Despite regulatory challenges, operators look to build business.
There is no question that charter and fractional providers remain a key part of the world’s general aviation infrastructure, accounting for a significant amount of flying activity. Charter operators worldwide, especially in the U.S., are enabling owners to earn some revenue to offset costs, thus extending the useful life of older aircraft. And fractional operators continue to refresh their fleets.
While charter and fractional flying remains fairly flat there is no shortage of efforts by service providers to build their businesses. And many of those efforts are reflected in AIN’s two-part Fractional and Charter Special Report.
Part 1 of the Special Report examined the current state of both industry segments, in the U.S. markets and in other countries. Part 2 focuses on issues affecting the companies that transport passengers. These include the efforts by the Internal Revenue Service to extract commercial airline excise taxes from charter/management firms; the presence of Web-based empty-leg and empty-seat brokerage services; how more charter providers are adding in-flight Internet capability to attract passengers; useful tools for operators and customers; the current year’s safety record; and more.