New Tiny Jets Aim to Revolutionize Air Travel

Will a whole new form of commercial air service emerge - one seat, on demand - as DayJet and Eclipse imagine?

He had been thinking about expanding that market range to two hours' flying time, so he could compete for work in Miami and other cities, but commercial airlines don't fly everywhere he wants to go and buying or chartering flights would be too costly.

"Sometimes, as managers, we just need to be there," he said. "Before we heard about DayJet, we'd been talking about this very service: One seat, on demand. I don't think my experience is unique. There are a lot of companies like mine."


Name: Eclipse 500

1Type: Very light jet

1Seats: Six, plus two pilots

1Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofans

1Cruise speed: 370 knots

1Maximum altitude: 41,000 feet

1Range: 1,125 nautical miles

1Price: $1.5 million

1Status: Provisional certification from the Federal Aviation Administration

Source: Eclipse Aviation Corp.

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