Wheel Up Experience today announced a new strategic partnership and minority investment in Tropic Ocean Airways, the world’s largest amphibious airline and leading provider of last-mile private charter and scheduled service in Florida, the Northeastern United States, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and beyond.
The multiyear commercial agreement is the latest step by Wheels Up in its efforts to expand the addressable market for its product offerings and offer a seamless first- to last-mile travel solution for its members and customers.
The agreement provides for the integration of Tropic Ocean’s charter and certain scheduled by-the-seat services into Wheels Up’s marketplace, and Wheels Up members and customers will be able to directly book and pay for travel on Tropic Ocean flights through their normal Wheels Up booking channels.
The parties will initially focus on providing Wheels Up customers with greater accessibility to options within Tropic Ocean’s current coverage area.
Over time, the parties intend to expand to additional markets in the United States and the Caribbean.
Tropic Ocean operates a single fleet type, late model Cessna Caravan EX aircraft.