Wheels Up is a private aviation company that was founded in 2013 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Kenny Dichter. The company has quickly become one of the fastest growing private aviation companies in the world and is known for its innovative technology and customer service.
Wheels Up was founded on the concept of creating an easier and more affordable way for private aviation customers to access the skies. The company developed the Wheels Up Membership program, which allows customers to purchase a membership and then pay a fixed hourly rate for a variety of aircraft types, including light jets, mid-size jets, and turboprops. The company also offers private jet charter services and other related services.
The company's fleet of aircraft includes a variety of models, such as the Citation XLS, the Challenger 300, the Citation Latitude, and the Citation Sovereign. The fleet also includes the Gulfstream G280 and G550, both of which are considered to be among the most luxurious private jets in the world. The company has also recently added the Falcon 8X, a long-range, ultra-long-range business jet, to its fleet.
Wheels Up has achieved several milestones since its founding in 2013. In 2014, the company became the first private aviation company to offer a guaranteed on-time arrival service. In 2015, Wheels Up became the first private aviation company to launch a mobile app, allowing customers to book flights directly from their smartphones. The company also launched its own fleet of aircraft, including the Challenger 300 and the Citation Latitude.
In 2016, Wheels Up announced its partnership with Delta Air Lines, which allowed the company to offer customers access to Delta's network of flights. This was a major milestone for Wheels Up as it allowed the company to expand its reach and provide customers with greater flexibility.
In 2017, Wheels Up made headlines when it announced a partnership with Amazon to provide on-demand private jet services to Amazon customers. That same year, the company also acquired JetSmarter, a private jet charter and booking platform, allowing Wheels Up to offer its customers access to a larger network of aircraft.
Wheels Up has not been without its share of controversy. In 2018, the company was the subject of a federal investigation for allegedly failing to pay millions of dollars in taxes. The investigation was eventually dropped, but this incident caused a major disruption in the company's operations.
Despite the controversy, Wheels Up has continued to grow and evolve over the years. The company now offers a wide range of services, from charter flights and private jet rentals to on-demand services and more. With the launch of its new mobile app and partnership with Delta, Wheels Up is well-positioned to continue its growth in the coming years.