Gama Aviation and Wheels Up fly 100,000th sector

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Gama Aviation LLC, has announced a major milestone in Wheels Up flight history with the occasion of its 100,000th flight sector.

The sector was flown by N861UP, a King Air 350 flying from Jacksonville FL to Nashville TN on Wednesday 5th July.

This was not the only accomplishment in the recent weeks. In quick succession from June 29th through July 2nd, Gama Aviation completed over 400 flights for Wheels Up, including record-breaking numbers on Saturday, July 1st when more than 100 passenger legs were flown. The week also saw Wheels Up securing $90m in debt financing from KKR to purchase its next 17 King Air 350 aircraft.

The Wheels Up King Air 350i fleet.

Thomas Connelly, CEO & President, Gama Aviation LLC said: “I’m extremely proud of reaching this milestone. Four years ago, Wheels Up was an idea, a PowerPoint presentation and a spreadsheet, now its flight operations have the same scale as a regional airline, it is fast approaching 6,000 flight sectors per month with the continual drive to democratise private aviation. That said we will not rest on our laurels. Wheels Up members, Kenny and the Wheels Up management team have high expectations of us. We will continue to work safely, tirelessly and diligently to support the business as it continues to grow; meeting and surpassing Wheels Up’s expectations every step of the way.”

Kenny Dichter, CEO & Founder, Wheels Up said: “We originally selected Gama Aviation ahead of other high quality operators, based on their vast experience and pervasive safety culture. They have since proven a crucial ingredient to the development of our brand, scaling as we scale; being flexible and responsive to our members’ needs and offering cast iron reliability. This underpins the promises we have made to our members, enabling us to focus on them and our vision, rather than operational detail.”

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 20th July 2017 | Issue #425