Disruptive Innovation in Aviation

Chuck McLaughlin writes about the Eclipse 500 – very light jets (that) carry 4-6 passengers at costs per mile that approximate full coach fare or business class fare on commercial jets.
“They require much smaller runways, which will allow them to service thousands of small community airports that are currently too short for jet use. (This) would allow passengers to use aircraft on short notice and pay only for the flying part of each leg of the trip.
The expected air taxi business would be deeply disruptive to the commercial airline industry and have implications for many other industries (e.g., residential housing, because economical custom air travel may change where people choose to live relative to their workplaces).”

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  1. Reynold said

    A company called DayJet is buying the first jets off the line at Eclipse and plans to use them in conjunction with optimization software to offer a low cost air taxi service.

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