As Uber continues to revolutionize the way people use ground transportation, a crop of new private jet companies look to do the same for air travel.
Flying commercial seems to be getting worse by the day – long lines, increased security check points, airport traffic, and high baggage fees plague the average commercial passenger. But what if you could skip all of these worries, and fly private for as low as a couple hundred dollars? If this sounds good to you, check out the following five companies disrupting the private jet industry.
The company’s fleet has two jet models (Phenom 100, CJ3) that can be chartered anywhere within the US. Scheduling your own flight is expensive however, with an example leg from NYC to Miami pricing between $16,000 to $23,000.
Where the fun begins is the site’s SuiteDeals section. Every day on the company’s facebook account, empty leg flights are announced for as low as $536 one way for four people (all fees in). So, if you can find three friends, you’re looking at a reasonable $134 each. All jets include wi-fi and are pet friendly.
JumpJet is a membership only jet company. Plans start at $1,500 a month ($18,000 annually) and include 10 roundtrip flights per year between your own and one adjacent timezone. More expensive transcontinental plans range from between $2,000 to $5,500 a month.
The company flies a diverse set of planes, anywhere from a super-light four seater to a G5.
California: SF Bay Area, Santa Barbara, LA Area. More coming soon.
If you frequently travel up and down the coast of California, you should consider Surf Air. For $1,350 a month plus a one time $500 initiation, members can fly an unlimited amount of times between destinations from a daily schedule of 18 flights.
Booking can be made up to six weeks in advance directly from your smartphone. You can also purchase an unlimited amount of guest passes for $650 each way. All flights include free baggage storage, healthy snacks and beverages.
The nationwide and sometimes international ‘private jet Airbnb’.
JumpSeat allows people to buy empty seats on private jets that are already chartered. Prices range anywhere from light jets – Washington DC to Boston, eight seats for $5,000 total – to heavy jets such as London to NYC for 12 people at $72,000 total. Check out the screenshot below for some examples:
Seattle, Bay Area, LA. Currently in the works.
The Arrow flight club is a membership club with a pay-per-flight model. Individual memberships will cost $200 per month, and corporate $500 per month. Example per-flight charges are $499 (Seattle to San Jose) and $299 (San Jose to Burbank).
The fleet will consist of Ferrari-owned Piaggio P180 Avanti II jets.
[For all of our international readers: these companies unfortunately only operate within the US (with the exception of the occasional JumpSeat flight), but we'll do some research and see if we can dig up some international companies as well.]
Some information from this article was taken from Details magazine.