Jet Suite’s SuiteKey jet card program starts at $50,000 and ranges to $400,000 on its all Embraer fleet of private jets
JetSuite, Inc. which also operates semiprivate jet shuttle JetSuiteX is relocating its headquarters from Orange County to Dallas, according to multiple reports. The company confirmed the move to Private Jet Card Comparisons.
Alex Wilcox, CEO of JetSuite, told The Dallas Morning News that the region offers lower costs and a large pool of aviation infrastructure and talent due to Southwest Airlines and American Airlines both having their head offices in the area. Earlier this week Flexjet announced it will open a dedicated private jet terminal at Love Field in Dallas, its former headquarters before relocating to Cleveland after its 2013 acquisition by Directional Aviation.
The Dallas base also positions JetSuiteX for expected expansion east from its current footprint mainly in California and Las Vegas. JetSuiteX sells seats on a reconfigured regional jet on a published schedule. By using FBOs it can cut total travel time for flights under two hours in half.
In addition to on-demand charter, SuiteKey provides a prepaid option with fixed one-way rates based on specific routes. The program offers guaranteed WiFi and includes deicing charges. Its 60-minute minimums with no taxi time make it well suited for short hop flying. JetSuite recently converted to an all Embraer fleet focused around Phenom 100s and 300s it owns and operates plus a Legacy 650 it operates under management. You can read our Jet Card Insider analysis of SuiteKey here.
Last month JetSuite announced a second investment from JetBlue and yesterday JetBlue said would start placing its code on JetSuiteX flights, a codesharing agreement. Qatar Airways, which also owns Qatar Executive, also made a “significant” investment in JetSuite at the same time. Qatar Executive is the largest Gulfstream G650 operator in the world. It also operates the Bombardier Global Express, Global XRS and Challenger 605.
According to a report in the Orange County Business Journal, there are about 60 employees at the current JetSuite headquarters in California. The article said JetSuite’s current headquarters totals about 17,000 square feet. Wilcox told the newspaper, ““Supporting East Coast operations from California is difficult; from Dallas you can get anywhere in the U.S. in three hours, and it’s a day trip.”