A new air travel initiative will see jetliners currently sitting idle, after ferrying labour to and from the oilsands during the week, offering a cheap, on-demand international flying option on the weekends.
Jump On Flyaways and Enerjet have partnered to provide a sort of on-demand charter service, that will see planes currently sitting on tarmacs from Friday to Sunday offering what the partnership is calling cheap and direct flights to sun destinations such as Las Vegas and San Francisco.
“Canadians are tired of paying high airfares, taking indirect flights or flying at inconvenient times to get a better price,” says Roger Jewett, CEO of Jump On Flyaways.
“As the aircraft are often idle on weekends, they agreed to provide all flight related operational services for weekend getaway charters at discounted weekend rates. Jump On Flyaways promotes the charters and sells low cost tickets to consumers through our custom booking engine.”
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Jump On Flyways is a Calgary-based tour company that lets Western Canadians travel on weekends in charter planes that are used to transport employees in and out of the oilsands on weekdays.
Once a destination is announced, passengers can jump on the flight. They then tell their friends about the flight and if approximately 80 per cent of the seats are sold, payments are processed and the flight is a go.
All flights are direct and passengers pay the same fare. They also fly during peak times.
The first Jump On destination is Vegas and scheduled for Spring 2013.
The airline expects to add on departure cities, including Edmonton, and other destinations including Vancouver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Palm Springs, San Francisco and New Orleans.
Jump On Flyaways have partnered with Enerjet to provide the demand based charter service.
The interiors of an Enerjet aircraft.
Travelers interested in the service will log onto the company's website, www.gojumpon.com, and sign up for e-mail alerts. When a flight is planned, an alert will be sent out, giving prospective travelers the chance to see if that week's flight is something they're interested in, the company explains.
A Jump On flight only takes off when approximately 80 per cent of seats are sold. If enough Calgarians "jump on" payments of all passengers are processed and the flight is a go. All passengers also pay the same cost for the flight, the company adds.
Enerjet's fleet of 149-seat Boeing 737 aircraft, which are normally used for workforce transportation from Monday to Thursday, will be used to deliver the sun destination flights, said Jewett.
The first Jump On flight is to Vegas and the airline expects to add on departure cities, including Edmonton and other destinations such as Vancouver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Palm Springs, San Francisco and New Orleans.