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What challenges does the private aviation sector today are experiencing?

Updated: Feb 27

Despite the development of online charter flight requests and bidding portals, 'empty legs' remain a wasted opportunity.

Private aviation's 'internet revolution' has generated more difficulties than it addresses (such as the price transparency challenge that surrounds many online bids for charters).

Private aviation has taken measures to digitize in recent years, but these efforts have not been sufficient to provide brokers and operators with the tools they need to prosper in an emerging digital environment.

To fully benefit from the digital revolution, the industry must embrace and utilize digital technologies to overcome its biggest obstacles.

Let's explore how private aviation can adopt these technologies to propel itself forward.

1. Request-Swamped Operators

As the demand for private charters continues to rise, operators are often swamped with numerous flight requests, many of which may not even be relevant to their business. The current digital platforms that spread charter broker requests often result in operators receiving an overwhelming number of flight requests, which not only creates an administrative burden but also makes it difficult and time-consuming to identify the best prospects.

Data should simplify operators' processes, not complicate them, allowing them to identify the most relevant and valuable flight requests. Insta Charter enables charter operators to take charge of incoming requests: they may view broker requests for information for private jet charter quotes. They have the option to accept or decline a request.

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2. Slow, manual flight request processes

Online platforms haven't been fast enough. Brokers had to manually call their network of trusted operators or use a static online bidding platform to request flights. Without real-time information and bidding processes, brokers often resorted to manual calling.

Insta Charter, a digital framework that addresses this issue, enables air charter operators to post their planes in real time and air charter brokers to post their trips; on a successful match, the brokers can then interact directly with the operators to get the most cost-effective quotes for the client.

3. The issue of sustainability and "empty leg"

'Empty legs' is a constant issue in private aviation, and most flights are expected to be empty. Charter Operators have the potential to make the most out of such 'empty legs' at a fraction of their normal charter costs, which could benefit the brokers. If the industry could regularly harness even a percentage of 'empty legs,' it could create more affordable private charter fees by using outbound and return journeys.

This could potentially promote better sustainability by reducing the need for additional return flights and accommodating more passengers on empty flights.

4. Supply and demand

Demand for private air travel has led to a surge in private jet ownership, which has restricted aircraft availability. With private flight demands soaring and aircraft supply static, operators and brokers can't meet demand.

Data can reduce industry pressure not by adding planes or flights, but by optimizing existing inventory. Empty flights are a wasted opportunity when demand exceeds supply. Online platforms must link the supply and demand sides of private aviation more smartly, so operators don't miss opportunities to satisfy demand, and more smoothly, so more trips are booked and fulfilled in a shorter period.

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