By now, you’ve surely felt the effects of the global supply chain crisis in how you do business and across other facets of your personal life. As we communicated to you last month, these same supply chain and labor issues are also impacting aviation, both on the commercial and private segments. Common symptoms arising from this are clearly the scheduling of aircraft and flight crews as backordered parts and backlogged maintenance mean more aircraft out of commission for longer periods of time.
While this is creating a challenge domestically, the degree of difficulty is escalated within international destinations. To minimize the risk of having planes offline for maintenance and waiting for parts for prolonged periods of time outside of the US, some partners are temporarily restricting international flight segments. This situation has led to a significant decrease in the number of aircraft currently operating outside of the United States and is further reducing the number of aircraft and crews available for our flights that meet our standards for safety and service.
As a result, all flights outside of the US not currently scheduled are temporarily subject to on-demand market rates from the available aircraft within Magellan Jets Preferred Network. As Safety remains our number-one priority, only approved partners and flight crews are used for all flights. Our Jet card owners may still use their hours when flying internationally, and this situation will be handled similarly to when an aircraft is needed outside of their program’s booking window.