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Planet Nine extends birthday celebrations with G550 arrival
A private owner has put their trust in Planet 9 once more by placing another Gulfstream with the Van Nuys operator. A G650 inducted in June has already visited Fiji and Australia as well as the Mediterranean.
Planet Nine Private Air has added a G550 to its managed fleet.

Planet Nine Private Air (Planet 9), the Van Nuys, California-based private charter operator and aircraft management company, has added a privately-owned Gulfstream G550 to its managed fleet. N41PM was added on to its AOC in July and is now ready for charter through Planet 9's aircraft management division.

The Gulfstream G550 joins a G650, from the same private owner, which went on to Planet 9's AOC for private and third-party charter flights in June. The G650 has performed a number of flights since service introduction, including several trips to the Mediterranean, Fiji, and Australia.

Configured with 16 luxury seats, the latest G550 boasts a 6,037 nm range, suitable for journeys up to 14 hours' flying time. With a three-zone cabin, giving clients' the versatility of space to work, rest and sleep, both Gogo and KA-band Wi-Fi plus a wide selection of onboard movies.

The Gulfstream G550 and G650 complement Planet 9's own five-strong Dassault Falcon 7Xs, operating out of Van Nuys.

“We are delighted to be adding a second managed aircraft for a private owner inside six weeks and just after our first birthday,” says co-founder Matt Walter. “We have expanded our operations and client support team accordingly in readiness for the Gulfstreams, as well as taken on more hangar space at Van Nuys airport. We are very proud to be offering a dedicated management division, with a different, popular aircraft type.”

Planet 9 pledges full transparency on costs, a tailored program throughout the year and close collaboration with the aircraft's owner to maximise assets when they are available for charter. The G550 and G650 will be a charter friendly ultra long-range premium aircraft solution for industry partners throughout the year and have multiple crews available for complex missions.

Planet 9 already staffs four in-house Gulfstream trained maintenance technicians.

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