VistaJet says it is targeting frequent Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) customers and corporations with its new WeChat sales platform to make bookings on its global fleet. Customers can now make bookings from the smartphones.
Bombardier Business Aircraft opened the Bombardier Tianjin Service Centre on April 7 in China. The Montreal-based manufacturer in a press release said it “has had the largest fleet of any business aircraft manufacturer in the region for the last 12 years.” Bombardier aircraft are popular in the fleets of various private jet card and prepaid private jet charter programs, including VistaJet, Netjets, XOJET, Zetta Jet and Flexjet as examples.
Forbes is continuing its series looking at the variety of private jet card solutions by taking a step back and asking, why bother? Do jet cards even make sense?
While private jet card users often spend between $100,000 and $500,000 per year, a report from Business Jet Traveler shows most program decisions are made without much consideration. Only 3% of private jet card buyers use a consultant. Over 90% make their decisions based on finding a supplier online, an experience with a friend, or the recommendation of a friend. Yet the needs of each private jet user is different.
Only 20 months after its 2015 launch, Singapore-based Zetta Jet is building a niche in the ultra-long-haul transpacific market and is poised to expand its customer base in the U.S. after its acquisition last December of Advanced Aircraft Management. The latter, with a base at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, has been renamed Zetta Jet USA, Inc.
Jet Aviation and VistaJet announced that Jet Aviation Flight Services will operate and manage a U.S.-based fleet of Bombardier Challenger 350 aircraft for VistaJet’s Program customers. The companies have worked together since 2013 when Jet Aviation was selected to operate and manage the VistaJet-owned fleet of Global 5000s in the U.S. The alliance has now been expanded to include the U.S.-based fleet of Challenger 350 aircraft, which began service in February 2017.
VistaJet CEO’s Thomas Flohr talks to Bloomberg TV on how his company is different from NetJets, its global focus and why its prepaid private jet program solutions are better than owning your own jet.