Flexjet is targeting NetJets customers to switch

The two largest private jet operators in the world are headquartered 21 minutes from each other as the private jet flies. Judging by Flexjet’s current ad campaign, the gloves are off…

It’s 114 nautical miles as the private jet flies from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in central Ohio north to Cuyahoga County Airport in Cleveland. The former is home to Warren Buffett-owned NetJets, the largest operator of private jets in the world, and the undisputed leader in fractional ownership. The latter is the home turf of Golden Domer, Kenn Ricci, whose wide smile and neighborly demeanor belie that in his own right he has made a mark in aviation, acknowledged in 2017 with the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award at the 14th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

We wanted to poke the bear

Christopher Bero, vice president of global marketing, Flexjet

Flexjet confirms it’s close to launching its Europe program

The private jet fractional, lease and jet card provider is on a hiring spree for pilots in Europe

While there has been chatter for a while that Flexjet was readying the launch of a program to target customers in Europe, an announcement is apparently getting closer, the company confirmed.

In the past two weeks Flexjet posted openings for captains and first officers based in Amsterdam, Basel, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Geneva, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Nice, Paris, Stuttgart, Vienna, and Zurich.

PrivateFly releases Q2 private jet charter trends

From top destinations, from when travelers book and the most popular times to fly, the charter broker offers insights

U.K.-based charter broker PrivateFly, which became part of Kenn Ricci’s Directional Aviation portfolio last year, released its quarterly trends report on private jet travel.

Among the highlights was the percentage of female fliers increased to 29%, up two points, while 48% of all bookings were within a week of travel, down a point from 2018’s second quarter.

PrivateFly CEO Adam Twidell pictured in lead) said, “Our business grew considerably as we integrated our sister company Skyjet into PrivateFly,” noting, “This edition of Private Jet Charter Trends reflects our bigger footprint in the USA for the first time analyzing thousands of searches and booked flights.”