Updates in the XOJET Elite Access programs are designed to make its product more attractive for flights under three hours, representing over 80% of private aviation flying
If it’s Tuesday, there must be something new over at XOJET. Since last summer at least, the company has been regularly making news of all shapes and sizes. Big news included its move to membership fees, adding new Mid and Light Jet programs, enhancements to its safety programs (It is already a IS-BAO Stage 3 operator in addition to Wyvern Wingman and ARGUS Platinum) and last week’s announcement that it had retained Perella Weinberg Partners to explore options from acquisitions and mergers to a sale or gaining new investment. On the smaller side has been a constant drip of new lifestyle partners – Hertz, Canyon Ranch, Pinehurst – as well as confirming its fleet refurbishment, and using enhanced technology to gain fleet efficiency. It also opened its first sales office in Florida, located in Palm Beach. Last week when we caught up with Chief Commercial Officer James Henderson we asked him to expand on a small note in its most recent press release that more program announcements were coming, and he shared some details with Private Jet Card Comparisons that are being released today.
The fractional share provider is known for its Pilatus PC-12 fleet of turboprops
Fractional share provider PlaneSense, Inc., received of the world’s first Pilatus PC-24 jet at its headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today. It marks the company’s move into expanded jet products having built its business on the back of the PC-12 turboprop. It also offers the Nextant 400 XTi. PlaneSense is expecting a total of six PC-24 jets by end of 2019, the largest order received by Pilatus in its current order book.
NetJets fractional owners and jet card customers won’t have to jam in with other private jet users when arriving and departing Minneapolis for the Big Game
With a cold weather location for Super Bowl LII, private jet traffic is likely to have shorter but much busier pre-and post-game peaks. Even during warm weather versions of the Big Game, FBOs are normally crowded with over 1,000 private jets and as many as 10,000 guests transiting through the private jet terminals. To make sure its customers have an exclusive experience, NetJets, which is expecting some 250 flights for the event, announced they are taking over an FBO for the use of their fractional owners and jet card customers only.
In this Guest Column, Private Jet Card Comparisons has asked James D. Butler, CEO of Shaircraft Solutions LLC to discuss all those year-end promotions. The following was provided by Mr. Butler and is presented in its entirety.
by James D. Butler
It’s the middle of November and holiday decorations already are popping up. Private jet card providers, like many businesses, are pushing to get deals done by the end of the year. Salespersons have their eyes on quotas and bonuses. As a result, they may urge you to, “Buy now to take advantage of end of the year incentives,” while email solicitations encourage potential customers to “Beat the 2018 Price Increases.”
Executive Airshare’s EMBARK jet card program is denominated by days instead of the typical hours
Fractional share and jet card provider Executive AirShare has released an updated app available on the App Store for iOS devices allowing customers of the nation’s third-largest fractional aircraft provider a convenient way to communicate with their pilots and crew prior to each flight. Additionally, shareowners can quickly locate past and future trip itineraries, and view arrival and departure information. The company’s jet card program is branded EMBARK and is based on days and hours instead of the traditional hours metric.
The best way to get the best price and experience is to start planning now
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays are fast approaching, and what it means is that for peak days fractional owners and private jet card members will be on the move. If you are thinking about chartering a private jet, a large portion of the fleet will be active, being used by program members. Jet card and charter seller Magellan Jets has published some helpful tips we are passing along.
The jet card and fractional share seller will provide private jet travel while the luxury hotelier will arrange the ground experiences.
Leading luxury hotelier Four Seasons and NetJets, the world’s largest private jet operator, which sells fractional ownership shares, leases and jet cards, have rolled out three luxury travel experiences spanning from the island of Lanai in Hawaii to a combination ski trip to Aspen and Vail, plus a European itinerary, including Paris, Cap-Ferrat, Milan and Florence.