With the move, Wheels Up will offer members fixed rates from the King Air 350i through light, midsize, super-midsize and large cabin private jets
Following its acquisition of TMC Jets and Avianis, plus the launch of its Connect membership earlier this year, and flush with $128 million in new funding, Wheels Up continues its aggressive moves.
During the National Business Aviation Association’s annual conference being held in Las Vegas, founder and CEO Kenny Dichter said in the next year the company will launch a no-cost membership enabling users to book on-demand charters using dynamic pricing the from its Wheels Up Marketplace launched in February.
Available to its jet card program members now, VistaJet
expects to have six Global 7500s flying by the end of 2020
Vista Global’s VistaJet will put the first of six Bombardier Global 7500 ultra-long-range private jets into service starting in January 2020. Members of its Program, the private jet charter operator’s version of a jet card and alternative to fractional ownership, can start reserving flights as of today. The company has said it has orders and options for as many as 30 of the new jets.
In addition to expanding its network this year to Austin, Chicago, Boston, and New York City, the jet card and private jet management company is bolstering its Elevated Lifestyle program
Fast-growing Jet Linx is adding Forbes 5-star resort Sea Island in Georgia to its Elevated Lifestyle partnerships. It is also expanding its relationship with KEY Anywhere, a network of local concierge services worldwide.
In August, Jet Linx added Medjet, a provider of global air medical transport for travelers, and earlier this year it brought onboard Huffman Travel, a Virtuoso travel agency to help support travel from its aircraft owners and jet card members.
Flexjet House in London’s Mayfair comes in advance of its
planned European expansion
Flexjet LLC last night marked the opening of Flexjet House, a global experience center and office in London’s Mayfair district, for what the company called “an integral step in Flexjet’s European expansion.”
At the same time, Flexjet announced Marine Eugène, former head of sales in Europe for NetJets, has joined its team as European Managing Director. Travel to, from and within Europe jumped 44% this year.
In a press release, it noted, “Eugène is among an increasing number of former NetJets executives deciding to join Flexjet in its reinvention of the private aviation industry.”
Fractional ownership or leasing of a private jet is a big decision. We give you a comprehensive overview of factors that will guide your decision
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Having read and reviewed dozens of articles that cover fractional aircraft ownership, I find many of them somewhat misinformed. The typical approach is to espouse fractional ownership as the ideal solution if your annual flying ranges between 50 and 400 hours.
Said articles recommend full ownership if you fly more than 400 hours, jet cards for 25 to 50 hours, and on-demand charter for less than 25 hours of flying.
I don’t want to say these generalizations are wrong. They’re just overly simplistic and can lead you to make a decision that might not be the best fit.