FlightPartner

Debrief: Keeping busy with Phil Rugile

There’s never a dull moment when you’re Phil Rugile, who pulls double duty as director of the hyperactive LaunchPad Huntington and as “human capital strategist” at eGifter, the Huntington-based digital gifting/corporate prepaid solutions specialist that remains one of Long Island’s great innovation success stories. When Innovate LI last Debriefed the media-savvy entrepreneur, LaunchPad Huntington was barely a year old and still finding its way; two years hence, Rugile has honed the co-working space into a…


With rival CEO aboard, FlightPartner eyes investors

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s another happy landing for FlightPartner Technologies Inc., which has recruited a direct competitor’s chief executive officer. The Stony Brook-based Software as a Service company announced this week that Shawn Sullivan, former New York-based CEO of French private-jet booking firm OpenJet, has come aboard as FlightPartner’s new chief operating officer. Sullivan, a Federal Aviation Administration-rated Airline Transport Pilot, is also the founding partner and former COO of FlightAware, a Texas-based data-services…


FlightPartner, now landing everywhere

By GREGORY ZELLER // Now, everyone is in the air-charter-booking business. Well, not precisely. But any website can host the new “Quote and Booking” widget released this month by FlightPartner Technologies Inc., allowing visitors to research and reserve super-fancy private-jet flights from virtually any third-party webpage. FlightPartner is a virtual middleman between aircraft owner/operators and brokers who arrange private flights for professional athletes, C-suite executives and other high-net-worth clients. Incorporated in 2015 by founder and…


Wheels up for Stony Brook’s FlightPartner

By GREGORY ZELLER // Now boarding: FlightPartner. Just 13 months since incorporating, FlightPartner Technologies Inc., is ready to launch its namesake B2B subscription service, designed to connect travel brokers to charter-flight providers. Founder and CEO Doug Schmohl said his startup, a resident of Stony Brook University’s Wireless and Information Technology center, had “one little bug” to work out, and was otherwise packed and ready for takeoff. The commercial debut actually marks the second version of…


For FlightPartner, business is always looking up

By GREGORY ZELLER // With customer satisfaction locked in the upright position and with a little lift from Start-Up NY, a B2B tech firm connecting charter-flight operators with flight brokers is ready to soar. It’s actually been wheels-up at FlightPartner Technologies since January, when the startup incorporated and moved into the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology on the Stony Brook University campus. Since then, it’s been running a beta version of its…