Private jet operators, brokers keep the music playing during the British Airways strike

As a strike by its pilots caused BA to cancel nearly all its flights, private jet charter companies said they saw an uptick in inquiries and bookings

Air Charter Service moved a 100-person orchestra and their instruments, while Air Partner saved a leadership team from missing their own corporate retreat

With British Airways canceling nearly all of its flights during a two-day strike by its pilots which ended yesterday, several private jet charter brokers and operators say there was an increase in both inquiries and flights booked.

“We saw a massive uptick for requests, both direct and from brokers,” said Bernhard Fragner, CEO of GlobeAir AG, an Austrian based operator of four-seat Cessna Citation Mustang very light jets.

Exclusive: Regional jet card and private charter operator ImagineAir suspends operations

ImagineAir was serving over 1,000 eastern U.S. airports with a fleet of Cirrus SR22 single-engine props and offering prepaid memberships up to $50,000

 

ImagineAir, a Georgia-based operator of Cirrus SR22s, which last November had said it planned to double its fleet of 14 single-engine aircraft has suspended operations, Private Jet Card Comparisons has learned. An email sent by the company said flights were suspended on May 24, 2018, although the email apparently only was sent to members and brokers in the past 24 hours. The company’s website is still active and is pricing flights, and we were able to get to where they wanted our credit card data for payment. Likewise, there was still an active area for members to use credits to pay for flights. Calls to the phone number listed on its website returned a busy signal.

Zetta Jet Closes Down; Set For Chapter 7 Liquidation

Zetta Jet was trying to compete against NetJets and VistaJet in offering long-haul, luxury private jet charter and jet card programs

 

The saga of Zetta Jet looks to be over, save for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation. It comes about a week after an announcement that the luxury private jet operator had secured $8.5 million in funding and ends a bumpy two-year journey that included boardroom brawls, accusations of fraud and a September visit to Chapter 11. 

Zetta Jet Chapter 11 To Move Forward As The Private Jet Operator Plans Continued Flights

A press release issued by Zetta Jet claims that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California is continuing with its Chapter 11 filing, appointing a trustee at its request. The move comes after two shareholders, including the former managing director Geoffrey Cassidy, received an injunction from a Singapore Court. Zetta Jet said the appointment of a Trustee would “ensure a unified direction” amidst the dispute between its shareholders. The U.S. Trustee’s Office is expected to appoint the Chapter 11 trustee shortly, according to the statement. 

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