A new membership-based private aviation company that uses King Air 350i aircraft will be represented in Canada by Skyservice. Wheels Up was launched last year in the U.S. by Marquis Jet founder Kenny Dichter.
Wheels Up ordered 105 King Airs last year and has taken delivery of nine. With Skyservice as the sales agent in Canada, Dichter said he anticipates a lot of cross-border traffic. “Canada is a strong and exciting market for Wheels Up, particularly trans-border flights from major cities like Toronto and Montreal, to key destinations including New York, Boston, and Chicago,” said Dichter. “Working with Skyservice™, a leader in the industry, we know our members will receive the highest level of customer service, and we are happy to add Skyservice™ to our growing list of exceptional partners.”
One of the major competitive edges Wheels Up will have is its ability to use Billy Bishop Airport just off the waterfront of downtown Toronto. Many membership and fractional business aircraft operations use jet aircraft which are banned from the Toronto Island airport.
“Exclusive access to the Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft, among other Wheels Up product offerings, will fill a void in the marketplace,” said Skyservice CEO Marshal Myles. “The Beechcraft King Air 350i is the perfect aircraft for flights between Canada and the United States, one of the most traveled routes we see from both Toronto Pearson International Airport and Billy Bishop City Centre Airport.”