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Private Jets adds aircraft to San Antonio fleet

Oklahoma air charter company now boasts pair of jets at San Antonio International Airport

 

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 25, 2017) – Officials with Private Jets Inc. today announced the Oklahoma private air charter company has expanded its fleet with the addition of four jets, including one to be based at San Antonio International Airport.

Private Jets has acquired the certificates for a 1986 Citation SII; a 2001 King Air 200; a 2007 Lear 40XR; and a 2006 Lear 45XR.

The Citation SII will be based at San Antonio International Airport. This will be the second aircraft in Private Jets’ fleet to be located in San Antonio.

“This significant growth in our fleet represents an opportunity to increase selection and service for our customers,” said Eric Wells, president and director of operations for Private Jets. “The South Texas market is particularly important to us, so we are pleased to grow the San Antonio portion of our fleet.”

The Citation SII is the sixth Citation variation in the Private Jets fleet. The SII seats up to eight passengers and features a range of 2,300 miles, making it suitable for travel to destinations across the United States.

The King Air 200, the Lear 40XR and the Lear 45XR will be stationed at Private Jets’ headquarters, Wiley Post Airport, which is located just outside of Oklahoma City.

The King Air 200 is a turbo-prop aircraft that seats up to seven passengers and offers a range of approximately 2,200 miles.

The Lear 40XR seats up to seven passengers and also features a range of about 2,200 miles. This is the second Lear 40XR in the Private Jets fleet; both jets are based at Wiley Post Airport.

The Lear 45XR seats eight with a range of more than 2,300 miles. It is one of the larger aircraft in the Private Jets fleet.

These additions bring the overall Private Jets fleet to 19 aircraft.

The Private Jets fleet boasts a variety of aircraft, ranging for smaller turboprops suitable for regional travel to large jets with seating for up to nine passengers and international capabilities.

For more information about Private Jets, go to www.PrivateJetsInc.com or call (888) 237-6059.

Private Jets adds four aircraft to fleet

Three aircraft to be based at Wiley Post Airport; fourth located in San Antonio

BETHANY, Oklahoma (Sept. 25, 2017) – Officials with Private Jets Inc. today announced the Oklahoma private air charter company has expanded its fleet with the addition of four aircraft.

Private Jets has acquired the certificates for a 2001 King Air 200; a 2007 Lear 40XR; a 2006 Lear 45XR; and a 1986 Citation SII.

The King Air 200, the Lear 40XR and the Lear 45XR will be stationed at Private Jets’ headquarters, Wiley Post Airport in Bethany. The Citation SII will be based at San Antonio International Airport.

These additions bring the Private Jets fleet to 19 aircraft.

“This significant growth in our fleet represents an opportunity to increase selection and service for our customers,” said Eric Wells, president and director of operations for Private Jets. “We strive to provide multiple options to our Oklahoma customers, and we feel this helps us accomplish that goal.”

The King Air 200 is a turbo-prop aircraft that seats up to seven passengers. With a range of approximately 2,200 miles, it is suitable for travel to destinations across the United States.

The Lear 40XR seats up to seven passengers and also features a range of about 2,200 miles. This is the second Lear 40XR in the Private Jets fleet; both are based at Wiley Post.

The Lear 45XR seats eight with a range of more than 2,300 miles. It is one of the larger aircraft in the Private Jets fleet.

The Citation SII is the sixth Citation variation in the Private Jets fleet. The SII features a range of 2,300 miles and seats up to eight passengers. This is one of two jets stationed at San Antonio.

“South Texas in an important market for us, so we are pleased to be able to add another aircraft in San Antonio,” Wells said.

The Private Jets fleet boasts a variety of aircraft, ranging for smaller turboprops suitable for regional travel to large jets with seating for up to nine passengers and international capabilities.

For more information about Private Jets, go to www.PrivateJetsInc.com or call (888) 237-6059.

 

 Private Jets celebrates business milestone

Father-son Oklahoma air charter company celebrates 30 years in business

BETHANY, Oklahoma (Aug. 9, 2017) – When Happy Wells purchased the company now known as Private Jets Inc., he was hopeful he could get at least one jet under certificate and make an effort to get the company off the ground.

As Wells assumed control of the company – then called Oklahoma Executive Jet Charter – it was a mere 8 years old, having been founded at Will Rogers World Airport in 1987.

Wells was purchasing little more than the company’s name. Getting that first jet on the roster meant he could start trying to build his business in earnest.

