The company started with three planes, but in two years has expanded to 40. VeriJet has also built a crew of 18 skilled pilots in under two years. To be hired, the aviators need 1,500 hours of flight time and an Airline Transport Pilot certificate.
The Cirrus SF50’s safety and high efficiency are why the company chose the single-engine business plane, VeriJet founder and CEO Richard Kane told Insider.
With a list price of $2 million, the SF50 is the cheapest private jet on the market, but, despite its low cost, the plane does not skimp on comfort and performance.
According to Kane, the SF50 can fly at Mach 0.53 and has a range of 1,277 nautical miles (1,470 miles). This means it can easily connect small cities in the US that commercial airlines can’t.
This is because major airlines typically fly to a central hub before continuing on to smaller markets, like Huntsville, Alabama, or Cody, Wyoming. In fact, Kane told Insider that one of his customers lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is not served by any airline.
Instead of driving an hour northeast to Birmingham and flying out via a hub, they use VeriJet to travel directly from Tuscaloosa to their destination. Moreover, the client can fly out to a meeting and back on the same day.
Kane told Insider that VeriJet charters cost $3,000 per hour, but that is lowered to $2,750 with the company’s jet card when the buyer commits to 100 hours.
While VeriJet may be more expensive than flying commercial, those that can afford it find the convenience and time saved worth the money, according to Kane.
Insider took a demo flight on one of VeriJet’s Cirrus Vision SF50 Jets with Kane as the pilot to see what passengers can expect — take a look.
I met up with the CEO at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Friday for the demo.
We departed out of Three Wing Aviation, which is one of the airport’s fix-based operators (FBO) that provides things like fuel and maintenance to general aviation planes.
Kane emphasized that the single-engine is safe and that the system emails status information to the pilot after every flight, indicating if the engine is perfect or needs maintenance.
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