Qantas has partnered with Slingshot to launch the AVRO Accelerator, a program aimed at commercialising innovative ideas within the travel sector.
Sydney startup Seatfrog, which looks to bring the joy of the airline upgrade to everyone rather than the select lucky few, has raised $1.2 million in a seed funding round led by London-based VC firm Howzat Partners.
Melbourne startup Airly taking cues from US counterpart SurfAir to launch a private airline for movers and shakers
Airly is set to launch what they call a ‘hybrid’ airline for high-flyers; your CEOs and managing directors. It will essentially work through a subscription model, with clients paying a one-off $1000 joining fee and then a minimum of $2500 a month for unlimited flights between Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra on an 8-seater King Air 350. With the startup set to launch with three planes, it will offer 54 flights a week between the three cities, with the stability of membership fees helping ensure that each flight jets off whether it’s flying full or with just one passenger.
In October last year, entrepreneur Steve Hui founded travel startup iFLYflat after uncovering the secret formula for flying first-class at just a fraction of the retail cost, or in some circumstances, for ‘free’. Instead of paying up to $15,000 for a return flight, Hui guarantees to get the average consumer a first-class seat for just $6000 – less than half the retail cost.