Stratajet: The Future of Flight

Sam Kessler (Online Editor)
Hire a private jet in as little as ten seconds with the ground-breaking Stratajet

Chartering a private jet is getting easier and easier, with a good number of companies offering online quotes in the lightning quick time of ... 24 to 48 hours. In a world where you can buy anything you want at a click of a button that seems a little ridiculous. Why then hasn’t private aviation done anything about it?

The simplest answer is because they don’t have the technology. There are literally thousands of different factors that need to be brought into consideration, ranging from which runways can support your chosen model of aircraft to the noise pollution costs of a particular route. Even the weather needs to be factored in, not to mention peak travel times. There’s simply no technology out there that could calculate all those differences in any time worth talking about. That is, until Stratajet.

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Five years in the making, Stratajet can return an exact cost of a flight in just ten seconds, offering hundreds of results and options in that time. There are plenty of websites and companies that claim they can get you an online quote instantly; Stratajet are so far the only ones that actually can.

It looks pretty much like any booking site; not exactly luxurious, granted, but as intuitive and easy to use as buying a standard airline ticket. It even factors in things like driving times either end of the journey, postcode to postcode for perfect clarity. Accompanied by photos of the aircraft you’ll be using, it has everything you need to know.

The question is, why hasn’t this been done before? The concept isn’t exactly foreign; it’s a system we have in every other industry. The answer to that conundrum lies in the man behind Stratajet himself, one Mr Johnny Nicol.

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At well over six foot and as eloquent as Richard Branson on a good day, Nichols calling himself a self-confessed geek seems a little incongruous. Except for that fact that he has previously revolutionised computer systems used by the Ministry of Defence among other things. He also happens to be a professional pilot. That dual personality has been the key to the whole enterprise.

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It’s a concept of two parts; you need to be able to understand not just the algorithms required, but exactly what said algorithms need to calculate. At Friday’s official UK launch of Stratajet, Nicol was more than happy to go into depth about the work that went into the concept over the past five years. He gave us an insight into the coding behind the program – not enough to give away any secrets of course, but more than adequate to demonstrate why nobody has so far been able to do it.

It’s not just the ease of use that’s so impressive however, but the cost. You get what you pay for and private aviation has always been expensive, yet Stratajet goes a long way to lessening those costs. Whenever a private jet is used for a one-way flight, it needs to get back home somehow. Normally those empty legs are a waste, flying empty. Yet Stratajet makes actual use of them.

One the one hand, this means that you can find yourself paying far, far less than you otherwise would; after all, the jet’s taking that flight anyway. There may be an additional cost if it needs to alter slightly, but on the whole it’ll still be less and a straight charter. It means that, as proven by Nicol at the launch, you can pay less for a private flight than business class tickets. That is, if you split it between a few of you – exactly like a taxi.

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On the flipside, it’s good if you happen to own a jet as well; rather than paying for those empty legs yourself, you can make sure that you’re getting some profit on them. Jets are a drain even when you’re not using them, so it makes sound sense to lessen them as much as possible.

It’s a massive leap forwards, one that it’s no understatement to say will revolutionise private aviation. Even if you don’t plan flying any time soon, it’s worth giving it a go just to see what you can do. Seriously, take a second to go try it out; download the app and have a go. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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