Now the company, rebranded in 2002 as Private Jets Inc., boasts nearly 20 aircraft in its fleet. It has laid its home-base roots at Bethany’s Wiley Post Airport and counts six different bases of operation spread over Oklahoma, Texas and Florida.

As Private Jets celebrates 30 years of business in 2017, Wells reflected back and said it feels like a bit of a blur.

“I know it’s been a long time,” he said. “But it just seems like a blink of an eye. Time has gone by so quickly.”

Wells said that when he took over the company in 1995, he knew he wanted it to grow, but didn’t necessarily anticipate the level of growth his company has experienced.

“Of course I wanted to grow,” he said. “I don’t know at that time that I had that type of goal. I didn’t have a long-range plan of multiple bases.”

But that’s exactly what has happened, as Private Jets has been one of the Oklahoma City metro area’s most thriving businesses. In the past year, the company added bases in St. Augustine, Florida, and Austin, Texas.

Those bases joined existing locations at Naples, Florida (added in 2000); San Antonio (added in 2002); and Sugar Land, Texas (added in 2014).

This expansion of bases has been made possible by growth in the Private Jets fleet. The roster of aircraft essentially doubled between 2006 and 2016.

Wells credits the success of the company over the years with good luck and a willingness and ability to seize opportunities.

“Knowing people in the industry and knowing how to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves – that has helped us get where we are today,” he said.

For Wells, a lifelong aviator who once operated a flight school in Stillwater, the satisfaction of seeing his company grow is made even sweeter by one fact: he gets to share the journey with his son.

Eric Wells is president and director of operations for Private Jets, and has been flying airplanes almost as long as he’s been driving cars. The younger Wells obtained his commercial pilot’s license three days after graduating from high school. On his 19th birthday, he flew his first Learjet flight. By the age of 23, he had captained his first flight.

While still maintaining a schedule of flight duties, Eric Wells also oversees the day-to-day and regulatory operations of Private Jets.

Happy Wells said, “It means everything for me as a father to be able to work with him basically from the time he was 16.

“Probably what I’m most proud of is his growth not only within the industry, but being completely rounded – from being able to fly the airplanes to managing the day-to-day activities of a complex business.”

Eric Wells said he is proud to see the company thriving after 30 years in business, and also excited to continue building on the work he and his father have put in over the years.

“We are very pleased to see where Private Jets is today, but we have a great deal of anticipation for the future as well,” Eric Wells said.

Both father and son said they will seek to establish bases in several additional regional markets in the coming years, and to grow that network of locations into a national presence.

“I really think from this point forward our growth potential is pretty much unlimited,” Eric Wells said.

Happy Wells said he doesn’t anticipate the work required to achieve that growth will feel like much of a chore.

“When you enjoy what you’re doing every day, that makes a huge difference,” he said. “That’s where I feel like I’ve been blessed.

“I’ve enjoyed this business.”

For more information about Private Jets, go to www.PrivateJetsInc.com or call (888) 237-6059.

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About Private Jets Inc.

Private Jets, Inc., a successor company to Oklahoma Executive Jet Charter, was founded in 1987 and has grown to become one of the largest air charter businesses in Oklahoma. Private Jets is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service in the industry, serving destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and more. Private Jets operates an impressive and ever-expanding fleet of aircraft, with unparalleled safety standards. The company is headquartered at Wiley Post Airport in Bethany, Oklahoma; it also has bases in San Antonio, Austin and Sugar Land, Texas; and St. Augustine and Naples, Florida. For more information, go to www.PrivateJetsInc.com.

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Private Jets expands Thunder Wings Jet Card program

Oklahoma charter company seeks to offer more options for frequent travelers

BETHANY, Oklahoma (May 22, 2017) – Officials with Private Jets Inc. today announced they have expanded their Thunder Wings Jet Card program to include access to all aircraft in the company’s fleet.

The Thunder Wings program allows customers to pre-purchase flight time in bulk and receive discounted rates for their air travel.

Previously, only a limited amount of jets in the Private Jets fleet were available to Thunder Wings customers.

“The program is ideal for the sophisticated buyer of charter travel,” said Eric Wells, president and director of operations for Private Jets. “Expanding Thunder Wings to include our entire fleet gives our customers additional flexibility as they make their travel plans.”

Wells said Thunder Wings membership is worth considering for corporate executives who have regular travel schedules, or for any flier who may utilize private aircraft several times a year.

Membership in Thunder Wings provides savings over retail rates by reducing or waiving some fees and surcharges typically included in one-time flight costs. Private Jets also offers varying membership levels – Silver, Gold or Platinum – to allow for additional savings.

