Sergey Petrossov is quite the force to be reckoned with when it comes to his startup company, JetSmarter. After its rather humble beginnings in 2015, it’s grown to a few hundred employees and flights into the United States, Europe, and the Middle East as well as plans to bring people to India, South American and China.
The JetSmarter mobile app is convenient for members to use. They can create their own shared charter, travel using a private jet shuttle, or charter a full jet. Membership is a bit pricey, though it’s well worthwhile when you consider how frustrating it is to sign up for a private plane charter. You have to fill out paperwork, submit it, then play the waiting game. Private aviation is an underutilized field, and Petrossov has made it that much easier and more convenient to charter private jets on a regular basis.
Petrossov saw that the industry was dealing with memberships and sign-ups in an archaic way. He wanted to streamline the elements of becoming a member, requesting use of jets, and the experience of chartering private jets. This led to a large increase in booking private jets, especially people booking more often and for more hours at a time. Though he started out advising and keeping most of his ideas to himself, he decided to share it with the world and even gained the support of big names like Jay-Z and Saudi Arabian royalty.
Petrossov and the JetSmarter team believe that in a short period of time, this model will make private flights cost less and more accessible to the average person or group. Travel is more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about the little details and can leave it up to the agency you go through, along with paying less.