20 Years of Service & SafetyBUILDING THE BEST PRIVATE JET COMPANY
In 20 years, Jet Linx has grown from a single location in Omaha, Nebraska, to 18 private terminals nationwide (and counting).
Our industry-unique model offers unmatched, local customer service backed by a powerful national infrastructure. Join us on our journey to build the best private jet company below!
1999 | Foundations in Omaha, Neb.
Jet Linx sets out to build a private jet company that would provide the industry’s best customer service experience. Founded by Denny Walker, Jet Linx premieres its first local base operation at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska. As the first private terminal for Jet Linx clients, Jet Linx Omaha continues to offer complete privacy and a unique luxury experience. Walker is the founder of Jet Linx and serves as the Base Partner of our Omaha location. He remains heavily involved in the Omaha community and serves on several non-profit boards.
2004 | Introducing the Jet Card
Initially a fractional jet company, Jet Linx reinvents its business model under the leadership of Jet Linx President and CEO Jamie Walker. In 2005, the company adopts a jet card and aircraft management model. Jet Linx earns its own FAA Part 135 certificate to manage aircraft.
2007 | ARGUS Platinum Safety Rating
After completing an intensive onsite audit, Jet Linx earns its first ARGUS Platinum Safety Rating, the highest safety rating awarded to an operator. Jet Linx has earned a Platinum safety rating every year since. Of the 2,300 Part 135 operators in the United States, less than four percent have earned a Platinum rating.
2008 | Expanding to Indianapolis
Jet Linx purchases Aviation Charter Services in Indianapolis, Indiana – a 30-year-old aircraft management and private jet charter company. This purchase allows the company to successfully expand into a new market. Jet Linx Indianapolis’ private terminal provides clients with a unique private meeting room and executive lounge. The Base is located at the Indianapolis International Airport. Brent Claymon now serves as the Base Partner. Outside of Jet Linx, Claymon is a Principal of Tyson Onsite, Encore Sotheby’s International Realty and Claymon Investments.
2009 | The Lonestar State
Jet Linx expands to Dallas with a private terminal at Dallas Love Field Airport. Clients can enjoy a view of the downtown Dallas skyline while they wait for their departure in the private executive lounge. Base Partners Brent Carreker, Denny Carreker and Henry Coffeen lead the Dallas location – all successful business leaders and active members in the Dallas community. Brent also serves as Base President. The Base celebrated 10 years of business in 2019.
In 2009, Jet Linx also earns IS-BAO certification, the globally accepted “gold seal” for business aviation operations.
2010 | Soaring in Denver
Jet Linx continues its growth and opens Jet Linx Denver. The private terminal located at Centennial Airport offers beautiful views of the Rockies in the distance and a gorgeous luxury lounge. The Denver Base is managed by Base Partner Jeff Puckett, a veteran in the aviation industry and an award-winning aerobatic pilot. Puckett is a board member for several aviation community programs, as well as an inductee to the Living Legends of Aviation.
2011 | A Second Texas Location
With success now in Omaha, Indianapolis, Dallas and Denver, Jet Linx expands in Texas to the Alamo City at the San Antonio International Airport. The Jet Linx San Antonio team is led by Base Partner and President Tom Northington. Before he joined Jet Linx, Northington explored ranch real estate and founded a manufacturing company.
2012 | Two Openings in One Year
For the first time, Jet Linx opens two Bases within one year. Jet Linx St. Louis arrives at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport with a private terminal (the only private jet provider based at the airport). Jet Linx St. Louis is led by Base Partners Jim Mauzé, Keith Harbison and Robert Hermann, Jr. – all of whom are well known in St. Louis for their successful business ventures and community involvement.
Jet Linx also expands operations to the Southwest with a private terminal at the Scottsdale Municipal Airport. Scottsdale operations are led by Base Partner Jon Hulburd – a Phoenix businessman, attorney and community leader. Hullburd focuses most of his attention on making a difference in the community, particularly for children who are facing life-threatening illness.
