• NC Software is proud to announce the release of APDL - Airline Pilot Logbook version 10.0. Click here to view APDL on the Apple App store and install now.
  • Logbook Pro for Apple iOS version 8.1 is now available on the App Store. Major update including signature endorsements and dark/light theme support. Click here to install now.

The Next XOJet With Smaller Airplanes - 100 Phenom Jets

johnsonrod

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 25, 2006
Posts
4,218
Total Time
8000+
Former JetBlue Principals Unveil JetSuite, a New Model for Private Jet Ownership and Charter
Monday April 21, 4:14 pm ET

With Up to 100 Embraer Phenom Jets On Order, JetSuite Is Now Selling Aircraft for Delivery in Early 2009


LAS VEGAS, April 21, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- A cadre of senior management from airlines that changed the rules in commercial aviation are now expecting to change the way people own and operate private jets. Through JetSuite, private jet owners can fly their planes whenever they want and yet still receive $25,000 per month in return for allowing the company to charter the aircraft out to others during any downtime.

JetSuite was founded by Alex Wilcox, one of the founding team members at JetBlue Airways. The company has agreed to purchase 50 Embraer Phenom 100 very light jets on firm order and an additional 50 Phenom aircraft family options. With the 100 jet aircraft order, JetSuite is both the largest U.S. customer for the Embraer jet and the only operator currently planning to serve the West Coast with it once it obtains the necessary government approvals.
The Phenom 100 offers spacious comfort, superb performance and the latest technology. The jet's interior, designed by BMW Group DesignWorksUSA, boasts the largest cabin, windows and baggage compartment in its class. With a range of up to 1,160 nm, short runway capabilities, speeds up to 380 knots and a cruising altitude of 41,000 ft., the Phenom 100's performance is best-in-class.
``We're taking the hassle, expense and surprises out of private jet ownership,'' said JetSuite President Alex Wilcox. ``By looking after owners' regulatory requirements, aircraft maintenance, hangar facilities, and even hiring and training their pilots, their aircraft is prepared for flight whenever they want it -- but it also generates a guaranteed positive cash flow of $25,000 for them each month even if they don't use it themselves. What's more, with the Phenom, you get all the comfort with less than half the fuel burn of the most popular charter aircraft.''
Mr. Wilcox was a founding member of JetBlue Airways from 1998 to 2004 and then founding President and COO of Kingfisher Airlines (India) from 2004 to 2005. Prior to that, he held various positions at Virgin Atlantic Airways, Southwest Airlines, and Piedmont Airlines.

He's joined by several former JetBlue founding colleagues, including Usto Schulz, JetSuite's Vice President Certification and Safety, who was Vice President, Safety for JetBlue and was with the Federal Aviation Administration for 17 years, and Amy Curtis-McIntyre, former Vice President of Marketing at JetBlue who is consulting on JetSuite's brand and product. Also, Ken Burnham, former Fleet Captain for the DC-10 at United Airlines, has joined JetSuite as Vice President, Flight Operations.
For more information, please visit http://www.jetsuite.com, or call (866) 779-7770.
 

JJET44

Well-known member
Joined
May 25, 2006
Posts
689
Total Time
>5000
``We're taking the hassle, expense and surprises out of private jet ownership,'' said JetSuite President Alex Wilcox. ``By looking after owners' regulatory requirements, aircraft maintenance, hangar facilities, and even hiring and training their pilots, their aircraft is prepared for flight whenever they want it --


WOW!! What an original concept. It's almost as absurd as Al Gore claiming to invent the internet.

Great an LCC jet ownership program.
 

Hawkster54

Knuckle Deep!
Joined
Oct 25, 2006
Posts
77
Total Time
digits
Academic Eggheads!

It looks like airline CEO's aren't satisfied with F'ing up the entire airline industry now they need to add another notch in their belts! This game just keeps getting better!
 

osy007

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 4, 2005
Posts
161
Total Time
69
The concept seems plausible, but the aircraft don't.

How can you perform 135 on-demand charter with so little room. I took a peek into one of those small birds and noticed that there was barely any room for bags.

You get one rich lady and there goes the baggage room and the seats. The dog gets fedex'd. The lead pax bitches about why he can't take his golf clubs because the other crew took them.

What does the crew do with their own bags? Do they fly ovn's? I'm still scratching my head....
 
Last edited:

johnsonrod

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 25, 2006
Posts
4,218
Total Time
8000+
The concept seems plausible, but the aircraft don't.

How can you perform 135 on-demand charter with so little room. I took a peek into one of those small birds and noticed that there was barely any room for bags.

You get one rich lady and there goes the baggage room and the seats. The dog gets fedex'd. The lead pax bitches about why he can't take his golf clubs because the other crew took them.

What does the crew do with their own bags? Do they fly ovn's? I'm still scratching my head....

You gotta pack light. Just wash the same shirt and iron it in the Motel 6/HoJo every night on the road...
 

On Your Six

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 8, 2004
Posts
4,509
Total Time
9,500
Ummm, didn't Dayjet try this already?

Different model. This company basically acts as a broker. It will sell the aircraft (or portion thereof) to an owner and then pay the owner a minimum of $25K per month to use it for charter when it is idle. The company will provide crews, maintenance, etc. The owner can claim depreciation expense to reduce taxable income in addition to the $25K (minimum) per month. It's a turn-key operation for the owner since all operating expenses and hassles are handled by the company.

Too bad this operation isn't opening sooner than later because I bet a bunch of West-Coast airline pilots might be interested in working there (if the salaries are acceptable)... The Phenom 100 looks like a nice airplane.

Dayjet owns all of their airplanes and only members can fly on them (annual membership fee + hourly fee per seat determined by supply/demand and availability of that aircraft). The Phenom 100 looks a bit bigger and more comfortable than the Eclipse too.
 

bunman45

goose
Joined
Dec 19, 2007
Posts
112
Total Time
500000
Try gold aviation out of Ft. Lauderdale international. They have Some Eclipse jets and have phenoms on order. Been in business for a while. Not a bad little operator. Owner is cheap though. Won't pay a fair wage.
 

bizjet800

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 3, 2005
Posts
2,279
Total Time
6000+
You gotta pack light. Just wash the same shirt and iron it in the Motel 6/HoJo every night on the road...

I don't care who you are that's funny right there!
 

BoilerUP

Citation style...
Joined
Nov 11, 2003
Posts
5,311
Total Time
1500+
Well then how does the Phenom 100/300 cockpit compare in size to the CJ series, LR 31/35/55 series, and Beechjet?
 

sflax

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 11, 2003
Posts
114
Total Time
1100
The funny thing is, you will never get to FL410 in socal and slowing to 250 kts is the norm into vegas. So any fuel savings by going high is not there.
 
Top