DUBLIN, 11 Oct. 2012. The U.S. air charter services industry includes roughly 2,300 companies with combined annual revenue of more than $12 billion; yet, the industry is concentrated, with the 50 largest companies accounting for approximately 65 percent of industry revenue, reveals the "Charter & Other Nonscheduled Air Transportation Services" report from Research and Markets.
Air charter refers to the on-demand, nonscheduled transportation of passengers and cargo. Major companies providing scheduled transportation of passengers and cargo include Bombardier Flexjet, Global Aviation Holdings, and NetJets. Charter aircraft include small piston prop planes; helicopters; turboprop aircraft; light, midweight, and heavy jets; and large, multi-engine jet airliners.
Demand is driven by corporate profits and the needs of the U.S. military, whereas profitability often depends on effective marketing and customer service. Large companies have advantages in fleet size and name recognition, while smaller companies can compete effectively by serving small local markets and offering lower prices.
Major services include: domestic passenger travel (60 percent of industry revenue); international passenger travel (15 percent); and air freight and mail transportation (15 percent).
“In general, charter flight is more flexible, extensive, and efficient than traditional commercial air travel,” says a representative. “Air charter planes have access to about 4,000 general aviation airports; scheduled commercial aircraft are restricted to the 500 US commercial airports, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).”
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