A Brazilian on-demand private aviation company was deemed the winner in a business plan pitch competition held last week in Las Vegas at NBAA-BACE 2019. Flapper, which offers pay-per-seat flights in the southeast of Brazil as well as on-demand charters with real-time pricing, was deemed to have the best opportunity to generate the largest returns from investors among five companies participating in the competition.
Judges for the competition were Brain Flynn of DiamondStream Partners; Jim Lockheed of JetBlue Technology Ventures; Mike Nichols of NBAA; and Alasdair Whyte of Corporate Jet Investor. "Brazil and Mexico are the world’s number two and three business aviation markets, respectively,” said Flapper CEO Paul Malicki. “With the help of technology and efficient distribution, we can effectively integrate them with the global business aviation landscape. Receiving such positive feedback on the most important event in our sector is definitely very motivating.”
Other companies participating in the pitch competition were CFC AirCar, MetroHop, YonderWest Aero, and MRO Insider, the latter of which was judged as the audience favorite.