The by-the-seat private jet membership program is being sued for not delivering on its promises of free flights
JetSmarter appears to be headed for stormy skies once again. On Friday a couple from New Jersey filed a lawsuit against the Ft. Lauderdale-based seller of seats on scheduled private jet flights. The complaint by Kathleen and Ronald Jackson alleges they were misled by a salesperson and after spending $23,000 with the promise of free private jet flights, they learned that for the flights they wanted there were, in fact, additional charges – some more than $5,000 per seat, per flight.
After being sued by deposed operator Encompass Aviation for at least $3 million and being hit with an IRS tax lien for nearly $2.4 million, Surf Air is now alleging that its former provider not only ran a poor operation but that it was attempting to have Surf Air management ousted
Surf Air has filed a countersuit against deposed operator Encompass Aviation alleging it was to “unable consistently service its scheduled routes” and also that it tried to interfere with a key investor and the lessor of its aircraft with the aim to have management ousted.
The Embraer Phenom 100 provides a short-flight solution for up to four passengers who don’t want turboprops and want to fly aboard a cost-effective, modern, state-of-the-art private jet
JetSuite’s SuiteKey members can look forward to more favorable pricing this summer along the East Coast as the now Dallas-based jet card seller and private jet charter operator will be bringing at least several of its Embraer Phenom 100s to the East Coast. The very light jets, which seat up to four passengers, will be on the eastern seaboard beginning the week of June 10 and will stay there through Labor Day in September, the company tells Private Jet Card Comparisons. JetSuite has been in the news quite a bit recently, gaining a significant investment from JetBlue and Qatar Airways, and announcing it is the launch customer of Zunum Aero’s hybrid-to-electric aircraft coming in 2022.
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Clipper Jet says its by the seat private jet membership model is finally getting ready to take flight
Perusing Google search results I came across a first page May 2015 article from AFAR titled “6 Jet Startups That Will Get You Flying Private.” JetSmarter, Victor and Surf Air are still alive and kicking. BlackJet and Beacon are out of business, and I hadn’t heard or seen anything from ClipperJet in years. However, when I went to their website, it was still up and running and in fact, there was a full page outlining its three membership options. In the press section, there was no coverage since the aforementioned piece and something from Conde Nast Traveler from April 2015. Wondering what was going on, I called the number on the website and it was answered by Paul Sanchez, one of the founders and an executive vice president.