[Aviation Today March 4, 2014] Wheels Up is expanding its partnership with Jet Aviation in a move to add an open fleet of midsize and large business jets to its private aviation services offerings.
Founded by Kenny Dichter, who also founded Marquis Jet, Wheels Up launched in 2013 with the largest General Aviation (GA) propeller driven aircraft order in history for 105 King Air 350s.
Jet Aviation aircraft will be stationed at Fixed Based Operations (FBOs) around the Northeast (New York), Southeast (Florida/Jacksonville), Southern California (Los Angeles), Midwest (Chicago) and Southwest (Dallas) under the new partnership.
Dichter said his team is "excited to add midsize, super midsize and large aircraft," to its aviation offerings.
Headquartered in New York City, Wheels Up is planning to add up to eight regional facilities across the United States.
General Dynamics subsidiary Jet Aviation provides maintenance and completion services along with aircraft management with six full-service FBOs in the U.S.
“We believe that they are the right partner to expand our successful aircraft management and charter business into new markets and products. With 100 aircraft under management, we are one of the largest aircraft management organizations in the U.S., and this program provides the opportunity to further expand our Part 135 management fleet," said Don Haloburdo, vice president and general manager at Jet Aviation Flight Services.