Planet Nine (Planet 9) expands charter fleet with two more managed Gulfstream IV-SP aircraft
Reflecting industry trends that business jet travel has fully returned to pre-pandemic levels, Planet Nine, (Planet 9) the US private charter operator and aircraft management company, is pleased to add two high-specification Gulfstream IVs (N1904W and N305PB) to its Part 135 AOC. The latest arrivals boost the number of Gulfstream family aircraft models in its fleet to seven. Planet 9 has also taken on eight additional Gulfstream GIV pilots.
Both aircraft will be based out of Planet 9’s Van Nuys, California home, each offering a non-stop flying time of nine hours, with 4,200nm / 7,815km range and featuring comfortable, elegant cabins, configured for 13 passengers in a versatile layout to work, dine and relax. Up to six passengers can be accommodated in lie flat sleeping. Onboard Wi-Fi is by Gogo. Both aircraft have generous galleys for food preparation, plus two lavatories.
Demand for North America charter
“We are pleased to be expanding with this popular fleet type. This long-range aircraft is especially good to service domestic travel requirements within the US,” commented Planet 9 Cofounder and Director Matt Walter.
This Easter and into the summer, Planet 9 is seeing more demand for North America, for example – with a lot of requests for charter flights to Hawaii, Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean. “Europe has notably dropped off a little and that was a trend we were hearing at last week’s Schedulers and Dispatchers gathering,” he acknowledged.
Matt Walter and James Seagrim, Director of Operations are pleased with how the business has advanced in aircraft management as it approaches its fourth anniversary. “Our team has worked admirably to build our reputation for reliability, focusing on customer care and service and we are proud to be attracting new owners as a boutique provider in the ultra long-haul business jet market. The referrals we get are usually word of mouth – from existing owners, or client endorsement. Our floating fleet business model is popular with clients and owners, equally, meaning we can respond to international charter demand more swiftly.”
About Planet Nine
Planet 9 is headquartered at the iconic Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, California and maintains a presence in New York, London and Lisbon. It flies corporations,
family offices and UHNWs from the West and East Coasts of the USA to destinations including Europe and the Middle East. It is led by a highly experienced team of aviation professionals and its business plan utilizes a ‘floating fleet’ model. Planet 9’s aircraft all feature sparklingly refurbished cabin interiors, including high-speed Wi-Fi.
Its managed aircraft fleet includes: Four Bombardier Global Express’; one Global 6000; two Dassault Falcon 7X; two Gulfstream GV; three Gulfstream GIV SP; one Gulfstream GIV, one Gulfstream G650; one Gulfstream G550 and one Bombardier Challenger 350.
Planet 9 holds ARGUS Platinum safety certification, closely followed by the endorsement of IS-BAO Stage 2 (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), duly satisfying IBAC it is consistently delivering high operational standards in all aspects of its business. Planet 9 first obtained Wyvern Wingman status under its onsite flight leader program in October 2018. In October 2021 it was elevated to Wyvern Wingman Pro.
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