DayJet Widens Network

 - December 27, 2007, 11:37 AM

Some 60 days after it began its per-seat, on-demand air service, Boca Raton, Fla.-based DayJet last month added to its very light jet air-taxi network 28 new destinations across Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. This means members can now fly on DayJet’s Eclipse 500s to these additional regional destinations–called DayStops–provided that they begin or end their travel at one of the five DayPorts in Boca Raton, Gainesville, Lakeland, Pensacola or Tallahassee, Fla. Some of these new DayStops could eventually become DayPorts, according to DayJet.

“Since [we initiated] service in October, the feedback from our membership base has been overwhelmingly positive,” according to DayJet president and CEO Ed Iacobucci. “Adding these 28 new destinations to our network…provides a powerful link between communities that today have no direct scheduled jet service.”

This move is a shift in Iacobucci’s original strategy, since DayStops were originally intended as whole-aircraft charter, not per-seat, destinations. However, DayJet maintains that demand for its service is within a range it predicted before starting operations, and noted that bookings and flight segments continue to climb. DayJet’s current load factor is reported to be about 1.4 passengers per flight, which Iacobucci previously said was a break-even load.

At press time, DayJet had 23 aircraft, but this number was expected to grow to between 28 and 40 by the end of last month, depending on the production flow at Eclipse.