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Rise in private jet inquiries over coronavirus fears

by LLB Reporter
18th Feb 20 2:07 pm

The private jet sector has seen a spike in inquiries as people are preferring to charter their own plane over fears of the coronavirus outbreak.

Despite a typical “light jet” costing around $2,400 per hour and up to $6,000 for a “super midsize” jet, wealthy individuals and groups are turning to private companies.

VistaJet who are a private global jet firm said they have seen double digit growth for request.

Ian Moore, chief commercial officer of VistaJet said, “While a large portion of the increase can be related to Chinese New Year travel, we also attribute the growth to customers preferring a private flight rather than a commercial option during a delicate time affected by the coronavirus outbreak.”

Australia-based Darin Voyles, of Paramount Business Jets said his company has seen a “considerable” spike in inquiries.

He said, “Many simply do not want to send their aircraft and crews into mainland China. Aside from the risk of exposure for the crews, the operational and business concern is that when they return from mainland China they will essentially be unable to work for two weeks as they will have to go into quarantine immediately.”

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