”
Changing the dynamics of private jets
Overall, GCC and the Middle East have been one of VistaJet’s largest markets for the past two years. Although the UAE remains one of the company’s top destinations, Saudi Arabia has shown strong growth, especially in the last six months, according to Florin, “We are traveling at the highest rate ever.”
He praised the high domestic demand for travel within the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. However, the company has seen an increase in long-distance travel from the country and the Middle East, particularly to the United States and Europe, followed by Europe.
On the other hand, these long-haul aircraft drive the demand for VistaJet long-haul aircraft and the demand for its expanded Bombardier Global 7500 fleet is among the highest in the world.
Overall, private aviation has been well maintained over the last two years. In the end, the epidemic showed that it was not necessary to work at a higher price.
Thomas FlorChairman of the Board of Directors of Vista Global Holdings
“Travel to Saudi Arabia is also on the rise, especially in April when VistaJet saw several planes enter Jeddah to perform Umrah,” Fleur said.
Changes in personal travel habits do not end here. VistaJet members seek longer trips around the world to achieve their goals. In addition, many choose great adventures and long journeys – in search of new, exciting and memorable moments.
Thanks to 10 brand new VistaJet Global 7500s, recent interrupted flights include St Morton Seychelles (14h45), Honolulu to Helsinki (13h30) and Lee (13h30min) to Jakarta. With a distance of 7700 nautical miles.
It is the largest, fastest and longest aircraft in commercial aviation, opening up a whole new world of private long-haul flights.
“We are pleased to see an increased focus on sustainability in decision-making, with 85 per cent of VistaJet members choosing to offset fuel-related emissions by investing in globally certified carbon credits,” he added.
Vista is headquartered in the UAE and the leader’s vision is to create a global ecosystem for private aviation.
Recent acquisitions of JetEdge, the fastest growing charter operator in North America, and Air Hamburg, Europe’s leading charter operator, have fulfilled that ambition.
With these acquisitions, VistaJet is actively growing its fleet with an unprecedented demand and is bringing under its umbrella two long-standing reputable companies.
This is the final step in transforming Vista into a highly fragmented trading ecosystem. This led to a successful merger of Apollo Jets, Dolon Air and Red Wing Aviation into the brand.
“Upon completion of these two operations, it will bring the globally integrated Vista Group into more than 350 aircraft, owned and operated, and we expect flight time to increase by approximately 30 percent globally,” Fleur said. “In addition, we are excited to welcome more than 1,000 talented young colleagues into the Vista family of professionals.”
VistaJet currently flies to 96 percent of the world – you can basically land a plane anywhere in the world, so it is already in every market.
“However, when it comes to growth opportunities, there are still great opportunities in the Middle East,” he said. “I installed VistaJet in 2004 to make the journey easier. We have introduced a whole new way to fly, access to the entire global fleet, payment for flight hours only, availability guarantee and zero property risk.
We are likely to see demand clearly greater than supply. It will be interesting to see how long this trend will continue and how VistaJet will run its business in the coming years.