Qatar Executive inks billion-dollar Gulfstream G650, G500 order

The charter operator and its parent Qatar Airways along with JetBlue are investors in JetSuite

Qatar Airways last week announced an order for 18 Gulfstream aircraft during a ceremony at the White House. The order worth over $1 billion is for 14 Gulfstream G650ER and four Gulfstream G500 and will add to Qatar Executive’s growing fleet that currently includes six G650ER and four G500 aircraft.

Gulfstream executives had previously reported the order, however, the customer had not been disclosed. Flexjet had been mentioned along with Qatar Executive as likely buyers.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said, “Qatar Airways is very pleased to confirm this landmark deal with Gulfstream. Our corporate jet division, Qatar Executive, goes from strength to strength and this commitment to new orders will allow us to offer our bespoke luxury service to even more passengers.”

NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes re-signs with Airshare

Airshare

Football’s Most Valuable Player will continue to front for his hometown private jet company

In just his second year, Patrick Mahomes dominated the National Football League and took home its Most Valuable Player trophy while leading the Kansas City Chiefs into Super Bowl contention. Today, locally based Airshare, which sells jet cards and fractional ownership on its Phenom 300 and 100 fleet, said the rising star has re-signed as its spokesperson.

JetSuite launches a travel agency partnership providing total travel services for its clients

JetSuite

The Dallas based private jet operator wants to go beyond just getting you there with JetSuite Experiences

SuiteKey jet card members get travel credits up to $3,000 for luxury hotel stays, VIP experiences, and travel services

While partnerships between private jet companies and travel agencies or concierges aren’t new, so far they have been limited mostly to hospitality at major events, one-off trips, and promotions with a variety of luxury hotels. In a joint announcement made today in New York, JetSuite and Embark Beyond are promising what could be a game-changing alliance that will be seamless, integrated and ongoing.

Dallas-based JetSuite, which operates a fleet of owned Embraer Phenom 300 and Phenom 100 private jets, said it has created a strategic partnership with Embark Beyond, a luxury travel advisory that is part of the $25 billion Virtuoso network of travel agencies.

NetJets, Wheels Up, Jet Smarter and JetSuite compared

NetJets, Wheels Up, JetSuite, JetSmarter

The four most searched private aviation companies on Google are very different, although they also have some similarities

In the world of private aviation solutions – fractional ownership, leases, jet cards, memberships, seat sharing, semiprivate airlines, and so forth, four companies have generated the most interest, according to Google Trends. Surprisingly, perhaps, they are each quite different once you get past the fact that they all want to fly you somewhere.

In terms of interest, Wheels Up (red) followed by NetJets (blue), JetSmarter (yellow) and JetSuite (green) are the most search private aviation companies. Source: Google Trends

Flexjet touts safety ratings

Flexjet

The operator which sells fractional shares, leases, and jet cards said it has been awarded the FAA’s Diamond Award for Excellence for the 20th year in a row

Fractional share, lease, and jet card operator Flexjet LLC today announced that it has been awarded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award of Excellence for Aviation Maintenance Technician Training for 2018.

This marks the 20th consecutive year that Flexjet has been honored with the Diamond Award. In a press release, the company said that’s more than any other private jet travel provider.