Online budget air travel company EmptyJets has come up with a clever way to share the luxury. Next time you’re thinking of flying somewhere, get a few mates together and consider doing it in style . . . By Anna Hager
Have you always dreamed of spending a day pretending to be the likes of James Packer or Kerry Stokes? And did you imagine yourself sipping champagne, driving expensive cars and jetting around the world in your own first class private jet?
Well, now you can have a real crack at it – at least the private jet part. EmptyJets, a relatively new company, will ensure you make it to your destination in style, often for prices that come close to normal airfares anyway – at least when you share the plane with a couple of mates.
Soon you might be sharing the skies with the rich and famous, in aircraft ranging from Beechcraft Barons to Hawker 800 XPs and Cessna CJ1s.
So how does it work? Are these private jet owners doing this out of pure generosity, just so you can have a good time? Basically, a bunch of clever pilots, who decided that it was about time they made use of the many empty return flights private jets have to take to get back to their bases, came up with the idea of hiring their planes out to you on those dead legs – for a fraction of the price of what it would normally cost.
You might have heard of the concept before in relation to relocating hire cars and campervans – a process that has been formalised by the likes of companies such as www.standbycars.com.au and www.drivenow.com.au. Well, EmptyJets.com.au does much the same, just that your plane will come with your own pilot and could be fitted with leather chairs, plasma TVs and anything else luxury air travel has to offer.
James Baldwin and Glen Sommerville, who founded the website offering this nifty aerial loophole, ensure that it offers an amazing new travel experience that suits any wallet: “By booking a flight through EmptyJets.com.au, you are booking your own private aircraft. It really is travelling in style and convenience,” says Somerville.
There are a few more bonuses besides the price and your own pilot. Often the departure time of your flight is flexible, ensuring ultimate convenience, and once you’ve paid, you’ve secured not just your seat but the whole aircraft. This of course means you can decide to keep it all to yourself or you can generously invite your best mates.
So, all that’s left to say is: pack your bags and get ready for the flight of a lifetime. Soon you might be sharing the skies with the rich and famous, in aircraft ranging from Beechcraft Barons to Hawker 800 XPs and Cessna CJ1s.
Details // Emptyjets.com.au takes off
Where // All over Australia and sometimes beyond
When // Now
Contact // www.emptyjets.com.au