Private luxury aviation offers passengers the ability to fly when they want and where they want. Here are our picks for Boston’s top five companies that each offers something unique.
If fleet size is what you are looking for, NetJets has the competition beat. With more than 700 private jets available and pilots having an average of 7,000 hours of flight time experience, NetJets is one of the largest private aviation companies around having been in business for more than 25 years. The fleet includes everything from a light cabin Cessna Citation Encore to a Bombardier Global 5000.
2 Wheels Up
Now is your chance to not only fly like a Red Sox player but with one. The exclusive private aviation partner of the team, Wheels Up offers members reduced upfront costs to fly along with an exclusive lounge at Fenway Park. The company was founded by Bill Allard (former chairman and CEO of Marquis Jet Partners) and partner Kenny Dichter (founder of Marquis Jet Partners, which was bought out by NetJets). Members pay a one-time initiation fee, an annual rate and an hourly rate when flying aboard luxury aircraft like a King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS. Today, Wheels Up members fly from private Boston area airports including Hanscom Field, Norwood Memorial Airport, Plymouth Municipal Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport.
3 Sentient Jet
Sentient Jet offers a 25-hour card alternative to owning a jet, allowing passengers 25 hours of flight time and the ability to choose between four jet sizes. Sentient also offers all-inclusive pricing that can be locked in for up to a year from the date of purchase. The cardholder also receives benefits from partner hotels, resorts and private clubs.
4 Gotham Air
There is only one way this summer to get from the Hamptons to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard or Provincetown in style. Meet Gotham Air, an on-demand helicopter service that launched in January primarily in New York shuttling commuters on a six-minute flight from Manhattan’s Downtown Heliport to JFK and Newark airports. The unique option with the helicopter service is riders do not have to purchase the entire helicopter – simply a seat.
JetSuite is the latest newcomer to the private aviation market having been in business for just five years. The fuel-efficient fleet of four-passenger Embraer Phenom 100 jets have an interior cabin designed by BMW and can reach speeds up to 450 miles per hour. If you need to get there faster, reserve the six-seat JetSuite Edition Citation CJ3s, which offer speeds up to 480 miles per hour.
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