Wheels Up continues its acquisition of companies and talent, this time adding Laura Heltebran as chief legal officer
After plucking a former Amazon and Airbnb executive to lead its Wheels Up marketplace at the end of December, and a GE and eBay alum as human resources boss last week, today Wheels Up tapped Hilton Worldwide. Laura Heltebran joins the diversified private aviation provider as the chief legal officer. She will oversee all legal, corporate governance, privacy, IP, compliance, and risk, reporting to Wheels Up founder and CEO Kenny Dichter.
Wheels Up has acquired Mountain Aviation, the 10th largest U.S. Part 135 private jet operator, adding 59 private aircraft to its fleet
The deal makes Wheels Up the world’s largest Citation X operator and sets it up to be a major player in transcontinental private jet flights
Add Mountain Aviation to the list. After acquiring Delta Private Jets, Gama Aviation Signature, and TMC Jets over the past 19 months, Wheels Up has acquired the 10th largest private jet charter operator in the country.
Wheels Up has appointed Lee Applbaum to a newly created Chief Marketing Officer position
Wheels Up has appointed marketing veteran Lee Applbaum to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer. Applbaum will lead all strategic marketing and brand positioning for the company as it integrates its multiple acquisitions from the past 18 months. It has also launched a whole aircraft sales group and rebranded its private jet management arm.
The Payroll Support Program under Division A, Title IV, Subtitle B of the CARES Act provided payroll support to passenger air carriers, cargo air carriers, and certain contractors for the continuation of payment of employee wages, salaries, and benefits. Here’s who got how much
It’s uncertain when there will be more government for the airline industry, and if so, will it extend to the private aviation side?
While the CARES Act payments have been widely credited for helping business jet operators get back on their feet quickly, they also have detractors, including NetJets, the largest private jets operator.
NetJets may be better known for fractional ownership; however, for the second straight year, it is the top-ranked jet card and membership provider in Business Jet Traveler’s 10th Annual Reader Survey awards
Last year, NetJets won five of six categories in Business Jet Traveler’s Annual Reader Survey awards. This year it went six for six.
Vista Global’s deal yesterday with Red Wing that brings it 15 light jets to XOJET is the latest and doesn’t look to be the last
In just over 3 years, we’ve tracked over 50 deals, fundraises, launches, and bankruptcies
(Updated Jan. 11, 2021) The COVID-19 crisis may be bringing the already simmering mergers and acquisitions market for private jet operators and brokers back to a boil.
Vista Global’s Florida-based XOJET Aviation unit is expanding beyond its fleet of 43 Challenger 300s and Citation Xs to bolster its U.S. owned fleet
XOJET Aviation has purchased a “controlling majority” stake in Red Wing Aviation Company
The big keep getting bigger as Vista Global adds 15 light jets to XO’s floating fleet of 43 super-midsize private jets. It expands the XO branded fleet to 58 aircraft. The Florida-based IS-BAO Stage 3 operator also flies 15 of VistaJet’s N-registered private jets. The new aircraft brings Vista Global’s overall fleet count to 130 aircraft, with 56% registered in the U.S.