Dawn of DayJet Finally Here

 - October 4, 2007, 12:55 PM

It has been five years in the making, and overcast skies and a little rain didn't dampen spirits during DayJet's service inauguration festivities at the Tallahassee (Fla.) Airport (TLH) yesterday. While the per-seat, on-demand air-taxi startup has flown “several dozen” revenue trips for a limited customer base over the past two weeks, the official launch means that its 1,500 business travel members can now book point-to-point flights among the initial five Florida DayPorts aboard DayJet's Eclipse 500 very light jets. According to DayJet, prices start at a “modest premium” over full-fare economy coach airfares. Joining DayJet president and CEO Ed Iacobucci at TLH were Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn, Pratt & Whitney Canada president Alain Bellemare and several other state and local leaders. During the event, DayJet also confirmed its plans to expand the point-to-point VLJ service to dozens of additional DayPorts across the Southeast within the next two years.