May 18, 2016 - 12:57 pm
The nation’s fourth largest public charter operator, Jet Suite, will offer a new luxury travel option with scheduled service between Las Vegas and California later this month.
JetSuiteX will offer the advantage of boarding and arriving at private air terminals. The company will operate from the Atlantic Aviation terminal just off Tropicana Avenue and will fly to and from Burbank, California’s Bob Hope International Airport and the JSX Terminal in Concord, California.
Service begins May 26.
“Airport congestion and worsening security delays have made short-haul air travel sometimes more of a hassle than it’s worth,” said JetSuite CEO Alex Wilcox. “In fact, between 2000 and 2014, LA-to-Las Vegas air travel lost more than 1 million enplanements to the freeways. After all, who wants to spend more time in the airport than in the air? JetSuiteX was created for people who prefer to fly but want to avoid crowded airport terminals and long security lines.”
A former executive with JetBlue Airways who opened that airline’s route between Las Vegas and Long Beach, California, Wilcox said airline consolidation has driven up airfare prices.
“There’s plenty of air service between Southern California and Las Vegas, but this is a much different experience,” he said.
Because public charters operate under a different security system, passengers won’t have to wade through long lines at the main terminal. The Transportation Security Administration still maintains security checks, but instead of hundreds of passengers going to dozens of flights at the main terminal, it’s 30 passengers going out on one flight in the private terminal.
Wilcox said JetSuiteX is acquiring its jets, once used by American Eagle Airlines, through Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. The company plans to continue to offer its private charter service as well, an opportunity for University of Nevada, Las Vegas sports boosters to reserve private charters to follow teams when they play in California, Arizona or Utah.
Based in Irvine, California, near John Wayne International Airport in Orange County, JetSuiteX now has 200 employees, more than half of them pilots.
Wilcox said the airline’s jet experience will have a private jet feel. The company currently has two 30-passenger, twin-engine Embraer 135 jets configured three across with a single seat, an aisle and two seats. Seat sizes are comparable to domestic air carriers’ business class seats.
Wilcox said the airline would have 10 of the jets by the end of 2017.
JetSuiteX will fly Burbank routes Sunday through Friday. Tickets are priced at $129 each way if booked in advance.
The airline also will offer flights to and from Concord on Sundays.
All flights may be purchased by visiting jetsuitex.com, by downloading the JetSuiteX app, or by calling the airline’s toll-free number.
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