“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
Charter Pricing Stable, Demand Down
With the holidays over, demand for private charter flights has predictably decreased on a month-over-month basis. Projected demand for the next 30 days stands at 91.90 on the index employed by online charter portal Avinode. That's about half the level of 181.04 recorded on December 3. Nevertheless, there was an early indicator of longer-term recovery in the charter market since this year's
index was in fact up more than 26 points from 12 months ago. The latest Avinode forecast also suggests that pricing levels are holding up better. The global pricing index currently stands at 97.37, up almost a point from a month ago and more than six points above last year's figure.