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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.
In 2021, OneSky Flight acquired helicopter operators in the U.S. and U.K. and rebranded them under Halo. OneSky also placed an order for 200 eVTOLs from Embraer-backed EVE. The goal is to create door-to-door private aviation solutions for customers of Flexjet and other OneSky brands.
Separately, a SPAC led by Ricci priced at $200 million launched on the NASDAQ in November 2020.
The company has billion-dollar orders for Embraer’s Praetor 500 and 600, the upcoming Gulfstream G700. It also had an order for 20 of the now-discontinued supersonic Aerion AS2 private jets. The company is based in Cleveland and ranks second behind NetJets based on fractional share operators’ flight hours. In March 2021, it launched a jet card program in Europe based on the Embraer Legacy 500.
When was Flexjet founded?
Who owns Flexjet?
Directional Aviation is its controlling shareholder. It is part of OneSky Flight, which includes Sentient Jet, FXAIR, PrivateFly, and Tuvoli