New Flight Charters In The News

January 23 2012 13:14

CharterX Industry Headline News

In a year that saw worldwide private jet charter demand make modest but fluctuating gains, U.S.-based leader New Flight Charters reports the most popular aircraft chosen for charter flights in 2011 along with its strong increase in charter flight business. Data is from the company’s 2011 North America charter activity, including 1,105 separate flights with 587 charters, which showed notable increases of 27.2% and 16.9% respectively over prior year results.

Light Jets were by far the most popular size chartered, and were almost half (44.6%) of all charters in 2011. In listing the top five most popular light jets, tied for first were the Citation V/Ultra (19.1% of light jets) and the Beechjet 400/Hawker 400XP (19.1%), followed by the Learjet 35 (14.5%), Citation II (11.1%) and Westwind I/II (9.2%). Midsize Jets accounted for 21.1% of charters during 2011.

The top five most popular midsize jets were the Hawker 800A at 20.2% followed by the Hawker 800XP (18.5%), Learjet 60 (16.1%), Learjet 55 (15.3%) and the Citation Excel (5.5%). As a make overall, Hawker models combined were chosen for almost half (46.8%) of midsize jet charters. Turboprops were the next most popular category, at 20.1% of all charters.

The Beechcraft King Air, by far the most popular type chosen, accounted for 72.0% of turboprop charters. The Pilatus PC-12 was second at 12.7%. Rounding out the remaining aircraft chosen for charters in 2011 were luxury Large Cabin Jets at a comparably small 5.8%, Piston aircraft at 5.3%, and Super-Midsize jets at 3.1%. More details, analysis and an in-depth article are posted at

Published online by the World's Largest Marketplace for Air Charter Professionals, CharterX/Avinode, January 23, 2011.