I’ve blogged about the “on demand” jet service, DayJet, several times. The “world’s first ‘per-seat, on-demand’ jet service” was a great concept but, unfortunately, the thinking behind it was too far outside the box for it to work at this time. On Friday, it ceased operations. The company was facing daunting financial challenges but apparently — at least how the spin seems to be taking shape — was finally pushed over the edge when a congressional report released on Wednesday said the FAA’s certification of the type of jet the company is using — the Eclipse EA500 — had been “rushed.”
Despite its demise, I still recommend listening to the podcast Jon Udell posted a year ago in which he interviewed Ed Iacobucci, DayJet’s co-founder and CEO, regarding the logistical challenges of such a jet taxi service — and how the Internet can one day help overcome the challenges. The interview explores, at depth, the peer-to-peer metaphor as it was being applied to matching up the needs of travelers with the availability of the company’s anticipated fleet of aircraft. This is of significant importance to the hundreds of smaller communities in the U.S. that have airports capable of being served by such services — but that today are completely cut off from any commercial aviation.
Personally, I believe the concept of DayJet was incredibly visionary and I’m sorry it didn’t work. I think in about 10-15 years, we’ll look back and say Iacobucci played a Preston Tucker role in an idea that, one day, will find its time.