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Published on : Wednesday, June 10, 2015
An Uber Style private jet is being planned that will leave whenever you want and it will be much cheaper than chartered flights. Simple sleek mobile apps will create smooth booking systems which will cater mostly to business travellers.
Sergey Petrossov, founder of Jetsmarter, a high end data company said that most of his company’s clients are newcomers to executive aviation. He plans the future of the jet industry to be the same as Uber is to the taxi market.
He is confident that with the growing efficiency of apps the price of the flight could become so comparable that not only can they pick up clients from traditional operators but also the aircraft can be used as roadside transport. Smaller propeller jets will dominate the skies and take away people from cars.
However some tech giants are bit skeptical. Richard Koe, managing director of aviation market intelligence consultancy WINGX was not too sure on how the price could be brought down to levels despite booking systems getting streamlined. However he felt that the number of private jets will definitely increase.
Some like Victor’s founder and CEO Clive Jackson feels that apps will help in building long term relationship and will solve the problem of empty legs, (when private jets fly without passengers as operators reposition them) by adding more transparency in the aviation marketplace. Jetsuite, a light-jet operator based in California pioneered an online discount on empty legs. Many others followed him but despite it being a huge marketing policy it didn’t do too well.
Surfair and Beacon is a flat free all you can fly membership. Members will have to pay a monthly fee of ($1,750 for Surfair, $2,000 for Beacon) and allows them to fly as many times. But the jet looks like a scheduled airline jet and will fly to limited routes sharing the aircraft with other travellers.
BlackJet is yet another private flight that is still flying with limitations. With so many aircraft still flying and providing services making them have the same facilities as Uber cabs seem an interesting vision. One needs to see how fast and efficiently this Uber like aviation hits the flyer’s market.