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Simply Jet sees fast-growing demand for global services
Despite a market-wide year on year decline in flight movements, overall activity still exceeds pre-pandemic levels. Simply Jet capitalised on strong demand in 2023, particularly in Central Europe.

While operating in a demanding industry characterised by high-interest rates, ongoing inflationary pressures and geopolitical tensions, Switzerland-headquartered charter brokerage Simply Jet accomplished notable success, registering a record-breaking annual revenue of over $30 million, showcasing an impressive 36 per cent YoY growth. The company facilitated over 1,820 flights, with up to 25 aircraft departures per day during peak seasons.

Despite a market-wide year on year decline in flight movements, the overall activity still exceeds pre-pandemic levels. Simply Jet capitalised on strong demand, particularly in Central Europe.

CEO Yann-Guillaume Jaccard says: "The demand for our services in this region has been strong, which led to an expansion into new destinations. What's even more encouraging is our team's expansion over the same period, with the opening of a new office in Zurich and the development of new business segments." These segments, including group charter services and, most recently, aircraft sales and acquisition, underline Simply Jet's dynamic market presence and operational performance.

Jaccard credits the positive figures to the company's steadfast commitment to its core values, the 'asset-light' business model, and the changing travel preferences of UHNWIs. "Unlike traditional charter companies burdened by heavy aircraft maintenance costs and depreciation, our asset-light business model allows us to prioritise the quality and experience of our clients," he adds. "By divesting from heavy asset ownership, we can allocate resources towards enhancing service standards, tailoring experiences and delivering exceptional customer satisfaction. This adaptability not only fuels our growth but also ensures the sustainability and stability of our operations."

The evolving preferences of affluent clients in the private aviation sector further illustrate the company's flexibility and responsiveness to changing market dynamics. Amid ongoing geopolitical and market uncertainties, a notable shift is occurring in the travel habits of these UHNWIs. This shift has been particularly pronounced post-pandemic, as individuals and businesses are drawn towards safer, more controlled environments, paired with the exclusivity and tailored services that companies such as Simply Jet provide. Jaccard adds: "It is particularly interesting to note that the aircraft we chartered the most are cost-efficient light jets. This proves that our industry primarily allows companies to get business done, quite far from the ultra-luxurious image we are always depicted with."

He believes demand for private aviation flights in 2024 should remain steady with a +/- three per cent YoY variation. This conservative growth estimate reflects a market correction following the exceptional surge in previous years and indicates a period of stabilisation and cautious optimism in the sector.

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