International air charter sourcing platform Avinode is seeing a strengthening in the medium jet sector with inquires up by 39 percent in the U.S. and by 29 percent in Europe. Avinode, which includes midsize, super-midsize and heavy jets in the “medium jet” sector, traced 100,209 “trips” for medium jets for domestic U.S. travel from Nov. 1, 2017 through Oct. 31, 2018. That number is up from 72,262 trips sourced in the previous 12 months. A trip is a journey sourced through Avinode, but not necessarily booked, the company explained. By comparison, small jet demand in the U.S. grew 32 percent in the 12 months beginning Nov. 1, 2017 to 76,314.
“Medium jets fit the U.S. perfectly,” Avinode said, particularly for coast-to-coast or East Coast to Florida routes. The most frequent request for medium jets were flights between Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport in Florida. This was followed by Teterboro to Van Nuys Airport in California.
In Europe, Avinode reported 176,848 trips sourced for medium jets for the year beginning Nov. 1, 2017, up from 137,091 in the previous year.
Avinode pointed to the operational benefits and short-field capabilities of medium jets, but also believes news of new models helps provide a boost to the sector, pointing to the imminent certification of the Cessna Citation Longitude and the unveiling of Embraer's Praetor 600 and 500.