The Air Taxi Alternative to your City

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The saying comment "hindsight is 20-20" is legendary. I guess being a professional Road warrior, I'm a victim of my own habits. The air taxi alternative didn't occur to me a couple weeks ago, and I really paid the price. Here's the deal. I had just returned from Europe, arriving in Atlanta. After handling a couple days business there. I jumped over to Huntsville, Alabama. Life showed up, and I had a driving need to be in McLean, Virginia the next day. By the time this news got to me, the commuter flights for the day had already left for DC. The air taxi alternative never entered my brain.

Instead, I rented a car, and with all haste, headed to DC. At great expense, to my wallet, and even greater cost my body, I got there, 13 hours later. Snagging an early-morning hotel I got three hours sleep before showtime. If only I had thought about the air taxi alternative. It turns out, going by air taxi would not have had to have cost that much more. Yes, I would have paid dearly for a sub three-hour flight, leaving in a couple hours. And there were other options. Such as granting a six-hour window and sharing a turboprop with a couple other people, making a cozy five hour flight.

Granted, this still would have cost me a little more money than the cost of gas and the 13 hours of driving. And I could have been doing "real work" instead of doing the working at really staying alert and not becoming hamburger all over the highway. Doing the math, the time gained doing real work could easily more than offset a slightly higher cost of the air taxi.

Additionally, I'll set my ego aside and flatly state, my first days performance clearly would have been better if I had not been so exhausted from 13 hours of driving and only three hours of sleep. And I suspect the air taxi alternative would have put me in a better mindset knowing time sensitive work was not been given the backseat.

I would like to tell you, I came up with the air taxi alternative all my own. To quote George Thurgood and the Destroyers, "it wasn't me babe". What brought the air taxi alternative into my brain was a series of independent news articles. The business section of one paper states that corporate flying and air taxis are not seeing a downturn. The article went on to explain that coming out of private flights avoids the whole TSA delay. An Intel spokesman was quoted referring to "time is money". And in true bean counter mentality, Intel and other corporations have determined the extra cost in the air taxi alternative is a better deal than commercial flights.

The second item that caught my attention is looking at the Tampa Bay Times, the headline reads "The Rent-I'll-Jet Is Now Flying in Bay Area". The article states that the average fare is $600. And it could vary from as little as $397, up to $859 on the same route. The difference was with you have a two hour window or a six-hour window.

That's what got me thinking. All I needed to be was in McLean, Virginia the next morning. So I was flexible on my departure time, and certainly willing to share the air taxi. This completely changes the cost structure for a rented jet (or turboprop). So much so that the air taxi alternative is something I may consider adding to my own Internet based travel agency @ travel4roadwarriors.com.

Tcat Houser is a globetrotting author and trainer. You can find his latest research at http://www.trcb.com

 

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