Jet Edge International and KKR, a global investment firm, have announced that credit funds and accounts managed by KKR have agreed to provide a credit facility of up to $150 million to Jet Edge. The funding will be used to support the acceleration of the company's infrastructure, digital initiatives, Reserve membership and comes as Jet Edge rolls out its AdvantEdge charter management platform nationwide.
Aimed at optimising the inefficiencies found in the private aviation industry's existing ownership and charter management procedures, AdvantEdge simplifies and enhances the financial predictability for whole ownership of large cabin and super-midsize aircraft with a time-based model.
“We are thrilled to partner with KKR as we continue to strengthen and grow our platform,” says Bill Papariella, CEO of Jet Edge. “As part of our continued focus on delivering innovative solutions to our clients, we are excited to officially unveil the Jet Edge AdvantEdge programme, the first whole aircraft ownership solution that is a true alternative to both fractional ownership and the antiquated traditional aircraft management model. Never before has the aircraft ownership experience been as forecastable and predictable as it is with AdvantEdge.”
The centrepiece of the AdvantEdge programme is its holistic approach to delivering reliable charter revenue, scheduling and fixed costs, which provides benefits to aircraft owners and charter clients. The AdvantEdge programme works with aircraft owners to schedule out predetermined, dedicated blocks of charter hours in three distinct tiers for each enrolled aircraft, resulting in predictable revenues and schedules, as well as utilisation improvements.
Another important aspect of the AdvantEdge programme is that owners will have preferred access to the Jet Edge aircraft network via the company's popular Reserve charter membership programme. Designed to fuel the revenue demand of the AdvantEdge fleet, the Reserve programme was developed by industry veterans Steve Malvesta and David Lawrence, who joined Jet Edge from NetJets in 2020, to work alongside Jet Edge chief commercial officer, Jonah Adler. If an AdvantEdge owner's aircraft is booked for charter or if they have supplemental needs, the Reserve programme provides access to a diverse fleet of aircraft, ensuring mission-appropriate support when needed.
The financing from KKR will also be used to support growth initiatives across Jet Edge's business, including developing technology to support clients, investing in marketing and talent, and accelerating the progress of business lines including its aircraft sales division, Jet Edge Partners, where the company has established itself as one of the world's top brokerages with over $2.5 billion in transactions to date.
“Jet Edge has built a reputation as a best-in-class, scaled operator in the private aviation market,” comments Dan Pietrzak, partner at KKR. “This transaction continues our asset-based finance strategy of providing long-term funding to leaders in the global aviation sector so they can invest in their businesses and capture opportunities as the market recovers.”
KKR principal Patrick Clancy concludes: “We have been impressed by Jet Edge's strong operational capabilities and innovative approach to solving the pain points of private aircraft ownership and chartering. Bill and his team put their clients at the centre of everything Jet Edge does, and we are excited to invest in their continued success.”
KKR also recently agreed to purchase US FBO chain Atlantic Aviation.