Wheels Up buys Gama Aviation Signature growing its fleet to over 300 private aircraft

Wheels Up buys Gama Signature Aviation

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.

Wheels Up celebrates Super Bowl weekend in style

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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.

Linda Holliday and Bill Belichick at Wheels Up members-only Super Saturday Tailgate event on February 1, 2020, in Wynwood, Miami. The seventh-annual event featured a chalk talk hosted by prominent figures in sports and entertainment and interactive partnership activations. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Wheels Up)

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.

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

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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.

Should you charter a private jet online?

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After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant booking technology, it’s finally arriving. Should you book a private jet online?

After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant booking technology, it’s finally arriving. But should you use it?

Many of the broker websites and apps promising online bookings were nothing more than electronic request forms.

But that’s changing, and increasingly, you may find yourself able to rent a private jet or turboprop digitally from a broker or platform, and without much human oversight, or at least human oversight looking after your interests.

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