Private aviation, for long, has been a privilege of the affluent, a realm shrouded in exclusivity and prices that kept it beyond the reach of everyday citizens. The year 2019 saw the inception of KinectAir, a company with the audacious goal of democratizing the private aviation sector. In the same vein as Uber and Airbnb, which revolutionized the taxi and hotel industries respectively, KinectAir is poised to transform private air travel, making it accessible to the general public.
Revolutionizing Private Aviation
Historically, booking private flights has been a complex process, often involving agents and hefty membership fees. KinectAir, however, is streamlining this process with its on-demand booking service. What sets KinectAir apart is their innovative use of 'empty leg' repositioning flights. These are flights that would otherwise fly empty, as they reposition for their next client. Now, as of December 2023, these flights are available to the public across the United States at heavily discounted prices, sometimes as low as $111 per person.
Bringing Private Flight to the Masses
KinectAir's business model is built upon cost-effective turbo-prop and piston-engine aircrafts, which are ideal for flights under 500 miles. This choice of aircraft not only helps to keep prices low, but also aligns with the company's commitment to environmental sustainability. Another significant factor in their ability to offer affordable flights is the company’s use of AI-backed software. This advanced technology allows KinectAir to track private plane operators, ensuring safety and cost-effectiveness, and to focus on repositioning flights, offering discounts of up to 75% off the normal price of private flights.
Changing Perceptions and Prioritizing Safety
While affordability is a key factor, KinectAir places a high priority on safety. Only operators that meet KinectAir’s stringent safety ratings are included in their offerings. In an industry often viewed as inaccessible and expensive, KinectAir is changing perceptions by making private flights a viable option. The majority of these discounted bookings are made with short notice, often within 72 hours prior to the flight. This not only caters to last-minute travelers but also demonstrates the company's commitment to accessibility and customer service.