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New Travel Site Offers Seats on Private Jets

flightserv.com launched a new online travel marketplace featuring its proprietary Private Seats program that lets business travelers purchase individual seats on chartered private jets.

By combining the power of the Internet with the luxury and convenience of travel by private jet, flightserv.com said it has "introduced the first real travel alternative for today's professional road warrior."

Through a patent-pending technology, flightserv.com's Private Seats program enables business travelers to set their own flight schedules between pre-set airport pairings. Flightserv.com said it will aggregate demand for similar itineraries and arrange for travel to be confirmed on private jets operated by the country's best Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation certified private jet charter operators.

All private jet flights confirmed through flightserv.com will arrive and depart from less crowded general aviation airports or from the separate private jet facilities located at larger commercial airports, the company said.

The first service made available was from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey (seven miles from midtown Manhattan) and Atlanta's Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (located minutes away from Atlanta's financial district).

flightserv.com said it will be rolling out additional airport pairings and expects that the Private Seats program will be available on over 100 routes by the end of 2000. Pricing for individual seats will be at slight premiums to fully refundable commercial airline ticket prices.

"We are redefining the travel experience for the business professional by creating an entirely new marketplace. Private seats on private jets have never been available before now, and the Internet is what makes it all possible," said C. Beverly Lance, flightserv.com's president and chief executive officer.