PrivatAir’s insolvency marks another ‘good times’ private aviation blackeye and reminds buyers they need to research the stability of providers
Yes, it’s another ‘good times’ private aviation hiccup in what has been described as the peak of the segment’s 10-year recovery. “Any Jet, Anywhere, Any time” reads the on-demand private jet charter page of the Swiss and German private jet management company PrivatAir which said it has filed for insolvency today.
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 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.
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.
The private jet operator says it will continue normal operations
Friday night’s bankruptcy filing by Zetta Jet USA, Inc., first reported by Private Jet Card Comparisons, comes one week after a separate lawsuit filed by the founders Advanced Aircraft Management, Inc., and Anglo American Jet Charter, Inc., the two companies that became Zetta Jet USA, Inc. after their sale to Singapore-based Zetta Jet Pte. Ltd.