Online Charter Portal Set for Growth
Online booking portal Victor is aiming to dramatically increase available charter capacity almost ten-fold. As of the end of 2012, its site showed approximately 1,300 available private jet seats at any given time, and it wants to boost this number to approximately 10,000 seats by the end of this year’s first quarter. Victor allows members to book aircraft directly for what it guarantees are fixed, all-inclusive rates and then offers individual seats for sale to other members.
The company has recruited Steve Finch as director of operator relationships and he is persuading more charter operators to make their aircraft available through the site.
According to Victor founder and CEO Clive Jackson, the company is looking to expand its customer and operations base beyond Western Europe to include more activity in the U.S., the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Since its launch in August 2011, Victor’s membership has increased from around 700 individuals to 2,685 as of January 3. During 2012, these members booked approximately 300 separate flights through the system. Victor takes a flat 5-percent commission from members for each booking, or 30 percent of the income from any seats resold.