The jet card program for long-haul, luxury private jet operator VistaJet helped power a 24% increase in EBITDA
VistaJet said in a third-quarter trading update the company’s flagship Program Membership has seen a 38% increase in revenue. The Program segment achieved a record 32% increase of new flights hours flown compared to Q3 2016. According to a press release, a core driver to VistaJet’s Program Membership growth came from its North American market, seeing a 25% growth in its US-based customers in the third quarter alone. VistaJet saw its largest increase in flight hours from North America, up 22%, representing yet another quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth.
Zetta Jet was trying to compete against NetJets and VistaJet in offering long-haul, luxury private jet charter and jet card programs
The saga of Zetta Jet looks to be over, save for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation. It comes about a week after an announcement that the luxury private jet operator had secured $8.5 million in funding and ends a bumpy two-year journey that included boardroom brawls, accusations of fraud and a September visit to Chapter 11.
The move comes as Wheels Up, VistaJet, JetSmarter, JetSuite and Victor have all announced new funding to power expansion
U.S.-based Bird Dog Jet has been acquired by U.K. PrivateFly, according to an email from the latter. “I wanted to share some exciting news with you about our continued expansion. 2017 has been a record-breaking year for us, showing another plus 50% growth rate. We’ve been busy arranging more flights, for more customers, than ever before. And I’m now delighted to be able to announce PrivateFly’s takeover of Bird Dog Jet, a US charter broker. They will join our existing US team based in Fort Lauderdale, to enable us to fly more clients within North America, the Caribbean and further afield,” wrote Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly in an email to customers.
Jet Card Membership Programs provide users convenience when they fly privately, but finding the true hourly rate you will be paying often takes a bit of work
You ask your assistant to go to a few private jet card membership websites and check out the hourly rates. She follows your instructions and puts them in a comparison chart for you. That was easy! Then you join. You get your first invoice, and shock, the prices you are paying have nothing to do with the rates on the website. It reminds you of that $29 per day car rental that ended up costing you $79.
The operator of long-haul, luxury aircraft has partnered with auction house Christie’s to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for its customers in conjunction with the Peggy and David Rockefeller Art Collection Global Tour
VistaJet yesterday announced its worldwide sponsorship of the exhibition and tour of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, a significant auction entirely dedicated to raising funds for philanthropic causes. The sale, consisting of numerous categories, will be conducted by Christie’s and will include a highlights exhibition tour in Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles and New York. The private jet operator has also created exclusive programs for customers to join behind the scenes.
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To find the right jet card program for your needs takes a bit of work. While many buyers rely on recommendations from their friends, your friends’ flying habits are probably different from yours. At the same time, you can have your assistant or finance department do some Google research. They will come back with a handful of randomly selected companies. They then have to spend time filling in request forms with providers and waiting for each jet card seller to send their information. After that, they need to take the collateral and put it into a form where you can start comparing programs which vary widely. What’s more, they will have to spend time going back to providers and asking them for information they didn’t provide.
Long-haul, luxury private jet operator VistaJet is touring one of its Bombardier Global 5000s October 16-23 in the U.S.
VistaJet, which last month secured $150 million in new financing, making it a self-proclaimed Unicorn, a privately held company with a billion-dollar valuation, delivered more good news this morning. For North America, it said new program customers increased three times year-over-year, new program hours increased 146%, flight departures increased by 30%, and program hours increased 210% quarter over quarter. It also noted 45% of program customers who have joined in past 12 months have booked additional hours. As a result, it is increasing its U.S. based fleet by 50%.