Private Jet Business is helping with transport of supplies and people
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) reports that the COVID-19 crisis is having a significant impact on business aircraft flights. On March 30 business jet and turboprop activity in the U. S. was down 67% compared to last year. Charter reservations are also down. United States cargo flights have not been significantly affected so far.
Despite these challenges, a recent Forbes article chronicled efforts of some operators to help out with humanitarian efforts. Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets transported 5.5 tons of desperately needed medical equipment from China to New York. VistaJets is offering assistance to governments and consulates helping them move medical supplies and staff by giving them available space on repositioning flights. Citizens who need help getting home are also benefitting from these flights. Another operator, Wheels Up, which operates King Air 350s, has started a program called Meals Up to sponsor 10 million meals.
These, and many more operators, are offering services that business aviation has a unique ability to provide.