Air Chicago is hoping to launch a buy-the-seat private jet shuttle service offering Chicagoans roundtrip same day flights to key business cities.
AirChicago which wants to grow its network to 30 of the most traveled routes from Chicago and then replicate the model in other cities and is hoping to get off the ground in June. Members can book seats on scheduled private jet flights using private terminal facilities to avoid the commercial airport experience and save time. To give potential members a chance to meet and greet executives and tour the FBO that will be home to its operations, the upstart private jet operator has set a series of open house dates in May. Attendees will receive a 50% discount off their first year’s membership.
Dates posted so far are May 8, 12, 14, 16, 19, 22, 24 and 26 at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, Illinois. The events will take place from 6pm – 7:30pm on weekdays and 10am – 2pm on the weekends.
“It’s scalable. I can see an Air New York or Air Miami,” Stephen G. Wasko, the president and COO recently told Private Jet Card Comparisons. The enterprise is the vision of its chairman, Captain David Koch, a former United Airlines pilot and aerospace journalist. By the fall Wasko expects flights to be operated by its own fleet of Bombardier CRJ200s, which regional airlines cram with 50 seats. AirChicago’s version will feature an executive configuration with 14 seats, two pilots, two flight attendants, WiFi and full meal and drink service. An app, in development, will enable members to order airport transfers, book flights with AirChicago and book commercial flights as well. Initially, flights will use private jets sourced on the Part 135 charter market.
JetSuiteX, JetSmarter, JetClass, Tradewind Aviation, Ultimate Jet Charters and Blade are among other companies offering similar models.
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