Aircraft charter broker Sentient Jet reported 15-percent year-over-year growth in new clients, which now exceed 4,000, and the sale of more than 1,200 twenty-five-hour jet cards during 2012. Last year, charter legs flown by Sentient customers made gains on 2011, and compound annual growth averaged more than 5 percent since 2010, the company reported.
Sentient’s new enhanced 25-hour jet card, introduced last November, starts at $123,100. Clients can buy 25 hours in a light or midsize jet in two age classes, “preferred” (model year 2000 or later) or “select” (model year 1999 or earlier). The price includes fuel surcharge and federal excise taxes and a one-year lock on the hourly rate and fuel surcharge, as well as 10- to 15-percent discounts on qualifying travel and guaranteed availability “in as little as 10 hours,” according to Sentient.
Sentient Jet was purchased in June by Directional Aviation Capital. “We are exceptionally pleased with the overall performance of the Sentient jet card business, confirming our rationale for acquiring the company,” said Directional chairman Kenneth Ricci. He added that Sentient “is also proving to deliver benefits across our portfolio of innovative, service-focused aviation companies,” which include Sentient Jet, Nextant Aerospace, Flight Options, Constant Aviation and Corporate Wings.