Jet Card Insider: Wheels Up is no longer a two-trick pony

The Citation Excel/XLS is the most flown midsize private jet

After bringing turboprops mainstream by championing the King Air 350i, Wheels Up is now filling out its product offerings

There are probably few privately held companies that get as much airtime on the business cable networks as Kenny Dichter and Wheels Up, his entry second entry into the world of jet cards. His debut in 2001 was an exclusive agreement with NetJets to sell jet cards onto its fractionally owned fleet. Instead of having to buy at least 50 hours per year with a five-year commitment, Marquis Jet Partners offered the opportunity to buy in 25 hours at a time.

StraightLine Private Air CEO to host webinar

StraightLine Private Air cost

The start-up jet card broker recently added an hourly rate cap to its dynamic pricing model

StraightLine Private Air is going webinar to make its pitch to perspective jet card buyers. The company said, via an email, its CEO Tom Filippini will be hosting a 45-minute webinar on Feb. 27, 2019, at 1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Battling NetJets: Is Flexjet readying a billion dollar order from Gulfstream?

Gulfstream G650 cost

Flexjet is already a significant Gulfstream operator and has been ramping up its expansion plans for Europe

A report last Friday by Corporate Jet Investor (CJI) speculated that Flexjet might be readying a billion-dollar order with Gulfstream. The item came after Phebe Novakovic, CEO of General Dynamics, parent of the business jet manufacturer, told analysts the division was working on a big deal and it was with an existing customer.

EXCLUSIVE: Wheels Up introduces new entry-level membership offering, Wheels Up Connect, and fixed-rate light jets

Wheels Up membership pricing

The pay-as-you-go membership program is broadening its customer base with its new $2,995 Connect Membership while launching a light jet program, anchored by the Citation Encore+, with a fixed hourly rate.

Wheels Up is no longer a two-trick pony. After five years making its mark principally on the back of King Air 350i with the help of the midsize Cessna Citation Excel/XLS, the New York-based privation aviation membership company is taking two big steps today. First, it is moving to fulfill founder and CEO Kenny Dichter’s vision of democratizing private travel even further with its new Connect Membership, which is focused on the concept of sharing flights, booking charter and accessing signature events.

Wheels Up has hired Goldman Sachs and Bank of America for ‘strategic initiatives’

Wheels Up price starts at $4,695 per hour plus Federal Excise Tax

The pay-as-you-go jet card membership club is moving towards “consolidation”

What’s next for Wheels Up? The company with its fleet of approximately 100 King Air 350i turboprops, Citation Excel/XLS midsize jets and Citation X super midsize aircraft is stirring some intrigue after its founder and CEO Kenny Dichter appeared yesterday morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

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