Sergey Petrossov is the founder and CEO of JetSmarter. His company has a mobile app that has revolutionized the private jet industry. Members, who pay $14,000 annually, have access to private jets that fly around the world. They can create flights or join ones that another member has scheduled.
His company employs more than 260 people. Many people work at his company’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He also has employees in New York City, London, Zurich, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai. People who fly using JetSmarter are greeted by one of its employees both when they take off and land. JetSmarter doesn’t own the planes, though. Instead, Sergey Petrossov has partnered with leading private jet operators.
He is building a community at JetSmarter. People who fly privately are similar, he says. Some people are flying so they can meet other members. He wants to extend his company into having a travel and lifestyle community. To create an end-to-end experience, he is developing relationships with hotels and restaurants. Members have access to luxury residences through a partnership he forged with ThirdHome.
He is offering his app’s members access to exclusive dining experiences. These restaurants are in Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, and London with plans to further expand. Each restaurant has a unique menu that has been customized to the tastes of JetSmarter members. It works like a country club in that members don’t have a bill to pay after their meal. Sergey Petrossov says that from day one his app had people signing up for it. It really took off was when he introduced JetSmarter in the middle of 2014. These are last-minute flash deals that enticed many consumers to sign up to the app. The price of flying privately was greatly reduced with JetSmarter. He learned that consumers were looking for a new experience that didn’t involve the hassles of a commercial airport. JetSmarter, which launched in 2015, is highly successful. These are VIP flights across the country, from New York City to Los Angeles and Miami to L.A.