Clipper Jet says its by the seat private jet membership model is finally getting ready to take flight
Perusing Google search results I came across a first page May 2015 article from AFAR titled “6 Jet Startups That Will Get You Flying Private.” JetSmarter, Victor and Surf Air are still alive and kicking. BlackJet and Beacon are out of business, and I hadn’t heard or seen anything from ClipperJet in years. However, when I went to their website, it was still up and running and in fact, there was a full page outlining its three membership options. In the press section, there was no coverage since the aforementioned piece and something from Conde Nast Traveler from April 2015. Wondering what was going on, I called the number on the website and it was answered by Paul Sanchez, one of the founders and an executive vice president.
Is XOJET in play? The company said it is looking at raising new funds, a merger, sale or strategic alliance.
In order to best position XOJET for continued growth and expansion, Perella Weinberg Partners has been engaged as a strategic advisor to explore a range of options that may include a capital raise, merger, sale of the company or a strategic alliance, according to a statement received by Private Jet Card Comparisons. The company was started in 2006 and has over 450 employees, 41 of its own aircraft and over 1,300 additional private jets in its broker network. The company has a 24/7 operations center spanning 21,000 sq. ft. in Sacramento, CA. The firm also recently completed the purchase of two Citation X aircraft and is planning to expand the fleet with additional aircraft acquisitions in 2018. Last year, it continued a refurbishment of its current fleet and launched a new membership fee model program. Current key investors include TPG Capital and Mubadala.
The Canadian private jet charter broker is bringing a fixed markup model to its Jet Card
Canada-based upstart Jettly is bringing its fixed pricing markup model of private jet charter to the Jet Card segment. It follows Wholesale Jet Club last year as well as Paramount Business Jets, which both sell Jet Cards using a fixed markup over operator pricing. U.K.-based Victor has said it will launch a deposit product in the U.S. early this year. In the case of Jettly and Wholesale Jet Club, the programs also include a monthly or annual fee in addition to the fixed markup.
On-demand private jet charter broker Victor has raised $18 million from BBA Aviation, BP Ventures and existing shareholders
Following Victor’s BP Ventures-led Series B investment round of $20 million in September the company is back raising more money, including the creation of a new corporate umbrella that will be known as Alyssum Group Ltd. Victor said it will now which pursue an “acquisitive strategy within general aviation sector,” according to a press release received by Private Jet Card Comparisons. It said this new money signals closure of the Series B process as Alyssum Group gears up for planned Series C investment round in mid-2018. Victor Founder & CEO Clive Jackson appointed Group Chief Executive of Alyssum Group.
82% of personal assistants find booking private aviation flights on short notice is a major challenge
A new survey of personal assistants by on-demand charter broker Victor revealed 82% of survey respondents found that finding flights on tight turnarounds is a major challenge they face when coordinating private jet travel. To me, at first reading, the findings weren’t surprising: booking on-demand charters require vetting both jets, operators, and prices each trip, handling payments, which can be complicated in some companies, and often submitting passenger information, catering and so forth. It also means in the event of disruptions, you are at the mercy of your broker to figure out replacements and minimize extra expense.