This private airline will basically let you fly first class for the price of an economy ticket
If you travel frequently for business, you’ve probably wished for the convenience and luxury of a private jet at least once. The allure of ample legroom, gourmet meals, and top-flight spirits — along with strong WiFi — is powerful in the extreme.
Now imagine you could have an experience like this — but at prices closer to what you’d pay for first-class commercial aviation. That’s the experience that Aura plans to launch in 2019.
Initially, flights will go between six major US cities: NYC, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, and Los Angeles. Aura is using specially redesigned Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft to seat just 29 passengers per flight — 21 in the lower-tier First class and just eight in the higher tier Wave class.
They’re streamlining the airport experience.
Aura is contracting with private airports in the cities it serves — which will translate to passengers needing to arrive a mere 20 minutes before boarding. If you’re a frequent air traveler, the time savings alone could be worth it to you.
Pricing varies depending on the flight route.
If you’re an Aura Keyholder, a one-way flight between Chicago and Atlanta starts at $280 for First class and $600 for Wave class. That same flight will cost at least $560 for First class and at least $1200 for Wave class for the general public, without a subscription — and those fares may increase at any time if you aren’t a Keyholder.