NEW YORK, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wheels Up, the fastest growing membership-based private aviation company, was recently recognized by Aviation Week as the 2017 winner of the Laureate for Business Aviation Award. The award recognizes excellence in business aviation and honors Wheels Up for its rapid growth from a "disruptive startup" to a significant player in the business aviation industry.
"Wheels Up is proud to be recognized by Aviation Week and the industry in general for our commitment to providing the most intelligent private aviation solution," said Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up. "In August 2013, we had a vision to democratize private aviation and we are well on our way to changing the way people fly privately."
Aviation Week cited the Wheels Up 2013 order of 105 Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprops, the single-largest buy of Beechcraft King Air 350i planes in history, as well as its 72% membership growth between 2015 and 2016 as considerations that distinguished the company from the competition. Wheels Up expects continued growth over the next three to five years, and is currently planning an expansion into Europe.
For more details on the Laureate for Business Aviation Award, visit http://aviationweek.com/aviation-week-laureate-awards/wheels-wins-2017-business-aviation-laureate.
About Wheels Up
Wheels Up is a revolutionary membership-based private aviation company that significantly reduces the upfront costs to fly privately, while providing unparalleled flexibility, service and safety. Created and led by renowned entrepreneur Kenny Dichter, Wheels Up offers guaranteed availability to its private fleet of new Beechcraft King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS aircraft to individual, family and corporate members. With the cutting-edge Wheels Up mobile app, members can seamlessly book flights, manage their accounts, participate in ride-share opportunities and select Hot Flights, a vast selection of one-way "empty leg" flights that are posted daily to the app and updated in real time. Members also have access to Wheels Down, a program featuring exclusive events and experiences, unique partner benefits and a full-service luxury concierge.
Wheels Up acts as agent for the Wheels Up members, and is not the operator of the program aircraft; FAA licensed and DOT registered air carriers participating in the program exercise full operational control of the program aircraft. Any aircraft owned or leased by Wheels Up are dry leased to the operating air carrier to facilitate operations by that carrier. Please visit wheelsup.com. Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Google
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