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'''DayJet''' {{Airline codes|none|DJS|DAYJET}} is a new commercial aviation operation providing corporate jet travel at commercial airline prices. The company began operations in Florida in the summer of 2007 and expanded into the southeast United States. DayJet uses [[Very Light Jet]]s (VLJs) to provide [[air charter|air limo]] service using a fleet of the new economical [[Eclipse 500]]'s. The company aims to serve smaller cities and communities with an alternative to driving a few hundred miles for a short visit. A person could save enough time and overnight hotel stay to make the trip cheaper than driving or even flying through a hub. It is with this vision that DayJet is a founding member of the '''Air Taxi Association (ATXA)'''.
 
'''DayJet''' {{Airline codes|none|DJS|DAYJET}} is a new commercial aviation operation providing corporate jet travel at commercial airline prices. The company began operations in Florida in the summer of 2007 and expanded into the southeast United States. DayJet uses [[Very Light Jet]]s (VLJs) to provide [[air charter|air limo]] service using a fleet of the new economical [[Eclipse 500]]'s. The company aims to serve smaller cities and communities with an alternative to driving a few hundred miles for a short visit. A person could save enough time and overnight hotel stay to make the trip cheaper than driving or even flying through a hub. It is with this vision that DayJet is a founding member of the '''Air Taxi Association (ATXA)'''.
   
Customers on DayJet book online, but there are no schedules. They pick the place to and from where they want to go, the date of travel, and the time they want to arrive. The more flexible their arrangements, the lower the fare which could be similar to the price of a standard economy flight and a night in a hotel.<ref>{{cite web
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Customers on DayJet book online, and schedules are selected based on customer needs. They pick the place to and from where they want to go, the date of travel, and the time they want to arrive. The more flexible their arrangements, the lower the fare which could be similar to the price of a standard economy flight and a night in a hotel.<ref>{{cite web
 
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Revision as of 06:46, 26 May 2008

DayJet
IATA ICAO Callsign
- DJS DAYJET
Founded January 2002
Hubs DayBases: Boca Raton, Gainesville
Secondary hubs

DayPorts[1]:

Lakeland, Tallahassee, Pensacola, Naples, Sarasota/Bradenton, Jacksonville, Savannah, Opa-Locka/Miami Dade County, Montgomery, Macon
Fleet size 12[2] (+1400 orders)[3]
Destinations Currently 45 airports in the Southeast USA states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina spanning from Key West to Pascagoula, MS to Florence, SC. More distant airports are reachable via exclusive charter flights. [4]
Headquarters Boca Raton
Key people Ed Iacobucci, founder
Website http://www.dayjet.com

DayJet (IATA: noneICAO: DJSCall sign: DAYJET) is a new commercial aviation operation providing corporate jet travel at commercial airline prices. The company began operations in Florida in the summer of 2007 and expanded into the southeast United States. DayJet uses Very Light Jets (VLJs) to provide air limo service using a fleet of the new economical Eclipse 500's. The company aims to serve smaller cities and communities with an alternative to driving a few hundred miles for a short visit. A person could save enough time and overnight hotel stay to make the trip cheaper than driving or even flying through a hub. It is with this vision that DayJet is a founding member of the Air Taxi Association (ATXA).

Customers on DayJet book online, and schedules are selected based on customer needs. They pick the place to and from where they want to go, the date of travel, and the time they want to arrive. The more flexible their arrangements, the lower the fare which could be similar to the price of a standard economy flight and a night in a hotel.[5]

DayJet has 239 orders booked for the Eclipse 500, and expects to place 70 more over the next two years. The first delivery of three Eclipse 500 aircraft took place on March 31st, 2007.[6]

DayJet launched its service on October 3, 2007.[7]

DayJet's chairman, Ed Iacobucci, was founder of Citrix Systems, and was a member of the SCO Group's Board of Directors between 2000 and 2007. Mr Iacobucci has said the economics of VLJs will allow a new form of air travel which he calls “per-seat on-demand”.

May 2008 Financial Problems

On 6 May 2008 DayJet announced that it is scaling back its operations and laying off 100-160 employees in all segments of the company. The company will also be selling off or leasing out 16 of the 28 Eclipse 500s it current operates.[3][2]

DayJet founder and CEO Ed Iacobucci indicated that the company needs USD$40M to reach profitability, but that the current economic climate has not permitted the company to raise that amount. Services in currently served airports will remain available for the forseeable future. Iacobucci has stated that the company has proven that the operational concept is sound, but that the current fleet needs to be quickly expanded to 50 aircraft to be profitable.[3][2]

DayJet is Eclipse Aviation's largest customer and the planned eventual delivery of 1,400 aircraft for per seat DayJet operations represent a majority of the estimated 2,500 Eclipse 500s on order. DayJet has not cancelled any orders for Eclipse 500s, but has deferred deliveries of future aircraft.[3][2]

Despite cutting their fleet, the air carrier announced on 21 May 2008 that they were expanding their service by making two more destinations in Florida, Jacksonville and Sarasota, into hub airports DayJet designates as "DayPorts". These airports will now offer nonstop flights to all of their 45 destinations.[8]

References

  1. ^ "DayPorts". 
  2. ^ a b c d Niles, Russ (2008). "DayJet Cuts Jets And Staff". Retrieved 2008-05-08.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  3. ^ a b c d Niles, Russ (2008). "DayJet Announces Layoffs". Retrieved 2008-05-06.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  4. ^ http://www.dayjets.com/dayports/AirportLocationList.aspx
  5. ^ "Fly me home, James". The Economist. 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  6. ^ "Eclipse Aviation Delivers Three Eclipse 500 VLJs to DayJet" (PDF). 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  7. ^ "DayJet Takes Off" (PDF). 2007-10-03. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  8. ^ Grady, Mary (2008). "DayJet Expands Operations In Florida". Retrieved 2008-05-22.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)

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