Four Corners Aviation is the latest provider to jump into the jet card market.
The company is part of Aquila Aviation Ventures, which was founded in 2021 as a joint venture between Mente Group Founder Brian Proctor and City+Ventures.
Mente was founded in 2009, focusing on full aircraft sales and consulting.
Aquila includes two Part 135 operators and its fleet that provides the principal inventory for Four Corners’ Charter Jet Card.
The fleet is both owned and managed.
The owned aircraft are part of Freedom by Four Corners.
Freedom targets aircraft owners, particularly corporate flight departments.
The owner sells their private jets to Four Corners. Four Corners also takes on leases for hangars, offices, and, most importantly, flight department staff, including pilots and flight attendants.
The clients then get access to their airplanes on-demand under a multi-year services contract.
Those aircraft are then available for other Freedom clients who need supplemental lift, and will now be offered as inventory in the group’s jet card.
The card requires a fully refundable $100,000 deposit and a minimum of $25,000 in funds, which never expire.
It’s a hybrid program, also using third-party operators.
Pricing is dynamic, and clients get three quotes based on their specifications for each trip request.
Former NetJets and Air Partner executive Vincent Kavanagh, who is EVP and Head of Sales, says the company is able generally to match or beat fixed rates.
The current program gives customers the ability to select preferred aircraft types, eliminate types they don’t want, and request specifics typical with on-demand charter.
“As we build our own managed fleet, we will absolutely be adding fix rates,” Kavanagh tells Private Jet Card Comparisons.