Investment firm KKR has agreed to invest US$40m (€34.1m) in preferred equity in Jet Edge International. Based in Ohio, USA, Jet Edge operates a large fleet of Challenger and Gulfstream aircraft for charter.
KKR is making the investment in Jet Edge through its credit funds and accounts focused on asset-based finance opportunities. The investment follows KKR’s US$150m (€127.8m) credit investment in the company announced earlier this year.
The new investment will support the growth of Jet Edge’s Reserve membership programme and expanding fleet. Jet Edge also plans to continue to make advancements in its technology and infrastructure, including optimised scheduling systems, AI-based programs to maximise fleet efficiency, and a dynamic mobile application.
“We are pleased to invest in the growth of Jet Edge as a premier scaled private aviation operator with a leading membership programme and world-class super-mid and large-cabin fleet,” said Dan Pietrzak, partner at KKR. “At a time when the private aviation industry is experiencing historically high demand, the Jet Edge team continues to impress us with its innovative solutions to age-old inefficiencies and strong operational execution.”
“We are excited to expand our financing commitment with a preferred equity investment in Jet Edge and look forward to supporting their continued success,” said Patrick Clancy, principal at KKR.
“We’ve successfully executed numerous growth initiatives driven by KKR’s initial financing and are excited to continue to build our platform with this new investment,” said Bill Papariella, CEO of Jet Edge. “We will continue to invest heavily in technology and back-end infrastructure to enhance the customer experience and help us stay ahead of evolving client demands amid rapid membership growth. This financing speaks to KKR’s continued confidence in our business plan to deliver scaled private aviation solutions and we look forward to being able to provide even more clients unique access to our industry-leading fleet across all major markets in the USA.”
Jet Edge has achieved 1,800% year-on-year growth in new member acquisitions over the past 12 months. The company has also recorded over US$100m (€85.2m) in membership deposits over the past year.