“We see jet card membership programs increasing in popularity across the industry,” Wells said. “It’s certainly something we think our customers can benefit from.”

The Private Jets fleet includes aircraft ranging in size from those seating three passengers and suitable for quick flights to regional destinations, to jets with room for nine and international capabilities.

For more information about Private Jets, go to www.PrivateJetsInc.com. For inquiries about the Thunder Wings Jet Card program, call (888) 237-6059.

Private Jets brings efficient speed to fleet with addition of aircraft

Oklahoma-based company adds Socata TBM-850 to fleet

BETHANY (March 30, 2017) – Oklahoma-based air charter company Private Jets Inc. is providing its customers with a more efficient way to zip around the country with the addition of a new aircraft to its fleet.

Company officials announced they have obtained the certificate for a 2007 Socata TBM-850. The turbo-prop is considered the fastest single-engine airplane in production, officials said. It will be based at Private Jets headquarters at Wiley Post Airport in Bethany.

“This aircraft adds some nice flexibility to our fleet,” said Eric Wells, president and chief operating officer of Private Jets. “It’s great for customers who want to get to their destination quickly while saving money on fuel costs.”

With room for two crew and four passengers, the TBM-850 is one of the smaller airplanes in the Private Jets fleet. However, it doesn’t hold back on speed. Wells said the aircraft can typically complete a 500-mile trip just as quickly as some larger jets, but while using only half the fuel.

The TBM-850 features music jacks and USB ports in the cabin, and an ample baggage compartment.

“It’s a great aircraft for the corporate traveler who may need to fly only a small number of executives, but wants to watch the bottom line and save on fueling expenses,” Wells said.

The TBM-850 is the 16th aircraft in Private Jets current fleet.

Private Jets aircraft range in size from those seating three passengers and suitable for quick flights to regional destinations, to jets with room for nine and international capabilities.

The company aims to serve clients interested in business, leisure or emergency travel, and also offers empty-leg flights for travelers with more flexible schedules. Jets are available for charter 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Private Jets opens new base in Austin, Texas

Oklahoma-based company now flies out of six locations spread over Oklahoma, Texas and Florida

BETHANY, Oklahoma (March 21, 2017) – Oklahoma-based air charter company Private Jets Inc. today announced the addition of a new base of operations in Austin, Texas, giving the company six bases spread over three states.

Private Jets, which is headquartered at its home base at Wiley Post Airport in Bethany, is now offering flights out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport; its jets will be based out of the Atlantic Aviation hangar at the airport.

“We certainly see Austin as a growth market,” said Eric Wells, president and director of operations for Private Jets. “As we analyzed the deployment of our fleet, it made sense to have wheels on the ground in that market. It allows us to better serve the customer.”

The move expands Private Jets’ footprint in south-central Texas. The Austin deployment gives the company three locations in the Lone Star State, following bases in San Antonio and Sugar Land.

Establishing bases in multiple cities allows customers to save money by booking travel on jets already located in their city, Wells said. The costs associated with moving a jet to a different airport to pick up a passenger – known as repositioning fees – are generally added to the overall trip cost that must be paid by a customer.

“Passengers can realize a significant cost-savings by booking flights on jets that are in-town,” Wells said. “Depending on the type of aircraft and the nature of the trip, that savings could be anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of the total cost of the trip.”

The Austin expansion marks the second new base added by Private Jets in 2017. Earlier this year, the company added a base at Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine. That gives Private Jets two Florida bases; the first was established in Naples, Florida, in 2000.

Private Jets aircraft range in size from those seating three passengers and suitable for quick flights to regional destinations, to jets with room for nine and international capabilities.

The company aims to serve clients interested in business, leisure or emergency travel, and also offers empty-leg flights for travelers with more flexible schedules. Jets are available for charter 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Company adds jet to fleet

BETHANY — Private Jets Inc. has added a 2007 Challenger 300 to its fleet and a new travel base in Florida, the company said Wednesday.

The nine-passenger jet has a range of more than 3,400 miles and will base at St Augustine  airport in Florida. The jet is the second Challenger 300 in the fleet of 16 aircraft. St Augustine marks the fifth base for Private Jets, which is based at Wiley Post Airport in Bethany and also flies from San Antonio and Sugar Land, Texas, and Naples, Florida.

“We think the St Augustine location will be useful to those not only in north and central Florida, but to clients in the Florida Panhandle and in Georgia and South Carolina as well,” said Eric Wells, president and director of operations for Private Jets. “We’re certainly excited to continue our growth and increase our ability to serve clients around the country.”

