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VistaJet Moves into U.S. with Jet Aviation and Wheels Up
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.
The first three Globals will enter service next March from their new base at Jet Aviation’s New York-area Teterboro Airport facility. As a U.S.-licensed direct air carrier, Jet Aviation’s Flight Services will maintain operational control of all flights arranged by VistaJet on behalf of its customers in the U.S. The Globals are part of a massive firm order for 56 Bombardier aircraft (with options for 86 more) placed by VistaJet last November. “The U.S. services operated by Jet Aviation will mirror the worldwide VistaJet model,” explained VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr. “The aircraft will fly from one destination to the next, keeping empty-leg flights to a minimum.”
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.