British Airways has partnered with CitationAir, the private jet charter subsidiary of Cessna Aircraft, to launch a private jet service called PrivateConnect within North America and the Caribbean. An online registration and dedicated phone number allows BA passengers to ‘pay and go’ with a credit card – avoiding the upfront fees and long-term commitment normally associated with private jet hire.
The cost ranges from $6,000 to $10,000 per plane per hour depending on the type of aircraft and will be available to anyone who has has flown with the carrier in the past 12 months or is a member of the BA executive club program as well as organizations that have a corporate account with British Airways. BA currently flies to 19 destinations in America and has a tie-up with American Airlines for US domestic flights.
Robert Boyle, British Airways’ director of strategy and business units, said: Now we can offer our customers a seamless service to fly when they want and where they want, to almost any destination within the US, Caribbean, southern Canada and Mexico.
CitationAir customers will benefit too with the agreement as they will receive complimentary chauffeured transportation from the FBO to the British Airways terminal when flying internationally on BA.