Wheels Up has hired Goldman Sachs and Bank of America for ‘strategic initiatives’

Wheels Up price starts at $4,695 per hour plus Federal Excise Tax

The pay-as-you-go jet card membership club is moving towards “consolidation”

What’s next for Wheels Up? The company with its fleet of approximately 100 King Air 350i turboprops, Citation Excel/XLS midsize jets and Citation X super midsize aircraft is stirring some intrigue after its founder and CEO Kenny Dichter appeared yesterday morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

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VistaJet, XOJET report 2018 results

VistaJet XOJet private jet card programs

The two subsidiaries of Vista Global posted significant gains in memberships and flying last year

In separate press releases, private jet operators VistaJet and XOJET released results from 2018. VistaJet said the figures are preliminary and subject to change after auditing. Both are now part of Vista Global, a Dubai-based holding company which served as a vehicle to buy XOJET last September.

The Pilatus PC-12 was 2018’s most used “private jet”

The single engine turboprop was the most flown private aircraft last year

Last year, there were more flights on the Pilatus PC-12 than any other private aircraft in any category, according to data published by TRAQPak. In its survey of most used airplanes, the single-engine turboprop recorded 233, 676 flights, some 612 segments per day. Both Nicholas Air and OneFlight International offer the winner in their jet card programs. PlaneSense, which doesn’t sell jet cards, features the PC-12 in its fractional fleet, while Surf Air uses the type for its by-the-seat shuttle flights on the West Coast.

NetJets compared to Wheels Up 2019

NetJets

The two most searched private aviation companies are surprisingly different

Each month there are over 50,000 unique online searches for both NetJets and Wheels Up. While each play in the consumer solutions sector of the private aviation space, their differences underline something that is often surprising to many, and that is there are significant differences between the various providers.

Vista Global says consolidation, longer flights and lifestyle services will highlight private jet travel in 2019

VistaJet jet card customers increased 31% in 2018

Vista Global (parent of VistaJet and XOJET) founder and chairman Thomas Flohr offers his predictions for business aviation

Last year, VistaJet made news when it launched a Dubai-based holding company Vista Global and then weeks later announced the acquisition of XOJET, a large U.S.-based fleet operator and charter broker. At the same time, VistaJet has been solidifying its position at the top end of the global private jet card and charter market adding to its ferry free flying zones (now 95% of the globe) and top-end services for children, catering and oenophiles.

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