Wheels Up, Bell Textron to launch helicopter service

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Wheels Up with Bell Textron will launch a helicopter service later this year. The initiative provides connecting service to flights by partner Delta Air Lines

In February, United Airlines placed a $1 billion order for 200 Archer eVTOL aircraft

Private aviation rival Directional Aviation bought helicopter share and jet card provider Associated Aircraft Group earlier this year

Wheels Up today announced it is partnering with Bell Textron, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company. It plans to develop short- and long-term solutions with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The collaboration will focus on the growing demand for convenient intra-urban travel from city centers and regional airport helipads.    

Reviewing the Wheels Up private jet booking app

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Wheels Up recently opened its private jet charter app to non-members. Here’s our review

Move over Costco. When I read in Wheels Up’s merger filings that it quietly began allowing non-members to access its app, I decided to check it out. Until then, you had to pay $2,950 for the privilege. Allowing non-members to book on the app at less favorable terms seems a no-brainer.

Kansas Jayhawks’ Coach Bill Self gets a ‘lifetime’ Wheels Up membership

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Kansas basketball coach is receiving $240,000 in Wheels Up flight credits annually as part of a new contract the college basketball coach just signed

Wheels Up may soon have a new ambassador in the form of super successful head basketball coach Bill Self. The University of Kansas disclosed that Self gets $240,000 in annual flight credits as part of his new lifetime contract to coach the team.

Here’s how much Wheels Up paid for each of its 5 acquisitions

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Kenny Dichter and Wheels Up doled out less than $100 million in cash to build the second-largest private jet operator with a $2 billion valuation

When Wheels Up’s acquired 5th-biggest Part 135 charter operator Mountain Aviation in January, it pushed the group past Directional Aviation’s Flexjet as the second-largest for-hire private aircraft operator in the U.S. For Wheels Up founder and CEO Kenny Dichter, it was a day at the beach compared to another cold New York winter morning in early 2019. At that point, Wheels Up didn’t operate a single aircraft. Founded in 2013, its owned and leased fleet was outsourced to Gama Aviation Signature. Wheels Up was a big brand. Yet, it was merely a marketing organization selling memberships onto what was then mainly a fleet of King Air 350i turboprops.

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