NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wheels Up, a revolutionary membership-based private aviation company, has appointed Skyservice™, Canada’s - busiest fixed-base operator (FBO), as its exclusive Sales Agent for Canada. Skyservice™ will sell the Wheels Up total aviation flight solution, including the King Air 350i, to Canadian customers through its operations in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. The announcement was made today by Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up, and Marshall Myles, President and CEO of Skyservice™.
Tapping into the offering of its closed-fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft, Wheels Up and Skyservice™ predict significant demand for flights between Canada and the United States. Wheels Up forged an exclusive partnership with Beechcraft in August 2013 through a groundbreaking order of 105 King Air 350i aircraft, valued in excess of $1.4 billion, including support agreements. According to Dichter, Wheels Up member flights commenced in November 2013 following the delivery of the first of nine aircraft delivered in 2013, while an additional 26 King Air 350i aircraft will be delivered to Wheels Up between now and mid-2015. With the Beechcraft King Air 350i’s versatility, Wheels Up members can book flights to and from Toronto’s Billy Bishop City Centre Airport conveniently located in downtown Toronto, providing a significant savings in overall travel time.
“Canada is a strong and exciting market for Wheels Up, particularly trans-border flights from major cities like Toronto and Montreal, to key destinations including New York, Boston, and Chicago,” said Mr. Dichter. “Working with Skyservice™, a leader in the industry, we know our members will receive the highest level of customer service, and we are happy to add Skyservice™ to our growing list of exceptional partners.”
“We share Kenny’s enthusiasm for the Wheels Up model and are excited to be the first partner in Canada,” said Mr. Myles. “Exclusive access to the Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft, among other Wheels Up product offerings, will fill a void in the marketplace. The Beechcraft King Air 350i is the perfect aircraft for flights between Canada and the United States, one of the most traveled routes we see from both Toronto Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop City Centre Airport.”
About Wheels Up:
Wheels Up is a revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that minimizes the upfront investment needed to fly privately. Wheels Up offers the only scalable total private aviation solution in the marketplace, from entry level aircraft to the Global 6000, providing members with unprecedented and unequaled accessibility and flexibility. Wheels Up was created and is led by Kenny Dichter, the Founder of Marquis Jet and original innovator of the first 25-hour fractional jet card. Offering a member experience that is both high-tech and high-touch, Wheels Up has developed proprietary cutting-edge booking and rideshare applications, and offers the finest personalized service. 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 (referencing the number of hours in a year) culture, Wheels Up membership includes Wheels Down, a corresponding lifestyle and event service engaging members through exclusive offerings around major sporting events, intimate concerts, culinary experiences and opportunities to meet luminaries from the worlds of entertainment, politics and business.
Wheels Up acts as agent for the Wheels Up members, and is not the operator of the program aircraft; FAA licensed and DOT registered air carriers participating in the Wheels Up program operate and exercise full 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 additional information, please visit www.WheelsUp.com.
Founded in 1986, Skyservice™ is Canada’s leader in business aviation. With facilities in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary, Skyservice™ is dedicated to world-class service and the highest levels of safety and security. Our skilled Maintenance teams, outstanding Fixed Base Operation facilities, first-class Aircraft Management, Charter services, HondaJet aircraft sales and Wheels Up partnership provide our customers with an experience that truly is air travel, evolved. For more information please visit www.skyservice.com.