Wheels Up will dramatically broaden the attractiveness of its program when it formally launches its Citation X program
Wheels Up will be taking its members who want further and faster in 2018. Founder and CEO Kenny Dichter revealed to Private Jet Card Comparisons that the jet card membership provider has taken delivery of its first three Citation X private jets. With a speed of up to 700 miles per hour and a range of nearly 3,700 miles, it will be the third aircraft type in the Wheels Up fleet, joining the King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS aircraft. The latter has a range of 1,930 miles at 507 mph. The King Air 350i can fly up to 1,265 miles at 360 mph.
JetSmarter and Surf Air both offer scheduled flights on private jets which can be reserved by the seat
Birds of a feather flock together. Or at least in this case private jet shuttle operators JetSmarter and Surf Air, both have now made the move to use London City Airport for flights, moving away from Luton Airport. JetSmarter said yesterday “starting January” all JetShuttles under three hours of flight time are moving to LCY. Included are flights to Paris, Geneva (weekly Light Jet), Milan and Nice. Luton will retain shuttles to New York, Moscow and a weekly Heavy Jet to Geneva. Biggin Hill will have a flight to Malaga, Spain.
Surf Air is now accepting Bitcoin and Ethereum for both membership or charter flights. The company’s network has three zones that include San Francisco/Bay Area, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Truckee, Napa, Monterey, Las Vegas, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Midland, San Antonio, The Woodlands, Oklahoma City, London, Zurich, Ibiza, and Cannes. Membership prices are posted on today’s equivalent exchange rate for 12-month advance payment and initiation fee.
By using private jet terminals, Surf Air can cut total travel time by more than half
Less than six months after taking flight, the all you can fly membership airline is making a big move, just a short distance, moving its London operations some 50 miles from Luton Airport to London City Airport in December. Initially, the schedule will feature the same weekday daily nonstops to Zurich with plans to go double daily in the coming months, CEO Simon Talling-Smith tells Private Jet Card Comparisons. He adds, “We will be operating our first (Pilatus) PC-12s from the Zurich base into Luxembourg and Munich (and) we’re also looking carefully at Zurich-Frankfurt and Zurich-Brussels.”
The “all you can fly” private jet membership airline is trying to appeal to business travelers
Surf Air in Europe took flight at the beginning of the summer with leisure routes from Luton Airport outside London to Ibiza and Cannes. Then last month it launched Zurich, albeit two roundtrips per week. Now, the carrier says beginning November 13 it will increase its Luton-Zurich roundtrips to daily on the weekdays. The new schedule better supports Surf Air’s appeal to business travelers.
JetClass, JetSmarter, Surf Air and soon, possibly Wheels Up, are trying to bridge the gap between commercial airlines and full private jet charter in Europe
Another private jet like shuttle service says it is making inroads in European’s aviation market. JetClass, which is a “non-subscription” service has been offering travelers the opportunities to buy single seats on shared private jets for as little as EUR 290 since the beginning of the summer. JetClass comes from Wagas Ali and Vladislav Zenov who founded online private jet broker CharterScanner.
The “all you can fly” private aviation operator is offering a combined U.S. – Europe membership.
Surf Air’s European operation, which launched earlier this summer with flights from London’s Luton Airport to Ibiza, Cannes and now Zurich, is offering free flights to top-tier frequent fliers in the programs of other European airlines.