Wheels Up

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Wheels Up is a private aviation company that primarily serves members in the United States. The company was founded in 2013 by entrepreneurs Kenny Dichter and Bill Allard.[1] Wheels Up members are able to access a closed-fleet of private planes through a mobile application and book jets at a flat, all inclusive hourly rate.

On July 3, 2017, Dichter said Wheels Up received $90 million in debt financing from KKR that will support the acquisition of 17 King Air 350i to its fleet. He also said he expects the company of have a positive EBITDA by the end of 2017.[2]

On Oct. 6, 2017, Wheels Up announced it had raised $117.5 million dollars in equity funding. The company said the new money will fund growth initiatives, including adding to its fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft; accelerating membership growth through further investment in sales and marketing; continued exploration of and planning for an expansion into Western Europe and other markets; and significant enhancement of its digital platform.[3]

In May 2018, Dichter said that Wheels Up will add up to seven Cessna Citation X jets to its fleet by the end of the year, with the first three flying by June. It will be its first aircraft capable of flying nonstop from coast to coast. In the same interview with Private Jet Card Comparisons, the CEO said an IPO is possible in the next 12 to 24 months. [4]

Safety controversy

In 2015, during a Wheels Up flight a door opened when the plane was mid-air. As was reported by media, the pilot told air traffic controllers "Emergency! Our door flew off the aircraft." As of 2015, the company was under FAA investigation due to the situation.[5][6][7]