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Are Growing Economies a Good Place for Private Jet Charter Companies?

Like many other industries, the airline industry has suffered over the past decade as the economy dipped and experienced a lackluster recovery. That struggle extended to private jet charter companies, but recent expansions in the niche industry may signal a recovery for private jet services.


Private Jet Charters and the economy

Growing Economies Need Efficient Transportation

Cities and states where business is booming are a great location for private charter expansions. Growing economies mean new businesses, expanding companies and more jobs. All those business folks have to get from place to place to give sales pitches, hold board meetings or conduct training. Private charters can offer affordable, efficient travel at a time when commercial airline ticket prices are increasing and flights run by the biggest airlines aren’t always reliable.

Why A Private Jet Charter for Business?

Private jet charters are expensive. Rates can range from $3,000 to $11,000 an hour for flights, but the services may still make sense for businesses. The cost of premium rates for flight time is alleviated by the benefits of efficiency and control. When business travelers opt for commercial flights, they could spend an entire extra working day traveling, which represents a loss in labor costs and possible delay on important projects. Add the costs expense of food, lodging and communication when traveling, and a one-day business trip can cost thousands. A single charter, which takes an hour or two both ways, can transport an entire team of 7 to 12 professionals for a premium price however mitigating and without requiring overnight stays.

Jet Partners Makes The Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Businesses

Inc 5000 Logo

This year, Jet Partners is part of the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies. Every year Inc. Magazine formulates a list of the 5000 fastest growing companies and publishes the results online and in a special edition of their printed publication.  Some of this year’s more well-known brands on the list include Fitbit, Planet Fitness and Smashburger.

The Inc. 500 annual listing was introduced in 1982 and expanded to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies. Every company selected must provide Inc. with evidence of their yearly growth to get included.  Rankings are determined by the percentage of revenue growth over a four-year period. In order to qualify companies must show four full calendar years of sales and meet certain criteria.  They must be US based and privately held.  They also must be independent (not a subsidiary or division of another company) and have 1st-year revenue of at least $200,000; with the most recent year at least $2 million.

Inc 5000 Magazine Cover

Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies Issue

Inclusion on the list also earns companies an invite to the Inc. 500|5000 Conference and Award Ceremony.  The conference brings together the current year’s list “class” as well as alumni, notable speakers such as businessmen, politicians and entrepreneurs.  This year’s conference will take place in Orlando, FL.

You can view the full list on Inc.’s website athttp://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2015/ and Jet Partners’ profile can be seen here: http://www.inc.com/profile/jet-partners

For more information you can contact Jet Partners a +1 (866) 235-2852 or email info@jetpartners.aero

PGA Championship at Whistling Straits

This year’s PGA championship at Whistling Straits will be held August 10th-16th.  This is the last major of the year and proves to be an exciting event for golf fans.  Many questions will be answered surrounding golf’s top athletes.  Will Jordan Spieth secure his 3rd major championship of this year? Will Zach Johnson defend his British open championship? Will Rory McIlroy recover from his recent injury in time to compete?  Will Tiger Woods finally find his stroke and get back to prominence? All of these questions will be answered by the tournaments end.

PGA Whistling Straits

Those traveling to the scenic course on beautiful Lake Michigan by commercial airline have their work cut out for them. The course is located an hour south of Green Bay and an hour north of Milwaukee.  For those traveling by private jet or aircraft, they have the option of flying into Sheboygan County Memorial Airport (KSBM) which is only a 15 minute drive from Whistling Straits.  With a runway length of 6,802 feet, Sheboygan County Memorial can accommodate almost every business jet on the market.

SBM Airport is most likely the airport where Golf’s top athletes and fans will be parking their private aircraft.  Anytime there is a sporting event that is located well outside of a major city more fans ultimately elect to take private aircraft because of the ease of travel. Instead of needing a whole extra day, spectators can leave late the night before or early in the morning on the starting day of the tournament and still make it to the event on time. Here are flight times to Sheboygan from some major cities around the country:

Chicago to Sheboygan: 30-45 min.

New York City to Sheboygan: 2 Hours.

Los Angeles to Sheboygan: 4 Hours.

Houston to Sheboygan: 2 Hours 45 min.

Due to Whistling Straits close proximity to Lake Michigan there are several posh resorts nearby for fans to stay at such as the American Club in Kohler, WI.  Fans could potentially check into the American Club and get to Whistling Straights within 30-45 Min of landing at Sheboygan County Memorial.  More information about the surrounding area can be found on the PGA’s area information page.P90081452 (3)

Weekly tickets to Whistling Straits have been sold out since last year. Only a limited supply of daily ground tickets remain so any fans who don’t have their trips planned need to act soon.  Slots and parking are also limited at KSBM Airport as is aircraft availability for the tournament dates. If you are interested in getting a quote on a private jet or aircraft to the last major of the year, call or email Jet Partners today.

