NetJets was rolling out the red carpet for its fractional share and jet card owners earlier this month in Basel, Switzerland for the original Art Basel, not the one in Miami. A partner with the art fair that draws some 300 galleries and over 4,000 artists for more than a decade, this year the provide jet provider owned by Warren Buffett engaged Frida Fjellman for a bespoke installation in its VIP lounge.
JetSmarter has been named in a class action lawsuit filed June 20 in the Southern District Court of Florida. It marks yet another challenge for the Ft. Lauderdale-based private jet membership program that shot into the spotlight with flashy celebrity marketing, including a tweet from Kim Kardashian.
David Sneed, the hard-charging President and COO of Delta Private Jets (DPJ), left the subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, Inc. several weeks ago. While officials from DPJ didn’t respond to a request for comment, Private Jet Card Comparisons understands a new leader will be announced in the next couple weeks. Sneed’s profile is no longer on the DPJ website.
While jet cards maybe hot right now – you can compare over 100 different programs in easy-to-use spreadsheets as a registered user of Private Jet Card Comparisons – the fractional market is still alive and kicking. In addition to NetJets and Flexjet, Nicholas Air and Executive AirShare have built themselves into niche providers. PlaneSense, Inc. at the same time is building its fractional ownership model around the Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12, the staple of fast growing Surf Air and distinctive by the propeller on the nose of the aircraft.
JetSuite is offering a “first flight free” discount when you activate or renew a SuiteKey account through the end of June. According to the jet card membership provider, the discount is to celebrate its entry into private jet management.
Online private jet charter broker Stratajet which launched in the U.S. last year confirmed internet reports on Flyertalk that it has closed its U.S. office, but a spokesperson told Private Jet Card Comparisons, “It’s very much business as usual at Stratajet. The US remains a focus of our business and we continue to provide a full, nationwide service.”
When we heard that Flexjet was coming out with a new app, we went to see what we could find about their existing ones. Well, we thought we had struck gold, but today we were told by a spokesperson, “The video you found on YouTube was just a concept proposed a few years ago, but it was not executed.” She added, “We do have an app our Owners can use, but we removed it from the app store in anticipation of the new app launch.”