2013 | Southern Charm
Next stop – Atlanta. The Jet Linx terminal at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport boasts class and luxury. John Snodgrass serves as Base Partner for Jet Linx Atlanta. In addition to heading up Jet Linx Atlanta operations, he is also Managing Director of a privately-held, Atlanta-based holding company Great American Holdings.
Jet Linx heads back to Texas, but this time at the William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. The terminal recently received a complete remodel that includes a new hangar and an expansive private lobby with high ceilings and sleek interior design. Base Partner and President Lance Welch and Base Partner Parker Johnson lead the operations in Houston. Prior to Jet Linx, Welch spent 25 years in the mortgage industry. He serves as a board member for financial and manufacturing industries, as well as non-profit boards, in the community.
2014 | Elevating the Private Aviation Experience
Jet Linx arrives in Tulsa and establishes another local Base operation. Located at the Tulsa International Airport, the Jet Linx Tulsa terminal provides a spacious lobby with soaring ceilings. The local team provides the highest level of luxury and privacy for Jet Linx clients.
The best private jet company also unveils the best luxury travel magazine. Jet Linx’s award- winning quarterly publication SOAR Magazine debuts in 2014. SOAR has received a long list of accolades, including back-to-back Gold Adrian Awards from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International in 2017 and 2018.
In 2014, Jet Linx is first awarded the Wyvern Wingman Standard, an affirmation of our commitment to industry best safety practices. In addition to passing a very demanding onsite audit, the Wyvern Wingman Standard requires an ongoing audit of important safety data. On an ongoing basis, Wyvern validates pilot experience, pilot and maintenance technician training, and updates to critical programs like our Safety Management System (SMS).
2015 | Base Expansion and New Benefits
The best in private aviation adds Jet Linx Washington D.C. to its list of Bases. Dulles International Airport is home to the Jet Linx Washington D.C. private terminal. The facility completed an expansion and remodel in 2018 – providing ample space for their growing clientele. Recently, Jet Linx Washington D.C. added Base Operating Partners Alec LeFort and Isaac Flanagan to their team. Besides their work with Jet Linx operations, both LeFort and Flanagan also work for Radcliff Aviation Partners, a division of The Radcliff companies.
The Oakland County International Airport welcomes Jet Linx Detroit to the Motor City. With a rustic, reclaimed-brick wall and modern design, the private terminal in Detroit exemplifies the company’s local approach. Stephen Polk serves as Base Partner for Jet Linx Detroit. Polk is also the President of Highgate, LLC, a private investment company, and is actively involved in local business and civic concerns.
The best private jet company launches the best client benefits program. Jet Linx introduces Elevated Lifestyle – a client benefits program that gives Jet Linx members and aircraft owners access to exclusive rewards and offers. Elevated Lifestyle has grown to include nearly 30 partners across a number of categories including health & wellness, leisure, libations & fare, fashion, travel, and more.
Jet Linx earns IS-BAO Stage 3 certification rating – one of the most difficult to receive. Less than one percent of the operators in the world have achieved this level of safety standard. Jet Linx is one of only 11 Part 135 operators holding ARGUS Platinum, Wyvern Wingman and IS-BAO Stage 3 ratings.
2016 | Branching Out
Due to resounding growth in the local market, Jet Linx Fort Worth opens its own private facility at the Fort Worth Meacham International Airport. The Base was originally an offshoot of Jet Linx Dallas and is led by the same Base Partners as the Dallas facility. Jet Linx Fort Worth remains dedicated to giving members the private travel experiences they desire: luxurious, convenient and completely private.
Jet Linx Nashville makes its debut in the Music City at the Nashville International Airport. Trey Sutter serves as Base Partner/CEO of Jet Linx Nashville. A Nashville native, Sutter is not only active in the local business community, he is also a private pilot with extensive aviation experience. The Base proudly unveils its own private terminal in October, 2019.
