Organizers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) announced a new two-year agreement with Delta Private Jets, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, to be the official private jet carrier and presenting sponsor of the show’s Windward VIP Club, according to a press release.
“Similar to the yachting industry, private aviation is known for its extraordinary luxury and personalized service, with the two industries often intersecting due to their shared clientele,” the two companies said.
The largest in-water boat show in the world, FLIBS attracts approximately 110,000 global boating enthusiasts and 1,200 exhibitors from 52 countries to a five-day exhibition of yachts, and the largest display of watercraft, and marine accessories every November in Fort Lauderdale.
“Private aviation and yachting go hand-in-hand, delivering the utmost level of service and luxury travel accommodations. As the official private jet carrier of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Delta Private Jets brand will complement the spirit of yachting by inviting guests to learn about the luxuries of private aviation,” said Kelly Love, VP of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Delta Private Jets in a prepared statement. The Marine Industries Association of South Florida estimates that more than 1,000 private planes arrive at area airports during the show each year.
Delta Private Jets in June opened a new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility at Sheltair Aviation in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, featuring a 15,000-square-foot hangar and 2,200 square-feet of office space. The facility supports scheduled and unscheduled maintenance as well as servicing of private aircraft elsewhere in South Florida by a team of trained resident technicians.
“Similar to the yachting industry, private aviation is known for its extraordinary luxury and personalized service, with the two industries often intersecting due to their shared clientele,” said show producer Andrew Doole, Vice President and General Manager of Informa U.S. Boat Shows. “With its reputation for excellence built over the past 30 years, we are more than pleased to welcome Delta Private Jets as the official private jet carrier and presenting sponsor of our Windward VIP Club.”
The Windward VIP Club is presented by Delta Private Jets and is located at the Hall of Fame Marina. In partnership with Ulysse Nardin, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, this lounge offers a premium open bar and gourmet food offerings from morning through the evening. The climate-controlled environment will provide custom experiences including wine tastings by Wine Enthusiast and events by Delta Private Jets and Ulysse Nardin. The Windward VIP Club is adjacent to the show’s display of superyachts and an impressive display of exotic automobiles.
The Windward VIP Club also includes a dedicated concierge team to arrange yacht tours, local dining reservations, private transportation, and accommodations for private aviation on Delta Private Jets.
Open during show hours from Wednesday, October 31 through Sunday, November 4, Windward VIP Club passes are $300 per day per person and include entrance to the show and water taxi service. Passes are available for purchase through the show’s online ticketing system at FLIBS.com. Valet parking is available at the show’s Las Olas Marina location, 201 South Birch Road, for $70 per day, and can also be purchased in advance online.
Delta Private Jets is a leading jet card provider selling time on its fleet of over 80 WiFi equipped managed jets. An IS-BAO Stage 3, Wyvern Wingman and ARGUS Platinum operator, it recently increased the entry price point for its jet card program to $150,000 from $100,000. The card program enables members to select a cabin category for each flight based on their mission without interchange fees. Earlier this year Delta Private Jets announced a membership fee based empty legs program.