Exclusive: Flexjet sets 2021 Europe launch; Sentient Jet to add health and hygiene requirements for operators

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In a wide-ranging interview, Directional Aviation’s boss Kenn Ricci tells Private Jet Card Comparisons Flexjet’s Europe growth is moving forward, it is expanding use of private jets to position pilots, and Sentient Jet will introduce health-safety requirements for its partner operators

A McKinsey study reveals 90% of those who can afford to fly privately don’t; However, UHNWs and corporate executives are often part of the high-risk profile for COVID-19

With tailwinds gradually picking up, Directional Aviation Capital’s principal Kenn Ricci announced his OneSky Flight’s Flexjet unit will expand its European presence in 2021.

Before the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis, plans had called for a launch this month during the annual EBACE exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.

Bankrupt JetSuite’s sister JSX nets $8.9 million in CARES Act funds

After shutting down and filing for Chapter 11, JetSuite’s jet card customers may lose $50 million in unused flight credits. Sister JSX, which is still flying, just received $8.9 million in COVID-19 relief

OneSky Flight, parent of Flexjet, Sentient Jet, and PrivateFly; Airshare; FlyExclusive, and Tradewind all received CARES Act funding, according to the updated Treasury Department list

View the entire list, including all 202 aviation companies receiving COVID-19 payroll support

This may not sit well with JetSuite’s 1,000 or so SuiteKey customers who have around $50 million in unused flight credits. Delux Public Charter, LLC, a related company that flies under the JSX brand received $8.96 million in CARES Act COVID-19 relief funds.

Flexjet, Sentient, PrivateFly boss salutes employees

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Directional Aviation chairman Kenn Ricci took to Instagram to praise employee support for its shared sacrifice program

With business aviation taking it on the chin from the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis, the industry is being wracked by furloughs and layoffs. Last week JetSuite sent shockwaves by suspending operations laying off and furloughing over 120 employees.

Flexjet orders $1.4 billion private jets from Embraer Executive Jets

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Flexjet’s order includes 64 Praetor 500s and 600s, plus the best-selling Phenom 300

As it prepares its expansion into Europe, Directional Aviation’s Flexjet announced today it has placed a $1.4 billion firm order with Embraer Executive Jets for 64 of the Praetor mid-and super midsized aircraft and Phenom 300 light jets.

Embraer Executive Jets President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Amalfitano and Flexjet Chief Executive Officer Michael Silvestro made the announcement at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas.

Silvestro said the first Praetor 500 will enter its fleet in the next several weeks. He said Flexjet will announce at EBACE next year details on which aircraft will be based in Europe.

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