Middle East top of Wheels Up’s expansion plans

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“The Middle East…will be one of the first ones we will be starting working on,” incoming Wheels Up board member Ravi Thakran told Arabian Business

As Wheels Up plots its global expansion plans, it looks like the Middle East is at the top of the list.

Biggest Private Jet Operators of 2020 led by NetJets, Flexjet, Wheels Up and Vista Global

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NetJets stayed firmly in the top spot among U.S. private jet operators as Wheels Up zoomed from 11th to 3rd place, while Flexjet, Vista Global, and Jet Linx each made gains

Charter (Part 135) and Fractional Operator (Part 91k) flights accounted for 52.5% of total U.S. private aviation flight hours, pushing Part 91 flying below the half-century mark for the first time, according to Argus TRAQPak data dating back to 2007

The 10 largest U.S. charter and fractional operators accounted for 44.3% of Part 91k/135 activity and 23.2% of total business aviation flight hours

TRAQPak’s 2021 forecast indicates full recovery tilted towards second-half

The takeaways from the 2020 Argus TRAQPak annual review of private jet activity in the U.S. underscores two key trends: Consolidation and acceleration of what has a nearly decade-long move from full private jet ownership to fractional shares, leases, jet cards, and on-demand charter. Looking ahead, Argus analysts don’t expect the total industry to return to pre-COVID-19 numbers until the second half of 2021.

Private jet partnerships to have increased role in luxury travel: Survey

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54% of luxury travel and hospitality executives say private aviation will have “more of a central role,” according to, The Future of Private Travel Report from VistaJet

A survey conducted in December on behalf of VistaJet with over 650 travel and hospitality executives focused on High New Worth consumers found private aviation will have a higher profile role in the more significant travel history moving forward.

Directional’s Tuvoli acquires B2B platform FlyEasy.co

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Map-based business aviation search platform FlyEasy.co allows users the ability to search and request trip pricing from aircraft operators worldwide

Directional Aviation’s Tuvoli has added FlyEasy.co in an acquisition expected to be announced later today. It is a sister company to Flexjet, Sentient Jet, FXAIR, PrivateFly, and Associated Aircraft Group, a helicopter operator acquired last week.

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