Bookajet has seen nearly 40% growth over the past 12 months as many corporate and high net worth customers turn to private jet travel rather than scheduled airline services in light of recent security risks and airport delays. “We have seen positive growth throughout the year and the events of the last month have highlighted the benefits of private jet travel over scheduled airlines, giving us a considerable jump in charter revenue,” said Chris Rooney, Bookajet’s Sales Director. He added “On the day of the security alerts, we received hundreds of charter enquiries in the first hours of business but interestingly we’ve also seen a 50% increase in enquiries from prospective aircraft purchasers over the course of the last month.”
Bookajet, run by Jonathan Clements 35 and Chris Rooney 40, is the private jet company which has been used by many of Europe’s leading corporations, international musicians and celebrities such as the Beckham’s, Charlize Theron, Christina Aguilera, Ozzy Osbourne and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Bookajet has a fleet of 12 managed aircraft with plans to increase this number further to 40 aircraft over the next three years.
“We act as an executive jet sales, management and charter company and operate one of the most modern private jet fleets in Europe,” added Rooney. “The market is extremely active right now and purchasing a private jet has become more affordable with the starting price of a jet currently being around $3million dollars rising to about $55million. It’s an extremely safe and time efficient way to travel.”
Recognising the growth in Bookajet and the increase in demand for bespoke jet travel, Swedish company European Flight Service (EFS) has purchased a 30% stake in the Bookajet operation.
“The Bookajet brand is strong in the marketplace and our clients are extremely happy with the commercial management package we can offer them in the UK and throughout Europe. With EFS’s support we are now developing the business further a field,” said Jonathan Clements, Managing Director.