NEW YORK, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wheels Up Founder and CEO Kenny Dichter today announced new product offerings and the launch of a new 8760 Membership tier, both of which enhance the Wheels Up brand and its mission to democratize the industry. In less than three years, Wheels Up has grown from a disruptive start-up to a category leader that offers a total private aviation solution.
"Wheels Up is a forward-thinking company always looking to be ahead of the curve and we are committed to delivering innovation to our membership," said Wheels Up Founder and CEO Kenny Dichter. "Our members tell us what they want and how they want it. Our mission is to simplify their travel in a complex world."
New Wheels Up Membership Features:
Shuttles: the opportunity for members to purchase seats on private shuttles traveling to and from popular events and destinations.
Hot Flights: a vast selection of one-way, "empty-leg" flights that are posted daily to the Wheels Up App, updated in real-time, (available at less than the cost of most commercial flights). According to Dichter, "This feature has taken off and our members tell us that they now check Wheels Up Hot Flights before Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat."
Flight Desk: a dedicated flight desk with offerings to complement the Wheels Up signature fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS aircraft. Wheels Up Flight Desk arranges charter flights for members who are traveling longer ranges, with more than eight passengers and/or desire a larger plane. Wheels Up requires stringent safety standards, working only with FAA and DOT licensed operators who pass a full onsite audit. "With this addition, Wheels Up is now a total private aviation solution and can fulfill any request. No other private aviation company can offer the range of what Wheels Up can," continued Dichter.
8760 Experiences: a new unique lineup of experiences available to Wheels Up Members that include private "meet-and-greet" opportunities with top athletes and entertainers, as well as complimentary tickets and suite access to world-class sporting events, in-demand concerts and family shows in cities across the country. "This is a new roster of events available to our members, in addition to our Wheels Down roster of events, which we have become known for. We are building a lifestyle brand and we want to be in our members' lives both in the air and on the ground," Dichter added.
8760 Membership Tier
Wheels Up launched the new 8760 Membership which allows its members a lower cost of entry through a partnership with world-class charter provider Apollo Jets, and access to multiple benefits: Wheels Up Ride Share, Hot Flights and Flight Desk programs; non-guaranteed access to the Wheels Up fleet at higher occupied hourly rates; a customized lineup of 8760 Experiences, select Wheels Down events, and Member Benefits program; and a members only 8760 app.
"8760 Membership creates the opportunity for more people to join Wheels Up and is a benefit to existing Wheels Up Members specifically for ride-sharing. Wheels Up Members now have an increased pool of like-minded members to view and join the flights they post for ride-sharing, further reducing their cost of flying privately," said Dichter.
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.