Two on-demand companies serving the needs of private fliers where DayJet left off are imagine Air and Open Air. These companies operate fleets Cirrus SR22 aircraft. These planes are extremely light, but pack a punch when it comes to getting up to three passengers where they’re going quickly and comfortably. Unlike DayJet, they do not offer pay-by-the-seat options or shared rides, but they are less expensive than traditional private jets. Both Imagine Air and Open Air provide the utmost in quality, comfort, speed, and style.
All those looking to travel in the Southeastern United States are granted access to more than 600 airports with Imagine Air. This range provides passengers with access to virtually anywhere they need to go in the area and is perfect for business and leisure travelers.
Another benefit of using this on-demand company is that passengers are not required to pay for unused return legs of flights, extended flight times, repositioning charges, waiting fees, surcharges, or add-ons.
However, customer satisfaction is a must, so while costs aren't as high as traditional charter jet flights, the service offered by Imagine Air is still top-tier.
Contact Imagine Air at 877-359-4242 or visit www.flyimagineair.com.
Open Air is another light jet air taxi company that provides affordable travel for business and leisure travelers.
Like its name implies, Open Air really does open up the skies across the country. The airline's fleet of 11 Cirrus SR22 jets cover the Eastern United States, Midwest, Texas and Louisiana. OpenAir's fleet of Cirrus aircraft is 2006 or newer.
Flight packages vary from $2,500 to $10,000. The regular rate is $595 per occupied flight hour.
Contact Open Air at 1-800-940-2FLY or www.flyopenair.com.
The History of DayJet
Before ceasing operations, DayJet Corporation was on its way to catering to the on-demand flier's needs through the use of a pay-by-the-seat air-taxi style airline.
In 2007, the company began operations and ordered more than 200 of the new Eclipse 500s that seated three passengers and two pilots. The first delivery of the Eclipse 500 jets, also in 2007, was to the shared-jet cooperative group known as Jet Alliance.
The on-demand air travel company was founded by Ed Iacobucci who was the leader of the IBM operating system design team and founder of the software company Citrix Systems. Iacobucci started the business with $50 million and recruited another $68 million from Bill Gates, Microsoft executives and other wealthy investors. When the company shut down its services, Iacobucci stated that it needed an additional $40 million to stay afloat, but even then it wouldn't be enough to generate enough capital to keep a steady cash flow for the fledgling airline.
Aside from the premise of DayJet, Iacobucci also created the unique software platform that DayJet used that computed the shortest, fastest, and least expensive flights for passengers. It also mixed in the pilots' schedules, airport schedules, and everything else necessary for smooth traveling.
The idea behind DayJet was to cater to the needs of private fliers, but by taking it out of the realm of private companies chartering jets for executives and letting the people book the flights for themselves by registering online to become members of DayJet.
To keep costs minimal, flights were also priced from $1-$3 a mile and with flights that averaged between 200-400 miles per trip, next to commercial flying, DayJet was a viable option. The price Day Jet quoted was based upon how much flexibility the passenger gave DayJet in scheduling. The more flexible the hours or dates a customer was willing to travel, the cheaper the quote. The more restrictive a passenger was in his proposed itinerary, the more expensive the flight became. In addition, unless the customer bought every seat on a particular flight, DayJet passengers had to be willing to fly in close quarters with strangers as the flights were booked per seat. However, this didn't mean every flight was full; Iacobucci admitted that they hoped to fill each flight, but it was likely that the majority of time only 1-2 passengers would be onboard.
Passengers could catch their flights out of a variety of "dayports" in Florida and the southwest, and plans were made to encompass more of the United States, but never came to fruition.
In 2008, DayJet announced they were terminating more than 100 employees due to cutbacks and it sold or leased more than half of its fleet of 28 jets.
Later in 2008, after expanding its service to additional cities, DayJet was unable to continue operations due to economic constraints and ceased all flights. Founder Iacobucci also reportedly placed some of the blame on Eclipse Aviation saying they failed to fix problems with the jets and that was in direct conflict with what DayJet promised customers.
After the on-demand charter service and aircraft production faction of the business ceased and the company filed for bankruptcy, its unique software platform was acquired by a group of investors and made into a new company, DayJet Technologies.