Jet cards are the easy way to charter private aircraft. With programs starting at five hours and ranging to over 100 hours, a jet card is as close as you can get to Uber for private jets
After the Great Recession, individuals and companies were less interested in committing to either buy new planes or the three to five years fractional ownership entails. Some companies wanted to keep their private travel habits off their financial statements while in other cases as business picked up they needed some additional lift but didn’t want to add another aircraft to their fleet. Like cars in a driveway, for families, one isn’t enough, and many jet card program allow multiple same time usage. Problem solved!
Over 90% of donations to Homes For Our Troops go to its mission of building and donating specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives
After learning about Homes For Our Troops through Sentient Jet’s sponsorship of Combatant at the Kentucky Derby, I thought, wow what a great cause: “To build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.” I did write up a short piece for this website, and then of course, did nothing else.
Searches for jet cards based on price or cost bring up first page results that date back to 2006, and what’s more, many of the prices you see at first glance don’t include a myriad of fees and extra charges
Beyond brand searches for NetJets, Wheels Up, Marquis Jet (it’s now a brand owned by NetJets), JetSuite or Jet Suite, Delta Private Jets, XOJET, Flexjet, Sentient Jet and a few others I was surprised when somebody recently showed that many jet card related searches are based on words like price and cost, and even lowest price. Having spent in large part over the past two years in the deep end of the jet card pool, price, in my opinion, is only moderately relevant.
In 2017 Ricci made a $100 million gift to Notre Dame. Other honorees include Michael Bloomberg, Bill and Melinda Gates and George Clooney
Kenn Ricci has been named one of Town & Country magazine’s Top 50 Philanthropists. The announcement took place earlier this week during a conference held at the company’s Hearst Tower headquarters in New York. The topic will be the subject of the magazine’s June/July Philanthropy Issue. Ricci is principal at Directional Aviation which controls several aviation companies, including Flexjet, Sentient Jet, Skyjet and Nextant Aerospace. The honor comes after Ricci created a groundbreaking giving structure called a Philanthropic Succession Partnership (PSP) to donate $100 million to the University of Notre Dame, the single largest unrestricted, guaranteed gift ever committed to the University.
If you are looking for the lowest price, our fastest two minutes of comparing private aviation options (again) shows an answer that might be a surprise
If you are flying between 10 and 100 hours per year (fractional ownership starts at 50 hours and requires a three to five-year commitment plus financing your share) jet cards and on-demand charter are generally the two easiest options. While on-demand charter enables you to choose a specific aircraft, due to operational reasons the aircraft you select sometimes changes, and if your broker is sourcing your plane from a fleet operator, often times your tail number isn’t confirmed until close to your flight time. With jet cards you are more typically buying into a jet size category – Light Jets, Midsize Jets, etc. although some programs offer specific jet types.