July 10, 2008

DayJet Expands Air-Taxi Service to Orlando Executive Airport

By Jason Garcia, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

Jul. 10--A fledgling company that bills itself as a first-of-its kind air taxi added Orlando on Wednesday to its growing network of cities.

Boca Raton-based DayJet Corp. began flights to Orlando Executive Airport, as well as to airports in St. Petersburg and 14 other cities across the Southeast.

With the additions, the 9-month-old company -- which operates a fleet of small jets with room for as many as three passengers -- now flies to more than 60 markets in seven states.

"Our expansion is really just beginning," said Ed Iacobucci, DayJet's president and chief executive, at a brief ceremony at the airport near downtown Orlando.

Unlike conventional carriers, DayJet does not have a set flying schedule. Instead, customers -- who must first pay a membership fee to join -- tell the company when and where they need to travel. DayJet gives them a tentative itinerary and a fare. The final itinerary is set the night before the flight.

The prices depend on how flexible the customer is about the travel window. For instance, a one-way flight from Orlando to Tallahassee would cost about $820 for a traveler who must depart between 8 and 10 a.m. But the price drops to about $390 if the traveler is willing to depart between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A one-way flight from Orlando to Athens, Ga., would cost $2,400 with a two-hour window or $930 with a six-hour window.

DayJet targets business customers who travel to secondary markets -- trips that typically require long drives or cumbersome commercial schedules with layovers or overnight hotel stays.

Company executives say they are also hoping to capitalize on service cuts that larger passenger airlines are making at Orlando International Airport. Four of the new cities DayJet added to its network Wednesday -- Asheville, N.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; Greenville, S.C.; and New Orleans -- are markets that Delta Air Lines has stopped, or plans to stop, flying to and from OIA.

Jason Garcia can be reached at [email protected] or 407-420-5414.


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