Private jet operator, management and membership brand Wheels Up is joining with NFL all-star Russell Wilson to support Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Plan
The number of Americans who need food assistance is expected to double to 75 million as COVID-19 Coronavirus layoffs ripple across the economy
Wheels Up Founder and CEO Kenny Dichter was on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning, but not to announce another acquisition. On the business channel, he joined with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a Coronavirus relief effort.
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.
The private jet membership provider hosted its seventh annual Super Saturday Tailgate attracting a slew of star athletes and celebrities
Wheels Up has always been about being more than just a private aviation solution, but a lifestyle. That approach was on display earlier this month during Super Bowl LIV. In Miami, it hosted its seventh annual Super Saturday Tailgate event.
Taking over a warehouse in Wynwood, the afternoon and into the evening party drew a mix of athletes and celebrities. Russell Wilson, Baker Mayfield, Bill Belichick (above), Sam Darnold, Guy Fieri, Rich Eisen, Ron Rivera, Scott Van Pelt, Mike Golic, Mike Tirico, Kirk Herbstreit, Steve Levy, and Lawrence Tynes were spotted.
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.