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Private Jets continues to build out Oklahoma fleet

Air charter company adds jet at Wiley Post Airport

BETHANY, OK (Nov. 18, 2016) – Private Jets Inc. today announced the addition of a jet to its growing fleet at Wiley Post Airport.

The company has obtained the certificate for a 1999 Hawker 800XP. The jet features a range of more than 3,000 miles and seats up to eight passengers in luxury accommodations.

This is the second Hawker in the Private Jets fleet. The company also flies an eight-passenger 1988 Hawker 800A.

“We strive to provide a diverse set of options to our customers,” said Eric Wells, president and director of operations for Private Jets. “The addition of the Hawker 800XP helps us take one more step in serving our clients, whether they want to jet down to Dallas or travel across the globe.”

Private Jets now has more than a dozen jets in its Wiley Post fleet, in addition to jets at bases in San Antonio; Sugarland, Texas; and Naples, Florida.

Jets are available for charter for business, leisure or emergency travel 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

To book a flight on any craft in the Private Jets fleet, call (888) 237-6059. For additional information, go to www.PrivateJetsInc.com.

 

Featured by Vonage: Private Jets Case Story ” The Delivery”

BETHANY, OK – One of the state’s leading private air charter service providers is featured in a national video case study that showcases the company’s work with an Oklahoma nonprofit.

The video, produced by telecommunications company Vonage, features Oklahoma’s Private Jets Inc., which is based at Wiley Post Airport in Bethany.

The video demonstrates how Private Jets uses Vonage service to facilitate its day-to-day business, including booking flights and communication between staff members.

The production, which was filmed at Wiley Post in September by Los Angeles-based production company Small Ax, features Private Jets staff exclusively. The finished video case study is to be posted on the Vonage website and its social media channels.
The production also highlights the nonprofit LifeShare Oklahoma, which helps promote awareness for organ donation in Oklahoma and works with the state’s organ transplant centers to facilitate donations.

The video showcases how Private Jets utilizes its resources to deliver an organ to an airport in Boston, and shines a spotlight on the long relationship between the charter company and LifeShare.

Private Jets has been LifeShare’s preferred air charter provider for more than four years, and has flown approximately 175 organ donation flights in that time. In that role, Private Jets delivers life-saving organs around the country, and typically has a jet and crew on stand-by around the clock in case an organ needs to be transported to a recipient.

Private Jets President Eric Wells said his company was excited to be featured in the case study, “but we’re even more thrilled that LifeShare Oklahoma can be featured.
“LifeShare does fantastic work spreading the word about the need for organ donations. Their work really does save lives.”

The video can be seen on Private Jets’ social media channels and is scheduled to be posted at www.vonage.com.

Private Jets expands Oklahoma-based fleet

Private Jets expands Oklahoma-based fleet – Oklahoma company brings pair of jets to Wiley Post Airport

BETHANY, OK (Sept. 7, 2016) – Oklahoma air charter company Private Jets Inc. today announced the acquisition of an additional jet for its fleet, and the re-assignment of a jet from Florida to the Sooner State.

Private Jets has added a 2007 Lear 40XR to its Oklahoma fleet, which is based out of Wiley Post Airport.

The Lear 40XR can seat up to seven passengers with a range of nearly 2,200 miles, making it suitable for non-stop travel to either coast. The jet features an airshow system and cabin speakers, as well as a full refreshment center.

In addition, Private Jets is transferring a jet from its base in Naples, Florida, to Wiley Post.

The 2008 Challenger 300 provides local travelers with international flight options thanks to its range of more than 3,400 miles. The Challenger 300 seats up to nine passengers and features six executive swivel and reclining leather seats, a three-seat couch, and input jacks for video game consoles, among other features.

The jet arrived at Wiley Post on Sept. 3 and is available for immediate bookings.

“We always look for ways to provide service to a wide range of customers,” said Eric Wells, president and director of operations for Private Jets. “With their capabilities, these two jets are exciting additions to our lineup at Wiley Post and give travelers a variety of options.”

Private Jets now boasts more than a dozen jets available for business, leisure and emergency travel. In addition to bases in Oklahoma and Florida, the company features hubs in San Antonio and Sugar Land, Texas.

The company offers direct bookings, its Thunder Wings Jet Card membership service, and empty-leg flights. The latter offers discounted rates on flights for passengers with flexible travel schedules.

To book a flight on any craft in the Private Jets fleet, call (888) 237-6059. For additional information, go to www.PrivateJetsInc.com.