On-demand airline could alter travel to midsize cities
By Kevin Maney, USA TODAY
Mon Apr 25, 6:34 AM ET
A technology entrepreneur on Monday unveils a new kind of on-demand airline that could alter the way people travel between midsize cities.
DayJet, of Delray Beach, Fla., will marry two advanced technologies: Very Light Jet (VLJ) aircraft, which can seat four passengers and operate at half the cost of today's small jets; and sophisticated computer databases that can determine the most efficient ways to route those aircraft to pick up customers.
Expected cost: slightly more than full-fare coach tickets on those same routes. Service is expected to begin in mid-2006, with plans to expand to 30 markets by the end of 2007. DayJet will focus on midsizecities, such as Asheville, N.C., that it considers under-served by major airlines.