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Inside ZigAir – Exploring Pay Per-Seat Charter
ZigAir offers a North American network of over 750 routes, to more than 230 airports in 200 cities.
ZigAir saves their customers of the typical high cost of air charter through offering the ability to pay per-seat, allowing multiple parties to purchase tickets on the same route. With no membership fee, ZigAir makes it even easier than most airlines to book tickets on any of their available routes. In addition, unlike most charter operators that force interactions with designated reservations agents in order to receive quotes, ZigAir provides instant upfront price quotes for all routes.
I was invited out to Manassas, Virginia to spend the afternoon with two of ZigAir’s finest: Raf Collado, Chief Technology Officer/Co-Founder along with Sean Cushing, Director of Business Development. I was asked to meet Sean and Raf at the Manassas Airport to receive a demonstration of ZigAir product, along with a special feature from Sean. Upon my arrival into the airport, both gentlemen greeted me after stepping down from the Aero L-39 Albatross they had flown in on. After the first 20 minutes into speaking with them, their passion for ZigAir was clear. They discussed with me at length of their insight into the air transport industry, and the problems they are devoutly focused on solving with ZigAir.
Concluding the interview, one of the company’s aircraft had arrived to demonstrate the customer experience. The five seat Beechcraft Baron 58 was a prime example of the type of chartable solutions ZigAir has to offer. Outfitted with Garmin G1000 avionics, Lightspeed headsets, and a newly renovated interior, the aircraft was more than capable of flying to any domestic destination. Following the customer experience demonstration, Sean Cushing promptly handed me a flight suit and asked me to prepare for aerobatics in the L39.
“For most consumers, the first thing they do is sort by price rather than time.” -Sean Cushing
After discussing the flight plan along with the systems and equipment on the aircraft, we walked out to Czechoslovakian jet. Feeling like a James Bond stunt double in Tomorrow Never Dies, I strapped myself into the rear seat of the aircraft. Taxing out to the runway, the L39 was a clear outlier whilst navigating through the sea of Citations and general aviation aircraft. Blasting off out of the airfield, I immediately noticed the power difference from my PA-44 Seminole.
With the integration of the glass cockpit, it was easy to develop a scan of the instrument readouts when Sean handed me the controls. Sean walked me through each maneuver with explicit detail, allowing me to feel as if I was indeed carrying an SP-5 torpedo after successfully infiltrating a terrorist arms bazaar and out maneuvering the chase aircraft. The flight concluded with a signature break over the field, to re-enter the traffic pattern and land.
Feeling like a James Bond stunt double in Tomorrow Never Dies, I strapped myself into the rear seat of the aircraft.
After spending the afternoon with these two gentlemen, a few things became very clear. The focus on bettering our air transport system for consumers is on the forefront of everyone’s minds at ZigAir. Long lines at TSA, cancellations, bag fees, crowded terminals, and discomfort are things that do not resonate with the mission of ZigAir. Private aircraft were once an expensive means of comfortable and reliable travel for the wealthy. Now with ZigAir’s excellent strategy in pay per-seat charter, it makes it possible for everyone to book a private aircraft within moments and get to their intended destination. A growing list of available destinations to more airports than most major airlines gives customers access to private terminals, allowing for customers to save time by flying closer to their final destination, and departing from the airport within ten minutes of walking through the private terminal doors.
Long lines at TSA, cancellations, bag fees, crowded terminals, and discomfort are things that do not resonate with the mission of ZigAir.