Fleet Club plans VIP shuttles from Florida to NY, Colorado


Startup Fleet Club plans to charter yet-unknown certified U.S. carriers to provide exclusive membership-based VIP shuttles between South Florida and New York and Colorado for wealthy U.S. vacation homeowners, the company has confirmed. at ch-aviation.

Aimed at residents of eight exclusive South Florida residential communities, services will depart from Miami Int’l private jet terminals to Vail/Eagle in Gypsum, Colorado, and to Islip in Long Island, New York, the latter being chosen for its proximity. at the Hamptons. Long Island flights are scheduled to begin in December with a B737 and Colorado flights in March 2023 with a B757. Flights will operate on a fixed schedule two or three times a week, increasing during the holidays, with less off-season, reports Private Jet Card Comparisons.

This follows the clearance granted to Fleet Club by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on February 4, 2022, for an exemption to its charter rules allowing it to offer passenger charter flights using a Part Certified Carrier. 121. In its April 2021 application, Fleet Club had sought to charter a B737-700 from Sun Country Airlines’ existing charter fleet.

However, those plans appear to have changed: “We will use different carriers for each city pair, and we will choose the best carrier based on the specifics of each route. Sun Country will not, however, be our carrier for Miami routes in 2023. “We’ve had a great experience chartering 737s with Sun Country over the past few years. We’ll be making an announcement about our carrier partner for MIA – ISP/EGE. We’ll be flying one B737NG MIA-ISP and one B757 for EGE,” said a company spokesperson.

The Fleet Club plans follow in the footsteps of the establishment of a previous twice-weekly shuttle service between Oakland and Kona in Hawaii by Kona Associates. Similar members-only flight clubs have been run by the Yellowstone Mountain Club since 2014; the Baker’s Bay Associates since 2012; and Kona Express from Hawaii since 2018.

According to the regulatory filing, Fleet Club is a Delaware limited liability company formed in 2021. Flights will be available for up to 375 guest members, their families, household staff and guests. Members must have investable assets greater than USD 5 million.

The business model relies on members paying a substantial upfront initiation fee, plus annual dues thereafter, but not being charged per flight. The capital of the society comes from membership dues which fund the operation and maintenance of the aircraft and associated management fees. Fleet Club plans to outsource back-office functions such as reservations, finance and member relations.

According to the company’s website, Fleet Club (doing business as The Fleet Clubs) is the brainchild of CEO Bernard Schwartz, an American entrepreneur who cut his teeth in the luxury hospitality industry and also co-founded the American hotel management and development company APICII.

Looking ahead, Schwartz sees opportunities to add more routes but declined to elaborate. Eventually, he would like to buy planes and outfit them with custom interiors, he told Private Jet Card Comparisons.


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