KarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3135 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1899 times:
I often wondered when this flight would cease and yet it continued. I wonder what the fate of the aircraft will be or if Daimler will just use it on something else unless it was a lease for this route.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7711 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1608 times:
Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 5): With them making this public, was it available that regular people could book a flight or something?
This was not a public flight, it was operated by Daimler (Chrysler) Aviation. Employees would book travel on this aircraft for business needs to go back and forth to Europe. If space was available, contract employees & suppliers could also get on the aircraft as well. The service was not free. Employees would book travel internally and then get charged the cost of the flight which would be treated as a travel expense to their department. Basically, the aviation group was treated very much like a stand-alone organization, although just another subsidary under Daimler. The charges for the flight were much less than what it would cost to buy a business class ticket on DTW-STR and much more convenient for employees. PTK is less than 10 miles away from Chysler's headquarters, many employees like nearby, only needed to show up 30 minutes before the flight, and free parking.
It was run very much like actual airline service. The flight operated out of a dedicated terminal attacted to the hanger, including a jet bridge & INS arrival facility. The all business class format was very well received. Large seats, meal service, free booze, IFE on overhead monitors.
I personally had not traveled on the aircraft, but I do know many employees who did who will miss it.
Additionally, it was a very unique service for PTK, as a quasi-scheduled international service, on an A319 from what is primarily a very busy general aviation & cargo airport.