Private jet registrations have increased worldwide. Travel Tomorrow reported the trend of rising private jet usage last year, as people favoured individual transport coming out of the pandemic and sought to avoid airport disruptions.
Private flyers score the experience highly for time management; productivity; accessibility; cost-value ratio; service level and pricing; safety; and economic growth.
That preference has continued, with Simple Flying reporting an estimated 22,000 business aircraft worldwide and counting. Globally, the private jet market is now predicted to grow to $36.94 billion in the next four years. But which countries have the most private jets?
More private jets, both individual and corporate, are registered in the USA than anywhere else – over 14,600, or 62% of the global total. Nearly 40% are classed as heavy or long-range aircraft. Only 5.5% are very light craft, such as the Cirrus Vision Jet and Hondajet.
Texas has 11% of the total (1,651 ) within the US, making it the number one state for private jet ownership. Florida (1,619) comes in at number two, and California places third (1,431).
Like the USA, Brazil is a large country with remote areas and those facts are reflected in jet registrations. Brazil is the number two jet-owning country worldwide, with 764 private jets and 2,000 corporate planes.
Brazilian company, Embraer, the world’s third biggest plane manufacturer, has at least 130 private jets in the delivery pipeline for 2023. Around 30% of clients are first time jet owners, Embraer reports, which Simple Flying says shows a move away from chartering.
The rest of North America
Mexico places third with 974 private planes, though this figures dates to 2019.
Another country with both Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, as well as isolated and hard-to-reach areas, Canada, comes fourth with around 532 private jets registered across its provinces.
Europe does not feature on the ranking until fifth place, and Germany takes it. Although it has 496 jets and 284 turboprop aircraft, Simple Flying points out this makes up just 2.2% of the global total of private jet ownership.
Significantly smaller in size, the Isle of Man, a Crown dependency a 2-4 hour ferry journey from the UK’s west coast comes, is sixth, and this is in spite of a five year decline in registrations on the Irish Sea island. Yes, it’s an island, but the real reason it comes sixth globally is because it’s an offshore haven for corporations and individuals to register planes in Europe.