Air Platinum Club Is Latest Charter Casualty

 - December 17, 2009, 10:13 AM

When Miami-based Air Platinum Club began operating last summer, CEO Mickael Cohen proclaimed, “Private air travel is here to stay.” But the club itself no longer appears to be. A few weeks ago, Air Platinum was touting flights within the continental U.S. and between Paris and major U.S. cities on company-owned Gulfstream IV-SPs. And it said members would have access to the club’s 50-foot yacht, exotic sports cars and beachfront condo. Now, however, its Web site is no longer accessible without a password and a recording at its listed phone number reports that the line has been disconnected. An attorney for Prestige Motorcar Imports of Miami confirmed to AIN sister publication Business Jet Traveler that the company is suing Air Platinum Club for nonpayment. The club has already been successfully sued by Swiss charter company Travcon, whose president, Philipp Zürcher, said, “Up to now we did not get any funds due to problems getting money out of Cohen.” Chicago-based Questar Jets owner Dennis Jans, meanwhile, said Cohen owes him $96,750. And court records show that Air Platinum Club was evicted as a tenant from North Miami Business Park last January. AIN could not reach Cohen for comment.