Jet Linx joins Wheels Up and XO in private jet seat sharing

The fast-growing private jet management company is giving its aircraft owners as well as jet card customers the option to buy and sell extra seats on their flights

The Jet Linx base model with 18 locations provides a unique advantage giving it critical mass in the markets it serves, says its CEO Jamie Walker  

Last year there were over 40,000 empty seats on flights operated by Jet Linx for the owners of the private jets it manages and the members of its jet card program. Now the fast-growing Omaha-based private aviation provider is enabling both aircraft owners and card customers the ability to sell seats within its customer network.

OpenSeat Exchange private jet seat sharing

OpenSeat Exchange is available on its updated mobile app being launched today.

Tradewind Aviation launches a Pilatus PC-12 jet card

The Goodspeed jet card is on its Pilatus PC-12 fleet with a service area covering the Northeastern U.S. and Caribbean

Tradewind Aviation, an operator of both private charter and by-the-seat semiprivate charter flights, is launching its first jet card program under the name Goodspeed across its fleet of 23 Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

Targeting business travelers hopping from one meeting to the next and leisure travelers headed for vacation homes or weekend getaways, and families with children participating in traveling sports leagues, Goodspeed offers fixed-rate, one-way pricing so you don’t pay for repositioning flights.

How much does a private jet cost?

private jet cost

While a one-off short flight on a light jet might be had for as little as $5,000, you can also buy a new $70 million ultra-long-haul private jet. We look at the options, including full ownership, fractional shares and leases, jet cards and on-demand charter

The cost of a private jet varies widely, from owning an entire aircraft to chartering on-demand. But what are the options?

Fractional ownership and leases, as well as jet cards, have become a popular middle ground, providing convenience and consistent experience in many ways offering the best of either full ownership or on-demand charter.

However, figuring out the right solution isn’t necessarily based only on flight hours. Current U.S. tax benefits of full or fractional ownership can tilt the scale in their favor, particularly if most of your flying is for business.

Wheels Up has purchased Travel Management Company

Wheels Up

The deal, which is being announced this morning, and closed Friday, adds 26 light jets to the Wheel Up fleet

Wheels Up announced this morning that it has closed a deal to acquire Elkhart, Indiana-based Travel Management Company (TMC), a significant fleet operator of owned and leased light jets serving the on-demand charter market. The deal will increase the current Wheels Up fleet to 119 owned and leased aircraft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

For Wheels Up founder Kenny Dichter, who helped popularize jet cards by launching Marquis Jet Partners in 2001 before selling it to NetJets in 2010, the move comes after he announced in January he had hired Goldman Sachs and Bank of America to provide advice on strategic options.

Jet Card Insider: Why Delta Private Jets is a program you should know about

Delta Private Jets

From its humble start, like its parent in the commercial segment, Delta Private Jets is now a power player in jet cards

I’m surprised how many subscribers, virtually all who currently fly privately aren’t familiar with Delta Private Jets, didn’t know they sell jet cards or had some other misperception. It could be that while it’s an asset to trade on such a powerful brand as Delta, it also makes it harder to make a name for yourself and stand apart from the mother ship.