NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wheels Up, the leading membership-based private aviation company, today announced it will commence Beechcraft King Air 350i operations in Texas and the surrounding areas beginning November 1, 2014. The Company will base aircraft in Houston and Dallas to serve the significant and growing demand for short to medium-haul flights both locally and regionally, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The expansion to Texas gives Wheels Up a national presence with its King Air 350i program. The announcement was made today by Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up, who estimates that the Company will have more than 1,000 members and have taken delivery of nearly 40 aircraft by year end, 2014.
“These markets represent a significant opportunity for Wheels Up, our unique membership model, and the King Air 350i aircraft, which are the cornerstone of our Wheels Up fleet,” said Mr. Dichter. “The King Air 350i is ideal for the Texas market, as it offers excellent short field performance and greater payload capacity on less fuel for consistent savings. The aircraft can reach more airports and bring our members closer to their final destinations, which makes it the most flexible and cost effective solution for regional travel. We are very excited to be able to serve members in Texas, as well as introduce our innovative total aviation solution to individuals and corporate travelers who are looking for the most convenient, economical and intelligent way to fly privately. We anticipate having the same incredible response we’ve seen so far in other key markets.”
The unique Wheels Up 8760 culture (24 hours x 7 days x 365 days of the year), and ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation in the marketplace, has propelled the Company to unprecedented success since its launch in August of 2013. Operations in Texas represent another significant milestone for Wheels Up and its dynamic growth and development.
About Wheels Up
Wheels Up is a revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that greatly reduces the upfront cost to fly private while providing unmatched accessibility, flexibility, and the finest personalized service. Created and led by Kenny Dichter, the Founder of Marquis Jet and original innovator of the 25-hour fractional jet card, Wheels Up offers a total aviation solution for individuals and corporations, including exclusive access to its private fleet of brand new King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS aircraft. With its 8760 culture (24 hours x 7 days x 365 days of the year), Wheels Up has become known for its around the clock customer support, serving its members in the air and on the ground. Wheels Up membership includes Wheels Down, the ultimate lifestyle, concierge, events and partner benefits program, engaging members through exclusive events and opportunities to meet luminaries from the worlds of entertainment, sports, politics and business. The Company is in development of a proprietary, cutting-edge booking and rideshare application for its members.
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 program exercise full operational control of the program aircraft. Any aircraft owned or leased by Wheels Up are dry leased to the operating air carrier to facilitate operations by that carrier. For additional information, please visit www.WheelsUp.com.