The jet card broker is launching fixed-rate, guaranteed availability between the U.S. and Europe
U.K.-based charter broker Air Partner will announce later today it has signed up six charter operators who will provide more than 50 long-range private jets for new fixed-rate, guaranteed availability jet card pricing between the U.S. and Europe.
With a buy-in starting at just 10 hours, and the ability to refund unused funds, the new offering is likely to have a wide appeal for its target market, particularly travelers who want set pricing but don’t fly enough to make multi-year commitments to key competitors for the route such as NetJets, Flexjet and Vistajet.
The new cross the pond rates connect Air Partner’s existing fixed-rate, guaranteed availability primary service areas for its jet card customers covering the U.S., Caribbean, and Europe. Air Partner is one of the few jet card programs offering fixed rates for flights within both the U.S and Europe.
“Over the past few years, we’ve noticed increasing demand
for an improved transatlantic option to better connect our clients in the
United States with Europe,” said David McCown, president of Air Partner U.S.
“We’re dedicated to continuously creating innovative travel solutions to best
serve our customers, and we are pleased to today become the first jet
membership program to offer a fixed Trans-Atlantic rate.”
Transatlantic jet card pricing
Beyond a cost of $15,650 per hour with a seven-hour segment minimum, there is a 15% roundtrip discount based on an average of at least four flight hours per day.
The charter operator and its parent Qatar Airways along with
JetBlue are investors in JetSuite
Qatar Airways last week announced an order for 18 Gulfstream aircraft during a ceremony at the White House. The order worth over $1 billion is for 14 Gulfstream G650ER and four Gulfstream G500 and will add to Qatar Executive’s growing fleet that currently includes six G650ER and four G500 aircraft.
Gulfstream executives had previously reported the order, however, the customer had not been disclosed. Flexjet had been mentioned along with Qatar Executive as likely buyers.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said,
“Qatar Airways is very pleased to confirm this landmark deal with
Gulfstream. Our corporate jet division, Qatar Executive, goes from strength to
strength and this commitment to new orders will allow us to offer our bespoke
luxury service to even more passengers.”
The fractional private jet operator has been going upscale for several years with its Red Label fleet of designer interiors and long-range private jets such as the Gulfstream G650.
Flexjet LLC, which has been a leader in bringing high style
and design to fractional share private jets is now expanding its lifestyle
offerings. Partners include European fashion clothiers and watchmakers,
sporting outfitters, luxury hotels and resorts and award-winning vintners.
Flexjet CEO Mike Silvestro covered a wide range of topics during an appearance on Fox Business Channel earlier this week
Speaking on Mornings with Maria earlier this week, Flexjet
CEO Mike Silvestro covered a wide range of topics related to business aviation,
including attempts to Uberize private jet travel, fractional ownership and
leases, safety in the aftermath of Boeing MAX, market growth and potential.
Instead of the traditional hours-based approach, World Access starts at 75 days per year and is priced based on a quarter share
In perhaps one of the more innovative private aviation programs we’ve seen recently, Flexjet is moving its Gulfstream G650 fractional share and lease program from hours to a day based formula.
While the day-based approach on the surface mirrors what Airshare has been offering on its fleet of Phenom 300s and 100s for several years, it’s the first time we’ve seen it being applied to large cabin aircraft. It also amps up the competition between NetJets, VistaJet and Flexjet in the fight for high-spending ultra-long haul private jet fliers.