JetSmarter is putting a push on full aircraft charter; Here are four reasons to be wary…and where JetSmarter says we were wrong!

After moving its shared flight program from free seats to paid and scheduled flights to a crowdsourcing model, JetSmarter apparently wants to focus on being a charter broker

12.4.2018 – Editor’s Note:  After publishing this article, Sergey Petrossov, CEO of JetSmarter, reached out to me to say he didn’t think the article provided a fair view of the company’s on-demand charter program. Normally, I would contact a company with questions before publishing, but after being told three times over the past two-and-a-half months JetSmarter wasn’t going to answer my questions, I didn’t bother. The article was also designed to highlight four places I saw shortcomings in their offerings. However, I have happily integrated Petrossov’s responses to my points in red and as always welcome any critiques people have on what I publish.”

Despite mounting lawsuits, JetSmarter is now more aggressively marketing full aircraft charters, apparently trying to compete with a host of online and offline brokers. While the sharing economy private jet provider has always sold full aircraft charters, it recently began displaying options for full aircraft charters when searching for flights, which are now apparently nearly all built on a crowdsourcing model as opposed to its previous model of having scheduled private jet flights to book by the seat.

Reports: VistaJet and Flexjet eyeing major expansion moves with new aircraft and geography

According to two separate reports in Aviation International News, VistaJet and Flexjet have growth on their minds

 

Two key players in the fractional ownership, lease and jet card space VistaJet and Flexjet are both planning potentially significant expansion plans, according to aviation trade journal Aviation International News.

Air Charter Service marks 10 years in Hong Kong

The company recently launched capped rate jet cards in Europe and the U.S. and also offers a custom jet card product

 

Air Charter Service says it has marked a decade of operations in Hong Kong with a big party. Justin Bowman, ACS Group CEO, and Justin Lancaster, ACS Group Commercial Director, both flew out to Asia to help get the celebrations underway. Also invited were board members from the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), including its CEO, Mike Walsh, according to a press release received by Private Jet Card Comparisons.

Flexjet supports Puerto Rico’s art scene with Charitybuzz Hamilton auction

Fractional share, lease and jet card fleet operator Flexjet is auctioning a Closing Night of Hamilton in Puerto Rico trip

 

Flexjet and leading auction site for cause, Charitybuzz, have partnered to bring Hamilton fans the ultimate travel experience to Closing Night of Hamilton in Puerto Rico, plus VIP after-party access: Charitybuzz.com/Flexjet.

Wheels Up is launching a guaranteed rate light jet program; expanding its flight sharing platform

The new light jet program will provide attractive jet pricing for key north-south routes

 

Wheels Up is poised to launch its first off-fleet pay-as-you-go guaranteed rate program early next year with a light jet card, founder and CEO Kenny Dichter tells Private Jet Card Comparisons. He said the aircraft will come from the jet card provider’s network of vetted operators and will provide members a solution priced between its King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS that will be ideal from places like Boston, New York and Chicago to popular Florida destinations such as Palm Beach, Miami, and Naples.