London to New York on a premium non-stop business class CS100 series? Is the offer of Odyssey Airlines, a new UK operator planning to start services on 2016.
Utilizing the innovative Bombardier CS100 Series, Odyssey team is pointed to offer a scheduled service business style from the less congested and more convenient airports in the UK to major cities worldwide that will include initially North America and the Middle East.
The idea is more akin to a private jet service with airline style, among other features; the interior arrangement on the Bombardier CSeries Jet will include fully flat beds.
“We are going after the traditional business traveler,” Odyssey CEO Adam Scott said. “We are operating the most fuel-efficient and modern aircraft available.” And flying out of London City Airport, with its proximity to the city center and short walking times to gates, “we are able to offer our travelers substantial time savings.”
“The entire journey (to New York) will be significantly less than the journey that you might currently fly with one of the traditional carriers.”
Odyssey plans to start service initially with a fleet of 10 CSeries, specially outfitted aircraft.
The airline project initially hopes to raise about 5 million pounds (U$S 8.48 million) by crowd funding. At airline launch, the entrepreneurs need to raise more than 60 million pounds (U$S 101.8 million) mostly through institutional investors.
Fundraising on Crowdcube, Odyssey team hope to recruit customers and build brand loyalty before the first aircraft takes flight.
“We’re trying to get our name out and raise our profile,” Scott said. “It’s a way to engage early on with our would-be customers,” who also could be early investors.
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