JetSuite, the innovative private jet company suspends service. Their scheduled subsidiary JSX continues to operate.
JetSuite, the private jet service carrier, suspended service this past week. It joins a growing number of air services and airlines who have suspended service as part of the COVID-19 pandemic striking the globe.
In a statement on their website, JetSuite posted,
“The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting state of emergency around the country has caused an unforeseeable, dramatic downturn in the entire aviation industry and our business in particular. As a result, effective April 15, 2020, we have grounded our fleet and furloughed most of our crewmembers. For those of you who were scheduled to fly this week or in the weeks ahead, please accept our deepest apologies for this sudden, but unavoidable and necessary, cancellation of all flights until further notice. With our call center now closed, you may contact us by email at email@example.com so we may gather your information and follow-up accordingly.”
JetSuite started as a service flying EMB Phenom 100 and 300s and later added the Legacy L650. When they first started service, they were seen an an innovator in the private jet industry. They offered Suite Deals to rent the jet on empty positioning legs. Average people could rent the small private jets for around $1300 total. At $300-$400 per seat, the cost to fly a small group in a private jet rivaled last minute tickets between popular destinations like LA and Las Vegas.
A video posted on YouTube back in 2018 by Ryan Bomar profiled the service and the private jet experience onboard a Phenom 100.
There is currently no indication wether the private jet component of JetSuite plans to return. It is important to note that they didn’t declare bankruptcy or officially state that they are permanently shutting down the private jet service in their statement.
JSX, Their Airline Subsidiary, Is Still Flying
JSX is JetSuite’s subsidiary offering scheduled service on the west coast. That service has not been affected by JetSuite’s suspension of their private jet service.
Back in 2016, JetSuite started offering scheduled service called Jet Suite X, now known simply as JSX. They fly a fleet of Embraer EMB-135 jets outfitted with just 30 leather seats. We profiled the airline back in 2019. The jets has wifi and extended leg room. Free snacks and alcoholic drinks are served onboard. The true market differential for the airline is that they offer service from private jet terminals meaning that passengers could avoid security and show to their flight just 15-20 minutes prior to departure.
The airline has implemented COVID-19 safety protocols and has waived changed and cancellation fees. The airline also offers charter service on their EMB-135 fleet.