Surf Air buys online private aviation marketplace BlackBird Air; Creates Surf Air Mobility Corporation

Surf Air acquires BlackBird

The new entity wants to ‘transform’ the 50-to-400-mile mobility market

50% of all flights are under 500 miles, it says

BlackBird was recently under FAA scrutiny

Surf Air has been trying to fly past liquidation of its European arm, a lawsuit with a former operator and IRS tax lien

Plans call for phasing out the BlackBird Air name

Los Angeles-based Surf Air said it has acquired BlackBird Air, an online aviation marketplace that has been under scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Authority.

Should you charter a private jet online?

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After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant booking technology, it’s finally arriving. Should you book a private jet online?

After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant booking technology, it’s finally arriving. But should you use it?

Many of the broker websites and apps promising online bookings were nothing more than electronic request forms.

But that’s changing, and increasingly, you may find yourself able to rent a private jet or turboprop digitally from a broker or platform, and without much human oversight, or at least human oversight looking after your interests.

FAA warns pilots, consumers about illegal charters; lists red flags

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“Illegal air charter operations pose a serious safety hazard,” says the Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday issued what it called important information for pilots and passengers covering safe air charter operations.

It comes two days after sending the jet-sharing platform BlackBird a letter it has found serious issues.

FAA investigation of Uber for private flights Blackbird highlights serious problems

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In March, Private Jet Card Comparisons published an extensive report detailing potential legal risks for users

“Despite BlackBird’s assertion that the pilots are not transporting persons or property, it is clear that they are being hired for that very purpose.” – Federal Aviation Administration

BlackBird CEO Rudd Davis says the company “will pause” activity under FAA scrutiny. Calls it “a minority of our business.”

Read the full letter from the FAA to BlackBird

In a letter dated Dec. 17, 2019, obtained by Private Jet Card Comparisons, the Federal Aviation Administration tells Uber for private flight digital platform Blackbird it plans to continue an investigation into the company.

How not to get burned when you buy a private jet membership

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Lawsuits, closures, bankruptcies and lack of transparency show the challenges consumers face

In the two years since I launched Private Jet Card Comparisons, I’ve been surprised by the number of bankruptcies, closures, lawsuits, and lack of transparency in private aviation. In Europe, Wijet liquidated its UK subsidiary while Surf Air closed its entire operation there. Zetta Jet filed for Chapter 11 and then Chapter 7, leaving bills estimated at between $50 million and $100 million. ImagineAir just closed shop without notice. Both JetSmarter and Ascension Air find themselves facing unhappy customers, including lawsuits. Of course, there have been other failures before, including Avantair and Blackjet to name just two fairly recent ones.

How not to lose on your private jet membership

To help you avoid the same pitfalls, here are some tips I put together. While they may not be foolproof, I think they are helpful to keep in mind:

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