A look at new Jet Card providers from 2020

New jet cards 2020

These companies launched jet cards and private jet memberships during 2020

Recently, Sentient Jet CEO Andrew Collins told Bloomberg that private jet cards and membership were having a “moment.” Judging by the number of new entrants, the trend is not going unnoticed.

FXAIR says it has arranged over 4,000 private jet charters since its launch

FXAIR private jet charter

Directional Aviation’s on-demand private jet charter brokerage FXAIR reports its off to a strong start since launching at the end of July

In July, Directional Aviation’s OneSky Flight unit launched FXAIR. The on-demand private jet broker focuses on “premium” charters.

COVID-19 Private Jet Trends: More pets, kids, and shorter booking windows

PrivateFly

COVID-19 is not only driving new customers, but more pets, kids and shorter lead times for private jet charter bookings, according to PrivateFly

More new customers, more pets, more kids, and shorter lead times for booking private jet charters. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on who and where for the private jet market, according to PrivateFly’s annual Private Jet Charter Trends 2020 report.

Blade set to go public in SPAC

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The deal values Blade at an estimated pro forma equity value of $825 million

Blade Urban Air Mobility follows SurfAir and Kenn Ricci, the principal of Flexjet, Sentient, FXAIR, PrivateFly owner Directional Aviation, into the public markets. Like the West Coast flight-sharing service and Ricci’s Zanite Acquisition Corporation, the vehicle is a special purpose acquisition company known as a SPAC.

FXAIR adds FET-free membership option

FXAIR

Aviator + offers customers the ability to deposit unlimited funds that will be Federal Excise Tax-free until you fly through them

Add Directional Aviation’s FXAIR to the list of jet card and membership sellers that offer customers the ability to avoid the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax for 2021 and beyond. Sister brands Flexjet and Sentient Jet earlier announced similar deals.

NetJets predicts return to 2019 flight levels by 2021 as private aviation bosses offer a bullish outlook

NetJets, Wheels Up, and Sentient Jet execs tell attendees at Corporate Jet Investor Americas 2020 they expect the private jet recovery to continue through next year

Wheels Up, with the second-largest for-hire fleet behind NetJets, says flying is already at pre-COVID levels. Jet card leader Sentient Jet recently restored pre-pandemic budget levels

Airline CEOs continue to say it could take until 2024 or beyond to recover from the COVID-19 downturn. In a parallel universe, the heads of private aviation’s biggest players painted a far different picture. Bosses at NetJets, Wheels Up, and Sentient Jet each offered bullish 2021 forecasts. They were all speaking at Corporate Jet Investor Americas 2020.

Kenn Ricci’s Zanite Acquisition Corp. sets $200 million IPO

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Ricci, who leads Flexjet, Sentient Jets, PrivateFly, and FXAIR parent Directional Aviation, serves as co-CEO of Zanite

Zanite Acquisition Corp. announced today that it priced its initial public offering of 20,000,000 units at $10.00 per unit, or $200 million.

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