Other accomplishments dot the 2016 calendar. Jet Linx reaches new heights when it achieves authorization to operate in Cuba. Jet Card holders and aircraft owners with permission to travel to the country can fly to Havana and 11 other airports in Cuba. The company soars past 50 million miles flown, another major milestone in building the best private jet company. A new Jet Card program with no up front deposit for new and existing jet program members caps a busy year.
2017 | 100 Private Aircraft in Fleet
Jet Linx’s nationally-based fleet surpasses 100 aircraft under management, and is currently the third-largest aircraft management company (Part 135) in the United States. Jet Linx teams at each location and the National Operations Center celebrate this company-wide achievement. Forbes.com and other news outlets across the country cover this company milestone.
2018 | East Coast Domination & Midwest Growth
Jet Linx Chicago opens a new private terminal at the Chicago Executive Airport with Christopher Merrill serving as Base Partner and Board Chair. Merrill is also Founder, Chairman and CEO of Harrison Street, a real estate private equity firm. He is also heavily involved in civic community through several local organizations. The new terminal features a modern aesthetic.
Boston welcomes Jet Linx to Hanscom Field with a newly-renovated private terminal. With a contemporary design and modern touches, the executive terminal is the first of its kind in Boston. Jet Linx welcomes Base Partners Samuel Byrne, co-founder of CrossHarbor Capital Partners LLC, and David Fialkow, co-founder of General Catalyst, to the Boston location.
Jet Linx arrives in The Big Apple. A site for the executive private terminal is established at the popular Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. The Jet Linx New York location opens in connection with an investment in the business made by The Radcliff Companies, a New York-based private investment company. The flagship space later hosts a grand opening soiree in September of 2019.
2019 | Acquisitions, Partnerships & Technology
Jet Linx surpasses a monumental milestone in private aviation of 100 million miles flown. Half of these 100 million miles were traversed in just the last five years. The achievement is a reflection of the company’s commitment to unparalleled service and the highest safety standards.
On the continued journey to build the best private jet company, Jet Linx acquires Elliott Aviation’s private jet management division. The acquisition of Elliott’s management services expands the 20 year partnership between the two companies. It allows Elliott to focus on their core services (maintenance) and enables Jet Linx to expand in the Upper Midwest.
Jet Linx gets bigger in Texas and introduces Jet Linx Austin at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Jet Linx Austin marks the fifth Jet Linx Base in the state of Texas. The new private terminal is managed by Base Partner and President Tom Northington. Tom is not new to the Jet Linx scene, however. He also oversees operations for Jet Linx San Antonio.
Jet Linx improves its client-facing technology with the new and improved Jet Linx Mobile App. The new App provides Jet Linx clients 24/7 access to their private jet travel. Members and owners can quote and book travel, connect with their local Base team, and more. In addition to the App, Jet Linx launches OpenSeat Exchange, a member-to-member flightsharing experience. With OpenSeat, clients have the option to share the cost on a per seat-basis. Other trusted Jet Linx members can purchase empty seats on Jet Linx flights to their most frequent travel destinations.
In the quest to build the best private jet company, Your Personal Jet Company forms a strategic partnership with world-renowned Forbes Travel Guide. This collaboration will enable Jet Linx to establish Forbes Travel Guide’s unparalleled standards of service excellence in the private aviation industry.
A partnership develops between Jet Linx and Southwest Airlines, the nation’s largest domestic carrier. The newly-formed partnership created Destination 225°, the industry’s first pilot career pathway. The program will provide the most talented pilots the opportunity to move seamlessly from initial training, to private aviation, to commercial lines.
In 2019, Jet Linx celebrates 20 years of service and safety. What began as a one-Base operation has evolved into a premier jet card and aircraft management company. With 18 locations, over 500 team members, more than 2,200 clients and 100+ aircraft in fleet, the future is bright. Cheers to the next 20 years!