and NetJets on Monday will unveil an expansion of their Private Jet offering into North America less than a year after reviving their partnership in Europe, Aviation Week has learned.
The two operators launched Private Jet in 2005, but dissolved the relationship at the end of 2007, when the German airline decided to buy its own executive jets. The partnership was revived in March 2011, when NetJets returned to provide small, medium and large business jet capacity across Europe for Lufthansa’s fixed-fee service.
Starting Feb. 1, that same service will be provided across North America, with NetJets linking up with Lufthansa’s and’ 21 gateways across the U.S., Canada and Mexico to offer executive jet services in the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, Mexico and the entire Caribbean.
“This is a logical next step,” says a source with close ties to Lufthansa. Bookings for this new service can be made up to 12 hours before the flight, adds the source, noting that Lufthansa Private Jet will continue to provide bookings through the airline’s own distribution network.
Passengers will accrue 10,000 mi. on Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program for each flight segment. NetJets U.S.’s fleet includes Hawker 400XPs andCitation Xs, as well as various Gulfstream aircraft, including G450s and the 14-seat G550.