Shelton, Connecticut, July 17, 2017 - Gama Aviation LLC, the exclusive operator of the Wheels Up King Air 350i and Citation Excel / XLS program, is pleased to announce major milestones for its Wheels Up flight operations. On Wednesday, July 5th, the 100,000th flight segment in the Wheels Up program was flown by N861UP, a Beechcraft King Air 350i flying from Jacksonville, FL to Nashville, TN. In quick succession from June 29th through July 2nd, the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Gama Aviation completed over 400 member flights for Wheels Up, including record-breaking numbers on Saturday, July 1st when more than 100 passenger legs were flown.
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 flight operations for Wheels Up have the same scale as a regional airline, rapidly approaching 6,000 flight sectors per month with the continual drive to democratize private aviation. That said, we will not rest on our laurels. Wheels Up members, Kenny Dichter, 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 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."