Aircraft charter broker company Air Charter Service has announced its plans to expand operations in its two offices in California.
According to the company, it has had a record year. Maddison Gerhardt, ACS’s Director of Private Jets for the state commented: “The private aviation market in California was always buoyant pre-pandemic, boasting the most amount of departures of any state, before the obvious drop-off following the onset of Covid. Since that slump we’ve seen a real bounce-back in the past 12 months with the return of the entertainment industry and business travellers flying again. Sales grew considerably and last year we saw 9% growth on 2019’s pre-pandemic levels, compared to the market which saw only 4% growth on overall departures in the state.
“Our Jet Card product, a pre-paid account with funds held on account, has seen sales skyrocket across the US – up by 127% year-on-year. We saw a lot of new customers turn to private aviation during the pandemic and we are now seeing many of them upgrade to a Jet Card, as a way to secure aircraft availability in a challenging market for fleet operators.”
Thomas Howe, CEO of ACS California, added: “We are looking to recruit talented aviation professionals to grow the team and drive forward from our record year and a strong first quarter to this one. With scheduled services not expected to fully return to pre-pandemic levels for several years, private aviation is going to continue to be in high demand for the foreseeable future.”
Air Charter Service arranges larger passenger aircraft and cargo charters, as well as private jets, and has seven other offices across North America, along with LA and San Francisco, and 28 globally.