New Aspen airline with a difference unveiled

AspenJet hopes to operate services to the ski resort of Aspen in Colorado, from airports across the US. The carrier is not your typical airline though.

A new airline, which describes itself as a luxury, semi-private charter-jet service has been launched and hopes to begin non-stop flights to Aspen, Colorado from major US market in 2021.

AspenJet – which was founded by Phoenix 500 Air Race creator Patrick Dial – plans to use a specially configured, executive-class 30-seat Embraer E175 aircraft.

The carrier expects to offer services between Aspen and New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, and select Texas markets.

The company plans to use an Embraer E175 configured in an executive-class configuration. AspenJet

“Having been a frequent visitor to Aspen since the mid-1970s, I believe we’ve identified the perfect solution at just the right time. The current trend of consumers crowd-sourcing semi-private air travel is not just about COVID-distancing or saving money. Rather, it’s more about enjoying an elevated travel experience that begins the minute you hand the valet your keys, bypass TSA lines and quickly get on-board a private jet, not after the tiring beat-down you experience in getting to your destination,” said Patrick Dial, founder, president and CEO of AspenJet.

“It’s also about making new friends, ones you might hike, ski, dine or possibly do some new business with, as well as enjoying an eco-friendly way to fly. Think carpool for the jet-set crowd.”

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The firm says its route offerings "will be based on demand and not all markets pictured may be initially served." AspenJet

AspenJet’s aircraft will also feature what’s been dubbed a SkyKennel for passengers’ pets, as well as a walk-up SkyLounge “reminiscent of the grand old days of aviation”. The carrier says these modifications, including the lower passenger capacity, give the narrowbody additional weight and fuel capacity, allowing for longer-haul trips.

The company says it will not operate its own aircraft but instead plans to contract Jet Aviation Flight Services (a General Dynamics subsidiary) or other certified air carriers to conduct the flights.