Private jet fractional share and jet card provider NetJets has extended its contract as the Official Private Jet Provider of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions. The agreement solidifies a partnership between NetJets Inc. and the TOUR through 2022, providing flights, marketing support and charitable contributions to assist the PGA TOUR, tournaments, and players around the world, according to a press release issued by the two entities.
“We launched our initial partnership with the PGA TOUR in 2014 and it has been a mutually beneficial arrangement that delivers incredible exposure to our brand and value to the audiences we serve,” said Pat Gallagher, NetJets Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Currently, more than 30 top-ranked PGA TOUR players rely on NetJets to give them a competitive advantage by maximizing their time. We are excited to work together with the PGA TOUR on tournament activations and media opportunities, as well as extending valuable opportunities to our Owners.”
A comparison by Private Jet Card Comparisons prior to the PGA Championship in August revealed that by flying privately golfers would have saved 119 hours of travel time, nearly five days. Traveling between tour stops from the start of the season through the event held in Charlotte would have taken 192 hours by commercial aircraft versus 73 via private jet. In 11 of the 30 places the PGA visited, private jet travelers saved time by being able to use airports that are closer to the tournament venues. In 18 of 30 weeks, private aviation enabled golfers to fly nonstop whereas flying commercially required a connection.
Since 2014, when NetJets became the Official Private Jet Provider of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, the company has flown nine of the last 10 FedExCup winners and seven of the Top 10 world-ranked golfers. It also hosts its own NetJets Cup Pro-Am golf tournament for its customers.
“My time is valuable and I try to maximize every second I can get on the course and with my family. For more than 16 years, NetJets has made it possible for me to do both,” said Jim Furyk, NetJets Owner. “They do everything possible to get me to tournaments on time, making my schedule, my safety, and my comfort their priority. I truly can’t imagine traveling any other way.”
“The PGA TOUR continuously seeks quality partnerships that support our members and the TOUR on a global scale,” said Brian Oliver, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President, Sponsorship & Partnership in a statement included in the release. “NetJets is the recognized leader in the private aviation industry with an outstanding reputation for service, safety and comfort. In addition to our joint marketing efforts throughout the year, NetJets has direct relationships with a number of our players who regularly utilize their service for their private travel needs week to week. We are extremely pleased to extend our valuable relationship with NetJets for the next six years.”
In additional to fractional ownership, NetJets offers an extensive variety of jet cards. Earlier this year it introduced its first jet card without Marquis Jet branding.