Calling private jets an affordable option might sound crazy, but a new fleet of companies like Jet Smarter and Surf Air have made flying private easy, accessible and affordable like never before.
The brainchild of CEO Sergey Petrossov, Jet Smarter was founded in 2012. Today, the company has five offices globally and arranges flights within 170 different countries. It strives to ‘build the future of private air travel, so the world can experience aviation as it was meant to be’.
As a part of its expansion plan, the company raised $105 million in Series C funding, at a $1.5 billion pre-money valuation, to build its marketplace for private jet services. It connects travellers to flights in around 50 markets,such as New York, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Atlanta, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, Milan and other business, leisure travel hubs.
Providing the flyers with a hassle-free travelling experience in shared charter flight or a private one, Jet Smarter has emerged as a true disruptor in the space.It claims to offer 4,000 free miles of flying every month.Its four membership plans offer youan array offlying options to enhance your traveling experience. The option of Charter broking lets you book the entire jet while Shared Charter, as the name suggests, allows you to sell the spare seats to strangers. You can buy shared seats in a shuttle. The option of Jet Deals is mainly used for accessing last-minute flights.
The services are an on ramp as the company has partnered up with XOJet to provide regular flight services to its customers. Moreover, as the industry pulls its weight through better services (than regular airlines), services such as this are bound to expand in different markets.
The company also offers free flights on shared flights and jet deals under its membership plan. The subscribers can use this option as much as they like but only reserve two flights in advance. They can also bring guests on shared flights, with the price varying between $495 for a seat on a shared Pilatus PC12 flying between New York and Boston, and $6,000 flying between New York and London.
With Gen-X companies like JetSmarter, the private jet industry is evolving, and how! Owing to their services, access to a private jet flight has become a lot easier than perceived.