JSX’s unique offering allows passengers curb to seat in just 20 minutes.
Aviation groups are expressing their opposition to changing the US government rules protecting public charter carriers like JSX, which would limit their way of operating.
Multiple airlines and aircraft manufacturers have voiced their concern by sending a letter to the US government earlier this week, noting that a rule change would have negative consequences and stifle competition.
Including the FAA
The US Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Notice of Intent, which requested public comment regarding the revision of ‘on demand’ operations, which, through DOT Part 380, allows the public air charter to transport passengers interstate.
Competition has noted that this loophole allows public charters to avoid standard aviation safety regulations, which JSX denies. It states that these claims could be detrimental to its growth and is a campaign to put it out of business
JSX has recently launched its own online campaign, encouraging the current policy to remain. It supports other charter airlines operating similar models and providing air services to communities that cannot sustain commercial air service. As reported by Flightglobal, the organizations supporting operations such as JSX wrote:
“In an industry where four major airlines control more than 80% of the domestic market, Part 380 provides much-needed competition in a highly concentrated marketplace, often ensuring secondary markets and small communities continue to have options for meeting the air transportation needs of their citizens.”Public charter airlines
In the United States, four leading carriers demand more than 80% of the commercial air market, and part 380 provides competition for secondary markets; earlier this year, SkyWest announced plans to launch a similar operation to JSX, identifying the niche market as lucrative and profitable.
These ‘on-demand’ air services are the loophole that the major carriers are trying to limit, as JSX is defined as a part 135 operator, which can provide on-demand, unscheduled passenger or freight air services, in which through Part 380, allows the air transportation of passengers interstate. Under Part 135, there are cases where charter operators such as JSX can sell scheduled flights but in limited quantities.
Based out of Dallas Love Field, it operates to destinations in the US and Mexico by describing itself as a ‘hop on, hop off’ service, with its fleet of 17 Embraer ERJ-135 and 28 ERJ-147, which seat up to 30 passengers. The carrier departs from private jet terminals at the airports it operates, marketing to passengers you can be from ‘curb to seat’ in just 20 minutes.
Avoiding airport lines, crowds, and noninvasive security means passengers have more time and can fly in style. Private lounges at its partner airports enhance this intimate jet experience. JSX hopes for passengers to rediscover the joys of flying, and after landing, you’re promised to have your baggage back in your hands within five minutes.
JetBlue and Qatar Airways have minority shares in JSX, and passengers onboard JSX flights can earn miles for United Airlines MileagePlus and JetBlue TrueBlue.
Other well-known charter airlines include European TUI, providing a vast network across Europe and North America for vacationers, and Air Canada Jetz, which operates predominantly for corporate clients and sports teams.