April 7, 2020

Even as the global business aviation industry confronts declining flight traffic and escalating financial turmoil in the wake of COVID-19, dozens of operators are nevertheless stepping up to offer their services for critically needed humanitarian efforts. Forbes.com contributor Doug Gollan felt it was time for such efforts to be made known.

Part 135 air charter operator Wheels Up’s initiative to sponsor 10 million meals through Feeding America was one of the industry’s many charitable efforts highlighted in Gollan’s recent article, “Dire Times for Private Jets Brings Out the Industry’s Best.”

“I often find coverage of the industry in broad-based consumer media is tilted towards negative stereotypes, so I thought it was a good opportunity to make sure business aviation’s role as first responders was highlighted,” said Gollan, who is also the editor of the Private Jet Card Comparisons guide tracking over 250 charter membership programs.

Other business aviation programs highlighted in the article include European charter firm GlobeAir’s offering of empty leg flights to carry medical suppliers and personnel, and two NetJets Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft dispatched to bring 5.5 tons of medical equipment from China to New York.