North America office opened, new investment secured, and now open for business worldwide.Following its UK launch in February, Returnjet announces it is now networking every private plane available for charter across North America on to its online hub by the end of this year. To this effect It has appointed a Director of Business Development for North America, Christian Betke, and opened offices in White Plains, New York.
Within just 12 weeks of launch, over two thirds of the UK’s private charter fleet have contracted to the world’s first ever system enabling end users to connect and book directly with the actual plane operators. The resulting level and scope of interest from European and American operators has triggered a further $10,000,000 (£8,400,000) of private equity to enable the vision of uniting the world’s private charter fleet onto one site by June 2015.
Returnjet offers real-time flight availability to the end user, delivering enquiries directly to the operator’s phone and inbox. It creates transparency and choice for certified operators and end users in a traditionally ‘smoke and mirrors’ industry dominated by unregulated and sometimes unscrupulous brokers.
The resulting optimisation of fleet movements and increased utilisation of empty legs (where planes fly empty en route to or from pick ups) will inevitably lower the costs and is expected to introduce private plane travel to a brand new customer base who would never have considered it possible before. CEO, Mark Blanchfield, explains: “We spent 18 months developing Returnjet, working with operators in the UK to create a product that has a highly complex engine but is simple for the end user and simple for the operator to feed in. We do believe we are well on course for creating a revolution in private charter in terms of affordability, accessibility and honesty. We are now open for business across the globe."
Betke adds: “The signs are it will cross America like wild fire. We signed up ten operators here in the first three days. We are giving the public what they want: transparency and best price. The beauty is in the simplicity of the business model. Returnjet provides the public a realtime match of best plane at best price for whatever travel plan they search for. We connect operators with new business, free of fees and subscriptions. They do the business directly with each other. As soon as the operators are in, year end we will be rolling out a multi-tiered campaign East Coast to West Coast."