Personal Flights “On-Demand”

A new concept in air travel is on the wayWheels Up for New Concept in Air Travel with ‘Per-Seat, On-Demand’ Service
By Rosanne Dunkelberger

The financing is in place, the contracts are being signed, and the Very Light Jets that will form the fleet of DayJet’s “Per-Seat, On-Demand” service are being delivered. The company expects to begin a different sort of air service between Tallahassee and four other Florida cities – Boca Raton, Gainesville, Lakeland and Pensacola – in the second quarter of this year.

DayJet will have no fixed flight schedule. Instead, customers can call and reserve a spot on one of the airline’s three-seat planes, which travel at speeds of up to 400 miles per hour. The more flexible your schedule, said Chief Financial Officer John Staten, the less you will pay to fly. The cost is estimated at between $1 to $3 per mile.

Because DayJet will fly out of the facilities of Flightline Group, passengers will be able to bypass the parking and lines at Tallahassee Regional Airport.

Although the service is similar to the private charter or fractional service enjoyed by rock stars and CEOs, Staten said that DayJet is geared toward “today’s road warrior” – mid-level managers who spend hours driving to and from intrastate meetings because airline schedules are inconvenient – or nonexistent.

DayJet service can save hours of road time and perhaps turn two-day trips into one for businesspeople.

“This is all about convenience and control for the individual,” Staten said. “It has nothing to do with price.”

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