Vista Global Sees Demand for Private Flying Surge Above Pre-Pandemic Levels in First Half of 2021
Vista Global – the parent company of VistaJet and XO – experienced record growth during the first six months of 2021, selling over 8,000 new annual subscription hours, an increase of 67 percent over 2020 and a 41 percent increase over the same period in 2019, according to an Aug. 9 press release.
The Group’s on-demand services also performed strongly during the period, with a year-on-year growth of 67 percent across all regions, and 55 percent compared to 2019. Demand for XO Deposit Members was also up 82 percent compared to the same period in 2020.
Regionally, the Middle East saw an increase of 153 percent in-flight hours operated by Vista, with North America and Europe registering 76 percent and 41 percent respectively.
“It has been an exceptional start to 2021 for Vista and we are making groundbreaking progress in all corners of the world in enhancing our position as the global pioneer within the business aviation industry,” Thomas Flohr, Vista’s Founder and Chairman said in the release. “Vista has seen a record first half of the year across all metrics and is seeing huge demand for our subscription and On-Demand based offerings. The surge in demand demonstrates how private aviation is the critical mobility solution, as sudden local restrictions continue to cause uncertainty for commercial fliers.”
Fleet expansion and interior modifications continued for the VistaJet and XO brands during the first half of 2021 as well. VistaJet added four new Global 7500s, while XO added 15 new aircraft. The total Vista fleet now includes 180 aircraft and access to a network of 2,100 “alliance jets,” according to the Dubai-based company.
Progress also occurred on Vista’s integration of Red Wing Aviation, Apollo Jets, and Talon Air into its portfolio to expand its North American footprint.
The private jet operator’s in-flight connectivity (IFC) upgrades to LuxStream across its global fleet of jets also continued during the first half of the year. Vista Global expects to add LuxStream to 45 total aircraft this year.
“Our momentum is strong and we are extremely confident about the future as we continue our global expansion in the second half of 2021 and beyond,” Flohr said.
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