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.
Sentient is using the Kentucky Derby to bring attention to Homes For Our Troops which builds and donates specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans
Directional Aviation’s jet card arm, Sentient Jet (Flexjet and Skyjet are sister companies), announced it will sponsor Combatant in the upcoming 144th running of The Kentucky Derby in an effort to generate awareness and support for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization championed by Combatant’s ownership group Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC.
The sister company to Flexjet and Sentient Jet offers on-demand charter and memberships that provide guaranteed one-way pricing
Skyjet today announced that its mobile application now accepts Google Pay, saying it is the first company in the industry to do so. Skyjet introduced Apple Pay to its mobile application in 2015, and according to a press release said the new capability “further cements Skyjet as a pioneer in the private aviation space and marks another milestone for the company surrounding the successful integration of digital currencies.” The release continued,”The new feature provides an added layer of simplicity and efficiency by offering customers another way to instantly book and pay for private jet travel online.”
Skyjet Explorer will compete in the private jet Membership segment, including Wheels Up, JetSmarter and XOJET
Choices, choices, choices. In the private jet card and membership sector, the diversity of offers continues to grow. Directional Aviation yesterday announced it is expanding its coverage of the private aviation travel market by introducing its first pay-as-you-fly membership program. The company, which owns Flexjet, Sentient Jet and Skyjet is using the latter to introduce the new product, billed as Skyjet Explorer. Flexjet sells fractional ownership shares and leases, plus jet cards; Sentient focuses exclusively on jet cards and until now Skyjet had been an on-demand charter provider.