In a busy year, XOJET has revamped its jet card program, opened a new sales office in Palm Beach, expanded lifestyle partnerships and continued fleet refurbishments
XOJET announced heightened investments in safety, flight standards and training as a response to a surge in business during 2017. In a press released, the company said it has appointed Daniel Ramirez, formerly at Embraer Aircraft Corporation, as its new director of safety. It said driven by a 13% increase in new membership programs under its newly-minted XOJET Access Solutions, which launched earlier this year, the company has doubled the size and reach of its Flight Standards Department and executed the on-demand private aviation industry’s first Line Operations Safety Assessment (LOSA). XOJET is the first Part 135 operator to conduct this rigorous program, which strengthens the company’s already robust set of safety protocols.
“We continue to invest in the areas that matter to our clients,” said Austin Schell, president of XOJET fleet operations. “The latest investments in safety expertise and capabilities, including the industry-first LOSA milestone, reflect that commitment.”
Over a period of seven months, to execute the Line Operations Safety Assessment (LOSA), specially-trained XOJET pilots observed 132 flights or line observations. At the completion of the observation period, the aggregate results were used to reinforce flight standards and training.
XOJET’s expanded Flight Standards Department, launched in tandem with LOSA, now numbers 30 standards captains and eight FAA designated check pilots. The combination of LOSA and the company’s expanded training capabilities together act as a quality assurance feedback loop, further bolstering XOJET’s capabilities as the premier, on-demand private aviation solutions platform.
“We find that our pilots appreciate the ability to participate in advanced training, and they want to be part of an enterprise that adheres to high standards,” noted Schell.
As director of safety, Ramirez is overseeing the execution and coordination of the Safety Management System. Previously holding the positions of flight safety manager at Embraer Executive Jets, operational safety officer of North America for Embraer Commercial Jets and corporate air safety officer at Embraer Defense and Security, Ramirez brings to XOJET more than 15 years of aviation experience in flight training and safety, regulatory compliance, and risk management. His outstanding credentials also include advisory positions to the NBAA safety committee, the Flight Safety Foundation Business Aviation Council, FAA’s General Aviation-Joint Steering Committee and the ICAO Regional Aviation Safety Group.
“It’s an honor to be a part of a company dedicated to the evolution of its own high standard,” said Daniel Ramirez, XOJET director of safety. “By employing LOSA into its safety protocols, and creating the Flight Standards Department, XOJET raises the bar. I look forward to working with this team to expand our capabilities as the premier private-aviation solutions provider.”
Founded in 2006, XOJET blends the expertise of a fleet owner-operator with the client-centric approach of a charter brokerage. The company now serves over 7,000 businesses and individual clients. XOJET owns and operates the largest on-demand fleet of Bombardier Challenger 300 and Cessna Citation X super mid-size private jets. XOJET’s safety ratings include ARGUS Platinum, Wyvern Wingman and ISBAO Stage III. XOJET is principally owned by private equity players Mubadala Investment Company and TPG.
XOJET Access Solutions, a subscription-based membership program for high-use jet travelers is the company’s entry into the jet card market and positioned against fractional ownership. Access Solutions comprises three membership programs: XOJET Select Access™, XOJET Preferred Access® and XOJET Elite Access™. All Access Solutions members receive priority access to XOJET’s fleet of on-demand super-mid private jets, even on peak days; entry to preferred partner network of 1,200 varying cabin-sized aircrafts; fixed-rates on light and mid-size jets for the first time ever; a dedicated 24/7 Aviation Advisor and flight rewards of up to 4%.
Earlier this year XOJET opened a sales office in Palm Beach as part of its strategy to grow its customer base in Florida. It has also been adding lifestyle partnerships, such as destination spa Canyon Ranch and golf haven Pinehurst. Private Jet Card Comparisons has detailed the XOJET program philosophy as well as the changes and expansion to its various programs.