Virgin Charter confirms GetThere deal

Virgin Charter and GetThere have announced an agreement making Virgin Charter the first private aviation solution available to corporations using GetThere. GetThere, which facilitates more than 10 million travel bookings annually by corporations and government agencies, will provide access to Virgin Charter’s online solution to users looking to find and book charter air travel. With airlines cutting capacity amid high load factors, executives that need to access specific markets and maximize productivity increasingly require more options to visit clients and prospects. By accessing the Virgin Charter Marketplace through GetThere, corporations can quickly receive multiple quotes for charter trips from hundreds of high-quality operators all over the U.S. competing to earn their business.

Virgin Charter selects only operators that represent the highest standards in safety, all of which are audited by independent, internationally recognized third parties. Virgin Charter, in conjunction with JD Power and Associates, created the industry’s first Quality Rating Program that provides agents with information about the quality of the operator so they can make more informed decisions together with their clients.

“Virgin Charter represents an attractive option for small groups and individual executives with programs that have the resource to include charter air in their travel programs,” said Chris Kroeger, general manager for GetThere. “Virgin Charter’s online shopping process also complements GetThere’s new Travel Arranger portal, presenting the administrators that book the lion’s share of executive travel with a similar process to review photos of jets and compare pricing options.”

“GetThere and Virgin Charter share a commitment to travel professionals and business travelers, and we understand their very unique needs,” said Scott Duffy, founder and CEO, Virgin Charter. “As the largest online business travel solution, GetThere’s partner agencies and corporate customers can benefit from our complete online solution and 24/7 client support to make it easier than ever for their users to find and book charter flights, as well as manage all of the details of their booking from end-to-end.”