Smartphone app allows flyers to book private jets
App users have pick of 3K available planes
MIAMI – ?Sergey Petrossov said he was a frustrated private jet traveler. It isn't a problem most people have, but Petrossov, 26, said he wants more people to ?be able to travel on private planes, and access them without hassle.
?So the University of Florida graduate developed a smartphone app called JetSmarter. With as a little as six hours notice a user can pick one of 3,000 planes available on the app and book a flight to just about anywhere in the world from a nearby airport.
"A lot of people come onto our platform today and they don't believe a jet is really going to show up," Petrossov said. "When they see it, they see all the pictures, all the information on it, they see all the amenities, they see detailed insurance and safety information."
Flights can be high-end, costing a well-heeled user more than $2 million for a trans-continental flight. Petrossov said they can also be comparable to the cost of a commercial flight if a traveler is willing to share the plane with others taking the same route.
Petrossov wouldn't say how much he thinks his app is worth but he said more than 300,000 people have signed up.
He said the app has been glitch-free? for people with the iPhone. The system has not been as successful for Android users, but he said his company is working on it.
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