The Omaha-based Jet Card seller is looking to make its debut in New York a big one
Jet Linx Aviation may open bases at both Teterboro Airport and Westchester County Airport as part of its previously announced expansion into the New York metro area. It is also moving forward in its efforts to open a base in Boston and recently added former NetJets EVP John Daut to lead the efforts in the Northeast. Jet Linx will also open a sales office in New York City, CEO Jamie Walker told Private Jet Card Comparisons during a brief visit to the Big Apple.
While Jet Linx has a fleet of over 100 managed aircraft, it doesn’t sell retail on-demand charter but instead sells time the owners aren’t using via its membership-based Jet Card product. Its unique twist is that while it now has 14 bases, it doesn’t sell cards on a national basis, but instead in the footprint of its bases. A key differentiator is that it provides both owners and card customers a dedicated private terminal instead of using the FBO. The private terminal enables Jet Linx to offer more personalized care on the ground. For example, it stocks the favorite libations of customers on a cart for the days they are traveling. While they are away, cars are detailed and returned with either air conditioning or heat work based on the weather.
Jet Linx has said they are looking to expand in Los Angeles, San Jose, Salt Lake City and Chicago in addition to the Northeast. Over the past five years, the company’s footprint has grown as far east as Atlanta and Washington D.C. and as far west as Scottsdale. At each base, there is a dedicated president who oversees sales and service to that location’s customers and owners. From a marketing perspective, Jet Linx takes a local approach based on the nuances and interests of target customers in each location. It also means Jet Linx will be offering aircraft management to owners of whole aircraft in the New York area.
The Jet Linx membership program offers guaranteed availability and guaranteed rates – one-way and roundtrip. After joining, the program is pay as you go, however, clients can deposit money in advance, however, terms are the same regardless of deposit.