VistaJet launches a new website

VistaJet

The specialist in mid-and-long-haul private jet flights has made its website more interactive while improving account data for customers

VistaJet has launched a new website designed to be interactive. It includes a number of new functions, including the ability to get an on-demand charter quote on the home page as well as comparison features to various ownership options. The company is also enhancing online tools for customers, including being able to changes flights digitally and download invoices from past flights instantly.

“Our previous website was beautiful and clean, but not conducive to a conversation. It was more of a brochure,” executive vice president, marketing and innovation Matteo Atti tells Private Jet Card Comparisons.

XOJET on safety, privacy, and how you can avoid bad weather flying

XOJET

Private Jet Card Comparisons recently talked with XOJET Aviation’s director of safety, Dan Ramirez

XOJET Aviation is a Wyvern Wingman, Argus Platinum, IS-BAO Stage 3 operator with a fleet of 43 Citation Xs and Challenger 300s. It has one of the largest owned fleets in the U.S.

While flying privately remains safe, illegal charters, including an accident that killed a European soccer star, and new entrants, with convoluted offerings, have clouded the horizon.

Recently we talked to Dan Ramirez, director of aviation for XOJET Aviation to talk about its approach, and for tips on both safety and privacy.

Vista Global closes acquisition of JetSmarter

JetSmarter

The Dubai-based owner of VistaJet and XOJET says it has closed on its acquisition of JetSmarter

Less than two months after announcing plans to buy JetSmarter, a spokesperson for Vista Global confirmed to Private Jet Card Comparisons that the deal has closed.

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.

Vista Global refinances with $550 million of senior unsecured bonds

VistaJet XOJET

The owner of XOJET and VistaJet will use funds to pay debt due in 2020 and 2021

Debtwire is reporting VistaJet Malta Finance PLC and XO Management Holding Inc., units of Dubai-based Vista Global Holdings, successfully sold $550 million in senior unsecured bonds earlier this week. The news service, which covers the worldwide debt market, said Vista had to increase the coupon of the deal due to investor concerns about the cyclical nature of private aviation and UHNW spending during a downturn.