The company started with three planes and in two years has expanded to 18. VeriJet has also built a crew of 40 skilled pilots in that time period. To be hired, the aviators need 1,500 hours of flight time and an airline-transport-pilot certificate.
VeriJet’s founder and CEO, Richard Kane, told Insider his company chose the Vision Jet because of the single-engine business plane’s safety and high efficiency.
With a list price of $3-$3.5 million, depending on the model, the Vision Jet is the cheapest private plane on the market; but it doesn’t skimp on comfort and performance.
According to Kane, the Vision Jet can fly at Mach 0.53 and has a range of 1,277 nautical miles, or 1,470 miles. This means it can easily connect small cities in the US that commercial airlines don’t.
Major airlines typically fly through a central hub before heading to smaller markets such as Huntsville, Alabama, or Cody, Wyoming. Kane told Insider one of his customers lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which has an airport that isn’t served by any airlines.
Instead of driving an hour northeast to Birmingham and flying out via a hub, customers use VeriJet to travel directly from Tuscaloosa to their destination. Moreover, the client can fly out to a meeting and back on the same day.
Kane told Insider that VeriJet charters cost $3,000 an hour with no repositioning fee within 700 miles of their Santa Monica, California, base.
That drops to $2,750 with the company’s jet card when the buyer commits to 100 hours.
While VeriJet may be more expensive than flying commercial, Kane says those who can afford it find the convenience and time saved worth the money.
Insider took a demo flight on one of VeriJet’s Vision Jets with Kane as the pilot to see what passengers could expect. Take a look.
I met up with the CEO at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on a Friday for the demo.
We departed out of Three Wing Aviation, which is one of the airport’s fixed-based operators that provide things like fuel and maintenance to general aviation planes.
Kane emphasized that the single-engine was safe and said the system emailed status information to the pilot after every flight, indicating whether the engine needed maintenance.