Dumont Aviation Group folds Prospair Jet Charter under its umbrella

The move follows the departure of ProspAir director Christopher Tasca who set up a competing jet card brokerage

Dumont jet cards start at $125,000 for 25 hours on a light jet, plus 7.5 percent FET

There is more change, fallout or however you want to describe it possibly related to the recent C-suite changes at Dumont Aviation Group.

ProspAir Jet Charter was launched in 2016 as a Dumont subsidiary under Christopher Tasca who was previously director of aviation solutions with Magellan Jets.

ProspAir’s launch accompanied Dumont’s rapid growth from a seller of airplane parts into a rapidly growing charter operator fueled by the acquisition of more than two-dozen Dassault Falcon 2000 large-cabin jets being retired by NetJets.

Dumont and ProspAir jet cards

At the same time, Dumont offered nearly identical jet card memberships under the Santos banner. The ProspAir site now directs to a page that reads, “ProspAir Jet Charter is now a part of Dumont Jets.”

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Dumont has merged its ProspAir Jet Charter subsidiary under its corporate umbrella.

According to the landing page, “Previously a subsidiary of the Dumont Group, ProspAir Jet Charter has now officially joined forces with their parent company, Dumont Aviation Group. ProspAir will now be directed through Dumont JETS – their premier aviation service for chartering flights as well as aircraft sales and management.”

Previously a subsidiary of the Dumont Group, ProspAir Jet Charter has now officially joined forces with their parent company, Dumont Aviation Group. ProspAir will now be directed through Dumont JETS – their premier aviation service for chartering flights as well as aircraft sales and management.

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A review of the Dumont Santos Jet Card doesn’t reveal any changes, so the combination seems to make sense. It is believed that ProspAir was originally set up to help Dumont navigate the split between its wholesale business with its growing fleet and direct to consumer on-demand charter and jet card sales.

Dassault Falcon 2000 pricing

The Dumont charter page lists 14 Falcon 2000s with an additional three listed as coming soon. It also lists one Gulfstream GIVSP and a second one on its way, so altogether 19 large-cabin jets.

There are also two super-midsize Falcon 50s and a single Learjet 45 meaning a fleet of 22 aircraft.

That said, Dumont’s jet card offers light, midsize, super-midsize, and large cabin category pricing, plus dedicated Falcon 2000 rates.

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Dumont is offering two bonus hours with the purchase of a 50-hour jet card.

One of the more active jet card sellers when it comes to promotions, a current offer listed on its site offers “an additional free two-hour demo flight when you purchase a 50-hour Santos Jet Card.”

The program offers fixed rates and guaranteed availability with Wifi. Programs start at 25 hours with eight hour lead time for reservations on non-peak days and 168 hours on 22 peak days.

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Dumont Santos Jet Card pricing starts at 25 hours on a light jet for $125,000 plus 7.5 percent FET.

Light jets guarantee six passengers and start at $5,000 per hour plus 7.5% Federal Excise Tax. The Falcon 2000 is priced at $9,000 per hour.

Trading lawsuits

Dumont ran into turbulence in June when it fired its co-founder and CEO Kevin Wargo who then sued the company where he was a one-third owner. Tasca then left and set-up Alliance Aviation with Amber Martin, who had previously been identified as a Dumont executive.

Last month Dumont named Tasca and Alliance in a lawsuit against Wargo accusing him of backing the start-up competitor.

Alliance was recently in the news when it launched a program enabling owners to trade in their used jets for jet card hours instead of cash. Over the Labor Day weekend, Alliance offered a five-hour bonus when buying 50 hours.

An email to seeking comment to Dan Piraino, a co-founder of Dumont who assumed the CEO role after Wargo’s departure, was not answered. Previously he declined to comment on the competing lawsuits.

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About the Author Doug Gollan

I am Founder and Editor of Private Jet Card Comparisons, the only independent buyer's guide to jet card membership programs, and DG Amazing Experiences, a weekly luxury travel e-newsletter for private jet owners. I am also a contributor to Forbes.com
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