AURA, if it takes off, will be the latest semiprivate airline, selling seats on a scheduled private jet like aircraft and avoiding commercial airport terminals at fares competitive to commercial airlines
ZED Aerospace, a start-up started in March 2016, according to the founder’s LinkedIn profile, will launch AURA, what it is calling America’s first Five Star flight experience, in 2019. The by the seat membership flights will link Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Denver with scheduled flights using Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft reconfigured for just 29 passengers. The aircraft will be operated by Presidential Aviation a leading Part 135 charter operator and management company. AURA joins a growing list of companies attempting to prove there is a market for scheduled alternatives to the commercial airlines that use smaller aircraft and avoid the congestion of large airport terminals.
An accidental success, Wise Bread has ranked Private Jet Card Comparisons as #8 on its list of “15 Crazy Money-Making Ideas That Actually Worked”
Yes, Private Jet Card Comparisons was an accident. It came as a result of research we were doing for a Forbes.com story on jet cards. Not content to just cover the first five or six companies we found, we were intrigued as we found more and more jet card sellers. We were intrigued because the private aviation segment was still in a funk. Deliveries of new jets were stagnant. Inventory of old aircraft was at a record high. The number of fractional share sellers was declining to less than a handful, and here we were finding the number of jet card providers had more than doubled since the Great Recession. Today there are more than 250 jet card programs for consumers to choose from.
Fractional jet card and share operator NetJets rolled out the red carpet for clients during this past weekend’s Formula 1 in Monaco
While NetJets boasts the largest fleet of private jets in the world and uber high standards for pilot experience and training, it has also made its mark by offering its jet card and fractional owners hospitality experiences at signature events such as the Super Bowl and The Masters. Over the past weekend, executives were busy wining and dining customer in Monaco for the Formula 1 race won by Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo who bested Germany’s Sebastian Vettel and Great Britain’s Lewis Hamilton.
ImagineAir was serving over 1,000 eastern U.S. airports with a fleet of Cirrus SR22 single-engine props and offering prepaid memberships up to $50,000
ImagineAir, a Georgia-based operator of Cirrus SR22s, which last November had said it planned to double its fleet of 14 single-engine aircraft has suspended operations, Private Jet Card Comparisons has learned. An email sent by the company said flights were suspended on May 24, 2018, although the email apparently only was sent to members and brokers in the past 24 hours. The company’s website is still active and is pricing flights, and we were able to get to where they wanted our credit card data for payment. Likewise, there was still an active area for members to use credits to pay for flights. Calls to the phone number listed on its website returned a busy signal.
In May, the governors of Alaska, Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey and New York were able to agree on at least one thing – private jets make the economy hum…
Alaska, Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey and New York officially recognized the business aviation for the important role it plays serving hundreds of communities that have little or no scheduled commercial airline service. From No Plane, No Gain, here’s the rundown: