Air France private jet partner Wijet may have finally shutdown

Air France private jet Wijet

The brand and website address for struggling private jet operator has been put up for sale by liquidators in France

It appears, despite statements to the contrary, the end for Wijet may be here.

After its operations in France closed in December Wijet is not responding to phone calls or emails. Its UK operation went into administration in 2018 leaving a trail of unpaid bills.

An executive had claimed it would continue operations in January from Luxembourg.

Instead, judicial agents, Selarl Montravers Yang-Ting, have listed various Wijet assets for sale. They include the Wijet customer file, brand and domain names wijet.com and wijet.fr, plus an office lease.

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While it’s not clear that the company is actively taking reservations for immediate travel, its management is saying the negative vibes are from former employees and competitors. It also apparently retains its relationship with Air France which is still featured both on its website and that of the airline, although it also still has a link to its now inactive air operator’s certificate that it gave back when it closed its U.K. subsidiary earlier this summer. 

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Despite Wijet’s decision to shutter its U.K. subsidiary Blink and return its operating certificate that enables it to fly its own aircraft, commercial airline partner Air France undeterred says the relationship between the two companies will continue. 

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While it has been a challenging run over the past six weeks for several air taxis and by-the-seat membership programs – Atlanta-based Imagine Air shuttering, Wijet putting its UK division into administration, Surf Air’s tax, and legal problems, JetSmarter rebooting its pricing approach – that hasn’t stopped others from announcing their intentions to jump into the space. ZED Aerospace said its Aura will launch a luxury by-the-seat scheduled private jet service flying nationwide by 2019, and AirChicago is pushing for a September launch of flights that would cater to Windy City travelers. Now Jeff Potter, who was CEO of Surf Air from February 2014 through June 2017, is listed as CEO of Tuxedo Air, which plans to begin flying this August. 

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