Top executives detail plans for PrivateFly and Skyjet after the deal

After the announcement that Kenn Ricci’s Directional Aviation had acquired PrivateFly, we had some questions, and here are the answers

Directional Aviation buys PrivateFly

After Wednesday’s announcement that Directional Aviation’s OneSky LLC was adding PrivateFly to Flexjet, Sentient Jet and Skyjet, Private Jet Card Comparisons emailed some additional questions. Below are the answers collectively from PrivateFly co-founders Adam Twidell and Carol Cork, as well as Andrew Collins, the President of OneSky’s on-demand private jet charter organization Skyjet in addition to jet card provider Sentient Jet. 

Directional Aviation buys U.K.-based charter broker PrivateFly

The deal by the parent of Flexjet, Sentient Jet and Skyjet expands Directional Aviation’s global reach and doubles down on its online on-demand private jet charter business

 

OneSky, LLC, part of Directional Aviation and home to Skyjet, Sentient Jet and Flexjet, today announced it has acquired U.K.-based PrivateFly, a leading global digital booking service for private jet charter flights. According to a press release, PrivateFly is expected to combine with Skyjet, OneSky’s existing brokerage group and a pioneer in aviation technology for more than 20 years. The goal is to create one of the world’s largest online booking platforms for private jet charter, one with a robust digital platform and a physical geography and assets tailored for countries on four continents. 

Flexjet, Sentient Jet chairman Kenn Ricci named to Town & Country’s Top 50 Philanthropists list

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. 

Homes For Our Troops gains support from Sentient Jet

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. 

Skyjet adds Google Pay to Apple Pay option

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.”