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.
The second-largest fractional share operator also offers leases and jet cards starting at 25 hours of flight time
The crew ferry program is designed to comply with CDC-recommended group size limits
Flexjet today announced that its pilots and flight crews
will no longer rely on commercial airlines to travel to or from flight
assignments but instead on Flexjet’s private fleet.
The company said the move is meant to protect the health and
safety of Flexjet customers and flight crews during the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus
For Flexjet the order follows its $1.4 billion deal with Embraer announced earlier today; For Qatar Executive, it’s in addition to its July billion-dollar Gulfstream order
A billion dollars here. A half-billion or so there. It is Las Vegas after all. As the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention kicks off here, Flexjet followed up its morning announcement it is buying $1.4 billion in private jets from Embraer by placing an order to be the North American launch customer for the Gulfstream G700.
(Updated Oct. 23, 2019: Flexjet’s order is for 16 G700s valued at $1.2 billion)
Flexjet’s chairman Kenn Ricci wasn’t the only CEO playing at the high stakes table. Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, is buying 10 of the new ultra-long-range, ultra-fast private jets for his Qatar Executive charter division. It follows a billion-dollar order with the Savannah, Georgia-based manufacturer in July.
Flexjet House in London’s Mayfair comes in advance of its
planned European expansion
Flexjet LLC last night marked the opening of Flexjet House, a global experience center and office in London’s Mayfair district, for what the company called “an integral step in Flexjet’s European expansion.”
At the same time, Flexjet announced Marine Eugène, former head of sales in Europe for NetJets, has joined its team as European Managing Director. Travel to, from and within Europe jumped 44% this year.
In a press release, it noted, “Eugène is among an increasing number of former NetJets executives deciding to join Flexjet in its reinvention of the private aviation industry.”
The first forum featured President Bush in New York City last week
Directional Aviation’s Flexjet LLC, launched the Flexjet Forum last week. The event was first teased with event photographs on social media.
Designed to be a series of intimate and meaningful conversations, Flexjet Forums take place at unique venues with some of the world’s most influential people. Guest speakers are selectively chosen for their accomplishments, expertise, insights, and relevance to the interests of Flexjet owners, the company said in a press release.
The inaugural event featured President George W. Bush in
Manhattan on September 25.