In a move that will create one of the world’s largest fleets of managed fleets of private aircraft, Wheels Up has purchased Delta Private Jets – the charter/management subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. As part of the deal, the airline will become the largest investor in Wheels Up. Once the deal is finalised the expanded Wheels Up will boast a fleet of over 190 jets and turboprop twins and a base of over 8,000 members and customers. Delta CEO Ed Bastian commented that “This ground-breaking partnership will democratize private aviation, making the convenience of private jet travel accessible to more consumers. Wheels Up’s lifestyle experiences and innovative digital platform, combined with the scale and service of Delta Private Jets, helps further Delta’s mission of connecting people and communities worldwide through travel.” Wheels Up founder and CEO Kenny Dichter will continue at the helm.