Planet Nine Private Air launches with Falcon 7X charters

News — 27.06.18 BY Jill Stockbridge

Planet Nine

Planet Nine (P9), a brand new boutique US-based ultra long-haul charter specialist, has secured its FAA Part 135 operating certificate, and made its first Dassault Falcon 7X available for charter.  The company intends to have four 7Xs operational by year end, with deliveries scheduled for August, September and December this year, giving them a competitive offering in the premium end of the ultra long-range charter market.

Headquartered in both Los Angeles and London, the gathered team has a wealth of luxury charter experience, including co-founders Matt Walter and James Seagrim, former partners in Zetta Jet. From London, Kirti Odedra, formerly of Air Charter Service, heads the Sales Department and Bill Wulf, former Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer of NetJets, serves as Chief Financial Officer.  Combined, the management team has over 75 years’ experience in business aviation.

P9 brings a new offering into the long haul business jet market with the 5,950nm range Falcon 7X, configured for 11-16 passengers, with six beds for overnight flying. The P90 aircraft will all feature refurbished cabin interiors, including full wi-fi and IFE from Gogo/Swift Broadband. On all domestic charters in the US, wi-fi will be complimentary.

“Charter broker relationships will be very important to Planet Nine, and we are looking forward to working with all the traditional and disruptive companies,” said Director of Sales Kirti Odedra.

Floating Fleet Model

“Our operation will centre on a floating fleet model, and the efficiency it brings to our operations we can then pass on to our customers and friends in the form of better pricing,” said James Seagrim, Director of Operations.  “From our previous careers at Advanced Air Management, we built an unbeatable boutique operation, renowned for its service, safety and efficiency.  Under our stewardship Advanced Air quickly became the “go to” operator in California. The excellent performance the Falcon 7X affords will give us an even greater competitive advantage than before.  We duly look forward to welcoming back many clients who worked with us previously, as we will offer the same level of service, care, and unbeatable value for money that built our reputation.”

World Class Finance Team

“I am delighted to have joined the energetic and dynamic management team at Planet Nine,” adds Bill Wulf, Chief Financial Officer. “Their enthusiasm, integrity, work ethic, and commitment to succeed is infectious. From my own experience, there is an acute shortage of premium ultra-long haul aircraft available for ad hoc charter out of the US, and those charter management companies that have aircraft available have typically one or two aircraft at most.  Our decision to go with a number of environmentally friendly Falcon 7X’s and we plan, to build up a sizeable fleet of this type, is going to make us appealing to clientele who want a special experience, and not feel like they are traveling on an airline.  The charter market is strong now, prices at the top end of the market are very frothy, and this is an opportune time for a well-funded, premium aircraft owner operator to debut.  As we start to prove ourselves, delivering a reliable service, paying close attention to detail, which is hugely important, Planet Nine will become a valued niche player.”

All Planet Nine’s aircraft have undergone thorough C Checks with accredited MROs overseen by its Director of Maintenance, Joe Ponce.

Planet Nine is planning a launch to introduce the team and showcase its new aircraft ahead of the NBAA Convention in October, where it will make its formal debut.