Jet Edge acquires Jet Select marking more consolidation

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Jet Edge’s deal for JetSelect brings an 85 strong fleet mainly focused on large-cabin and super-midsize private jets

The merger may mean better terms for large cabin and super-midsize jet card offerings

The old year ended with Delta Air Lines announcing it was merging Delta Private Jets into Wheels Up. When the deal closes, it becomes Wheels Up’s largest shareholder creating a fleet of over 180 aircraft, mainly King Air, light and midsize aircraft.

The new year begins with Jet Edge International, a major player in large-cabin private jets, acquiring JetSelect Aviation. The deal creates a fleet of 85 aircraft.

Last February, Jet Edge announced it had raised $60 million to fund expansion and acquisitions.

Private Jet Card Comparisons publishes A to Z list of Part 135 charter operators

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There are 1,929 operators of private jets, turboprops, piston aircraft, and helicopters authorized by the FAA to conduct commercial flights for hire under Part 135

How do you ensure that the operator who is flying you is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct charter flights for hire?

Private Jet Card Comparisons has published the most recent list from the FAA in an easy-to-scan A to Z format.

You can view the list here.

On-Demand Charter vs. Jet Cards pros and cons

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You can charter a private jet trip by trip – On-Demand Charter – or buy into a program – Jet Cards.

Jet memberships or calling a broker or operator each time. Which is right for you?

Both jet cards and calling a broker to rent a private jet are forms of private jet charter or private jet rental as some call it.

In both cases, we are referring to the entire aircraft as opposed to jet sharing or buy-a-seat models.

However, when it comes to full aircraft charter, which is better – jet cards or on-demand charter?

Should you buy a jet card? Should you just reach out to several brokers before each trip, and then play them off against each other?

The debate would make the Hatfields and the McCoys proud!

Tuvoli promises to make life easier for private jet charter brokers…and their customers

Private jet rental brokers can better serve clients by using a mobile platform the Directional Aviation company is launching next week during NBAA

Kenn Ricci’s Directional Aviation does everything from repairing (Constant Aviation) and remanufacturing private jets (Nextant Aerospace) to pilot training  (Simcom). Still, outside the industry, private aviation fliers likely most know it for its three consumer brands – Flexjet, Sentient Jet, and PrivateFly  – all housed under OneSky Flight, LLC.

Now Tuvoli, which means, “to fly” in Italian, promises to make life easier for private jet charter operators and brokers, with several key benefits flowing directly to consumers. Greg Johnson, Tuvoli’s president and chief information officer for OneSky, says his goal is to take the friction out of on-demand charter.

Making private jet charters fly

PrivateFly CEO Adam Twidell on new products and his new owner

A year after its acquisition by Directional Aviation’s OneSky placing it alongside Flexjet and Sentient Jet, PrivateFly is gearing up for more growth after a merger with Skyjet and launching its City Pairs product

Last September Kenn Ricci’s Directional Aviation snapped up tech-driven U.K.-based private jet charter broker PrivateFly as it prepared for more expansion in Europe.

In the year since, Directional folded its own broker Skyjet into PrivateFly, launched fixed-rate pricing between key European cities, expanded it to select U.S. routes, and signaled its intention to grow here with the appointment of former NetJets and XOJET executive Gregg Slow as president of North America.

Private Jet Card Comparisons recently caught up with PrivateFly co-founder and CEO Adam Twidell during Revolution.aero in San Francisco where he talked about the deal, the year since, what’s ahead, and synergies with Directional’s OneSky siblings Flexjet and Sentient Jet. Below is a condensed and edited version of the interview.

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