Earth To EarthJet (Another Air Taxi)
Things are moving fast in the very light jet and air taxi business but a company called Earthjet seems to have arrived on the scene in a split second. In a news release issued last Friday, the company says it's guiding the development of a "purpose-designed" air taxi aircraft with a stand-up cabin and a fully loaded range of 1,000 miles. It says the plane will be certified and built by an unnamed established aerospace company and provide an unheard-of level of service and convenience for customers -- at "airline prices." Although the aircraft hasn't been built, the company is set up to take reservations on the point-to-point service. It's also offering franchises for sale. The office was closed Sunday when we tried to reach someone for comment. According to Earthjet's Web site, passengers will pay from $375 to $975 for flights that take off and land at airports of their choice. The reservations site (online and toll-free number) is already set up but not functional yet. A disclaimer says the company is still waiting for FAA and international approval for its "proposed" service.