Donald Trump is Running For President – Which Private Jet Will he Use on the Campaign Trail?

On 6/16/2015 Donald Trump announced that he will be running for President in 2016.  The 69-year-old Billionaire has been no stranger to the world of politics.  He has often voiced his opinion on everything from abortion and gun control to calling President Obama’s citizenship into question.  At one point even offering to donate $5 Million to the charity of his choice if Obama would produce his birth certificate.

Although he has frequently expressed a desire to run for Governor and President as far back as 1988, this is the first time he has officially announced himself for candidacy.

The Republican from New York can certainly afford to fund his own campaign and claims he will not be paying for it with donations. “I don’t need anybody’s money. It’s nice, I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m rich.” The question remains, which of his private jets will he use on the campaign trail?

Donald Trump owns a 1997 Citation X super mid-size jet and a 1991 Boeing 757-200 luxury airliner:

Donald Trump's Private Jet Citation X

Trump Private Jet Citation X Interior

Trump Private Jet - Boeing 757

(Watch the video below to see inside Mr. Trump’s 757)

The Citation X is the fastest business jet on the market however it only seats 8 passengers. It can also land at shorter runways than the larger Boeing, but the 757 has much more seating.   Assuming Mr. Trump will travel with an entourage of campaign advisers, assistants and workers he will probably be using the 757.

According to Flightaware.com the Boeing private jet owned by Donald Trump departed for Des Moines, Iowa just several hours after his announcement.  He also plans on taking trips to New Hampshire and South Carolina later in the week kicking off his campaigning early.

Trump Flight Tracking

Trump is no stranger to self-promotion, as is evident by the paint job on his 757, so campaigning for President should come as 2nd nature to the real estate tycoon.  If he does succeed in winning the upcoming election, Air Force 1 may be getting a Trump paint job.  So does the Donald have what it takes to win an election in 2016?  Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain, he has the means to create a memorable if not effective campaign.

How to Attend the Kentucky Derby and Mayweather-Pacquiao

A look at possible travel plans to watch the Run for the Roses and the big fight

The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao bout and the Kentucky Derby are two of the most highly-anticipated sports events of the year. They also happen to be taking place on the same day (May 2), separated by about five hours and more than 1,500 miles, making it all but impossible to attend both.

Or is it? It actually is possible to achieve a sports fan’s dream day. The only catch is you’ll need a private plane and something that’s even more difficult to track down: a ticket to the fight.

The post time for the Kentucky Derby is set for 6:24 p.m. ET. Louisville International Airport is only a couple of miles away from Churchill Downs. So an extravagant go-getter could bolt immediately after the race and catch a 7:15 p.m. private flight. This might be the preferred travel plan for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a Derby day fixture in recent years who told Mayweather he’s planning to attend the fight. A representative for Brady didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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Erik Hocoluk, managing partner for Jet Partners, said the flight would take approximately four hours. That would mean an arrival in Las Vegas at 8:15 p.m. PT—as bouts on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard are underway. Depending on the exact model of the plane a client preferred, Hocoluk said, the cost could range between $25,000-$35,000. His company has clients flying from the New York area to both events, he said. But nobody, as of Friday afternoon, had contracted to fly between Louisville and Las Vegas next Saturday.

Without private planes, though, it’s still possible to catch a few of the Derby day races at Churchill Downs and still make it for the fight. It’s just impossible to watch both the Run for the Roses and the main event in the MGM Grand. The cheapest option, as of Friday afternoon, would be a $194 flight that leaves Louisville at 3:56 p.m. ET, stops in Atlanta, and eventually arrives in Las Vegas at 7:45 p.m. PT. A more mid-rate option—and the only logical nonstop flight—would cost $361. It departs at 4:20 p.m. ET and arrives at 5:25 p.m. PT, leaving plenty of time for a pre-fight dinner.

But even those cheaper options would still end up costing thousands of dollars. The cheapest seat available for the bout costs $4,575, according to TiqIQ. The average price is $11,311, almost $1,000 more than the average for this year’s Super Bowl.

After getting into the fight, finding a hotel room might seem like an afterthought. Many of the city’s most famous hotels, such as the Bellagio and Wynn, are sold out for that night, according to their websites. Others, like Caesars Palace, have rooms available for $799. At that point, splurging for a few cocktails and just heading back to the airport might be the best bet of the night.


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