June 27, 2007

Private jet will more easier to charter

Richard Branson, The British multimillionaire, a president of Virgin Atlantic Airways, is on the verge of submerging his toe in tormenting but shameful water of the deprived business of the letter of the jet.

When compared with the commercial industry of the air line, the deprived business of the letter of the jet is near $8 billion small to the year in sales - but it is growing quickly, on the flown hours and the yield.

For those who can't abide flying with the masses, chartering a private jet may be getting a bit easier, though not necessarily cheaper.

Virgin Charter, a new Virgin-financed Web site scheduled to launch this fall, plans to use Internet technology to provide prospective buyers with immediate price quotes for the trip destination, day and time requested. Buyers will also get details about the specific aircraft; pilots and operator; safety audits; and quality ratings from previous customers.

Passengers or travel agents will be able to use Virgincharter.com to book domestic or international trips online with any one of a variety of charter operators using a credit card or wire transfer. Virgin will collect from the seller a commission on each trip sold.

Virgin Charter Chief Executive Officer Scott Duffy compares his travel site to financial Web site LendingTree, where competing lenders provide online interest rate quotes to prospective borrowers.

"No one else has brought everything together with this level of transparency," said Scott Duffy, who is based in Santa Monica, Calif.

The Virgin Charter will not be the first web site of the jet charter to bind buyers and to salesmen. But the Virgin promises to be the most comprehensive market of the jet charter and, with the trade name of the Virgin, it is probable is recognizable.

Read the news release of this article's source at The Arizona Republic by Marilyn Adams, USA Today

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