Business-jet operator JetSuite has launched a new, California-based public charter service called JetSuiteX, which will operate 10 used, refurbished 30-seat Embraer ERJ-135 regional jets acquired from the manufacturer.
JetSuiteX expects the deliveries of all 10 ERJ-135s to be completed by mid-2017.
With its first ERJ-135s, JetSuiteX will begin operating scheduled weekday public-charter service between Contra Costa County’s Buchanan Field in the San Francisco East Bay Area and Burbank on April 19.
JetSuiteX will also operate weekend scheduled public-charter service between Buchanan Field and Las Vegas from April 22.
The new public charter service is offering one-way introductory fares from $109 on its Buchanan Field-Burbank route.
Tickets are now available for purchase. The lowest fares introductory fares require two weeks’ advance purchase and are valid for travel from April 19 through July 31.
JetSuiteX will offer service to Las Vegas on Friday nights, returning to Buchanan Field (which is in the East Bay town of Concord) on Sunday afternoons.
The new public-charter operator returns commercial service between the East Bay airport and the Los Angeles area after a 24-year hiatus.
Buchanan Field last had commercial service to Los Angeles when Pacific Southwest Airlines served the route five times a day from 1986 to 1992, using BAe 146-200 regional jets.
JetSuiteX also plans to add up to four round-trips per week between San Jose Norman Y. Mineta International Airport and Bozeman in Montana (near Yellowstone National Park) from June 30.
Additionally, as it gradually takes delivery of the 10 refurbished ERJ-135s, JetSuiteX plans to announce additional routes to major western markets such as San Diego, Santa Barbara and Phoenix.
JetSuite also plans to make its ERJ-135s available for private charter. It says it will offer whole-aircraft charters for around $8,000 per hour.
All flights may be purchased by visiting jetsuitex.com, by downloading the JetSuiteX app, or by calling 1-800-435-9578.
JetSuiteX will operate all its public-charter services from private-jet terminals run by fixed base operators, so passengers should not experience major airport delays, long security lines, or long walks through large commercial-airport terminals.
JetSuiteX will outfit each of its Embraer 10 ERJ-135s with 30 leather seats, all offering at least a 36-inch seat pitch. Each seat will have a side table that may be used for work or play.
In each ERJ-135 cabin JetSuiteX will provide free WiFi and in-flight entertainment, streamed to passengers’ personal devices.
JetSuiteX is also installing additional soundproofing and leather sidewalls in each of its ERJ-135s.
In addition, JetSuiteX has announced a partnership with JetBlue Airways, allowing every JetSuiteX customer to earn points in JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty program. The poitns will be valid for award travel on JetBlue.
“For travelers on the busy SF-LA corridor, JetSuiteX now offers a real choice – a private jet style experience for the price of an airline seat,” says JetSuite CEO Alex Wilcox, who was a founder of JetBlue and the carrier’s third employee.
“Many of our private jet customers have been asking us to provide the JetSuite experience in an aircraft with more seats and longer range, and we’ve listened,”adds Cox. “The E[mbraer] 135 is the perfect aircraft for a family vacation, group sports trip, or destination wedding, so people can even charter the whole aircraft very cost-effectively.”
JetSuiteX’s schedule for its Buchan Field-Burbank public-charter flights calls for a flight to depart Buchan Field (IATA code CCR) at 7:00 a.m. every weekday from April 19 and to arrive at Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) at 8:10 a.m.
A second flight will leave CCR at 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from April 19 and reach BUR at 5:10 p.m.
In the other direction, one JetSuiteX flight will leave BUR at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Thursday and Fridays from April 19 and touch down at CCR at 9:40 a.m.
A second JetSuiteX flight will depart BUR at 5:30 p.m. every weekday from April 19 and land at CCR at 6:40 p.m.
JetSuite’s schedule for its Buchan Field-Las Vegas flights will see its flight departing CCR at 7:35 p.m. every Friday from April 22 and getting to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) at 8:35 p.m.
In the other direction, JetSuiteX’s weekly public-charter flight will leave LAS at 1:00 p.m. every Sunday from April 24 and touch down at CCR at 2:20 p.m.