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U.S. Business Aviation Sector Sees Over 367,000 More Flights in 2022 Versus 2019

An analysis of industry data by Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) found that U.S. business jet departures totaled 4.06 million for 2022, nearly 10 percent more than the pre-pandemic period in 2019.

ACJ TwoTwenty - Courtesy Airbus Corporate Jets

On Tuesday (February 21, 2023), Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) published an analysis of industry data for the U.S. business aviation sector for 2022. Last year, there were 4.06 million business aircraft departures, an increase of 367,400 or nearly 10 percent more than the pre-pandemic period in 2019. During 2022, U.S. business aircraft departures increased each month compared to the corresponding months in 2019, while the hours flown increased year-over-three by 3.5 percent. For larger jets, including ultra-long-range (ULR) and ‘bizliner’ aircraft the number of departures in 2022 was over 562,000, an increase of 19.4 percent versus 2019, with 99.9 percent of flights operated on routes less than 5,500 nautical miles.

Some of the busiest airports in the U.S. for large and long-rage (LR) business aircraft in 2022 included Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) in West Palm Beach, Florida, Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF) in Miami and Scottsdale Airport (SCF) in Phoenix, Arizona.

Commenting on the 2022 performance of the U.S. business aircraft segment, Airbus Corporate Jet’s Vice President – North America, Sean McGeough, said,

“The U.S. business aviationmarket enjoyed strong growth last year, and a key factor behind this was more people using private jets during COVID-19 and a reluctance among many to give up the considerable benefits they offer. The pandemic resulted in a significant increase in people using business aviation for the first time. This will have a long-term positive impact on the growth of the market.”

Select U.S. Airport Busness Aircraft Departures Comparing 2019 to 2022 - Courtesy ACJ

ACJ offers a range of superlative large business jets, the latest of which is the ACJ TwoTwenty, launched in October 2020, creating a new market segment, ‘The Xtra Large Bizjet.’ The ACJ TwoTwenty combines intercontinental range with ample personal space, and is the only business jet featuring six wide VIP living areas, each measuring 130 square feet. The aircraft can fly over 12 hours with a range of 5,650 nautical miles, and an expansive 786 square feet of floor space.

The ACJ TwoTwenty is the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class, offering unbeatable economics and unrivaled reliability, at around the same price as ULR business jets. The TwoTwenty also occupies the same parking footprint as competitive ULR jets, and can operate from the same airports. As with all ACJ aircraft, the ACJ TwoTwenty is certified to fly on a 50 percent blend of SAF, and the goal is to achieve 100 percent SAF certification by 2030. Currently, over 200 Airbus corporate jets are in service worldwide, flying on every continent, including Antarctica. To learn more about ACJ, please click here.

Source: Airbus Corporate Jets


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