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Washington, D.C. 20549












Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 24, 2022





(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware 001-39541 98-1557048
(State or other jurisdiction (Commission (I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)


601 West 26th Street, Suite 900  
New York, New York 10001
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


(212) 257-5252

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)




Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


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¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934:


Title of each class  




Name of each exchange

on which registered

Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share   UP   New York Stock Exchange
Redeemable warrants, each whole warrant exercisable for one share of Class A common stock at an exercise price of $11.50   UP WS   New York Stock Exchange


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company  ¨


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ¨






Item 5.02.    Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On February 28, 2022, Wheels Up Experience Inc. (the “Company”) announced that on February 24, 2022, Eric Phillips resigned from the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company, effective as of such date (the “Effective Date”). The Company expresses gratitude to Mr. Phillips’ contributions to the Board and the Company. The departure of Mr. Phillips is not related to any disagreement with the Company or the Board regarding any matter related to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.


On the Effective Date, the Board determined, effective as of the Effective Date, to appoint Dwight James to serve as a Class I member of the Board, as well as a member of the Safety and Security Committee of the Board. Mr. James was designated to the Board pursuant to a letter agreement dated February 1, 2021 (the “Rights Letter”), by and among, Wheels Up Partners Holdings LLC, Delta Air Lines, Inc. (“Delta”) and Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp. (“Aspirational”), the Company’s predecessor. Pursuant to the Rights Letter, subject to certain conditions, Delta was entitled to designate two members of our Board at the closing of the Company’s business combination with Aspirational (the “Closing”), and to thereafter nominate (and if such director is not elected, to appoint, subject to certain limitations) two directors to the Board, with one such individual to serve as a Class I director and the other to serve as a Class III director. Directors designated by Delta do not receive any compensation for their service as directors. If Delta ceases to own at least 50% of the shares of Wheels Up Class A common stock, $0.0001 par value (the “Common Stock”) that it owns as of the Closing, Delta will no longer have the right to nominate (or appoint, if applicable) one such director. If Delta ceases to own at least 25% of the shares of Common Stock that it owns as of the Closing, Delta will no longer have any nomination (or appointment) rights as it relates to our Board.


Mr. James is Senior Vice President – Customer Engagement & Loyalty at Delta, responsible for the company’s digital strategy and loyalty programs, and serves as the CEO of Delta Vacations, a wholly owned global subsidiary of Delta. Since 2009, he has held roles of increasing responsibility at Delta, including as Senior Vice President – Pricing & Revenue Management, Senior Vice President – International Pricing & Revenue Management and Senior Vice President – Transatlantic. Prior to joining Delta, Mr. James served in several roles with The Home Depot, Inc., including in corporate strategy, business development and M&A. Mr. James also serves on the Board of Directors of Floor & Décor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: FND), a specialty retailer and commercial flooring distributor of hard surface flooring and related accessories. Mr. James earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Morehouse College and MBA from Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business.


There are no transactions between Mr. James and the Company that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. The description of certain relationships and related transactions between the Company and Delta is included in the final prospectus and definitive proxy statement, dated June 23, 2021 and filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 23, 2021 in the subsections entitled “Delta Equity Purchase Agreement,” “Commercial Arrangements with Delta,” “Delta Subleases,” and “Delta Investor Rights Letter” under the section entitled “Certain Relationships and Related Person Transactions―WUP” beginning on page 300, which is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 7.01.    Regulation FD Disclosure.


On February 28, 2022, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. James to the Board and related matters. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and incorporated by reference herein. The information in Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K and Exhibit 99.1 is being furnished pursuant to Item 7.01 of Form 8-K and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing made by the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as may be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.





Item 9.01.    Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.


Exhibit Number   Description
99.1   Press Release, dated February 28, 2022
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: February 28, 2022 By: /s/ Kenneth Dichter
    Name: Kenneth Dichter
    Title: Chief Executive Officer