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JetSmarter

26.3.17

 
 
I am very excited to announce that I have recently been appointed brand ambassador of the super cool private jet company called JetSmarter. It was love at first sight when I first heard about the company and their concept and even more so after meeting the people that work there : a team of young, dynamic and charming people which make the Jetsmarter family so special. You all know how much I love discovering new and innovative concepts so let me give you a proper insight into this  revolutionary company which is affordable to a much wider audience as opposed to only focusing on the super rich ... ladies and gentleman let me introduce you to the new Uber of the skies !  
 
 
 
 
 
 
JetSmarter was founded in 2012 by Russian Entrepreneur  Sergey Petrossov and is one of the most prominent private jet startups. It started in the US, with its headquarters in Florida,  and has now started to expand into Europe focusing not only on the main European cities and financial centres, but also on the major holiday hotspots such as Ibiza and Nice targeting the many weekend jet setters.
 
The way it works is simple : Everything is done from their slick app and people pay a yearly fee to join one of JetSmarter's three different membership tiers, and that gets them access to the private jet booking system.
 
The least expensive tier is called  "simple" which costs $5000 per year and it grants you access to the app, which then lets you book "empty leg" flights for free.
 
The next tier up is "smart," which lets you book seats on jets chartered by JetSmarter that run regularly scheduled flights, and also lets you charter your own jet. This is the most popular type of membership and costs $15,000 a year.

And the most expensive tier is "sophisticated." It costs $50,000 and lets you make four outstanding reservations and you can book seats for other people, even if you're not on the flight.


Founder and CEO, Sergey Petrossov

 
To get a better understanding of how this all works , there are 3 main different sections of how the company operates :
 
Jet Shuttles – The JetShuttles are scheduled flights throughout Europe, North America, and the Middle East. They are posted a month in advance on the app and members can book on all shuttles under 3 hours at no extra cost to them. Flights over 3 hours in flight time do have a small surcharge that is either more cost effective or competitive with business class pricing. Guests can come along on shuttles for an extra charge. If the shuttle schedule doesn’t work for you, you can create your own shuttle at a fraction of the cost of chartering but still fly on your schedule. You will save thousands because you will be sharing the plane with other members. You can fly unlimited times per year!

 
Jet Deals - These flights are all complimentary for members. They are repositioning legs for fully paid charter trips and they are flying empty. JS allow members to ride on these legs and bring guests at no extra cost as well. JS post thousands of these legs every month. Depending on the size of the plane, members can bring anywhere from 1-4 guests with them at no extra cost and then pay for additional guests pending space. These legs do require flexibility and spontaneity since you do need to go with the flow of the person who has chartered the plane. 

 
On Demand Charter - If you need to charter a private jet, the JetSmarter app is able to show you options within 30 seconds. It will show you pictures, pricing, safety ratings, and tons of other information so you can make an informed decision and make a request right through the app within minutes of your time. Pricing is extremely competitive thanks to the use of technology and agreements with the top operators around the world. 

 
Members also have access to 24/7 concierge services who can assist with any lifestyle need you can think of.
 
 
The company,  which counted as initial investors  the Saudi Royal family and international pop icon Jay- z , has recently  raised $105 million in their Series C funding, at a $1.5 billion pre-money valuation, to build its marketplace for private jet services. This  massive funding round will be used primarily for global expansion of JetSmarter in Asia and Latin America, Petrossov said, and increasing the number of routes and flights available to JetSmarter members in the U.S. and in Europe.
 
New investors in JetSmarter included an Abu Dhabi-based equity fund, JetEdge (the global private aviation company that operates fleets of large cabin jets), KZ Capital in London, a Qatar-based private equity fund and other strategic backers the company preferred not to mention.
 
Today, JetSmarter connects travellers to flights in 50 markets around the world, including New York, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Atlanta, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, Milan and other business and leisure travel hubs. Petrossov said he wants to expand to be available in 80 to 100 markets by the end of 2017.
 
 
Competitors to JetSmarter include subscription, “all you can fly” travel providers like SurfAir, and other membership-driven private jet services like WheelsUp or StrataJet
 
JetSmarter has been able to grow rapidly in private aviation where other players, like Beacon or BlackJet, which was also counted Jay-Z among its backers, have faded away.
 
Petrossov said, “We scale from the community. We use predictive maps and algorithms to find where the demand is, so that we will never over supply the market, and can just meet the amount of demand we have. Other companies would over supply and fly where they’d have 20% loads. We have zero deadhead weight on our shuttles and a 90% load factor.”
 
JetSmarter doesn’t own any planes, but instead works with operators, owners and carriers who manage and maintain the planes, hire pilots and deal with safety and compliance issues for the heavily regulated industry.
 
Being a software-driven, asset-light business, Petrossov and his backers often compare JetSmarter to an Uber for the skies.
 
Petrossov said, “Everything we do is about making flying fun again.”


 
 
 
Contact me for more information  and visit www.jetsmarter.com or download the Jetsmarter app for free .
 

 


 

 

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