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Fallows On DayJet

In 2001, James Fallows published in hardback “Free Flight, From Airline Hell to a New Age of Travel.” In 2002, he toned down the title of the paperback release to “Free Flight, Inventing the Future of Travel.” I suspect the majority of the traveling public the past few weeks would think the original title was more appropriate. Regardless, I have posted before about James Fallows’ book and Dr. Bruce Holmes and how what is happening today in the air taxi and on demand market with Cirrus and Eclipse aircraft was forecast by these gentlemen many years ago and discussed in Free Flight.

Fallows made a trip to DayJet earlier this year and took a flight with his fellow visionary, Bruce Holmes. He has written the most recent and detailed article to date in the mainstream press on DayJet which appeared in Atlantic Monthly’s May edition. It’s now available online. Entitled “Taxis in the Sky,” the article traces DayJet’s research, start-up, growth and development. It also includes Fallows’ description of his recent flight with Holmes. The online article includes Fallows’ photos of his trip.

There is a lot detail in the article and it’s written by Fallows, so it’s a good read. There are a couple of simple observations that Fallows makes. Here is my favorite excerpt about the simplicity and convenience of the air taxi service:

Fallows states: “[O]bjectively, this is a comfortable and convenient way to travel. You go to the airport, which, because it’s small, is less congested than ones you’re used to. You walk to the DayJet counter, which resembles a rental-car booth. There’s probably no line, because probably no one else is going at just this time. As you step up to the counter, a trapdoor-like device measures your actual weight while the attendant asks to weigh your bags. (On small airplanes this is important, for instance in determining where to place the bags.) A minute or two later, you walk out to the plane, and a minute or two after you’re seated, it taxis and takes off.

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