THE MAIN PLAYERS
Behind the slick lifestyle images and media-friendly messaging, Victor is a slick operation that is expanding fast and truly blazing a trail. Transparency is the mantra and with no joining fees or upfront costs, it’s a strong proposition for anyone looking at the app experience. Victor deals in both empty leg flights and charter.
An extension of PrivateFly’s successful online service, the app offers the extra convenience of smartphone access and interaction. The app is handy for getting live quotes and aircraft availability, and they also offer a Price Guarantee to beat any equivalent charter quote. An established and trusted name in the charter market.
New York-based Skyjet has been offering online private jet bookings since 1997 and launched a new app this August. There are no membership fees so it’s purely pay-as-you-fly, and the app provides users with direct access to an intelligent Market Price Range (MPR) tool for real-time estimates. Skyjet also uses Apple Pay to make online bookings through the app more secure.
JetSmarter offers both free and paid memberships for its JetDeals (empty leg flights), Jet Shuttle (scheduled flights between key city pairs) and JetCharter. The app has recently secured US$20m in funding from high profile investors including Jay Z. If you do opt for the US$9,000 annual membership then you will get free JetDeal seats, free JetShuttle seats, discounted charters, and a host of other VVIP perks including 24K gold-plated membership card.
“First class isn’t a cabin, it’s a lifestyle” according to BlackJet, as it targets users who may currently fly first class with commercial airlines. Originally launched in 2012, BlackJet was arguably ahead of its time, but is now back in a market that has changed dramatically. Membership fees are US$5,000 per year, with no flight time included. The concept is that BlackJet creates efficiency for the operators – registering passenger demand and then allowing fleet operators to bid for those flights.
Here’s an interesting concept – a reverse auction for your ideal flights. Simply add in your itinerary then make an offer based on the app’s price calculations. Sound confusing? It is a bit, but if you are looking to bag a bargain flight then dictating your own price could be the best way to go about it – so long as that bid is accepted, of course. Aimed more at independent pilots with empty seats looking to plane share, this is currently a legal problem with the FAA but regulations are expected to change.
Blue Star Jets
Promising “Any jet. Any time. Any place”, Blue Star Jets has been in the charter market for 14 years and in 2015 introduced their app for charter, empty leg, and jet sharing, as well as cargo flights.