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Booking a seat on a private jet is easier than ever, and there are lots of companies out there thinking more and more people will give it a try. But how low does the price have to go to gain any traction?

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A whole host of companies are attempting to prove there is a market beyond the super-rich for private jet travel.

In their mind, technology has enabled consumers who previously wouldn’t have thought of using this type of transport to give it a go.

“The on-demand or sharing economy drives system efficiencies and for luxury consumers this means greater accessibility at lower price thresholds, which makes these products and services available to a broader market cohort,” said James Henderson, president of commercial operations at XOJet.

While buying a seat on a private jet still isn’t cheap, it’s undoubtedly easier to do. The problem all these companies face is persuading enough people that flying by private jet is worth it.

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— Patrick Whyte, Europe Editor

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Ace Hotels Is Entering the Luxury Space With New Project: It will certainly be interesting to see how Ace approaches both luxury and micro-hotels starting in the next few months.

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More Luxury Hotels Set Aside Ultra-Secret Suites for Their Top Guests: Yet another reason why it might pay to book direct?


Skift Europe Editor Patrick Whyte [[email protected]] curates the New Luxury newsletter. Skift emails the newsletter every Tuesday.

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Photo credit: A promotional image for Jetsmarter. A lot of companies think there's a big market for private aviation. Jetsmarter

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