8 Things To Know When Booking Your First Private Jet Charter Flight

As private jet travel rebounds to more than 80% of pre-COVID-19 levels, it does so based on the strength of you, the first-time private flyer. From large fleet operators to boutique brokers, virtually all report a spike in new-to-market fliers. Primary reasons include minimizing potential COVID-19 exposure and lacking airline schedules. 1. Where are you […]

List of Countries Open for Summer Travel

Many of the world’s greatest travel destinations are reopening to international travelers this summer. But not all openings are created equal. A handful of countries are letting in everyone, while others are inviting only a select few. Here is a definitive guide to the countries that are now welcoming travelers — or have indicated they […]

The Maldives is now open to all global tourists

Though border restrictions and quarantine measures are keeping people from visiting many of the world's most popular travel destinations at the moment, one country famed for its natural beauty is now welcoming all guests -- the Maldives. As of July 15, this island nation in the Indian Ocean is reopened to international tourism and, perhaps remarkably, very few strings are attached. Global travelers -- US citizens included -- will not have to enter into a mandatory quarantine upon arrival at Velana International Airport in the capital, Male. Nor will they need to produce proof they have tested negative for coronavirus. There are also no new visa requirements or additional fees to pay. One island, one resort In the beginning, international [...]

Dubai Reopens to Tourist – What you need to know

Dubai will reopen to tourists today. But traveling to the shimmering desert jewel won’t be easy, with the local government imposing several restrictions for tourists before they board their flight. What are these new restrictions, and what is it like to travel to Dubai in a post-COVID-19 world? Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was heavily impacted by the coronavirus. The local government, not wanting to end up like Italy and Spain, made moves to lock down the entire city and restrict the movement of citizens. They rolled out ambitious testing and ensured that they had plenty of medical equipment available to those few critical cases. On April 24th, residents were allowed to move around and visit one […]

Air Cargo rates decreases as demand boom cools

An air cargo boom driven by demand for protective gear against the coronavirus has peaked and rates, while still 50 percent above normal levels, are falling in a worrying trend for airlines relying on freight revenue in the absence of passengers. Declining prices may deal a blow to carriers that are scrambling to move cargo to offset weak passenger revenues as they rebuild networks by flying reopened routes with half-empty cabins. “The early-mover advantage has disappeared and I can see why some of the rates are coming down,” said Phil Seymour, president of aviation consulting firm IBA. “The market is becoming flooded with belly freight capacity.” About half of the air cargo carried worldwide normally flies in the belly of […]

Why Business Leaders use Private Aviation

There are many reasons business leaders and executives prefer the flexibility of private aviation. When asked about their reasons 9/10 agreed that their business has benefitted and qualified that with the reasons outlined below: No More Long Wait Times Long wait times are an issue. All commercial airliners work on a set schedule, and whether you’re traveling first-class or back in the economy, you’ll all arrive at the same time. Commercial aircraft operate out of select airports and, because of their size, they have to wait to use the large runways. This always means congestion. Anyone who flies regularly knows just what it’s like to wait on the runway or in a holding pattern for ages – annoying, to say […]

Private jet demand will have it much easier than commercial

“Safety first focussed travelers are likely to give commercial flights a long goodbye” Private aviation is bouncing back more quickly from the coronavirus pandemic than it did from the 2008 recession, a blow from which it never fully recovered. The prospect for a V-shaped recovery in private-jet flights is underpinned by a smaller base of customers who remained loyal throughout a decade of corporate cost-cutting. Private-jet operators and planemakers expect to win new flyers who need an alternative to pared-back commercial routes and want to avoid the higher risk of contracting the virus at crowded airports and airplanes. The full impact of the current downturn was delayed by an initial flurry of private flights in February and early March as […]

Handling Repatriation Flights – From Africa to China back to Africa

A lot of international routes have been restricted due to the Pandemic Coronavirus,  most airlines are still not operating completely and a lot of people are stuck abroad when COVID-19 travel restrictions were implemented. One of the best solutions for the stranded citizens is Repatriation Flights. What is Repatriation Flights? Repatriation Flights are special charter flights organized by the governments to bring their citizens back to their home country. The coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic ignited repatriation efforts across the world.  How do you find Repatriation Flights? It is highly advisable to check it with your Consular Offices or check the news on their social media handles. As the reservation process is different from each country. In some cases, the American Citizens are […]

‘New Normal‘ Could Bring Opportunity for Bizav in Asia

The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) is hoping general aviation and business aviation stakeholders will seize the current opportunity to expand their businesses and presence as governments around the region look at general/business aviation in a different light following the Covid-19 pandemic, the AsBAA board said yesterday during a webinar. “Life is never the same after Covid-19,” said AsBAA chairman Wu Zhengdong, who is also Avlon Pacific’s chairman and CEO. “China is concerned about the second [virus] wave and many facilities are still under shutdown or only partially opened. General aviation companies are operating but not to a full scale. But we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.” Wu expects near normalcy to return in one […]

Airlines parking planes at smaller airports to save on storage costs during COVID-19

The skies are eerily empty these days, presenting a new challenge for the world’s embattled airlines as they work to safeguard thousands of grounded planes parked wingtip to wingtip on runways and in storage facilities. More than 16,000 passenger jets are grounded worldwide, according to industry researcher Cirium, as the coronavirus obliterates travel and puts unprecedented strain on airline finances. Finding the right space and conditions for 62% of the world’s planes and keeping them airworthy have suddenly become priorities for 2020. While this was the case, an increasing number of major airlines are flying planes to a Gloucestershire airport to save on storage fees during the pandemic. Storage and parts company says it has seen enquiries from airlines wanting […]