Texas Company Aims to Become the ‘Uber of Private Jets’

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A business started in 2016 with its headquarters in Houston aims to become the “Uber for private jets.” According to, TapJets’ CEO Eugene Kesselman saw a need for the unique venture and decided to take action. “In a nutshell, there are 1.1 million private jet flights per year. That’s about 3,000 flights a day. Some of those are empty planes with no passengers and just pilots, polluting the air for no reason,” he said.

Basically, TapJets is an app that connects passengers with pilots for flights on private planes. Like Uber, the pilots are rated by users, so travelers know they’re in good hands. According to the TapJets website, users have the option of choosing between Long Range Jets, Midsize Jets, Light Jets, and Turboprop. When using the app, customers can ask for “door to door” service where all of their transportation needs on the ground and in the air will be taken care of, or “airport to airport,” which only includes the flights.

TapJets also has an option to bid on flights for deeper discounts. For those with flexible travel schedules, this could provide the perfect start to a luxury vacation. So far, TapJets has coordinated over 480 flights.