DayJet Marks First 100 Days of VLJ Air-taxi Service

 - January 15, 2008, 10:17 AM

On Saturday, Boca Raton, Fla.-based DayJet reached its 100th day since starting per-seat on-demand service in the Southeast with its fleet of 28 Eclipse 500 very light jets. Company president and CEO Ed Iacobucci told AIN that DayJet is still “just getting booted up” and that he remains cautiously optimistic. “We’re seeing some encouraging trends; half of our more than 1,000 members are quoting flights,” he said, “and more than one-third of customers who have booked and flown flights said they definitely will be repeat customers.” DayJet’s top customer, who works in the finance industry, has so far made 14 bookings and flown 22 legs with the VLJ air-taxi firm. According to Iacobucci, DayJet’s computerized reservation system has generated more than 12,000 quotes for customers, while quotes so far this month have tripled from last month. “We’re gathering lots of good data from customers to see where they want to fly and how much they’re willing to pay,” he added. Iacobucci said the Eclipse 500s have demonstrated about 95-percent dispatch reliability while the fleet has accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours. DayJet expects to have approximately 100 Eclipse 500s in service by year-end.