Sharing is Caring, in Luxury and Air
The ‘sharing industry’, illustrated by businesses such as Airbnb and Uber, persists in turning established outfits upside down, even for the luxury sector. Forming a connection between unused services and individuals looking to use them is wiping out vast amounts of entrenched commercial agents and their investors.
Private aviation is not going unchanged either, transformed in ways just as extreme as other hospitality and travel sectors. Progressive new businesses now offer solutions to the private jet industry’s most problematic issues surrounding efficiency; empty legs and unused aircrafts. Newly developed search and booking apps for private jet travel address such wastefulness, news which is fantastic for travellers with flexible schedules and jet owners alike.
Acting in the interests of travellers, financial experts assisted in alleviating these issues, but their charges and limited access to client data meant this system was not overly reliable. These problems are no longer an issue. Both prices and costs are being forcibly reduced, potentially to a similar price as commercial first class travel as a result of the perfection of the accumulation of flights and the matching of the largest possible supply to a similarly large pool of demand. Unfortunately, in order to take advantage of the best savings possible, travellers will have to plan their flights according to the availability of the equivalent aircraft. On the bright side, more people will start using these apps as they become more common, so more flights will become available.
In short, this is an example of Internet efficiency at its best. The following are some of the apps in question, which will revolutionise private air travel internationally.
Beacon services a number of airports on the eastern coast of the US, with prices ranging from USD 1,750 to 3,000. Higher monthly prices offer guest passes and minimise the likelihood of a flight being sold out by offering customers the option of holding several reservations in advance.
BlackJet, a company launched by Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, also allows passengers to book seats on private planes that have extra seats or are out of use. At first, the service will only cover two routes – New York City to south Florida and Los Angeles – but this number is expected to increase as the company expands. It is slightly more expensive than some other similar companies, however, with flights costing around USD 3,500.
A Southern-California based company, JetSuite caters to travellers looking for short flights, offering instant online quotes. Unlike some similar companies, JetSuite possesses a fleet of its own, consisting of Embraer Phenom 100 and Cessna CJ3 aircraft, all of which have Wi-Fi. Another useful feature is the SuiteDeals program, which alerts customers to empty legs that still exist at the last-minute. You do not need to be a member to use this service, but added perks are offered to members, such as time allowances if you are running late and discounts.
BLUE STAR JETS
Blue Star Jets allows its users to reserve flights in one click through its app. The company even has a customer service team at hand 24/7, theoretically allowing customers to fly anywhere worldwide within five hours of booking. Available on Android and iOS, the app even allows users to choose from a fleet of jumbo jets, air ambulances, turboprops, helicopters, and corporate and cargo jets.
Based in the UK, Victor believes that customers deserve jet operators that are more transparent about costs. As a solution, the company’s main selling point is transparency, an ideology that has allowed them to race to number 15 of the 100 fastest growing private tech companies in a list compiled by The Sunday Times.