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Business Aviation Activity Soars According to Latest JSSI Flight Index


Business Aviation Activity Soars According to Latest JSSI Flight Index

- Average flight hours exceed 30 hours for first time since 2008

- Business aviation flight activity continues upward trend

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, July 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the aviation industry, has released the JSSI Business Aviation Index for the second quarter of 2018. The index tracks utilization of approximately 2,000 business aircraft worldwide and reports average flight hours flown on a monthly basis by region, industry and cabin type. Average per aircraft flight hours in the second quarter of 2018 exceeded the 30-hour ceiling for the first time in a decade.

"As we entered the summer season, one of the strongest periods of the year for flight activity, we fully expected to see an increase in aircraft utilization. However, the continued growth this year has been exceptional. It's also encouraging to report that average flight hours for the quarter exceeded 30 hours for the first time since 2008," said Neil W. Book, president and CEO of JSSI.

The JSSI Business Aviation Index tracks and reports on the global flight activity and utilization of business aircraft, including jets, turboprops and helicopters. Unlike commercial aviation, which is largely driven by consumer spending, business aviation is a tool needed for efficient travel to conduct core business activities. This utilization data ultimately provides useful insights into the state of global economic conditions.

Key findings in the second-quarter data include:

  • Average flight hours increased 4.6 percent year to date.
  • Average aircraft utilization of 30.35 hours for the second quarter was only the fourth time activity has surpassed 30 hours, with the previous three occurrences all taking place in 2008.
  • Of the nine industries analyzed, seven reported an increase and two reported a decrease in quarter-over-quarter flight activity. The growth was primarily driven by the business services sector, which saw a 15.8 percent increase in flight activity compared to first quarter of 2018. The aviation sector reported an increase of 11.3 percent and the consumer goods sector reported an increase of 7.7 percent. The largest decreases were seen in the real estate sector, with a 7.4 percent reduction in activity, and the construction sector, which reported a decrease of 1.6 percent.
  • Seven key regions are sampled in the index. Significant quarter-over-quarter increases were reported in Europe, with an 18.3 percent increase in average flight hours; and the Middle East, with 16.4 percent increase. Decreases were seen in South America, with a drop in average flight hours of 3.1 percent; and Africa, with a 1.6 percent decrease.
  • All seven regions reported increases in year-over-year flight activity. Significant growth was seen in Asia-Pacific, with a 12.6 percent increase in average flight hours; and Europe, with a 13.3 percent increase.
  • North America flight hours increased 4.5 percent quarter over quarter and 2.4 percent year over year.

For a full copy of the latest JSSI Business Aviation Index, visit

About Jet Support Services, Inc.

For nearly 30 years, Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), has been the leading independent provider of maintenance programs to the aviation industry, covering virtually all makes and models of aircraft, engines, and APUs. JSSI provides its customers with comprehensive, flexible and affordable financial programs and tools for managing the often unpredictable costs of operating and maintaining business and commercial jets, turboprops and helicopters. As the creator of the revolutionary Tip-to-Tail® Program, JSSI is the only single source provider of this trademarked service. JSSI serves customers globally and manages maintenance services through its worldwide infrastructure of certified technical advisors.

Other JSSI Services:

  • JSSI Parts gives clients the advantage of JSSI buying power and expertise as one of the largest purchasers of parts and maintenance services in the aviation industry.
  • Jet Engine Leasing offers engine- and APU-leasing solutions. JSSI owns several rental assets for hard-to-locate platforms and can source rental assets for almost anything that flies.
  • JSSI Advisory Services utilizes JSSI's technical expertise and global network to inspect aircraft, perform ASA-certified appraisals, assist with maintenance cost planning, manage maintenance events, and provide insurance claims management. JSSI's dedicated Asset Monitoring Platform (AMP), is available to aviation lenders as a tool to assist in the mitigation of risk and the management of financed aircraft.
  • Conklin & de Decker
    Conklin & de Decker is a leader in aviation research, consulting and education. The mission of Conklin & de Decker is to enable the general aviation industry to make more informed decisions when dealing with the purchase, operation and disposition of aircraft by furnishing objective and impartial information.

Contact Information

Marj Rose, MarketLift

Tom Morton, JSSI

+1 214.862.8992

+1 312.644.8779


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