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Inside ZigAir – Exploring Pay Per-Seat Charter

  • May 30, 2014 11:53am GMT
The battle for your dollar has never been more prevalent in the air transport industry. Air traveling consumers are exposed to more low cost flying solutions than ever before. With ads promising the lowest rate for particular routes, airline operators are craving to fill their aircraft to increase profit margins. By doing so they often lose focus of their sole purpose of operation, the passenger. This is through the means of providing the same services and experience to each passenger at the lowest possible cost to the carrier.

 

It all comes at a greater cost to the consumer than the savings they are achieving through these air travel solutions. When booking tickets for a trip, most consumers top priority is finding the lowest cost option without the forethought of the time lost when choosing these tickets.Operationally, these cost savings are passed down to the consumer through the dissolution of quality of the overall product being offered, by workforce outsourcing and lower cost solutions for given consumer services. Meaning the workforce behind the airline has been carefully chosen to cost the airline the least amount of money possible. This workforce is then less likely to fully care for the product they are servicing, resulting in higher chances for lost luggage, aircraft delays and inoperative equipment on the company’s aircraft.

 

Insert startup company ZigAir, a company that was founded on the basis to solve these issues for the growing air traveling populous. ZigAir takes the flexibility and comfort of traveling on a private aircraft, whilst excluding the typical high cost of air charter. This is done through the ingenious means of collaborating with charter operators around North America to build a network of over 750 routes, including more than 230 airports in 200 cities.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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Long lines at TSA, cancellations, bag fees, crowded terminals, and discomfort are things that do not resonate with the mission of ZigAir.

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Visiting in Style @ Crystal River Airport

Our very own Commander Sean “Flopper” Cushing (Ret.) has been spotted earlier this week zipping around in his L-39 Albatros Jet!

Sean Flopper in his L-39 Jet

Retired Navy Commander Sean Cushing landed an L-39 Albatros jet at the Crystal River Airport on Saturday evening on a stopover to visit his parents, Robin and Karen Cushing. He was picking up the craft from the Tampa area, where it was in for maintenance.
Photo by: Stephen E. Lasko

Retired Navy Commander Sean Cushing landed an L-39 Albatros jet at the Crystal River Airport on Saturday evening on a stopover to visit his parents, Robin and Karen Cushing. He was picking up the craft from the Tampa area, where it was in for maintenance.

Cushing is a graduate of the Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, more widely known as “Top Gun.” He was stationed on several aircraft carriers and was a commander of the Fleet Area     Control and Surveillance Facility, Virginia Capes. A veteran fighter pilot of the war in Iraq, he retired from the Navy in 2013 after 20 years of service.

Cushing now works for Combined Aerospace Technologies and is in charge of a fleet of seven unique aircraft used in specialty flight training, equipment testing and rides. Additionally, he is president and CEO of both Zach Ryan Enterprises and 757 Adventures.

Sean Flopper and his parents

Retired Navy Commander Sean Cushing landed an L-39 Albatros jet at the Crystal River Airport on Saturday evening on a stopover to visit his parents, Robin and Karen Cushing. He was picking up the craft from the Tampa area, where it was in for maintenance.
Photo by: Stephen E. Lasko

Special thanks to: Citrus County Chronicle Online.

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#Boeing’s tribute flight for Seattle #Seahawk’s #12thman #SuperBowlXLVIII

Boeing’s tribute flight for Seattle Seahawk’s #12thman

#SuperBowlXLVIII

Link: Can the Seattle Seahawks’ ’12th Man’ be a 747? Boeing says yes

Seattle Seahawk Team 747 Flight

Airplane flying in tribute of the 12th man.

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Looking to go somewhere?

We’ve got maps! That’s right, a brand new spanking Map (zigair.com/airports) that shows all our live Routes and all the airports you can fly out of.

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Finding your next flight is easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Browse for a City
  2. Select an Airport
  3. Choose a destination 

Can’t find a Route? Simply click Request Route and we’ll have our team help you get off the ground in a jiffy.

Wheels up!

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Thanks, GG! Gulfstream Girl flies with Team ZigAir!

Thanks to Gulfstream Girl for featuring us on her Facebook Wall!  Our team, Sean “Flopper” Cushing and Raf had an awesome time rocking out with you in our L-39 jet!

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Holiday Travels

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Now relaxing.

Season’s greetings!  It’s that time of the year where the air turns crisp, leaves brown and where you find yourself writing cards and on the road again.

Sounds lovely until you remember just how horrific traveling is.  Delayed flights, traffic jams and unforgiving layovers should be scenes from The Amazing Race, not your precious holiday moment.  Why should the annual ski trip or turkey dinner kill two days – one to get there and one to get back?  And let’s not get started about traveling to Grandma’s, where she’s 2 hours away from the nearest major airport.

So relax and start making epic plans.  We’ve got lots of routes now serving both the West and East coasts with more to come.  Why wait?  Search for your next perfect ticket today!

A Guide to the Complex World of Airline Fees

Mapping fees for major airlines

Mapping fees for major airlines
(Source: Visual.ly)

How air travel is changing

Air Travelers

The good ol’ days of choosing between various airlines and having many options in price and overall value are slowly coming to an end.

American, US Air Merger: What Might It Mean for Meetings?

Link: http://meetingsnet.com/blog/american-us-air-merger-what-might-it-mean-meetings

Airlines are reducing service
Many airlines are shrinking and eliminating domestic routes to cut costs. Some airlines are grounding planes and resizing their networks in order to address recent bankruptcies. As a traveler, this translates to less options and more headaches.

Less competition
Competition is decreasing between commercial airlines, and this can only mean one thing: higher fares, less choice, less flights, more lines, more headaches, more fees, more crowded flights.

Extra fees
Many airlines are charging additional fees for bringing carry-on baggage aboard, checking bags in, or for booking a flight over the phone. Sometimes the price you see is not always what you get.

As the commercial airline industry begins to shift in a new direction, the good news is that new opportunities are becoming a reality in private air and general aviation. Come back and visit our blog as we update our content, and learn more about the advantages of private air travel and general aviation.

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Travel. Uncompromised.

Fees-Fi-Fo-Fum. The end of Fees is near.

“What other industry can you think of where a person buying a product doesn’t know how much it’s going to cost even after he’s done at the checkout counter?” – Simon Gros, chairman of the Travel Technology Association

Airline fees are adding up.

One price. No extra fees.
Never second guess your cost to fly again.

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