What “Flying Private” Really Means Based on Victor's Trend Report

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While some jet charter companies may be struggling with business, Victor released its annual US booking trends for 2016 and things are looking up. Victor noted a substantial rise in demand for larger jets for significantly longer journeys to adventurous and remote locations. Victor also noted that bookings for long-range aircrafts like the Gulfstream IV and Bombardier Global 6000 are up 98%. 

Additionally, a surprising 82% of all Victor routes were ‘unique’ in 2016. This means that jet-setters are rarely duplicating their journeys – instead, they’re traveling to a variety of less tourist-ridden destinations. Victor offers ‘on demand’ charter service which makes them different than competitors who only offer designated shuttle routes. 

Take a look at some of the booking trends:

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Top 10 2016 flight destinations – global departure

Top 10 2016 flight destinations via long-range jets  

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • St. Maarten (gateway to St. Barth's)
  • New York
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Male, Maldives
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Ibiza, Spain
  • Moscow, Russia

As London and St. Barth’s are both frequented destinations in Victor's booking trends, travelers will be pleased to know that U.S. based private charter aircraft operator Tradewind Aviation has partnered with British Airways to offer travelers a one-ticket flight from London to St. Barths. With the new connection, passengers can fly out of London directly to St. Barths via Antigua. Travelers only need to show up 15 minutes before their flight – no TSA required. 

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