Review: JetSmarter Private Jet
Hawker 800 Dubai to Kuwait
How normal people can fly on a private jet?
JetSmarter is a brand new private transportation startup that many are calling the Uber of private jets. It is in a sense, but this company’s model is even better. What JetSmarter does so brilliantly is combine three different services into one — free scheduled JetShuttle flights, last-minute JetDeals, and charter flights — all accessible in a single app.
JetSmarter brought a lot of transparency in the chartering market. Once downloaded the App, you can see all the empty leg coming up in JetDeals, available free shuttle flights for members across the US, Europe and Middle East. Member pay a fixed membership fee can enjoy literally unlimited shuttle flights which works out saving them thousands. You can also create your own on-demand charter on the App. JetSmarter offers instant pricing and availability for private jets across the globe, allowing users to book a flight themselves without the struggle and the hassle of dealing with a broker. It is truely wonderful and insightful.
Chartering or share a Business Jet isn't confined to the ultra rich or royal family anymore. You can also do it!
My Flight with JetSmarter
I recently became a JetSmarter member that I have taken immediate advantage of grabbing a shuttle flight from Dubai to Kuwait.
The shuttle flight is operated by a classic 8 seater Bae125-800 which is Hawker 800.
Each JetSmarter Smart Member can have access to this shuttle flight free of charge, among many in the US and Europe.
In my case, we have a total of 4 passengers, including 2 UAE Nationals, my wife and myself.
JetSmarter use DC Aviaton facility in Dubai World Central (DWC) Al Maktoum Int'l airport.
It is a stand alone FBO. Passengers can arrive just 10 minutes before flight and all the formality is well taken care of. Saving time and hassle and maintain privacy is being viewed as top advantage of flying a private jet.
Arriving at DC Aviation Al-Futtaim FBO facility
We were greeted by the reception and escorted to an almost private waiting area.
This is probably the nicest FBO I've been with white marble walls and very high ceiling.
Can't every flight start like this?
The receptionist brought us come snack to enjoy while the crew are preparing our departure.
There is also a small snack buffet outside.
There is also a board room facility available to the guest in DC Aviation.
A yacht model on display.
Of course there is shower facility.
I was impressed by this high tech toilet.
A selfie before we jetset to Kuwait
Each passenger have to pass through security before boarding. Line? What line ?
Our Hawker 800 jet is waiting to board just 10 steps from the FBO!
It is a nice tradition to have the Captain to greet you before boarding.
Flight attendant waiting for us to board.
As I have mentioned before, on this flight we have 4 passengers including my wife and myself. The other 2 UAE National passenger boarded first and chose to stay in the rear cabin of having 4 seat to themselves. We stayed in the forward cabin.
All of us have a spare seat for our feet!
Doors closed after boarding and we started taxi to the runway in no time.
No queues, we turned on the runway, cleared for takeoff on a very dusty and hazey summer evening.
Cheers JetSmarter! I know we shouldn't put our feets up high but just for the record!
My wife enjoying her private time.
A must have shot!
Flight time to Kuwait was 1.5 hours.
According to the pilot, we were cruising at 36,000 feet and with a speed of Mach 0.78
That's really fast and matching the speed of those B737 and A320!
For the short sector, we were served some canapes and vegetable stick, along with drinks.
Also Haagen-Dazs to cool off the body heat.
Being an Avgeek, I took the opportunity to have a look at the cockpit.
The yoke of this older model of Hawker 800 carries a lot of similarity of supersonic Concorde!
I love the first generation of semi-analog, semi-digital cockpit.
Our routing to Kuwait on pilot's iPad.
Cruising at FL360
Meanwhile in the cabin, we finally broke the ice among all the passengers and crew!
We were invited by the 2 wealthy Emirati man to try their smoking pipe!
You can really do lot of things on your private jet while commercial airline won't allow you!
After some more networking in the cabin, we were on descend into Kuwait during sunset.
Kuwait City appeared in the background. What a beautiful Southerly approach into KWI.
I decided to sit behind the pilots and observed the landing.
The landing condition was almost perfect and the captain performed a beautiful textbook landing.
Taxi past some of the older Kuwait Airways planes parked in KWI.
Our Executive Jet arrived at Kuwait Sheikh Saad Terminal.
Some final momento pictures before we deplane!
How many times have you found yourself in a massive queue at airport security, or in a scrum to retrieve your suitcase from baggage reclaim, and thought, “There must be an easier way than this.”
It’s a frustration we’ve all felt at one point or another, and while most of us dream of the supreme comfort and convenience of flying on a private jet, we assume that this privilege is reserved only for the rich and famous. But that is not necessarily the case, as it turns out that flying private may actually be within the reach of normal people, too.
I am delighted due to the existance of JetSmarter, it fulfilled many person's dream to fly Business Jet in an affordable way. It really revolutionize the private aviation and bringing private jet aviation to the masses.
The lounge in Dubai is wonderful and truly no better way to start to jetset. Although we share our private jet with 2 other passengers, it never feel lack of privacy or disturbing. In fact, it crated a great networking opportunity. As an Avgeek, I am glad I have explored a new way of flying, taking my game to the next level!
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