JetSuite

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JetSuite
Js logo red.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
RSP REDSTRIPE
Founded2006
HeadquartersDallas, Texas
Key peopleAlex Wilcox, Founder and CEO
Stephanie Chung, President
Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, Board Member
Websitejetsuite.com

JetSuite is a private jet charter company.[1] The company was founded in 2006 by Alex Wilcox, Keith Rabin, and Brian Coulter. In 2008, the company was re-branded from Magnum Jet after a push from financial backers.[2][3] Alex Wilcox currently serves as CEO of the Dallas, Texas-based company.[4]

History[edit]

JetSuite was born out of a re-branding of Magnum Jet after the company's financial backers decided to restructure the company.[5][6] As part of this restructuring, the company also steered away from advertising as an “air taxi” with shared rides and began focusing solely on private charter flights.[6]

Alex Wilcox, a JetBlue founding executive, is the company's CEO.[7][8] Wilcox has over two decades of airline industry experience and has been named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute.[2][7] In addition to receiving funding by private investors in 2010, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh invested $7 million into JetSuite in 2011.[9]

Early on, the company was recognized for streamlining its business through the use of four-passenger Embraer Phenom 100s as its primary aircraft.[7][10] This simplifies maintenance and piloting.[11][10] Moreover, these planes are fuel efficient because they consume 90 gallons of gas in an hour versus more than 230 gallons per hour on some other private jets.

In 2013, JetSuite installed Aircell WiFi for its Phenom fleet.[12]

In 2018, Qatar Airways became a minority stakeholder in JetSuite.[13] In 2018, the company appointed Stephanie Chung as its new President, making her the first African American to lead a major private aviation company. [14]

Services[edit]

JetSuite is a private jet airline that charters flights on its fleet of Embraer Phenom 100s, Phenom 300s and a Legacy 650. The company offers WiFi-enabled private flights throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.[5][7] Unlike many of its counterparts, JetSuite does not require membership or ownership fees and is the only private jet charter company that offers guaranteed online pricing. JetSuite also offers SuiteKey memberships which are fully refundable pre-paid accounts.

The company earned the ARG/US Platinum safety rating - the highest-level safety audit rating in private aviation – in 2010 and has maintained it since for its flight safety standards.[15] During 2011, the company’s jets flew over 10,000 times.[10]

In May 2018, JetSuite's SuiteKey program was named as one of the "Best Jet Cards for Summer Travel" by Private Jet Card Comparisons.[16]

JetSuiteX[edit]

On April 5, 2016 JetSuite announced JetSuiteX. The service will provide scheduled flights under DOT 14 CFR Part 380 as an FAA Part 135 on-demand charter operator with DOT Commuter Authority between Concord Buchanan Field Airport (CA), Bob Hope (Burbank) Airport (CA), Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (CA) , Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (NV), Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (MT) and starting October 17, 2016, McClellan–Palomar Airport .[17][18] The flights will be operated by Embraer ERJ135 jets in a 30-seat configuration. JetSuiteX is partnered with JetBlue to allow members of the "True Blue" frequent-flyer program to earn points towards JetBlue flights.[18] In February 2018, JetSuite announced a promotion that provides its SuiteKey jet card members to take unlimited free flights on JetSuiteX, its semi-private air service.[19]

Fleet[edit]

As of March 2019[20], JetSuite consists of:

Aircraft In Service Passengers
Embraer Phenom 100 13 4
Embraer Phenom 300 5 7
Embraer Legacy 650 1 13
Total 19

Awards[edit]

  • INC Hire Power Award[21]
  • 2012, 2013 and 2014 Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Award of Excellence for Aviation Maintenance Technician[22]
  • 2012 and 2013 ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating[15]
  • 2014 International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) registered[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JetSuite". JetSuite. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "JetSuite Leadership". JetSuite. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  3. ^ Kristina Peterson (June 29, 2011). "Republicans, Jet Industry Delicately Defend Tax Breaks". JetSuite. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Why new arrival JetSuite ditched California for Dallas to grow its private jet business". Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b PETER SANDERS (October 26, 2010). "Charter-Jet Operator Lifts Low-Cost Airline Playbook". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Jetsuite Alex Wilcox". Forbes. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d "JetSuite CEO on Private Jet Business". Fox Business. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Private Jet Budget". CNN Money. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  9. ^ Tsotsis, Alexia (September 13, 2011). "Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh Leads $7M Round In Private Jet Company JetSuite". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  10. ^ a b c KATHERINE DUNCAN (July 25, 2012). "JetSuite Brings Efficiency and Speed to the Private-Jet Set". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  11. ^ Scott Friedman (February 3, 2011). "Private Jets for the Price of a Plane Ticket". NBCDFW. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Clay Lacy Aviation's Award-Winning Maintenance Repair Station Climbing High". Aviation News. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  13. ^ Bachman, Justin (12 April 2018). "Qatar Airways and JetBlue Help Boutique Charter Go National". Bloomberg. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  14. ^ "An Aviation Industry Exec Who's Smashing Barriers". 4 November 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Jetsuite Safety". Jetsuite. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  16. ^ "Private Jet Card Comparisons selects "Best Jet Cards For Summer Travel"". 22 May 2018.
  17. ^ Annie Sciacca (5 April 2016). "Concord Buchanan Field: new commercial flights to Burbank, Las Vegas". East Bay Times. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  18. ^ a b "JetSuiteX Home Page". 5 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  19. ^ "JetSuite Launches Fly Free Jet Card Promotion With JetSuiteX". 1 February 2018.
  20. ^ https://www.jetsuite.com/our-aircraft
  21. ^ "Meet the Job Creators". INC. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  22. ^ "Bell & Ross Vintage Collection". Dapperd. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  23. ^ "Introduction to IS-BAO – Get Started". International Business Aviation Council. Retrieved 7 September 2014.

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