When chartering or buying jet card programs that include smaller jets and turboprops, make sure to ask if the lavatory is fully enclosed
While it’s not always possible to drive directly to your plane when flying privately due to rules at individual airports, at the end of the day, a stop at the FBO is generally recommended, particularly if you are flying smaller planes where toilet facilities vary from being fully enclosed to be nothing more than a curtain and in some cases nada. In fact, some of the separators are so flimsy, Janine K. Iannarelli, President at Par Avion Ltd. joked it would be better to provide other passengers with paper bags they could place over their heads.
The private jet and turboprop provider says its jet card membership program is reaching a wider audience
Private aviation membership provider Wheels Up has added KKR to its roster of investors, securing $90 million in debt financing as part of its plan to grow to 75 King Air 350is. It also operates the Citation XL/XLS. CEO and Founder Kenny Dichter broke the news this morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box. He said the deal closed this past Friday. There was no information on the investment posted on either of the company’s websites. Other investors include Fidelity and T. Rowe Price. The company was launched in 2013.
Regional fractional provider Executive AirShare is launching EMBARK, a membership program for flying 10 flight days a year with no long-term commitment. The program enables customers to select a renewable one-year term or 20 total flight days they can take up to two years to use. The company, which was founded in 2000, had previously been using the “per day” model to sell fractional shares. It is an ISB-AO certified operator.
In Private Jet Card Comparisons’ ongoing Elevator Pitch series, private aviation innovator Kenny Dichter gives a 300-word sales pitch on why you should consider Wheels Up. Dichter was a co-founder of Marquis Jet Partners in 2001 helping popularize the jet card concept. After selling Marquis Jet to NetJets, he launched Wheels Up on the back of the King Air 350i, a plane he calls the Land Rover of private aviation. You can read Dichter’s message here.
Wheels Up plans to reach 10,000 “sticky” members by 2020 its CEO Kenny Dichter told a gathering of aviation executives at the Wichita Aero Club’s monthly luncheon yesterday, according to a local newspaper report.