VistaJet Moves into U.S. with Jet Aviation and Wheels Up

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 Jet Aviation will operate a fleet of 12 Bombardier Global Express aircraft on behalf of VistaJet in the U.S. market. (Photo: VistaJet)
Jet Aviation will operate a fleet of 12 Bombardier Global Express aircraft on behalf of VistaJet in the U.S. market. (Photo: VistaJet)
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 9:30am

Europe-based VistaJet is entering the U.S. private-lift market with two unexpected alliances. Jet Aviation’s Flight Services division will operate 12 Bombardier Globals on its behalf while startup membership-based program Wheels Up will offer VistaJet’s Flight Solutions Program (FSP) to U.S. customers.

Wheels Up, which is preparing to launch service with a fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350i twin turboprops later this year, will be VistaJet’s exclusive general sales agent in the U.S. for FSP clients. Its own members will be able to book flights on VistaJet’s U.S.-based fleet.

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“I have an obligation to get you to your destination. You have an obligation to pay. What else is there? We don't need 24 pages of legalese.”

-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts