The acquisition follows the purchase of Delta Private Jets, Travel Management Company, and Avianis, and squares it up against NetJets
Wheels Up is looking to move closer to NetJets and pull away from Directional Aviation and Vista Global Holdings. Its acquisition of Gama Aviation LLC this morning gives it over 300 owned and managed aircraft.
Gama Aviation Signature, as it is known, already was managing the Wheels Up fleet of King Air 350i, Citation Excel/XLS, and Citation X aircraft.
Gail Grimmett, a former senior executive with Delta Air Lines, has been appointed Chief Experience Officer at Wheels Up
A longtime executive at Delta Air Lines who is widely credited with turning the Atlanta-based company into a dominant player in New York’s ultra-competitive marketplace has been named chief experience officer at Wheels Up.
Two-year-old Outlier Jets claims to already have close to 200 jet card members. It’s now offering guaranteed WiFi on its Elite cards
It’s often easy to forget both McDonald’s and Starbucks started with a single location. And, of course, everyone knows the story of Apple and HP, each beginning from garages in Silicon Valley.
Likewise, in private aviation, not everything that gets big starts big, particularly in the brokerage area where there are few barriers to entry, knowledge not necessarily being one of them. However, if you look at Barbara Corcoran, even if you don’t own product, but serve as a middle man, it’s still entirely possible to reach lofty heights.
It’s hard to tell if two-year-old Naples, Florida-based Outlier Jets will someday become a well-known brand in the jet card and on-demand private jet space, however, it’s off to a good start.
Private jet management and jet card membership provider Jet Linx has been on a fast-growth track over the past two years
Omaha-based Jet Linx Aviation offers a different twist on the jet card market. Instead of selling memberships on a regional or national basis, it operates nearly 20 bases across the U.S.
Each base features its own private terminal, so members can avoid sometimes crowded FBOs. They also get a more personalized service with complimentary snacks and preferred libations.
While they are away, the local team will detail their car. On return, your car is available via valet at an appropriate temperature. In other words, no trip to the lot scraping snow or waiting for your auto to cool down in the summer heat.