Sentient Jet bested JetSuite, JetAviation, VistaJet, and Delta Private Jets as the highest rated jet card program for overall satisfaction, according to the annual reader survey from Business Jet Traveler while JetSuite took the top spot in the most categories
Sentient Jet likes to say it was first – that it invented the jet card. It can also say it’s the best when it comes to overall satisfaction, at least according to the 8th annual Readers’ Choice Survey from Business Jet Traveler. The survey generated 1,487 responses, a 24% increase from 2017 and covers everything from jet cards to reasons readers fly privately (Saving time followed by ability to use airports airlines don’t serve were far and away the top selections), top fractional programs (Flexjet beat out NetJets), where the flights took place (71% said within North America), how many passengers (53% said 3-to-5 with only 8% flying solo), typical distance (77% were under 1,500 miles), and favorite aircraft and helicopter models.
Kenn Ricci, Chairman Michael Rossi, Chief Financial Officer Andrew Collins, CEO Peter Ockerbloom, Executive Vice President, Sales and Client Development Adam Hohulin, Vice President of Operations Charles Starkowsky, Chief Safety Officer Kirsten Lamotte, Senior Vice President, Partnerships and Events Alan Walsh, Vice President of Client Services and Experience
Jet Card Hourly Rates
Light jet hourly rates start from $6,975 per hour, plus FET and Fuel
Founded in 1999, Sentient Jet is credited as the inventor of the jet card. It has been part of Kenn Ricci’s Directional Aviation family of companies since 2012.
Sister units in OneSky Flight, LLC, include fractional share operator Flexjet, helicopter operator Halo, and charter brokers PrivateFly and FXAIR. Other holdings include jet re-manufacturer Nextant Aerospace and jet sales company Sojourn Aviation and Constant Aviation. More recently, it has become active in the helicopter space with a new brand Halo. (Review private jet membership company M&A activity with our PRIVATE AVIATION DEAL BOOK.).
The company is based in Braintree, Massachusetts. Its service area for fixed one-way rates includes the Continental U.S., the Caribbean, and Mexico. In 2021, it launched fixed one-way rates to Europe, In Europe, it offers members fixed rate jet card pricing via an interchange arrangement with PrivateFly.
It sells in increments of 25 hours and offers light jets, midsize jets, super-midsize, and large-cabin programs. Members can upgrade and downgrade the cabin category based on published rates on a trip-by-trip basis.
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Directional Aviation's OneSky Flight LLC unit
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Jet cards start at $174,375 plus FET, for 25 hours on a light jet, not including fuel surcharges
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