An industry veteran believes the human touch in crowdsourcing private jet flights will attract more first-timers in a COVID-19 world
Private jet travel has bounced back faster than any other travel segment during the COVID-19 pandemic, driven by new-to-market flyers seeking to reduce exposure to the virus. A typical private jet flight has less than 20 points of contact versus over 700 when you fly with the airlines.
Shared private jet charters offer big savings. Are they ready to take off? An in-depth comparison of the three major shared flight providers.
Jet Linx says last year it flew 40,000 empty seats; XO says it has sold over 160,000 single seats on shared flights
Sharing half of your flights between New York and South Florida during the winter could save as much as $75,000
Restrictions in jet sharing may mean it’s not right for you
Can you fly for the same price as first-class with the airlines?
Everyone wants to fly privately, says Kenny Dichter, the CEO and co-founder of Wheels Up. And the idea is the cheaper it is to fly privately, the more people who will do it. Dichter says that was his idea using the eight-seat King Air 350i to “democratize” short flight.
In the world of chartering your entire aircraft, he cut the price for a one-hour flight for eight people to around $5,000 compared to a cost of $8,000 to $10,000 for the same trip on a jet. His argument was that there was a minimal time penalty since landings and takeoffs are not at full speed, and often as you get near to your destination airport, airplanes are slowed down to similar speeds.
A petition to vacate the proposed class arbitration awards in the case of JetSmarter could lead to more filings, say several lawyers
“It’s never over till it’s over,” said the late Yankees’ Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra. And, the city so nice they named it twice is at the center of one former JetSmarter member’s effort to vacate the current class action arbitration against the jet-sharing company that is currently moving through the system in Florida.
A petition filed in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York is seeking to scuttle a proposed class action arbitration settlement that is due to be approved as soon as early July.