EXCLUSIVE: Wheels Up introduces new entry-level membership offering, Wheels Up Connect, and fixed-rate light jets

Wheels Up

The pay-as-you-go membership program is broadening its customer base with its new $2,995 Connect Membership while launching a light jet program, anchored by the Citation Encore+, with a fixed hourly rate.

Wheels Up is no longer a two-trick pony. After five years making its mark principally on the back of King Air 350i with the help of the midsize Cessna Citation Excel/XLS, the New York-based privation aviation membership company is taking two big steps today. First, it is moving to fulfill founder and CEO Kenny Dichter’s vision of democratizing private travel even further with its new Connect Membership, which is focused on the concept of sharing flights, booking charter and accessing signature events.

Is Vista Group about to buy JetSmarter?

JetSmarter XOJET Vista Global Vistajet

Flight sharing and charter broker JetSmarter says it is being targeted by ‘unethical competitive practices’

A report in the New York Post yesterday picked up on industry rumors bouncing around the last couple weeks that JetSmarter would be sold to Vista Group, a Dubai-based holding company formed last September which was used as a vehicle to acquire XOJET weeks later. The report cited undisclosed sources claiming, “Both insiders identified roll-up artist Vista Global as the likely acquirer. But if talks between the two parties fail, and JetSmarter fails to secure additional financing, the sources said it could be forced into bankruptcy.”

Jet Card Buyer’s Tip #5: What you need to know about Peak Days

Jet Card Peak Day Policies

Traveling on peak days can sometimes seem like a different jet card program

You took the time to compare several jet card programs. You compared safety standards for sourcing aircraft and required pilot experience. You made sure the Primary Service Area (PSA) matched your flying needs. You compared rates and even factored in membership fees, taxi time and fuel surcharges. You think you found the best program. You sent in your deposit, and then you booked your first flight and bam. You picked a peak day and wow are you surprised.

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