Wheels Up, Jet Linx, and XO: Comparing the private jet sharing options

Shared private jet charters offer big savings. Are they ready to take off? An in-depth comparison of the three major shared flight providers.

Jet Linx says last year it flew 40,000 empty seats; XO says it has sold over 160,000 single seats on shared flights

Sharing half of your flights between New York and South Florida during the winter could save as much as $75,000

Restrictions in jet sharing may mean it’s not right for you

Can you fly for the same price as first-class with the airlines?

Everyone wants to fly privately, says Kenny Dichter, the CEO and co-founder of Wheels Up. And the idea is the cheaper it is to fly privately, the more people who will do it. Dichter says that was his idea using the eight-seat King Air 350i to “democratize” short flight.

In the world of chartering your entire aircraft, he cut the price for a one-hour flight for eight people to around $5,000 compared to a cost of $8,000 to $10,000 for the same trip on a jet. His argument was that there was a minimal time penalty since landings and takeoffs are not at full speed, and often as you get near to your destination airport, airplanes are slowed down to similar speeds.

Jet Linx celebrates opening its New York terminal at Teterboro Airport

Private jet operator Jet Linx has opened bases in Boston, Chicago, and Austin this year as it eyes California and South Florida

Jet Linx is open for business in New York. This week it celebrated the launch of its dedicated private terminal at Teterboro Airport with a live performance by singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel with hors d’oeuvres from Nobu.

The new location joins Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Nashville, Omaha, San Antonio, Scottsdale, St Louis, Tulsa, and Washington D.C.

Jet Linx partners with Forbes Travel Guide to heighten private jet service levels

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Forbes Travel Guide rates luxury hotels and provides best practices training and consulting

Jet Linx wants to bring you the same level of service and attention to detail you get when you step into a 5-star rate hotel, at least those that get the top ranking from Forbes Travel Guide. Examples include New York’s Baccarat Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Le Bristol Paris, and The Peninsula Beverly Hills.

According to a press release, Jet Linx will be the guide’s first private aviation partner and the partnership will be exclusive. The companies said, “The collaboration will exclusively enable Jet Linx to establish and implement Forbes Travel Guide’s preeminent and unparalleled standards of service excellence in private aviation, as well as to collaborate with FTG in the creation of customized, proprietary Jet Linx standards of service excellence.”

Jet Linx joins Wheels Up and XO in private jet seat sharing

The fast-growing private jet management company is giving its aircraft owners as well as jet card customers the option to buy and sell extra seats on their flights

The Jet Linx base model with 18 locations provides a unique advantage giving it critical mass in the markets it serves, says its CEO Jamie Walker  

Last year there were over 40,000 empty seats on flights operated by Jet Linx for the owners of the private jets it manages and the members of its jet card program. Now the fast-growing Omaha-based private aviation provider is enabling both aircraft owners and card customers the ability to sell seats within its customer network.

OpenSeat Exchange private jet seat sharing

OpenSeat Exchange is available on its updated mobile app being launched today.

Jet Linx celebrates Grand Opening in Boston

The Grand Opening of Jet Linx in Boston marks its continued eastern expansion which now has bases in Atlanta, Washington D.C. and New York

Jet Linx said it celebrated the formal grand opening of its new private terminal in Boston this week with a celebration drawing over 125 guests, plus aircraft on display from Bombardier, Embraer, Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream and Textron Aviation.

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