Conceptually, it makes sense: share the expenses of a flight among unrelated fellow travelers and slash the cost of charter. But flight sharing, or per-seat charter, has proved difficult to translate into a workable model for travelers or charter entities. Witness the 2008 demise of DayJet, the Florida-based air-taxi startup.
Flying » Business Jet Charter
April 1, 2010
February 1, 2010
Has there ever been a better time to be a charter customer? Rates have declined significantly and aircraft availability is unfettered. Yet some charter operators are advising regular customers that now is the time to consider buying an aircraft, and more charter users are seeking acquisition advice on their own, according to some charter companies.
February 1, 2010
We all have plenty of operators to choose from when we need to book a charter flight. I stay loyal to the ones that do the best overall job for me. I might not fly with them often, but when I need an airplane in their part of the country, they're the ones I call.
December 1, 2009
"Empty legs," the so-called repositioning flights that have no passengers, represent a growing marketplace of bargain charter opportunities, and it's easy to see why. Many charter flights carry only crew because the aircraft is on its way to pick up travelers or going somewhere empty after dropping them off.
August 1, 2009
Corporate aviation has been hit particularly hard by the economic downturn. But the charter field may do relatively well, according to some industry insiders, as business jet travelers seek less costly alternatives to fractional jet shares and ownership of whole aircraft.
June 1, 2009
As the recession drags on, charter operators are facing continued declines in business. The good news for passengers is that a growing number of these operators are launching fixed-price flights and other programs aimed at bringing back customers. The deals that can be had confirm it's a classic buyer's market.
April 1, 2009
One of the easiest ways to book a charter flight is through a broker. Charter brokers often have access to hundreds of aircraft and can offer services such as catering and ground transportation that small charter operators aren't able to provide. The downside, however, is that of the hundreds of brokers in existence, no two have the same safety standards or business ethics.
February 1, 2009
With the economy worsening and the media focusing on the cost of private jet operation, many executives are looking for ways to reduce their travel expenses. If you're not quite ready to trade private jet efficiency for the hassles of commercial aviation, sharing charter flights could be the answer.
December 1, 2008
Block charter and jet card programs can be great options. Not only do they simplify the booking process, they also provide benefits, such as discounted fees and, on occasion, guaranteed airplane availability and upgrades.
October 1, 2008
[Editor's note: On September 19, 2008, DayJet Services, LLC, discontinued its jet services and canceled all future flights, the result, the company said, of its "inability to arrange critical financing in the midst of the current global financial crisis." DayJet also said it was unable to honor customer reservations or issue refunds.]
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