Inside Kenn Ricci’s Directional Aviation private jet empire

Kenn Ricci Flexjet Sentient Jet PrivateFly

Directional Aviation includes Flexjet, Sentient, FXAIR, PrivateFly, and more than a dozen private aviation B2B companies. Recently, its founder Kenn Ricci was the subject of an in-depth profile by Corporate Jet Investor. Here are the highlights…

Recently Corporate Jet Investor took a deep look at Kenn Ricci, the founder of Directional Aviation, home for a host of private aviation providers from consumer brands such as Flexjet, Sentient Jet, FXAIR, and PrivateFly to a host of B2B companies. Below is an excerpt of highlights reprinted with permission.

Private jet visitors bring $436 million to Tennessee

Tennessee private aviation

A new study shows private aviation travelers brought $436 million while general aviation tenants generated an additional $635 million

A study conducted on behalf of the Tennessee Department of Transportation found no plane, no gain. Or, more specifically, attracting private jets is good for the economy.

Private Jet Services (PJS) Group organizes Major League Soccer charter program

Private Jet Services

PJS Group offers jet cards and specializes in VIP airliner charters, including for sports teams, corporate shuttles, live entertainment tours and large families

In a process that typically requires up to two months of lead time, Private Jet Services (PJS) organized and executed a 30-flight plan to privately charter 21 international Major League Soccer (MLS) players to the United States in less than 14 days time. The project amassed more than 115 hours of flight time between 27 cities, 17 countries, and four continents.

Air Partner targets new and NetJets flyers with expanding jet cards

Air Partner

The diversified aviation services provider is targeting newcomers and NetJets leavers with new jet card offerings in Europe

Air Partner, which offers jet cards both in the U.S. and Europe, has launched two new private jet membership programs in Europe. One is targeted at new to private aviation flyers. The other, which debuted earlier this year, is designed to counter private jet leader NetJets.

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