Wheels Up’s SPAC reveals revenue, profitability, membership, fleet size and more

Wheels Up Cares fleet

Wheels Up ended 2020 with 10,995 active members and $690 million in revenues. It’s forecast to reach $912 million this year

Will Wheels Up be the first private jet company with its own co-branded credit card?

The private aviation company sees a future for the Wheels Up brand in luxury lodging, yachts, and experiences to credit cards and financial services

Wheels Up is going public via a SPAC. It’s provides a rare look into the world of private jet companies, which are either privately held or subsidiaries of large publicly traded companies, with limited public data.

The most popular private jets of 2020 revealed

Gulfstream G450

Gulfstream bumped Bombardier as the most used large private jet in 2020 while holding onto the top spot in super long-range private jets, according to Argus TRAQPak

Textron Aviation’s Citation Excel/XLS, Mustang, and King Air 200 were the most flown aircraft in their respective categories

Gulfstream Aerospace had the most popular large cabin and super long-range private jets in 2020, according to just-released data from Argus TRAQPak.

At the same time, Textron Aviation saw three of its business aircraft take the top spot in three of the eight categories. Its Beechcraft King Air 200 was the most flown multi-engine turboprop. The Cessna Citation Mustang was the most popular very light jet. Its Citation Excel/XLS/XLS+ won the midsize private jet category.

You can buy Wheels Up at Costco, but should you?

Wheels Up Cares fleet

Wheels Up has been selling its core membership via Costco for years. The offering is getting more attention after The Washington Post recently highlighted it. Is it a good deal?

Hint: It depends on if you choose to fund a Wheels Up deposit account

Since 2016 Wheels Up has been selling memberships in its pay-as-you-go jet card memberships via Costco on a seasonal basis. It’s not alone when it comes to other high-end products and services. You can buy diamonds and luxury cruises at the discount retailer.

Wheels Up announces FET-free flight fund options for members

Wheels Up app

The second-largest for-hire private jet operator, Wheels Up, is the latest to offer members the ability to deposit funds before the end of the year and use them for tax-free flights, in this case, for up to 24 months

Wheels Up is offering members its existing funds program, a new Air Transportation Only fund option that will offer FET-free flying for 24 months after purchase, or the ability to fund both types

The biggest player in jet cards yet to weigh in on how it will address the CARES Act holiday on the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax will announce later today it’s in.

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