The Company Begins Shared-Ride Jet Service
Greenjets has repackaged the private jet into a more affordable
consumer unit – the seat rather than the entire jet. The
company says this is unprecedented in the business aviation
Currently, there are basically two options for private jet
travel – owning or renting a jet. One can purchase a jet
outright, or buy a share in a jet, like a vacation rental
timeshare. One can arrange to rent a jet by chartering on an
as-needed basis or purchasing a jet card, which is a prepaid
commitment to rent a jet for a number of hours per year. All of
these options can be very expensive. The average cost of renting a
corporate jet is around $7,000, Greenjet says.
A seat on a flight through Greenjets will cost only about $3,000
– and frequent flyers can get the Greenjetcard, the company's
private jet discount card, which cuts 60% or more off the seat
prices. Flights between New York and Florida, for example, begin
$1200 per seat with a Greenjetcard Black level membership.
Private aviation is in most cases used so that executives can
save time, increase productivity and travel to multiple places
efficiently. However, the $12 billion industry has been on the
decline after the big three automakers were reprimanded for flying
on their jets to the congressional bailout hearings. Corporations
and individuals alike have since been trying to find alternative
modes of transportation that are more fiscally responsible.
Greenjets offers a sound solution.
Greenjet also claims a significant environmental benefit to
Greenjets. Flight-sharing reduces the number of jets in the air.
Currently there are around 3,500 charter jets available for hire in
the US, and many fly with only one or two passengers on board,
often between the same markets at the same time. By placing 3
passengers on 1 shared-ride, Greenjets can eliminate two flights
and reduces the CO2, noise, air traffic congestion and fossil fuel
burn by 2/3 as well.
Greenjets service between New York and Florida began in June,
and service to Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, and
Atlanta will become available during 2009. Throughout 2010 and 2011
twenty-seven markets including Dallas, Houston, Los Vegas and
Phoenix will form part of the Greenjets Shared-Ride Network.