The acquisition follows the purchase of Delta Private Jets, Travel Management Company, and Avianis, and squares it up against NetJets
Wheels Up is looking to move closer to NetJets and pull away from Directional Aviation and Vista Global Holdings. Its acquisition of Gama Aviation LLC this morning gives it over 300 owned and managed aircraft.
Gama Aviation Signature, as it is known, already was managing the Wheels Up fleet of King Air 350i, Citation Excel/XLS, and Citation X aircraft.
It follows its acquisitions of Travel Management Company last June and Delta Private Jets, completed in January.
Gail Grimmett, a former senior executive with Delta Air Lines, has been appointed Chief Experience Officer at Wheels Up
A longtime executive at Delta Air Lines who is widely credited with turning the Atlanta-based company into a dominant player in New York’s ultra-competitive marketplace has been named chief experience officer at Wheels Up.
The new entity wants to ‘transform’ the 50-to-400-mile mobility market
50% of all flights are under 500 miles, it says
BlackBird was recently under FAA scrutiny
Surf Air has been trying to fly past liquidation of its European arm, a lawsuit with a former operator and IRS tax lien
Plans call for phasing out the BlackBird Air name
Los Angeles-based Surf Air said it has acquired BlackBird
Air, an online aviation marketplace that has been under scrutiny from the Federal
Wheels Up members will be able to attain Delta Air Lines’ elite status
Delta Private Jets members get a complimentary Wheels Up membership valued at $17,500
The deal to merge Delta Private Jets (DPJ) with Wheels Up is sealed. The closing officially combines DPJ with Wheels Up.
The combination creates one of the world’s largest owned and managed fleets of private aircraft, around 190 airplanes from the King Air 350i to large-cabin jets.
The award takes place tonight at the 17th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards
Kenny Dichter, founder and CEO of Wheels Up, is set to receive the Eren Ozmen Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 17th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
The star-studded event, hosted by actor and aviation enthusiast John Travolta, honors those who have made significant contributions to aviation and aerospace.
Dichter joins other notable awardees from the group. They include Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Herb Kelleher, Sir Richard Branson, Kenn Ricci, David Neeleman, Thomas Flohr, and HH Sheik Al Maktoum among others.