Plush jet ride comes at a high price
Next vacation, don’t stress yourself or your family by making them stand in those long never ending queues at the airport to catch a flight, reports HT Correspondent.india Updated: Sep 30, 2008 23:01 IST
Next vacation, don’t stress yourself or your family by making them stand in those long never ending queues at the airport to catch a flight.
Instead hire a plush jet of your choice replete with cabin crew, gourmet cuisine and the choicest of wine and spirits. And fly out.
But all of this comes only if you are an “ultra high net worth individual” or can afford it.
Mumbai based BJETS — partially owned by the Indian Hotels Company, a Tata Group outfit —on Tuesday launched its air charter services in India.“India has just 200 business compared with 11,000 in the United States. We see a huge market in India. The economic downturn, as I see it will not really affect us,” Mark Baier, chief executive officer, BJET said at launch of its services.
“Our philosophy is to give customers an opportunity to won the way they fly with freedom with freedom to travel anywhere, anytime,” Baier said.
However, Baier chose not to comment on what it would cost to fractionally own a five to 10 seater BJet aircraft.
On the cost of chartering an aircraft, Baier said, “Our fares are comparable to any other major service provider. Our prices are fixed and every body (client) pays the same price for our services.”
BJETS now has a fleet of four small jets and 35 pilots. It plans a fleet of 50 aircraft at an estimated cost of $ 1 billion. It will have 250 pilots on board in the next five years.
First Published: Sep 30, 2008 22:55 IST