Scheduled Bizjet Service?


It was just a matter of time: Executive Jet Management (EJM) has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer business jet service between Chicago and New York, and New York and Los Angeles. According to published reports, the carrier plans to use Chicago’s Midway Airport (MDW) and Westchester County Airport (HPN, outside of New York City) as two service points. There was no immediate word from the DOT on whether or when the operator’s application — which called for some 30 round-trip flights each week in the Chicago/New York market and 10 between New York and Los Angeles — would be approved. The proposed scheduled service would be a first for EJM, a unit of NetJets. The application did not specify which aircraft EJM would use, nor did it mention a Los Angeles-area airport. The proposed service would obviously present an attractive alternative for many well-heeled business travelers weary of the drama and turmoil of scheduled airlines but reluctant to bite the bullet and pony up for fractional aircraft ownership. There was no word, also, on what, if any, security measures the proposed operation would be forced to comply with.