““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
Bombardier Revamps Block Charter Program
Bombardier has revamped its Skyjet International block charter program, unveiling the new Jet Member card. The company claims its terms make the program the most flexible block charter offering in the market.
The most apparent change is the introduction of fixed prices for every route flown, so customers pay surcharges to cover fuel costs or holding times at busy airports. For same-day round trips, members will get a 20-percent discount off the fixed prices. There is no minimum-hour purchase, although buyers of 25 or more hours will earn perks, including upgrades to larger aircraft and discounts on goods and services.
The program introduces much greater flexibility in terms of aircraft type availability, prior-notice requirements and ground-handling and catering arrangements, according to Skyjet International managing director Judith Moreton. Essentially, Moreton said, it means customers don't have to pay for options that aren't important to them and can focus on specifying those program features that most closely meet their needs.