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Private jet execs reveal how they’re navigating international travel restrictions to ferry the wealthy using long-range jets

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A long-range Bombardier Global Express aircraft.
  • Private jet operators are reporting that their long-range jets have been the most affected during the pandemic has international travel has been greatly restricted by world governments.

  • Americans are only being welcomed into a handful of countries outside North America with most also requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test to avoid a quarantine. 

  • Repatriation flights have largely kept these aircraft flying with travelers still making their way home nearly six months into the pandemic. 

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A key selling point in private aviation is convenience and the ability to fly non-stop on routes not served by the airlines is of paramount importance to business executives and leisure travelers alike. 

The latest wide-cabin aircraft from Gulfstream and Bombardier pride themselves on being able to fly further than any private jets in their class, connecting city pairs previously

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Vacation trips, easing of travel rules fuel hopes of business jet rebound

By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL (Reuters) – A pick-up in leisure trips and easing European travel restrictions are driving demand for business jet flights this summer, fueling cautious hopes for a rebound in an industry hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, executives and forecasters said.

Commercial and business aviation are both seeing improved domestic traffic this summer. But private flights, which carry smaller groups and promise wealthy passengers less risk of exposure to the coronavirus, have generally fared better than commercial airlines since the start of the pandemic.

U.S. business aviation traffic is down around 20% year to date through July 19 on an annual basis, compared to a decline in U.S. commercial airline traffic of 48% over the same period, according to FlightAware data.

Adam Twidell, chief executive at Private Fly, a global booking service for charter flights, said his company’s booking levels are around 80% of last year’s mark

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