Wheels Up and Delta Air Lines have closed on their transaction and partnership agreement and will begin unveiling cross-platform benefits for current and prospective Wheels Up and Delta Private Jets members. The deal combines the two private aviation membership programs totaling nearly 200 aircraft, and more than 8,000 members and customers for Wheels Up.
“Together, Wheels Up and Delta will democratize the industry to make private flying and the private flying lifestyle accessible to significantly more individuals and businesses around the world,” said Wheels Up founder and CEO Kenny Dichter. “By adding Delta Private Jets and partnering with Delta, our membership platform has evolved to one that can fulfill a vast range of flight needs on a very large scale.”
Partnership benefits and other program features that are expected to come from the tie-up first announced in December include eligibility for Wheels Up Members to earn Delta Medallion Status, accrue miles in Delta's SkyMiles loyalty program, and use their Wheels Up Fund program balances to pay for Delta commercial flights. Delta Private Jets customers will also have access to exclusive Wheels Up membership offerings, experiences, and use of the Wheels Up fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350i, Citation Excel/XLS, and Citation X aircraft.