JetSuite rebrands JetSuiteX as JSX

JSX operates scheduled shuttles using private jet terminals in the Western U.S.

Jet card and on-demand charter operator JetSuite has rebranded its JetSuiteX division as JSX along with a refreshed website, logo, livery and new ad campaign. The company said its goal is “to define its innovative form of air travel as a ‘hop-on jet service.’”

JSX says its mission is to “dramatically improve short-haul air travel by offering publicly available charter flights on 30-seat jets from private terminals.”

It now flies daily out of six airports: Burbank (BUR), Las Vegas (LAS), Orange County (SNA), Napa/Concord (CCR), Oakland (OAK), and Seattle-Boeing Field (BFI). JSX’s seventh destination, Phoenix (PHX), will launch later this month.

JetSmarter agrees to settle Class Action Arbitration filing

JetSmarter

The jet sharing broker remains the subject of individual lawsuits, however, up to 12,000 members may be eligible for cash and credits under a proposed Class Arbitration settlement

We take an in-depth look at the value of the proposed settlement

Anyone who was a member of JetSmarter from September 5, 2014 until June 19, 2018 should be receiving a Notice of Settlement (Arbitration Matter No. 01-18-0003-3338) as part of a Class Action filed via arbitration last September. It’s estimated as many as 12,000 former and current members of the private jet plane sharing membership program could be eligible.

The proposed settlement offers members of the Class a net distribution of $2,975,000 plus potentially tens of millions of dollars in free membership extensions and flight credits.

The action was filed by Solowsky & Allen, P.L., a Miami law firm, which also apparently negotiated the settlement with JetSmarter. Requests for comment were not returned from either Solowsky & Allen or a second law firm listed on the settlement notice.

Is Vista Group about to buy JetSmarter?

JetSmarter XOJET Vista Global Vistajet

Flight sharing and charter broker JetSmarter says it is being targeted by ‘unethical competitive practices’

A report in the New York Post yesterday picked up on industry rumors bouncing around the last couple weeks that JetSmarter would be sold to Vista Group, a Dubai-based holding company formed last September which was used as a vehicle to acquire XOJET weeks later. The report cited undisclosed sources claiming, “Both insiders identified roll-up artist Vista Global as the likely acquirer. But if talks between the two parties fail, and JetSmarter fails to secure additional financing, the sources said it could be forced into bankruptcy.”

JetClass sets by-the-seat private jet flights for the winter season

While Surf Air has pulled out of Europe and JetSmarter has none of its own flights scheduled, JetClass is seemingly making its by-the-seat semiprivate jet service work

 

By-the-seat private jet airline JetClass is increasing the frequency of its top-performing route between Zurich and Luxembourg, and adding flights between Vienna and Strasbourg, two cities in the heart of Europe which had never had a direct flight nonstop before, the company said in a press release.

Surf Air pulls the plug on Europe; plans to focus on U.S. operation

The Netflix style all-you-can-fly by-the-seat private flight membership seller had launched flights in Europe last year

 

Surf Air last week has retreated from Europe. It comes less than 18 months after it launched flights with a single Embraer Phenom 300 and the promise of additional aircraft, including the Pilatus PC-12. As part of the launch, Surf Air had recruited the former chairman of the British Airways – American Airlines transatlantic alliance Simon Talling-Smith and had enlisted Flairjet, the U.K. operator owned by Directional Aviation to operate its Phenom.

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