Vista Global appoints new top executives at XO; XOJET Aviation, XO relocate to East Coast

The moves follow the merger of XOJET and JetSmarter earlier this summer

Two former top executives are exiting XO, formerly XOJET, following its recent combination with JetSmarter. Gregg Slow, president of enterprise at XO has left while James Henderson, president of commercial operations will join Exclusive Resorts LLC as CEO in October it was announced last week.

Fly Victor seeks dismissal of $30 million privatejet.com lawsuit

“The allegations…are spurious claims which we emphatically deny,” says Clive Jackson, CEO of the U.K. based private jet broker

In its response, Victor provided bank records of over two dozen payments it says were made to the plaintiff as well as its notice to terminate the agreement dating from 2018.

Defendant Don’t Look Media had claimed to have not received any monies.

Online private jet charter broker Fly Victor, its parent company, Alyssum, and CEO Clive Jackson are hitting back at Don’t Look Media, seeking dismissal of its $30 million RICO lawsuit filed in June over the website URL www.privatejet.com.

“Don’t Look Media and (its attorney) Farrow Law are shamelessly exploiting the judicial system to extort monies from Alyssum. This is a despicable act carried out by those that not only wish to damage our company but whose actions can only bring disrepute on the entire private industry,” Jackson told Private Jet Card Comparisons.

Wing Spirit orders 15 HondaJets for inter-island Hawaii private jet charter service

The newly formed charter operator wants to provide luxury private jet service between Hawaii’s islands

Wing Spirit, Inc., a start-up charter operator, today said it has purchased 15 HondaJets to support inter-island transportation in the Hawaiian Islands. Earlier this month it received its first two aircraft.

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.”

Are people tracking your private jet flights? What can you do?

A Bloomberg report shows how tracking your private jet by tail number can make it easy for competitors, spouses, and media to gain intelligence about your not so private flights. What should you do?

“The technology to track these aircraft is cheap and widely available” – David White, vice president of business development at Cirium

Among the many reasons private jets make sense for companies and high net worth individual, you can exclude keeping your travels private, at least if you own a private jet. And forget blocking. It is about to become much more difficult.

The ability to track tail numbers back to the owning company or individual can tip off competitors about possible mergers and acquisition activity you are pursuing. Tracking can also be used by spouses trying to suss out if their partner is having an affair. It is often used by reporters researching stories as well.

For example, Bloomberg this week reported, “In April, a stock research firm told clients that a Gulfstream V owned by Houston-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. had been spotted at an Omaha airport. The immediate speculation was that Occidental executives were negotiating with Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to get financial help in their $38 billion offer for rival Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Two days later, Buffett announced a $10 billion investment in Occidental.”