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Very Light Jet Service to Launch

A USA Today article looks at a new wave of on-demand light jet services that will be launching soon.  Basically, you’ll be able to go to a website and say that you want to go from here to there at these times, and they’ll let you know if there’s a plane available to take you.  The flight on the four-seat aircraft would cost a bit more than full-fare coach (though i’m guessing that they mean the old, pre-Simplifares, full fare coach).  If this idea is interesting to you, James Fallows wrote a book about it a couple of years ago that’s worth checking out.

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  1. The company discussed in the USA Today article, Dayjet, has closed its doors. Also the aircraft that Dayjet flew, the Eclipse 500, in Dec 2008 declared bankruptcy and is in reorganization. They will probably emerge from bankruptcy as a new entity to continue production at a slower pace and for a higher price. The company is for sale with ETIRC of Russia poised to make the only bid. If you are looking to buy a Very Light Jet manufacturer this could be your chance. Bidding is to close in January 2009.

    Airlines are cutting back services and on demand aircraft operators are becoming more efficient through the use of new generation technologies of all kinds. New aircraft such as the Cessna Citation Mustang, Embraer Phenom, Hondajet and the Eclipse 500 (if they resume production) combine their capabilities with new air traffic control technologies and online coordination services such as Taxijet.com to drastically improve the efficiency of flying private jet charter.

    Small piston aircraft such as the Cirrus SR22 have been very successful in providing air taxi services for short distance trips. You can find these aircraft types and many others easily and cheaply at http://www.taxijet.com. The air taxi concept is still alive.

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