NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For college football fans and alumni, it just got a lot easier this fall to get to the big game—and back home in the same day.
Wheels Up today announced the launch of its private "Same Day Game Day" shuttle, offering Wheels Up Members the opportunity to purchase seats on flights to and from select top college football games. The shuttle flights will be scheduled to arrive two hours before kickoff and return one hour after the game ends. Passenger transportation for the "Same Day Game Day" shuttle flights will be provided by Wheels Up flight partner, Gama Aviation, aboard the Wheels Up King Air 350i.
"The King Air 350i is uniquely positioned to offer shuttle service at the right price, seating eight passengers comfortably. It's the flying SUV," said Wheels Up Founder and CEO Kenny Dichter. "This and the ability to fly into more airports—getting our members closer to the action—make it the ideal aircraft to get our Wheels Up Members and their guests to and from the game in time, and in-style."
The shuttle schedule will kick-off this weekend with Louisville vs. Syracuse (New York to Syracuse) and will be followed by a number of highly anticipated matchups, including:
- Georgia vs. Ole Miss (Atlanta to Oxford) 9/24
- Wisconsin vs. Michigan (New York to Ann Arbor) 10/1
- Tennessee vs. Georgia (Nashville to Athens) 10/1
- Clemson vs. Florida St. (Atlanta to Tallahassee) 10/29
- Yale vs. Harvard (New York to Boston) 11/19
- Michigan vs. Ohio State (New York to Columbus) 11/26
More shuttles will be added to the schedule throughout the season. In addition, Wheels Up Members can propose a "shared flight" to any college football game through the Wheels Up Member App and split the cost of travel with other members traveling to and/or from the game.
"Many of our members are passionate about college football, and maximizing the cost-efficiency of the King Air 350i is a way that we can bring them to the game with like-minded members and fans. We're leveraging the sharing economy to bring people together," Dichter added.
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 in booking, or for shuttles arranging, flights, 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. Shuttle flights referenced above are operated by Gama Aviation LLC, a DOT-authorized FAA licensed air carrier. Any aircraft owned or leased by Wheels Up are dry leased to the operating air carrier to facilitate operations by that carrier.
About Gama Aviation
Gama Aviation is a global business aviation services organization, founded in 1983. Gama Aviation employs over 1100 people worldwide, 600 people in its US Operations along with 500 additional people at 45 locations in 17 countries across five continents, making it one of the world's leading aviation services companies. Its services include: Aircraft Management, Fleet Aircraft Operations, Line and base maintenance, FBO services, Engineering design, Aircraft delivery and completion oversight, Charter operations, Training, and Aviation and ground management systems.
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