Jet set on the cheap

A California company called JetSuite is offering use of charter jets for one-way, low-cost fares

Jet set on the cheap

JetSuite

The discount airline model has transformed the air travel industry. Now can it do the same for the private jet business? A California company called JetSuite is offering use of charter jets for one-way, low-cost (relatively speaking) fares. For instance, for US$999, passengers can travel from Van Nuys, Calif., to Las Vegas. And that doesn’t just buy a seat, it gets you the entire plane.

To keep costs down, JetSuite flies four-seat, fuel-efficient Embraer jets. And it keeps routes short (fares go up based on hours in the air). The airline is one of several moving to offer lower cost private jet services. Lufthansa Private Jet recently offered 30 per cent discounts for Canadian travellers.

During the financial crisis, executives were sharply criticized for their use of private jets, which became symbols of Wall Street excess. Steep discounts may be the surest way to revive, and rehabilitate, the industry.




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Jet set on the cheap

  1. For instance, for US$999, [four] passengers [on one aircraft] can travel [one-way] from Van Nuys, Calif., to Las Vegas.

    Expedia.ca:

    LAX to LAS:
    Dep Mon Dec 6, Ret Mon Dec 13
    Direct Flights
    C$740. Round-Trip. For All Four Adults.

    That's some kind of "relatively speaking."

  2. For instance, for US$999, [four] passengers [on one aircraft] can travel [one-way] from Van Nuys, Calif., to Las Vegas.

    Expedia.ca:

    LAX to LAS:
    Dep Mon Dec 6, Ret Mon Dec 13
    Direct Flights
    C$740. Round-Trip. For All Four Adults.

    That's some kind of "relatively speaking."

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