Wheels Up, the membership-based Beechcraft King Air 350i operator, confirmed at the show that it plans to launch the brand in Europe next year, with a fleet of 10-12 aircraft. “The King Air is the perfect asset for Europe,” says founder and chief executive Kenny Dichter. “It’s the perfect place for us to take the show.”

Speaking at a press conference on 31 October, Dichter also said he expects to be operating more than 250 aircraft by 2020 – with the Textron Aviation turboprop remaining the “bread and butter” of the fleet – and to triple membership to 9,000. “That would make us the world’s largest private aviation company in terms of membership,” says Dichter.

Wheels Up partners with Gama Aviation, which has charter operations in the UK and US.

Source: Flight Daily News