Bankruptcy court approves JetSuite’s reorganization plan

JetSuite Chapter 11 ruling

The approval of JetSuite’s Chapter 11 reorganization comes after opposition from the Trustee overseeing the case and charges the private jet operator had become a Ponzi scheme

(Updated Sept. 8, 2020) JetSuite may fly again. At least that’s the possible outcome now. The judge overseeing the Chapter 11 confirmed the company’s reorganization plan, according to Ted Gavin, managing director of Gavin Solmonese. Gavin serves as the private jet charter operator’s chief restructuring officer. The hearing took place this morning in Delaware.

JetSuite refutes customers who allege a Ponzi scheme

JetSuite bankruptcy filings

A pair of JetSuite SuiteKey jet card members contend wrongful conduct and breach of fiduciary duties

“JetSuite will fly again,” says its chief restructuring officer, debating the Trustee’s allegation that the private jet operator’s bankruptcy is a liquidation and not a restructuring

Just when it looked like JetSuite’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing was about to move quickly through the courts, it may have hit a pair of speed bumps.

JetSuite burned through at least $100 million in cash before filing for Chapter 11

JetSuite bankruptcy

In addition to over $50 million in jet card deposits, grounded private jet charter operator JetSuite received over $57 million from affiliates since 2016

Flight delays caused by President Trump, stolen silverware, broken coffee makers and ‘race to the bottom’ pricing’ increased the losses

Is a JetSuite 2.0 in the works?

Court documents from the bankruptcy proceedings of Superior Air Charter, LLC, better known as JetSuite, show a company that was burning through cash since at least 2016.

During that time both JetBlue Airways and Qatar Airways made investments into the parent company JetSuiteX, Inc. Additionally, JetSuite used $50 million in unredeemed deposits from jet card customers towards operations, something its contracts permitted. The company, like other key players in the market, did not offer an escrow account.

JetSuite’s SuiteKey customers unhappy with bankruptcy offer

JetSuite

In a filing last week, the grounded private jet charter operator outlined what its jet card customers might receive in exchange for their $50 million in unused flight credits

What’s nearly $50 million in unused flight credits worth when your jet card provider goes bust?

The answer looks to be less than customers had hoped for, but more than past bankruptcies and closures.

JetSuite SuiteKey members offered 15% of balances in JSX credits

JSX JetSuiteX

80% of the credits will be good for discounts of 32.5% to 55% on JSX’s scheduled flights

In a filing with the bankruptcy court released earlier this evening, Superior Air Charter, known as JetSuite, revealed its offer to SuiteKey jet card members. The filing shows these customers had $49.5 million of flight credits when the Phenom 300 operator shut down in April.

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