ElleJet Charter Brokerage Focuses On Empty Legs


San Diego, Calif.-based charter, maintenance and refurbishment facility ElleJet this month said it is entering the charter brokerage business in a big way — by focusing on filling seats on deadhead, or empty, legs flown by certificated operators. According to Joseph Gold, ElleJet’s vice president of sales and marketing, the company maintains the “largest network of empty leg flights in the industry,” and offers its customers access to the most exclusive air charter fleets in the world at reduced prices. That makes the company one of the latest to jump into the excess-capacity market: leveraging the near-commodity of empty air charter flights through a network of operators seeking to reduce their costs by filling empty seats on those legs. And there’s a ready cadre of well-heeled customers looking to abandon the airlines who are willing to pay the extra price.

“As ElleJet continues to expand, so do our services and our dedication to our clients. Commitment to quality customer service and affordable prices is the key component of our success,” commented Ben Schusterman, ElleJet’s vice president of operations. In fact, what ElleJet is doing is nothing new — many charter brokers have been sprouting up on the Internet in recent years to help operators with their marketing and defray costs associated with one-way charters or the expense of having an airplane and crew sit idle for a few days, waiting on the customer. And, according to ElleJet, “many companies are recognizing the advantages of private jet travel over traditional business class fares.” ElleJet also provides traditional charter services as well as concierge, maintenance, painting, flight synchronization and aircraft refurbishment.