Wheels Up Mini Overview
Wheels Up, a private jet carrier offers a unique and flexible offering to both individuals and businesses looking for excellence in private jet travel when they need it. Unlike the traditional private jet card offer, Wheels Up members pay modest initiation fees and low annual fees to access an entire fleet of private jets whenever and wherever they need. Wheels Up maintains a private fleet of King Air 350i turboprops and Citation Excel/XLS jets as well as offers access to a global network of charter aircraft for its members through their Flight Desk. The company was founded in 2013 by its CEO Kenny Dichter and veterans of the Marquis Jet Card program and is based in New York City.
Wheels Up CEO Interview
“In less than 300 words why should the PJCC member choose Wheels Up?”
“Wheels Up launched in August 2013 with a mission to democratize private aviation, creating a revolutionary, membership-based company that significantly reduces the upfront costs to fly privately while providing unparalleled flexibility, service, and safety. I saw an opportunity for a private aviation business—similar to Uber and the membership models of Netflix and Amazon Prime—that would soar in the growing sharing economy. Today, Wheels Up has more than 4,000 members.
“Wheels Up offers members guaranteed flight availability, with an exclusive fleet of new Beechcraft King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS aircraft all equipped with Wi-Fi, call and text capabilities. The King Air 350i has excellent short-field performance, increasing airport options to bring you closer to your final destination, while our Citation Excel/XLS offers a luxurious, spacious environment and a flight range of up to four hours. Our fleet is top-rated in terms of safety and reliability with two pilots onboard at all times. Pilots must hold an FAA Airline Transport Pilot license (the highest available) and an FAA First-Class Medical Certificate, and have thousands of hours of experience.
“We also offer world-class programming for our members, including: a cutting-edge Wheels Up mobile app, where users have the ability to seamlessly book flights, manage their accounts, and participate in ride-share opportunities; Hot Flights, a vast selection of one-way “empty leg” flights that are posted daily to the app and updated in real time; the Wheels Down program, a roster of exclusive members-only events and experiences throughout the year at the Super Bowl, Masters Tournament and Art Basel, among others; and partnerships with brands such as Peloton, Canyon Ranch, Ermenegildo Zegna, Inspirato and many more.
“I invite you to become a Wheels Up member and experience the most intelligent and coveted way to fly private.”
Wheels Up Fast Facts
- Private Fleet of 75 Jets
- Fleet certified by Gama Aviation – superiority in Air Safety
- Luxurious 8-passenger jet carriers
- Charter exclusively KingAir 350i & Citation/XLS
- Guaranteed access to entire fleet 24/7
- Flight Desk Available 24*7
- Exclusive Member-Only Events
- Founded in 2013
Where is Wheels Up headquarters?
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
What’s the entry level pricing for Wheels Up as an Individual?
One-time initiation fee of $17,500 (for year 1, year 2 and on are $8,500)
Pay as you go OR Pay Credits in $50k/$100k/$200k/$500k blocks
Does Wheels Up have guaranteed WiFi programs?
Latest Wheels Up News
Private lift provider Wheels Up arrives at the 2017 NBAA convention with a massive capital infusion in its pocket. The company announced it has completed an equity raise of $117.5 million led by Fidelity Management & Research Company, funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates and existing investor NEA.
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