Wheels Up and Jet Aviation Flight Services Showcase U.S. Partnership at EBACE

May 27, 2014

Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up, along with Don Haloburdo, Vice President and General Manager of Jet Aviation Flight Services, celebrated their partnership at the opening of the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva.

Wheels Up, a membership-based private aviation company that greatly reduces the upfront investment needed to fly privately, now includes access to the safety, comfort and flexibility available in the broad choices of Jet Aviation Flight Services aircraft. Wheels Up members pay only for occupied hours at a predetermined hourly rate on Jet Aviation’s fleet, and can book flights 24-hours in advance with guaranteed availability 365 days per year. Wheels Up offers a 25-hour “Powered by Jet Aviation” pre-purchase program that allows for guaranteed availability and a 10-hour advance call out period. Members’ benefits include guaranteed availability, guaranteed pricing per occupied hour, and available 25% roundtrip bonus price reduction.

In the partnership, Jet Aviation provides Wheels Up members access to an open fleet of Midsize (Cessna Citation Excel, Hawker 800XP, or similar), Super Midsize (Citation X, Gulfstream G200, or similar), and Large (Challenger 605, Gulfstream G450, or similar) aircraft. The additional aircraft from Jet Aviation expands Wheels Up’s access to mid to large jet service as the company continues to build a complete aviation solution for its members.
"We are excited to formally introduce our US partnership with Jet Aviation at EBACE,” said Mr. Dichter. “It’s wonderful to show everyone here the new Wheels Up model which takes the asset risk out of private aviation and provides an 'asset-appropriate' flight solution with a lower entry point and guaranteed pricing. We’re excited to highlight the programs and offerings we have created with Jet Aviation, an ideal partner for us, as we share the same vision to provide the highest safety standards and world-class customer service.”

Wheels Up and Jet Aviation have established the highest standards of safety. Jet Aviation Flight Services’ primary focus is safety, security, and service which is reflected in its decision to participate in a number of world-recognized safety certifications. Jet Aviation Flight Services has established a comprehensive Safety Management System (SMS); has been audited and earned stage 3 registry by the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO); has been awarded Platinum certification by ARG/US; and holds the safety designation “Wyvern Wingman.”

"We are delighted to be exhibiting with Wheels Up here at EBACE, as we find the membership model that Kenny and his team have introduced to be revolutionary for the industry,” said Mr.  Haloburdo, Vice President and General Manager of Jet Aviation Flight Services. “We have seen an immediate response to Wheels Up members flying with Jet Aviation to experience the variety of aircraft options and highest level of service that members are accustomed to within the program.”