Boardingarea.com are offering the chance to win a free flight on the first JetSuiteX service on April 19 from Concord Buchanan Field Airport in the San Francisco Bay Area to Burbank Bob Hope Airport in the Los Angeles area in a new JetSuiteX Embraer 135 jet! You even get a domestic flight to get you to the Bay Area and JetBlue frequent flyer points for the inaugural flight!
JetSuiteX, is a public charter service which aims to offer a “private jet experience“. The aforementioned Embraer 135 has only 30 seats arranged in ten rows of three leather seats -so lots of leg room! The planes have no overhead storage bins giving the cabin a more spacious feel. This means that any carry-on must fit under the seat in front of you with dimensions of 12″ x 12″ x 9″.
Checked luggage is a generous 50 lbs total made up of two bags weighing no more than 25 lbs each.
The company offers free WiFi onboard and a power outlet at every seat. A flight attendant will be on every flight offering complimentary snacks, beverages, wine and spirits. They also state they offer free inflight entertainment. There is an on-board lavatory!
Check in, and boarding at their private jet terminal will be a lot more pleasant than the Embraer equivalent on any other airline! The company promises fares starting at $109 and reaching a maximum of $300 each way which is excellent for what is essentially a business class product. Customers will earn 250 TrueBlue points per segment on regular fares and 150 points for sale fares.
They aim to serve Burbank, Concord in CA and Las Vegas, NV. Initial schedules here. You will note the morning Burbank to Concord service isn’t daily which I hope they rectify soon. Daily is going to be easier to remember and will better attract customers. The Las Vegas service is weekly from Concord to Las Vegas on a Friday and back on a Sunday. In June 2016, they will launching flights to Bozeman, Montana.
The obvious question, I always ask is “will JetSuiteX make money?” All Business Class airline services have struggled right around the world. Other questions: Will people be prepared to travel to different Concord instead of Oakland or SFO and Burbank instead of LAX? Will they be tempted by JetBlue points over status and points with the big boys?
If JetsuiteX can offer consistently excellent service with reliability then there is a chance, they will make it. The sectors JetSuiteX will be operating on are very busy with huge demand and the mainstream Delta-United-American product is pretty same-same. I imagine JetSuiteX will need passengers to be paying closer to the $300 than $109 to be profitable. As a customer, if you can snag a business class seat for $109 with two 25lb bags, the JetSuiteX is a bargain! (Also, Parking is free at Concord!)
To fly the first flight for free, enter the competition. It is very easy to do so! Navigate to the promotions page: http://promotions.boardingarea.com and simply add any comment there (do not out the comment here on WildaboutTravel, it won’t count as an entry!) Be quick. Winners will be chosen on Saturday April 16th at NOON (MDT)/
California-based private jet charter company JetSuite have been operating since 2009. Alex Wilcox, a JetBlue founding executive, is the company’s CEO. The company has held a ARG/US Platinum safety rating – (the highest possible rating in private aviation) since 2010. They have 13 Embraer Phenom 100s and eight JetSuite Edition CJ3 as well as the JetSuiteX Embraer ERJ135.
Updated schedule information on April 14