ATLANTA--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The newest, and quite likely most luxurious, facilities at Atlanta’s Peachtree-DeKalb Airport are now home to Jet Linx, the Omaha, Neb.-based full-service private aviation company with operations in nine cities nationwide. More than $1 million was invested into the new facilities just minutes from downtown Atlanta, which include a 4,000-square-foot private terminal for the company’s discerning clientele.
“By partnering our managed aircraft with our jet card revenue, our aircraft owners can now own a private jet for less than the cost of a fractional”
Private jet travel has become far more affordable in recent years, thanks to products like “jet cards,” which allow clients to prepay hours of flight time or pay hourly rates that are deducted from an original deposit. Jet Linx offers its clients both jet card options. The company also assists clients with aircraft acquisition and sales, and manages owners’ private jets for them.
Founded in 1999, Jet Linx is the first and only private jet company to provide the guaranteed services of a national jet card and aircraft management program on a local scale. “By localizing every aspect of our service – including the aircraft, maintenance and personnel – we are able to offer a superior customer service experience and superior savings for our customers,” says Jet Linx President Jamie Walker.
This decidedly different approach to private air travel appealed to local Atlanta businessman John Snodgrass. The former Days Inn CEO had spent 18 years with industry heavyweight NetJets in a fractional ownership program. “The NetJets rates were reasonable in the beginning, but steadily increased over the years.” As he investigated new options, Snodgrass discovered that Jet Linx’s rates were half what he had been paying as a NetJets customer.
He was also drawn to the highly personalized experience Jet Linx offers its clients. “It is very unique to be able to offer the hands-on quality of a local company with the guaranteed services of a national organization.” And few companies in Atlanta both supplied private jets and offered dedicated aircraft management services. So Snodgrass made the decision to bring Jet Linx to Atlanta and sponsor the new operations as the CEO of Jet Linx Atlanta.
Snodgrass is not alone. Despite a recession that significantly curbed the private aviation industry, Jet Linx has opened all eight of its additional bases outside of Omaha since 2008 – each with local base partners who have recognized the model’s potential and demonstrated success.
Former chairman and CEO of Burger King Corporation John Chidsey decided to join Jet Linx Atlanta after years of flying with NetJets and fellow competitor, FlexJet. “The decision to switch was easy,” he says. “Jet Linx offers the same standard of safety and guaranteed availability at a much more reasonable cost.”
Jet Linx is the only company in the industry that combines aircraft management with a jet card program to generate a guaranteed revenue stream for its aircraft owners. According to Walker, 94 percent of the company’s aircraft owners generate additional revenue with their aircraft – cutting the cost of jet ownership by as much as half.
“By partnering our managed aircraft with our jet card revenue, our aircraft owners can now own a private jet for less than the cost of a fractional,” says Walker.
Jet Linx’s new Atlanta operations feature light, midsize, super-midsize and heavy jets from some of the industry’s hottest manufacturers, including Bombardier, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, and Savannah, Ga.-based Gulfstream. Jet Linx is an ARG/US Platinum safety-rated operator, an accomplishment earned by less than 5 percent of all on-demand air carriers in the U.S.
About Jet Linx
Jet Linx is a locally focused private jet company providing a more personalized approach to private jet travel. Founded in 1999, Jet Linx is the first and only private jet company to provide the guaranteed services of a national jet card and aircraft management program on a local scale. Jet Linx is an ARG/US Platinum safety-rated operator, an accomplishment earned by less than 5 percent of the aircraft management companies in the U.S. The company is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., with base partner locations in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Scottsdale, Ariz., and St. Louis.