Flight Sharing Service Offers Greener Alternative

 - May 5, 2009, 11:52 AM

West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Greenjets last Thursday launched a shared-ride charter jet membership service, offering a “more environmentally, socially and fiscally responsible” way to use private jets. One-year memberships start at $1,440 and fixed per-seat costs for a one-way New York to Florida charter flight start at $1,800 with a Black card membership. Other than membership fees, there are no other up-front costs as customers are charged upon completion of the flight, according to Greenjets. Shared flights between New York and Florida will start next month, it said, while the Chicago, Boston, Washington and Atlanta markets will be added to the network later this year. Over the next two years, Greenjets plans to add 27 more markets, including Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The company will use only aircraft operated by ARG/US Platinum or Gold rated charter operators, with the workhorse aircraft expected to be Hawker 400s, 800s and 1000s. Greenjets plans to unveil a private jet social networking site to allow passengers to meet online and make their own arrangements to fly together. Meanwhile, Greenjets is in discussions with a “major European charter broker” to potentially launch shared-flight service in that region.