Sign Me Up: Uber-Style Private Fares Starting at $111

by Anthony Losanno
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I have never flown private. The closest I’ve come is having a helicopter or Business Class cabin to myself. That might soon change if KinectAir, dubbed the Uber of private aviation, takes off.

With KinectAir you can buy private aircraft bargains by booking an “empty leg” repositioning flight (all over the country). The site uses AI-backed software to search private airplane operators and offers flights on turbo-prop and piston-engine aircraft. These are cheaper to operate and they fly a bit slower. But, for shorter trips (under 500 miles) the difference is negligible.

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KinectAir’s co-CEO, Katie Buss, said:

We want to change the way people think about short flights. People think it’s only for the Bill Gates and Elon Musks of the world. It’s by no means cheap, but it’s more accessible than most people think. Instead of just going to Delta, we want people to see what flying private would be like … It’s a totally different way of travel.”

Buss says that KinectAir wants to change the private aviation market in the way Uber did for rideshares or Airbnb did for home rentals. KinectAir claims that its empty leg offerings come at discounts of up to 75% off the normal cost of a private plane. Most of the deals need to be booked on short-notice (75% were booked less than 72 hours before the flight). If you can make it work, this is a great way to travel.

CNN reports that fares can sometimes cost even less than commercial flights. Some legs offer tickets for as little as $111. Examples cited include a flight from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) for $698 (or $233 per person on the three-seater aircraft).

Anthony’s Take: I’m going to be keeping an eye on KinectAir and will hopefully find a flight that works for me as I’d love to try this out.

(Image Credits: KinectAir.)

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