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On-demand air travel takes off
New service will make a once elite transportation mode more broadly available on "per-seat" basis.
April 25, 2005: 9:52 AM EDT
DayJet to launch new more affordable
DayJet to launch new more affordable "on-demand" air service next year.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Business travelers now can look forward to a new type of airline that aims to broaden the availability of an elite mode of transportation -- "on-demand" jet travel.

The Delray Beach, Fla.-based company DayJet announced Monday that the service is uniquely tailored to each passenger's individual schedule and priced only slightly higher than full-fare coach airfares.

The Jet service is based on a new generation of very light Jet aircraft that seats only four passengers but can operate at half the cost of other small jets. The service will also use real-time operations systems that can determine the most efficient ways to route those aircraft to pick up passengers.

DayJet CEO Ed Iacobucci, founder of software company Citrix Systems, described the service in a news report to be "halfway between a private jet charter and an airline."

How it works is that customers can go to DayJet's Web site and enter the cities on the Jet's route map that they want to fly between as well as the dates and time preferences, such as "depart no earlier than" and "arrive no later than."

If a DayJet plane is available, the customer will get a guaranteed confirmation. Even though the system will try to fill all the seats on a given flight, it could still take off with only one passenger aboard and the price would still be the same."

According to the company, "per-seat" means you only pay for the seat(s) you reserve, not the whole aircraft whereas "on-demand" means you fly where and when it is convenient for you.

The service is expected to begin mid-2006 with plans to expand to 35 markets by the end of 2007.

For now, the service will focus on midsize cities such as Asheville, N.C., and other cities that are considered to be under-served by major airlines.  Top of page


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