NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up, and Alex Wilcox, CEO of JetSuite, leaders of the two fastest-growing private aviation companies set to revolutionize the industry, announced a partnership to include JetSuite’s Embraer Phenom 100 and JetSuite Edition Cessna CJ3 aircraft as light-jet options for Wheels Up members. Adding these aircraft from JetSuite fills the Wheels Up gap for light-jet service, as the company continues to build and offer a total aviation solution to its members with "mission-appropriate" flight options to cater to all members' needs. Wheels Up, the newly-launched revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that lowers the cost of entry to private aviation and provides unparalleled flexibility, will include the additional aircraft options beginning in November 2013. The announcement was made today at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas.
Wheels Up members will enjoy priority access booking and preferred pricing equivalent to that of JetSuite’s $50K SuiteKey Members, while JetSuite’s $100K-level and up SuiteKey Members will gain access to Wheels Down, an exclusive lifestyle and event service, which offers access to invitation-only events and unique networking opportunities. Wheels Up members will only pay occupied hours at a predetermined hourly rate on JetSuite’s light-jet fleet as defined within the unique membership model. The companies will also collaborate to develop the latest mobile applications to post open legs for JetSuite flights, as well as offer customized member solutions.
JetSuite’s four-passenger Phenom 100s offer best in class performance, with speeds up to 450 miles per hour, an operating ceiling of 41,000 feet, and the largest baggage compartment in its category. Its JetSuite Edition Citation CJ3s offer speeds up to 480 miles per hour, an operating ceiling of 45,000 feet and an interior cabin that seats six with two aft-facing and four forward-facing leather seats (plus an additional 7th side ways facing seat). Phenom trips are priced best in the west and Texas, while JetSuite Edition CJ3 trips are priced best east of the Mississippi. JetSuite exclusively operates every aircraft in its fleet, and is best known for its unprecedented level of transparency and consumer-friendliness. JetSuite, a FAA certificated and DOT registered air carrier, was the first private aviation company in history to quote and guarantee a price online.
“JetSuite has great synergy with Wheels Up, including top-notch customer service and industry-leading safety practices,” said Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up. “This relationship with JetSuite enhances what Wheels Up provides our members by making access available to the most spacious, fuel-efficient jets, while maintaining the luxury and affordability of private air travel.”
"We are impressed with the Wheels Up membership model and look forward to working with Kenny Dichter and his team,” said Alex Wilcox, CEO of JetSuite. “This type of partnership will help JetSuite continue to be the nation’s fastest growing private jet company. Wheels Up has a lot of buzz here at NBAA and within the market already. We look forward to enhancing our SuiteKey Member benefits with the Wheels Down perks.”
JetSuite’s vision to provide the freedom and exhilaration of private air travel to more people than ever is realized through transparent pricing, efficient operations, acute attention to detail, acclaimed customer service, and industry-leading safety practices. Offering a WiFi-equipped fleet of the industry’s most fuel efficient jets, the company continues to redefine private aviation.
Under the leadership of CEO Alex Wilcox, a JetBlue founding executive, JetSuite is rated Platinum by ARG/US, the highest possible safety rating in the private jet industry. In 2013, the FAA's 2012 Diamond Award of Excellence and National Air Transportation Association’s Five Star Award were both bestowed upon JetSuite for the achievements of the company's highly regarded maintenance department. For additional information, please visit JetSuite.com.
About Wheels Up
Wheels Up is a revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that lowers the cost of entry to private aviation and provides unparalleled flexibility created and led by Kenny Dichter, the Founder of Marquis Jet and innovator of the first 25-hour fractional jet card. Wheels Up has developed proprietary cutting-edge applications and offers unrivaled personalized service, providing members with a unique high-tech and high-touch experience. With a modest initiation fee and reasonable annual dues, Wheels Up is designed to appeal to individuals and corporations currently flying privately. With an 8,760-hour culture (referencing the number of hours in a year), Wheels Up membership includes Wheels Down, a corresponding lifestyle and event service engaging members through exclusive offerings such as special programs around major sporting events, intimate concerts, culinary experiences and opportunities to meet luminaries from the worlds of entertainment, politics and business.
Except as stated otherwise, Wheels Up Partners (“Wheels Up”) acts solely as agent for the Wheels Up Members in arranging flights on their behalf. Wheels Up is not an operator of aircraft. FAA licensed and DOT registered air carriers will exercise full and complete operational control of the program aircraft. Any aircraft owned by Wheels Up will be dry leased to the operating air carrier to facilitate operations by that carrier. For the VistaJet program, Wheels Up acts solely as a sales agent for VistaJet with VistaJet acting as the agent for the passenger and Jet Aviation Flight Services, Inc., an FAA Part 135 certificated and DOT Part 298 registered air carrier, operating the aircraft used in this program. Subject to additional terms and conditions in the Wheels Up Program documents. For additional information, please visit www.wheelsup.com