Wheels Up, Delta Air Lines to combine their private jet businesses

Delta Private Jets and Wheels Up will have over 190 private aircraft

The deal is expected to close in early 2020, subject to closing conditions and required governmental and regulatory approvals 

Delta will take an equity stake in Wheels Up becoming its largest shareholder

Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed

The transaction sets up a three-horse race with Directional Aviation and Vista Global as they battle market leader NetJets

Wheels Up’s busy 2019 included raising more money, acquiring light jet operator TMC Jets, tech platform Avianis, expanding its jet sharing membership, plus launching fixed-rate programs for light and super-midsize jets

Last week it announced a major revamp of its own jet membership programs

Is Wheels Up now poised for international expansion?

Wheels Up and Delta Air Lines this morning are announcing they have reached a definitive agreement to combine their private jet businesses.

“This groundbreaking partnership will democratize private aviation – making the convenience of private jet travel accessible to more consumers,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian.

XO launches RISE membership, tweaks Select Access

XO powered by JetSmarter technology

RISE is targeting fliers traveling privately 15 hours per year

Vista Global has also dropped references to JetSmarter in its XO branding

XO, which was formed by the merger of JetSmarter and XOJET, is making more tweaks to its membership offerings.

The biggest is the launch of RISE, a new tier targeting private travelers who fly less 15 hours per year.

It is priced at $595 and joins Select Access, Signature Access and Elite Access in the XO line-up membership line-up.

In a press release, the company said, “RISE makes private aviation more accessible and valuable for those who seek to use it more frequently – or have never experienced it – as well as those who fly private regularly, but   are not getting the elevated service, flexibility and quality aircraft they deserve.”

Wheels Up adds camouflage King Air 350i to its fleet

Wheels Up

It’s the fourth King Air to be painted as part of philanthropic initiatives from Wheels Up Cares

Wheels Up yesterday unveiled a camouflage-painted Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft as part of its Wheels Up Cares philanthropic initiative.

The Wheels Up Camouflage Plane has a custom livery that was created and painted by Textron Aviation Inc. and honors those in the military who bravely served and continue to serve our country, while benefiting the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a non-profit organization that offers compassionate care to those grieving the loss of a military loved one.

The Camouflage Beechcraft King Air 350i will remain indefinitely in the Wheels Up fleet to serve as a flying symbol of TAPS’ mission.

VistaJet to launch Bombardier Global 7500 fleet in January

VistaJet

Available to its jet card program members now, VistaJet expects to have six Global 7500s flying by the end of 2020

Vista Global’s VistaJet will put the first of six Bombardier Global 7500 ultra-long-range private jets into service starting in January 2020. Members of its Program, the private jet charter operator’s version of a jet card and alternative to fractional ownership, can start reserving flights as of today. The company has said it has orders and options for as many as 30 of the new jets.

Vista Global appoints new top executives at XO; XOJET Aviation, XO relocate to East Coast

The moves follow the merger of XOJET and JetSmarter earlier this summer

Two former top executives are exiting XO, formerly XOJET, following its recent combination with JetSmarter. Gregg Slow, president of enterprise at XO has left while James Henderson, president of commercial operations will join Exclusive Resorts LLC as CEO in October it was announced last week.

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