Directional Aviation’s Skyjet Launches First Private Jet Membership Program

Skyjet Explorer will compete in the private jet Membership segment, including Wheels Up, JetSmarter and XOJET

 

Choices, choices, choices. In the private jet card and membership sector, the diversity of offers continues to grow. Directional Aviation yesterday announced it is expanding its coverage of the private aviation travel market by introducing its first pay-as-you-fly membership program. The company, which owns Flexjet, Sentient Jet and Skyjet is using the latter to introduce the new product, billed as Skyjet Explorer. Flexjet sells fractional ownership shares and leases, plus jet cards; Sentient focuses exclusively on jet cards and until now Skyjet had been an on-demand charter provider. 

On Strong Results, VistaJet Says It Will Boost U.S. Fleet By 50%

Long-haul, luxury private jet operator VistaJet is touring one of its Bombardier Global 5000s October 16-23 in the U.S.

 

VistaJet, which last month secured $150 million in new financing, making it a self-proclaimed Unicorn, a privately held company with a billion-dollar valuation, delivered more good news this morning. For North America, it said new program customers increased three times year-over-year, new program hours increased 146%, flight departures increased by 30%, and program hours increased 210% quarter over quarter. It also noted 45% of program customers who have joined in past 12 months have booked additional hours. As a result, it is increasing its U.S. based fleet by 50%. 

General Electric Is Reducing Its Fleet Of Private Jets. What Does It Mean To You?

GE’s Move To Cut Back Its Own Private Jets May Spur Innovation In The Charter Market

 

The King is dead. Long live the King. Jeffrey Immelt’s 16-year reign at General Electric is over and new CEO John Flannery will be shepherding a new $2 billion cost-cutting plan. One of the casualties will be GE’s corporate flight department. 

NetJets, Wheels Up, Flexjet Top Solar Eclipse Flight Activity

Private jet activity spiked by 28% during the solar eclipse

Monday’s full solar eclipse was accompanied by a 28% spike in private aviation flight activity, according to TRAQPak, a service that tracks flying by private aircraft. According to a press release, there were 10,606 private aviation flights on August 21, 2017, compared to an average of 8,276 flights on previous Mondays during the year.

JET CARD INSIDER – Why Flexjet has just two private jet card programs

Flexjet jet cards start at $162,000 for 25 hours on an Embraer Phenom 300 and $249,000 for a Challenger 300

 

So you’ve been reading about the Flexjet Red Label LXi fleet with its customized luxury interiors, including the Gulfstream G650 and 500, the Bombardier Global Express, Challenger 350 and Embraer Legacy 450. While NetJets offers a wide range of jet cards across its fleet of fractional aircraft, we wondered why Flexjet would only offer the Embraer Phenom 300 and Bombardier Challenger 300 for its two jet cards.

When Is Private Jet Charter Better Than Buying A Jet Card?

Jet Cards And Charter Fulfill Different Private Aviation Needs

 

Private Jet Card Comparisons is not an advocacy site for jet cards. We are an independent buyer’s guide that compares over 100 jet card programs across 65 variables for you, the consumer. Many jet card users own their own planes, own fractional shares, fly on aircraft their companies own and operate and charter jets as well. Jet cards are part of their private aviation solutions.  However, there is the ongoing question – why not just charter instead of prepaying for a jet card?

Flexjet’s New App Is Coming Soon, And It Has A Lot To Offer

When we heard that Flexjet was coming out with a new app, we went to see what we could find about their existing ones. Well, we thought we had struck gold, but today we were told by a spokesperson, “The video you found on YouTube was just a concept proposed a few years ago, but it was not executed.” She added, “We do have an app our Owners can use, but we removed it from the app store in anticipation of the new app launch.”