We all have different transportation needs. Some only need to travel around their neighborhood. Some need to be able to get across town. And still, others make regular trips across the country, and even around the world.
Sergey Petrossov Makes Ride-Sharing by Air a Reality
Those who only need to leave their neighborhood occasionally don’t necessarily need to drive their own vehicles. Instead, many forgo inconveniences, like parking and auto insurance, or even staying sober and use ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft to get around.
Flying, however, has been a whole different matter, until Sergey Petrossov started to ask why. It was from this question that JetSmarter was born. JetSmarter has been dubbed “the Uber of the Skies” and it is making a difference for many people who need private air travel on a semi-regular basis, but not so much that they need a plane of their own.
In 2009, 21-year old Sergey Petrossov found himself in need of a private jet for business travel and found the process to be both expensive and cumbersome and began working on devising a better way. Just as companies like Uber and Lyft have made local travel more convenient and less expensive for local travel. Sergey Petrossov’s company, JetSmarter are working to bring comparable convenience to the skies for those who travel by air on a regular basis. The target customer for JetSmarter is a business person who regularly charters private jets, or rides first class on a commercial flight.
JetSmarter did not develop at jet speed, however. Petrossov watched the aviation industry carefully from 2009-2012 in order to develop a digital tool that would allow for the tracking and booking of jets that could network and provide rides to those that needed them. The venture was not cheap however and needed serious financial backing, which would come in 2015 from Saudi Arabian royalty, as well as rapper Jay-Z.
JetSmarter is member-based right now and focuses mostly on longer International business flights, but Sergey Petrossov has a vision for more. With further development, he believes it can be a viable alternative to commercial flights for first-class customers and hopes to bring the concept to shorter and less expensive flights as well.