Former Delta Air Lines exec named Chief Experience Officer of Wheels Up

Wheels Up Gail Grimmett

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.

Surf Air buys online private aviation marketplace BlackBird Air; Creates Surf Air Mobility Corporation

Surf Air acquires BlackBird

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 Aviation Authority.

Wheels Up, Delta Air Lines close on the acquisition of Delta Private Jets

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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.

Wheels Up’s Dichter named Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Kenny Dichter awards

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.

Wheels Up sets Rao’s pop-up for Super Bowl LIV

Wheels Up Super Bowl LIV Miami party

Super Bowl hospitality for Wheels Up members will include Rao’s by the Beach

Hopefully, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian likes Italian food.

If his deal to merge Delta Private Jets with Wheels Up closes before Super Bowl LIV, Bastian probably won’t have to worry about getting a table at Rao’s, at least the pop-up version coming to South Beach.

According to a press release, Wheels Up, alongside W South Beach and Rao’s Restaurant Group, will run a pop-up replica of the iconic Neapolitan eatery Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.

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