Private Jets opens new base in Austin, Texas
BETHANY, Oklahoma (March 21, 2017) – Oklahoma-based air charter company Private Jets Inc. today announced the addition of a new base of operations in Austin, Texas, giving the company six bases spread over three states. Private Jets, which is headquartered at its home base at Wiley Post Airport in Bethany, is now offering flights out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport; its jets will be based out of the Atlantic Aviation hangar at the airport.
“We certainly see Austin as a growth market,” said Eric Wells, president and director of operations for Private Jets. “As we analyzed the deployment of our fleet, it made sense to have wheels on the ground in that market. It allows us to better serve the customer.”
The move expands Private Jets’ footprint in south-central Texas. The Austin deployment gives the company three locations in the Lone Star State, following bases in San Antonio and Sugar Land. Establishing bases in multiple cities allows customers to save money by booking travel on jets already located in their city, Wells said. The costs associated with moving a jet to a different airport to pick up a passenger – known as repositioning fees – are generally added to the overall trip cost that must be paid by a customer.
“Passengers can realize a significant cost-savings by booking flights on jets that are in-town,” Wells said. “Depending on the type of aircraft and the nature of the trip, that savings could be anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of the total cost of the trip.”
The Austin expansion marks the second new base added by Private Jets in 2017. Earlier this year, the company added a base at Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine. That gives Private Jets two Florida bases; the first was established in Naples, Florida, in 2000. Private Jets aircraft range in size from those seating three passengers and suitable for quick flights to regional destinations, to jets with room for nine and international capabilities. The company aims to serve clients interested in business, leisure or emergency travel, and also offers empty-leg flights for travelers with more flexible schedules. Jets are available for charter 24 hours a day and seven days a week.