JetSmarter will allow non-members to buy seats on shuttles, start shared private jet charter flights, sell seats to non-members and is launching a jet card program
JetSmarter which earlier this year moved to a pricing model that entails paying for both seats on private jet shuttles and empty leg flights tomorrow is expected to announce it will start selling seats on its scheduled, shared private jet flights to non-members. In an exclusive interview with Private Jet Card Comparisons, CEO and founder Sergey Petrossov says the move is meant to grow sales at an even faster clip. He says the company revenues will end 2018 in the $300 million range. It launched in 2013. The latest news follows our exclusive report on May 10 about JetSmarter’s new membership pricing structure.
The Private Terminal enables fliers traveling on commercial flights to and from Los Angeles International Airport to bypass the regular terminals, security and immigration lines
Member of Jet Smarter’s private jet by the seat club can now access The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport at rates equal to what the private terminal’s members pay. The Private Suite at LAX is a private terminal situated on the southern perimeter of the airport offering onsite TSA as well as Customs and Immigration screening for commercial fliers, with no lines. Guests enter the airport via a gated entrance and are escorted to their own fully provisioned suite complete with a stocked food pantry, private bathroom, two-person daybed, runway view, and on-call attendant.
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.
Jet Linx has ambitious plans to expand its current 14 markets for its pay-as-you-go jet card membership program
Omaha-based Jet Linx is on the verge of becoming a significant national player in the fast-growing and competitive jet card market. Earlier this year Private Jet Card Comparisons exclusively reported on the jet management company’s ambitious plans to add Boston, San Jose, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and possibly even two bases in New York. For example, it has bases in both Forth Worth and Dallas. So far we know there is progress in the Northeast where former NetJets and Marquis Jet executive John Daut joined in February. Now, we have learned industry veteran Cameron Gowans has come onboard in Chicago.
Goodbye free empty legs and shared flights. JetSmarter 2.0 is a very different but potentially appealing proposition. Will there be a jet card in its future?
JetSmarter’s CEO and founder Sergey Petrossov might debate using the word evolution and certainly feels criticism, including from this reporter, has been unfair. Whether or not the appraisals have been correct is probably one of those YMMV type things. Either way, what’s clear to me is that JetSmarter today and even more so a year from now will be very different than when it took flight in 2013. Back then, you paid a membership fee and then indulged in free seats on shuttles that JetSmarter scheduled. There were also free empty legs where you got the entire plane for as many friends as it could fit. For aspiring private travelers, it was like being a kid in an all you can eat candy store.