Monday, February 6, 2017

JetSmarter opens operations at Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field (KRYY)



Borrowing a page from Uber’s app-based playbook, a new charter air service is starting operations in Cobb County that will allow well-heeled customers to reserve a seat on a private jet from Cobb County International Airport to New York or south Florida, for less than the cost of a — well, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

Fort Lauderdale-based JetSmarter, which bills itself as the world’s largest mobile marketplace for private jets, requires a $10,000 annual membership fee, a $3,000 initiation, plus whatever it costs to get you to your destination.

JetSmarter is the main company, and it offers three types of services, JetShuttle, JetDeals and JetCharter, all on 12-passenger jets.

JetSmarter said its planes offer “a new alternative form of travel, keeping consumers out of the horrific, commercial airports, having to deal with long TSA lines, delays, etc.”

All members have to do, besides pay the fees, is download an Uber-like app from the app store.

“Members can hail a private jet via their smart phone, just as they can hail a private car with Uber via their smart phone,” said company spokeswoman Kaitlin Spillane in New York. “JetSmarter is the first in the private aviation industry to utilize an app for this.”

Here’s how it works:

Open the app and you’ll see JetSmarter’s full range of services in three categories, allowing you to quickly find a flight that best suits your needs.

“The JetShuttle is a shared private jet flight, where members can search for and book a seat on an already scheduled route,” Spillane says. “JetDeals are last minute flights to random destinations. Members can view these a few days in advance and book seats on here as well.”

After opening the app, choose one of the routes you want to fly on from a particular city, then pick the date you want to fly by selecting in on the calendar and choosing the “book now” option.

Then you’ll receive your flight itinerary. Following the instructions of arriving 30 minutes prior to takeoff. Make sure you have your luggage, driver’s license or passport. Then passengers will board, and after takeoff be handed complimentary champagne, Donald Trump style.

“Once you are a member, you can fly on the JetShuttle from Atlanta and also book flights to any connecting location that is available from the destination you land in,” says Spillane “JetShuttles are limited to the routes listed in the app.”

Only members with apps can book flights.

The company, which also will operate out of Peachtree-DeKalb Airport, and has plans to expand, using a Gulfstream IV SP jet.

JetSmarter was started in March 2013 by entrepreneur Sergey Petrossov. It claims on its website to have “lowered the entry cost into the private aviation market, making it more available to travelers around the world, and a true disruptor in the space. Its technology and efficient platform, driven by algorithms, artificial intelligence and mo-bile distribution, optimizes inventory to drive down prices, create availability and gives JetSmarter the resources to continue to grow throughout the U.S. and globally.”

The JetShuttle services officially launched in Cobb Jan. 18 in a VIP event featuring singer, songwriter and actress Christina Milian.

“Membership experience is one of the most important aspects of our business, and as we continue to gain members in the Atlanta market, we will continue to grow our shared private jet services in the region, Petrossov says. “With this event we are creat-ing priceless opportunities, both in the air and on the ground, that are only possible thanks to JetSmarter.”

JetShuttle also operates in New York, Chicago, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Diego,, Scottsdale, Las Vegas and Dallas.

The company announced in January that it had raise $105 million from new and exist-ing investors, including the Saudi royal family. It has expanded rapidly and has some 260 employees.

The firm says it has about 6,700 members.

For more information visit its website at www.JetSmarter.com.

Source:  http://www.mdjonline.com

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