Wheels Up in talks with SPAC to go public at $2 billion valuation

Wheels Up

The Wheels Up move follows private aviation and eVTOL focused SPAC filings from Flexjet chairman Kenn Ricci, Surf Air, and Blade in recent months

This morning, a report from Reuters claims Wheels Up is in discussions with Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp to go public through a merger with the SPAC blank-check acquisition company. The article said the deal could value the private aviation provider at “more than $2 billion.”

According to a Private Jet Card Comparisons’ analysis, Wheels Up is the second-largest operator of for-hire private aircraft behind NetJets with an estimated 8.3% of the market.

Flexjet adds Health Nucleus screenings as a customer benefit

Flexjet

The program focuses on five areas that most commonly lead to loss of life and identifies them at their earliest stages when they are most treatable

Flexjet customers can receive complimentary, data-driven whole-genome sequencing screenings from the Health Nucleus 100+ program. The goal is to help customers learn how they can live longer with a greater quality of life.

Blade set to go public in SPAC

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The deal values Blade at an estimated pro forma equity value of $825 million

Blade Urban Air Mobility follows SurfAir and Kenn Ricci, the principal of Flexjet, Sentient, FXAIR, PrivateFly owner Directional Aviation, into the public markets. Like the West Coast flight-sharing service and Ricci’s Zanite Acquisition Corporation, the vehicle is a special purpose acquisition company known as a SPAC.

A look back at who received CARES Act Payroll Support Payments

CARES Act private aviation recipients

The Payroll Support Program under Division A, Title IV, Subtitle B of the CARES Act provided payroll support to passenger air carriers, cargo air carriers, and certain contractors for the continuation of payment of employee wages, salaries, and benefits. Here’s who got how much

It’s uncertain when there will be more government for the airline industry, and if so, will it extend to the private aviation side?

While the CARES Act payments have been widely credited for helping business jet operators get back on their feet quickly, they also have detractors, including NetJets, the largest private jets operator.

NetJets predicts return to 2019 flight levels by 2021 as private aviation bosses offer a bullish outlook

NetJets, Wheels Up, and Sentient Jet execs tell attendees at Corporate Jet Investor Americas 2020 they expect the private jet recovery to continue through next year

Wheels Up, with the second-largest for-hire fleet behind NetJets, says flying is already at pre-COVID levels. Jet card leader Sentient Jet recently restored pre-pandemic budget levels

Airline CEOs continue to say it could take until 2024 or beyond to recover from the COVID-19 downturn. In a parallel universe, the heads of private aviation’s biggest players painted a far different picture. Bosses at NetJets, Wheels Up, and Sentient Jet each offered bullish 2021 forecasts. They were all speaking at Corporate Jet Investor Americas 2020.

Flexjet, Sentient Jet boss sets SPAC to target $100 million + acquistions

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Directional Aviation’s Kenn Ricci is launching Zanite Acquisition Corporation to target next-generation aviation acquisitions

Directional Aviation, which controls OneSky Flight, the company that acquired Flexjet, Sentient Jet, and PrivateFly over the past decade, is launching a Special Purpose Acquisition Company. The story was first reported earlier today by Corporate Jet Investor.

Exclusive: Flexjet sets 2021 Europe launch; Sentient Jet to add health and hygiene requirements for operators

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In a wide-ranging interview, Directional Aviation’s boss Kenn Ricci tells Private Jet Card Comparisons Flexjet’s Europe growth is moving forward, it is expanding use of private jets to position pilots, and Sentient Jet will introduce health-safety requirements for its partner operators

A McKinsey study reveals 90% of those who can afford to fly privately don’t; However, UHNWs and corporate executives are often part of the high-risk profile for COVID-19

With tailwinds gradually picking up, Directional Aviation Capital’s principal Kenn Ricci announced his OneSky Flight’s Flexjet unit will expand its European presence in 2021.

Before the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis, plans had called for a launch this month during the annual EBACE exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.

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